We are witnessing major changes in socio-economic behaviours and planning for these is an exciting opportunity.

Accordingly, there are ‘majors’, ‘minors’ and ‘others’ teams handling planning applications and appeals with enforcement being currently incorporated into the latter two teams. There is also an Heritage, Landscape and Design team together with technical support and s106/CIL teams.

There are close working relationships with Building Control and Legal Services. The validation of planning applications is undertaken by Mid Kent Planning Services which is shared with Swale BC.

Planning Committee meets once a month and there is also a Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Committee. Committee meetings take place in Maidstone’s Town Hall.

Development Management is part of the planning service which, in turn, is part of the planning and development service.

Current Opportunities

Graduate Planner

Open

SALARY: Grade 8 starting at £27,203 + Car Allowance with opportunities for salary progression in line with the career grade

Are you an enthusiastic and ambitious individual, and would like to gain valuable on the job experience as well as study for an accredited professional qualification?

Working in a Borough that faces a diverse and unique range of Planning challenges and opportunities, we are looking for talented, self-motivated and enthusiastic Graduate Planners who can really make an impact. You will join a progressive and inclusive planning department which believes in enabling its staff to successfully navigate their planning ambitions.

This is a really exciting opportunity for Graduates with a degree in Planning or a related subject, who are enthusiastic, flexible and hard-working, to join the Development Management Team within the Council’s Planning & Development Service. As a graduate you will be given all the support and guidance required to fulfil the role from a team of professional colleagues who will help you to develop and succeed. In return we ask candidates to have a good work ethic, be reliable, with a positive attitude and a keenness to learn the organisation’s policies and procedures.

As well as gaining valuable on the job work training and work experience, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to study for a post graduate qualification with the potential to obtain full RTPI status. The Council will be working with the educational and professional institutions to deliver and fully support this programme, and you will be involved in identifying your preferred course of study

This is your opportunity to join a progressive and energetic Council, determined to do the best for its residents and staff. You will be working with a supportive and talented group of Planners as you determine a wide range of applications, including householder, adverts, change of use, breaches, telecommunications and Certificates of Lawfulness in an area experiencing one of the highest number of applications in Kent.

Working in the busy Development Management Householder and Minors team, we are looking for a strong team player, with enthusiasm and a real desire to make further improvement happen and take initiative. You will also have self-organisation and strong IT skills and be able to meet deadlines. For this post you will need to have a keen customer focus and have experience working with members of the public as well as excellent written and verbal communication. Your track record and approach in these areas are as important as your experience or qualifications.

A driving licence with use of your own car is essential in order to undertake site visits.

If you feel you meet the requirements of the post and are ready for a new and exciting challenge in a progressive ambitious Local Authority, then we’d like to hear from you.

You’ll have the opportunity to develop your skills with professional and experienced peers and within an organisation that prides itself on supporting its staff. We encourage all types of vocational and technical training & qualifications, including management and leadership programmes. In addition to learning & development and CPD, we also offer many flexible working opportunities, including job share, flexi time, nine-day fortnight, compressed hours and extensive home working. Plus working in Maidstone you’ll also be less than an hour from London by train and have all that Kent can offer at your fingertips.

This role is customer-facing, the ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English is an essential element of the role.

Maidstone Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk and expects all employee to share this commitment.

For further information or to discuss this opportunity in more detail, please contact Tony Ryan, Team Leader (Development Management) on 01622 602358 or email tonyryan@maidstone.gov.uk

To apply for this position go to iTrent Self-Service web recruitment and complete the online application form. You will need to go to ‘Useful Links’ in the drop down menu to the right and select which council you are looking for. You must select the ‘Existing User Login’ option on the left and enter your iTrent login information to enable you to view all live adverts and apply.

Closing Date: Sunday 19th June 2022

Interview Date: TBC

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Our expectations of you

When you join us as a graduate, you'll be expected to:

  • achieve in your role against the objectives set for you and ask for help and clarification where needed
  • develop yourself through self-directed study, reading, research and asking questions
  • participate in all the training and development opportunities through on the job experience, mentoring, formal training and learning, job shadowing
  • work toward becoming a member / associate of the relevant professional body, where appropriate

You'll also be expected to make the most of the opportunities available within the Council and work to our values:

Service

Open

It is important to understand that everything we do impacts on our customers, both internal and external. We will listen to and understand their needs, then take action to provide the right service in a positive and professional manner.

Teamwork (drop down)

Working together to achieve our objectives and goals in a way that utilises the talents and creativity of everyone in our organisation.

Responsibility

Open

Knowing that we work in an environment that encourages us to take ownership for our actions. Making the right choices and decisions that lead to a satisfactory outcome for all.

Integrity Having the courage to act on our convictions to build trust and honesty within the organisation. Working with our partners and customers to create a feeling of openness and transparency in all that we do.

Value

Open

Taking care and weighing up our options, aiming to get the maximum effect for every penny of public money we spend. Equality Valuing our differences and understanding how they can contribute to a better working environment and services that are fair and easy to access.

Application tips

Before completing your application please ensure that you read the job description and person specification carefully - the information within these documents can be used as a guide for you to complete your supporting evidence section within your application. This section is very important and will play a key role in the success of your application so please take you time when completing it. Please note to be successfully shortlisted, Managers will use your supporting evidence and will not consider any CVs uploaded.

If you are having any difficulties completing your application and would like some advice on this please contact the HR team on hrsupportteam@midkent.gov.uk subject: Graduate

We look forward to hearing from you!