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Council, HQ. Almada Street, Hamilton, ML3 0AA
£44,308.57 - £44,965.54 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week

Applications for this job cannot be made online. Please refer to the advert for further information.

Job Description

South Lanarkshire Council offers an exciting opportunity to work in one of the largest local authority areas in Scotland. The area combines the main towns of East Kilbride, Hamilton, Cambuslang and Rutherglen as well as smaller rural towns such as Strathaven, Lanark and Biggar and an extensive rural area that contains attractive landscape character and built heritage assets such as the New Lanark World Heritage Site.

The Council is about to start preparation of its next Local Development Plan at a time of significant transformation of the planning system. This includes the recent adoption by the Scottish Government of National Planning Framework 4 and the introduction of new style plans that will focus on the outcomes that they will deliver for people and places. They will be place-based, with the inclusion of a clear Spatial Strategy reflected in a collection of maps, site briefs and masterplans.

The Planning Policy Team is seeking 2no. senior planning policy officers to develop planning policy to address a range of challenging issues including the climate emergency, the nature crisis and enabling sustainable development while meeting the needs of our diverse communities and reducing inequalities. The positions also offer a great opportunity to be involved with a wide range of issues including community planning; the Council’s Open Space Strategy; enabling the delivery of well-designed places; and promoting the health and wellbeing of our communities.

You should have significant experience in developing planning policy documents and be able to manage all the different strands of preparing a Local Development Plan. This includes being able to work in partnership with our wide range of internal and external stakeholders by building good relationships throughout the plan preparation period as it progresses through the various stages to adoption. Key aspects of the posts include carrying out extensive research and data analysis; policy formulation, and participation in public and stakeholder consultations. In addition you will have an important role in mentoring more junior members of the policy team

Please contact Tony Finn on 07795 455 436 or at you would like to discuss this role further.


Please Apply online

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Foreign Police Check

Candidates should be able to detail any gaps in employment and provide a foreign police check where applicable for any periods living or working abroad.

Equal Opportunities and Armed Forces Community Covenant

South Lanarkshire Council is an Equal Opportunities employer and encourages applications from all members of the community. As a user of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum competency/behaviour requirements for the position.

South Lanarkshire Council is committed to providing support to members of the armed forces, veterans and their families which is set out in the Armed Forces Community Covenant.  Veterans are guaranteed an interview who meet the minimum requirements for the position.

The Individual

As an employee of South Lanarkshire Council you would also receive a wide range of benefits including:

  • Enrolment in award winning local government pension scheme
  • Up to 33 days annual leave
  • Public holiday entitlement (up to 10 days)
  • Occupational sick pay
  • Family friendly policies - flexible working, including consideration of a condensed working week, e.g. 4 days, maternity/paternity leave, enhanced leave.
  • Employee Discounts – including discounts at the cinema.
  • Range of benefits to support you (Cycle to Work Scheme, Physiotherapy, Employee Assistance Program which offers practical and emotional support)
  • Disability Confident Employer - Employer