Planning Officer

Are you looking for an opportunity to begin or develop your career in Town Planning?

Selby District Council has the ambition to become the best planning authority in England through a commitment to working closely and pro-actively with our customers and through the continued improvement of our services. We invest in training new Planning Officers through coaching and mentoring and building in opportunities for professional development we intend to support everyone to achieve their potential so that we can be the best together.

The Selby district is a great place to be.  Our market towns and picturesque villages support a great quality of life and perfect for families.  Our area is in one of the safest counties in England, and we benefit from top quality education including one of the best further education colleges in England.  House prices here are lower than our urban neighbours which means you get more for your money.  We’re well connected too, with great road and rail links to all parts of the UK.  We’re also within easy reach of some of the UK’s leading cities, including Leeds, York and the previous City of Culture, Hull.

Contract Type – Fixed Term for up to 12 months

Section – Development Management

Salary Band – 2c

Annual Salary – £27,514 per annum + essential car user allowance + free parking

Hours – 37 per week

Reference – SEL0090-07

What’s the job?

The Planning team has a key role to play in the future of the Selby district and helping to deliver high quality development, place making and support sustainable economic growth. This includes helping to deliver some of the largest development projects in North Yorkshire. It’s hard to find a more rewarding and challenging place to work than in Planning at Selby. We are the fastest growing part of North Yorkshire, with the challenge of balancing this growth whilst protecting our historic heritage and Green Belts.

You will work alongside colleagues in our Planning Policy, Economic Development and Regeneration teams in a local authority with a strong commitment to good planning and development.

We are continuing to invest in the Planning service and are looking for ambitious and enthusiastic people to complete our team.  We will offer candidates opportunities to get involved in exciting projects, such as regeneration schemes, Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects, and Public Inquiries. We have also recently set up a Selby Design Academy with support from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to provide a bespoke training programme with a series of training modules to help raise expectations relating to design quality.

The role will include determining planning applications and making recommendations in line with national and local policies and regulations, as well as representing the Council at planning appeals.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for ambitious and enthusiastic people who want to gain wide experience of Town Planning in a challenging and varied working environment.

You are likely to be in the early stages of your Town Planning career, or have a qualification in a related discipline, but are already able to show how our talents and experience can contribute to delivering the Councils ambitions.

Further information

We offer a highly competitive salary, flexitime, free car parking, car allowance, discounted gym membership and access to an employee benefit scheme which gives discounts on various day to day purchases. A generous relocation package is also available. The Council will also support post graduate learning opportunities to assist development in your planning career.

If you are interested in this role and would like to know more, please contact Hannah Blackburn (Planning Development Manager) on 01757 705101 or by emailing

How to apply

To apply for this vacancy, please send your CV and a covering letter to

A copy of the job context and job role specification can be downloaded using the link below.

Your CV should include:

  • Your full contact details – telephone number, email address, home address;
  • Your full employment history – names of employers, job titles, dates of employment and salary;
  • Full education history – qualification title, grade awarded, dates and place of study; and
  • The names, email addresses of at least two referees (one of which must be your current / most recent employer).  You should also detail the capacity in which you know them (i.e. manager, colleague etc.).  We will only contact your referees if you are offered the position.

Applications for Job Share will be considered sympathetically.

Selby District Council is an equal opportunities employer.

Applying on a secondment basis?

Applications to this post are welcomed on a secondment basis from current employees of any of the Councils in North Yorkshire.

If applying for this post as a secondment opportunity, please ensure that you discuss and seek permission from your line manager before applying.

Approval will be sought from the releasing Authority to ensure that any secondee can be released on a secondment basis.

All secondments are subject to the terms of the agreed joint approach to secondments, detailed within our LGR partnership agreement

Closing Date – Friday 12 August 2022