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Planning jobs at Cheshire East

Whether you’re a new graduate, or a senior planning professional, we can promise you a rewarding career in one of the most forward-thinking councils in the country.

With a crystal-clear local plan, a uniquely supportive environment, and a team approach that will help you to overcome the most complex planning challenges. So together, we can make a difference for generations to come.

Plan your career with us and be part of our plan for the future

There are opportunities to be involved in significant developments, some of which are already in progress, and others that will evolve over the coming years.

HS2 is coming to Crewe

This will help Cheshire East to become one of the most connected areas in the UK. It will also support existing businesses, inward investment and job creation and bring exciting new opportunities and development across Crewe and the wider region.

Exciting ambitions

Crewe has been allocated up to £22.9m of funding through the government's Towns Fund, with a number of exciting projects across the town being developed. These focus on town centre regeneration, culture and heritage, community spaces and connected places. This will complement the delivery of other Crewe projects already in the pipeline, including the town centre’s regeneration and HS2 hub station. You can view more about Crewe’s exciting ambitions in our fly-though YouTube video.

Crewe Railway Station

A robust housing supply

Houses in a housing estate

Securing exceptional design quality is a core mission within the planning service and a robust housing supply, plus an up-to-date Local Plan gives us a strong position to strive for this in future development, while ensuring the special character of our communities, conservation and heritage assets are maintained.

Planned mixed use developments

Fields and a motorway

At Handforth and South Cheshire Garden Villages will deliver over 2000 new homes with complimentary facilities and infrastructure, creating new sustainable places and communities for the future.

Welcoming applications for the variety of planning roles

As part of this rolling recruitment campaign, please take a look at our listed planning job vacancies and complete an application form (which can be accompanied by a CV) as soon as you are able to.

We will be seeking to interview prospective candidates as soon as possible.

Request a call back to discuss planning roles

Planning teams and roles

Our supportive and friendly planning service has a team over 100 full and part-time staff. We are operating in a number of different areas, with significant experience and expertise across a range of disciplines. 

The service seeks to deal with all aspects of new and existing development. We also manage land uses and preparation and implement strategic policies to manage future requirements in response to local needs.

We have a range of planning teams in the service.

This is a vital team within the service, carefully managing development and planning applications to improve our built environment.

The work here involves negotiating to secure the delivery of sustainable development through pre-application advice and guidance and managing the life cycle of planning applications from inception through to discharge of conditions, and any associated appeal work

.Our experienced planning enforcement team investigates complaints and suspected breaches of planning control which might include development taking place without the benefit of planning permission and breaches of planning conditions. Our enforcement professionals carry out appeal work and liaise closely with our legal colleagues when enforcement action is needed.

This creative and supportive team of experts includes urban designers, conservation officers, landscape architects, arboricultural officers, and ecologists. They provide consultation responses on planning applications alongside more specialist advice to the wider council and public.

Such work includes Tree Protection Orders and associated applications, policy support, reviewing and designating conservation areas and improving the environmental performance of development by (for example) securing biodiversity net gain and sustainable urban drainage 

This important team looks after the management and monitoring of legal agreements and Community Infrastructure Levy to ensure that appropriate mitigation and infrastructure monies are delivered from applications.

As a crucial team, planning support provides administrative and technical support for the whole Service. This includes planning application validation and registration, land charges, street naming and numbering. The team also provide a direct response for dealing with customer enquiries and customer engagement whilst managing ICT systems.

Our colleagues in this fantastic team look to the future and ensure the council has robust and up to date planning policies to guide and manage new development and infrastructure across the Borough.

This includes preparing statutory plans such as the Cheshire East Local Plan, supplementary planning documents and other guidance. Work closely with local communities to enable delivery of Neighbourhood Plans and liaison with other councils and the wider sub-region to enable economic, social and environmental interactions.

This dedicated team provides professional assessment of Building Regulation applications and notices, all aspects of advice and support, as well as enforcement.

They provide immediate response to reports of dangerous structures

Professional support

Career grade planning officer

A career grade planning officer route takes suitable candidates from a Planning Assistant (Grade 6) through to a Senior Planning Officer (Grade 8). We provide all the training through courses, seminars and workshops as well as our own in-house programme of learning on key subject areas. There is also mentoring, coaching and support as you develop. The role is perfect for those starting their career in planning.

Car Parking and Allowances

You will be allocated a parking pass which will enable you to park free of charge on specified local authority owned car parks, for work purposes.

Professional Fees

We encourage professional accreditation and membership. Therefore the cost to join the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) or one other professional body will be paid for by the council.

Apply for a Planning job at Cheshire East Council

We are delighted that you share our ambition and are interested to join our supportive planning team at Cheshire East Council. Please fill out an application form by visiting Planning Jobs and Vacancies at Cheshire East Council.

If you are still not sure whether we are right for you or have questions, please use the contact form at the top of this page. Thank you again, for your interest in our planning jobs and vacancies at Cheshire East Council.

Page last reviewed: 14 June 2022