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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Council Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2BW
£33,302 - £44,357 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
37 hours per week

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Job Description

Grade G (Stage 3) – £33,302 to £36,891 per annum

Grade I (Stage 4) - £40,981 to £44,357 per annum

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is the Planning Authority for the islands of the Outer Hebrides, an area renowned for its strong sense of community, environmental quality, beautiful scenery, outdoor opportunities, low crime rates, good educational opportunities and a strong cultural scene.

Based in the town of Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, you will be required to provide professional planning services to fulfil statutory planning duties and related tasks. This post, within the Development Management team, offers opportunities for broad planning experience with a wide range and variety of development types across a town including a large conservation area and a diverse rural environment. 

The position is being advertised to accommodate applications from either a Graduate or more experienced candidates with RTPI membership.  There is an opportunity for a successful candidate to progress to full RTPI membership under the career grade system and subject to meeting the course entry requirements and local conditions regarding funding, the Comhairle would meet the costs of undertaking an RTPI accredited Master’s post-graduate qualification. Applicants should refer to and carefully address the essential criteria provided in the Person specification when submitting their application. Applicants should indicate clearly which Stage (3 or 4) their application relates to and provide full details of their current qualifications.

Please see attached employee testimonials to find out a bit more regarding working as a Planning Officer in the Outer Hebrides from current members of the team.



For appointment to Grade G (Career Stage 3) you will have: successfully completed Year 2 of a Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) accredited Planning degree OR hold a Degree in a Planning related discipline OR hold an HND (or equivalent) in a Planning related or technical discipline and have proven experience of a reasonable breadth and depth in Development Plan / Development Management / Planning Enforcement work.  A Planning related or technical discipline would include e.g. Geography, Property Development or Surveying, Design and Development, Sustainable Environmental Management, Spatial Planning Technician or similar discipline).


For appointment to Grade I (Career Stage 4) you will have Full or Associate membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute and proven work experience of a significant breadth and depth in Development Management / Development Plan work.


In addition, at both grades you must have: sound knowledge of current planning legislation and associated guidance; good interpersonal, listening, negotiation, verbal and written communication skills; ability to accept responsibility and work constructively within a small team; ability to organise and prioritise own workload; computer literate, including knowledge of MS Office. A current driving licence is essential.


Salary for the above post is inclusive of Distant Islands Allowance. Appointment to the post will be on the first point of grade.