Job Vacancy Details

Temporary Planning Officer (DM)
Barrow Borough Council

Contract type: Temporary post until March 2021
Salary: Senior Officer Grade 1-2 (from £26,999 per annum plus essential user car allowance)
Hours: Full time, 37 hours per week.
Closing date: This advert will be periodically reviewed, following applications from suitable candidates

The Borough of Barrow-in-Furness is situated at the southern tip of Cumbria, on the northern shores of Morecambe Bay. It is set against the spectacular backdrop of the English Lake District Mountains and surrounded by beautiful beaches overlooking an internationally protected ecologically diverse seascape. Barrow is a bustling Victorian “planned” town with a proud industrial heritage and a long association with shipbuilding and maritime activities, whilst Dalton was the ancient capital of Furness. The area is perfect for people wanting an active lifestyle with easy access to beaches, culture and the Lake District. Housing is very reasonably priced. The location is also commutable from the surrounding areas with one of the most scenic journeys in the country.

The job offers a Planning professional the chance to expand their skills within a Borough that is entering a new period of growth. It has a variety of competing development issues, including the protection of its internationally designated coastline, stewardship of over 600 listed buildings, the diversification of industry and commerce and the provision of new housing.  

Development Services encompasses the Planning Dept (Development Management & Policy sections), Building Control, Regeneration, and Property Information units. The Planning unit is a small but busy section and officers must adopt a flexible approach to their work.

We are looking to extend our Development Management team, following adoption of the Local Plan in June 2019 which has released allocated sites for housing and employment. This is also against a backdrop of rapid expansion at BAE systems as they fulfil national defence orders, and further investment by major employers in fields as diverse as paper products and renewable energy. This post offers an opportunity for an enthusiastic and experienced planner to expand their cv with a rich and varied workload of planning applications. An opportunity for some experience in supporting the Policy section may also be available, subject to manager approval, as Local Plan supplementary documents are expected to be prepared over the next few months.

Candidates should be educated to degree/diploma level, ideally in Town Planning, or a closely related subject, and also be able to demonstrate at least 2 years of in-depth practical experience in handling planning applications within a local Planning Authority. You should be a good communicator and be able to work unsupervised on your own initiative to prioritise workload, and resolve issues through negotiation with applicants and consultees. A good working knowledge of current Planning legislation and issues is essential, as is experience of Microsoft products. The department has its own in-house back office system for which training will be given.  

The ability to travel efficiently around and outside of the Borough to conduct visits and attend meetings is an essential requirement.

Whilst this is a temporary post there may be an opportunity, subject to future funding, for the contract to be extended.

The ability to converse at ease in accurate spoken English in order to provide technical information and advice is an essential requirement.

The successful candidate will be automatically enrolled in the Local Government Pension Scheme and will be required to obtain a Basic Disclosure.

For further information / how to apply

For more information and an informal discussion about the position, ring Jason Hipkiss (Development Services Manager (DM)) on (01229) 876485.

To apply for this vacancy you need to complete an application form.  Please visit to apply online.

Any queries please contact the HR Department, Town Hall, Duke Street, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA14 2LD on (01229) 876543 or e-mail

Other information

The Council welcomes applications from people with disabilities and from the minority ethnic community who are underrepresented within our workforce.

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