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  • Ref no: ORK03912
  • Published: 13/1/2020
  • Closes: 1/3/2020
  • Location: Council Offices, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY
  • Salary: £30,166.00 - £37,082.00 per year
  • Contract Type: Temporary
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 35 hours per week


Planning, Development and Regulatory Services
Development Management

Planning Officer/Senior Planner

35 hours per week
Temporary for a period of up to 2 years
£32,323 to £36,100 / £36,593 to £39,239 (Including Distant Islands Allowance) depending on qualifications and experience

Orkney was assessed as the best place to live in the UK earlier this year – a group of 20 inhabited islands with a strong cultural identity of history and archaeology which attract visitors from across the world. It is a cosmopolitan community, which offers a safe environment, excellent educational and recreational facilities, a community spirit and an exceptional quality of life. With greatly improved transport links to the Scottish mainland – including more ferry sailings and cheaper subsidised airfares – it’s a lot closer and more accessible than you think. Further information about Orkney can be found at

We are looking for an individual with a sound knowledge of planning legislation, policy and guidance to work in our Development Management team. An understanding of policy, local government working and political issues is desirable, as is an appreciation of rural and island communities and of the special issues facing them.

As a Planning Officer, you will have experience in development management, be prepared to take on a varied workload and undertake a wide range of duties. You will have your own caseload and undertake all stages in processing often complex planning and related applications, including pre-application discussions, consultations, providing recommendations, preparing committee reports. As a Senior Planner, you will also present committee reports to elected Members, and provide supervision and professional direction to other Development Management staff.

You should hold a degree or diploma in town and country planning or equivalent relevant discipline. As a Planning Officer you should have membership (or eligibility for membership) at Student, Licentiate or Associate level of the Royal Town Planning Institute. As a Senior Planner, you should have full membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute with significant post-Chartered experience

This post is subject to Basic Disclosure Scotland clearance.

Prospective applicants are invited to discuss the post by contacting Jamie Macvie, Planning Manager, Development Management on 01856 873535, or email

Closing date: Sunday 1 March 2020

Please note that interview and relocation expenses will be paid for this post in accordance with Council policy.

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