Planning Officer

Planning Officer

  • Location: Coleford/remote working
  • Salary: £31,202 - £32,370 per annum, pro rata
  • Hours: 18.5 per week
  • Contract Type: Permanent Contract
  • Closing Date: 31 March 2021
  • Interview Date: 22 April 2021

An exciting time to join Forest of Dean District Council!


Forest of Dean District Council

Our district is already a special place. We are looking for candidates that will help us improve it, making it an even better place to live, learn, do business and enjoy. To do this successfully, we need to remember its rich cultural and economic heritage and to build on the area as an aspirational place with a reputation for nurturing amazing people. We want the Forest of Dean district to be a place where residents have a fantastic work-life balance and feel secure in their communities – creating a draw for industry to nestle amongst the wild spaces. A modern, connected Forest with deep roots.  So join us to celebrate this wonderful area; its towns, its communities, and help them thrive, by delivering good quality well paid jobs, enhancing our education provision, improving housing options and the social mobility of our young people.

About the role…

We have an exciting opportunity for a Planning Officer to assist in preparing plans, policies and supporting materials, assisting with survey and evidence gathering.  Joining us will mean involvement in all aspects of processing a wide variety of planning and similar applications, liaising with members of the public and professionals explaining issues or gathering material.  You will also support and provide information for other LA colleagues and planners.

You will need to be an enthusiastic member of a small team preparing plans for the Forest of Dean. The Forest of Dean provides the challenges you may expect (and some you may not) in an unrivalled environment. The duties will include contributing to the full range of plan making, providing supporting information and helping to implement important schemes. The post will suit new graduates or someone with relevant experience.

This is a shared role which will cover the Forest of Dean. Within the District, there are plenty of places to see and visit whether you love hiking or cycling.  With our agile working ethos: you will be spoilt for choice. 

You will need…

  • Degree or equivalent in planning or a related subject or relevant experience and be working towards or have RTPI membership
  • Experience or knowledge of planning policy and Local Plans
  • Be familiar with GIS systems
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience in dealing with members of the public at a professional and technical level

Special Conditions…

  • Ability to travel

For more information about this role please see the Job Description/Person Specification.

If you wish to have an informal discussion about this role, please contact: Nigel Gibbons, Forward Plan Manager on 01594 812338 or email

Please follow the link to see our great benefits: Benefits

You will be employed by Publica Group Ltd which was created by four partner Councils (Forest of Dean District Council, West Oxfordshire District Council, Cotswold District Council, and Cheltenham Borough Council)  to deliver more efficient and improved services. 

Publica is a unique place to work – we are a local government organisation with a twist! Publica wants to transform the way local services are delivered. To help do this we have started to fundamentally rethink the way we design our services in the digital era so that Publica is a customer-focused organisation driven by real user needs.

If you feel this is the role for you please email your CV and supporting statement detailing how you meet the criteria above by clicking on the ‘Apply for this Position’ icon within this page. Alternatively, please email us at or contact the recruitment team on 01285 623079/70

Your application will not be considered if you have not provided a supporting statement, in addition to your CV.

Accredited of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies - Please state this within your covering statement or in a separate email.

Safer recruitment practices are applied to all job vacancies. Successful candidates will be required to complete a pre-employment medical questionnaire; provide references;  proof of identity; nationality and immigration status; three years’ employment or education history (if applicable) and, in some cases, verification of criminal record.

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