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8 North Ness, Lerwick, ZE1 0LZ
£30,265.28 - £46,714.50 per year
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Full Time & Part Time

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The post of Planning Officer – Development Plans is responsible through the Team Leader – Development Plans for contributing to the delivery of a service providing robust policy relating to land use planning in the public interest and in the interests of protecting the built and natural environment in accordance with the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Acts and the Council's statutory duties and responsibilities.

The postholder will be required to exercise the necessary balanced judgement and expertise to formulate planning policy and present recommendations to the Council.  This will require the interpretation of information from a wide range of sources in order to balance the obligations of compliance with national legislation and guidance, Council policy and public aspirations and concerns

This vacancy is being advertised as a Career Graded post, which is a career development opportunity. This means that the Council is committed to supporting the successful candidate to obtain the necessary skills, abilities and knowledge to become fully competent in the role. Please see the Career Grade document attached to this advert that outlines the entry level requirements for the job and the expected career progression route.  The successful candidate will be supported to become fully competent in the role and progress through the career grade. Where there is a requirement to achieve a qualification, this will be fully funded by the Council.

More detail is provided in the Job Profile, Person Specification and Conditions of Service Summary attached to the bottom of this advert.

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Additional Information

  • The grade of this post is H/I/J/K/L
  • This post is career graded - your salary and career progression will depend on your experience and qualifications
  • Rate of pay shown in the advert is inclusive of Distant Islands Allowance of £1.3161 per hour
  • Permanent Full Time & Part Time post for 37 & 27 hours per week, 52.18 weeks per year 
  • A relocation package does  apply to this post
  • We will pay interview expenses from within the UK
  • You must have the ability to travel throughout Shetland at short notice and where public transport is limited
  • We are happy to talk flexible working

During the application process you are required to give the names of two persons not related to you, who we can contact to provide a reference to support your application.

This post is based at 8 North Ness, Lerwick

For further details relating to this post, please contact:  Suzanne Shearer, Team Leader, on 01595 745858 or e-mail

If you have a disability which prevents you from applying online, please call 01595 744032.

Information about Shetland

Shetland is an archipelago in the north of the British Isles where you'll find freedom, wildlife and wild beauty, but also a rich culture and dynamic, forward-looking society. The Islands have a thriving and diverse economy full of opportunities and offer residents the ideal work/life balance. Shetland combines stunning coastal landscapes and wide open spaces with friendly, bustling island communities. Factor in Shetland's impressive modern amenities, highly regarded schools and the Islands offer a work life balance rarely found elsewhere.

Find out more about:

Living and working in Shetland: here

The Shetland Islands Council: here



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