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Planning Opportunities

New opportunities - new direction

We currently have a variety of roles in Planning available in the different Councils across North Yorkshire. This is a unique time to join us as the eight district, borough and county councils in North Yorkshire are coming together in April 2023 to form a new organisation, one unified council. The single council will provide the resilience, scale and financial sustainability to deliver outstanding services, tackle the challenges facing the whole county after the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic, take advantage of future opportunities and provide secure, varied and interesting career prospects for our staff.

North Yorkshire is a special place. It is a great County with people and businesses who are proud to live here, proud of what they do and of who they are; the people who work for and represent the 8 councils are just the same. We are passionate about the place that we work in and the people for whom we work. We are proud about what we have achieved; confident about the services that we provide and ambitious for the future even through challenging times.

One unified organisation gives us the opportunity to further focus on the way we work, and to work in a more agile and flexible way, centred around our customers. Through local delivery hubs situated across the county we can offer staff increased flexibility as to how and where they work, for some roles the freedom to work anywhere across the county.

A single council will further develop nationally acclaimed essential services. By uniting we will take the best of all council services and have the scale to improve things for everyone living and working here. Whilst April 2023 may seem a long way away, work is underway to unite, unify and transform our councils, ensure we deliver a smooth transition to our new way of working which will benefit us and our residents in North Yorkshire.

So how can you help us?

Planning and development plays a fundamental role in improving the lives of residents and visitors across North Yorkshire. Managing the natural and built environment, ensuring that the future development needs of the county can be accommodated to make it a better place in which to live and work. Whether it be business development or residential, minerals or waste, collectively we strive to deliver the best services we can for the communities we serve.

Fantastic work already takes place across the County:

Scarborough Borough Council leading the regeneration of the Yorkshire Coast with a diverse range of investments and developments; North Yorkshire County Council’s Allerton Waste Recovery Park, Richmondshire in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, currently working on the new Local Plan as well as the Designer Shopping Outlet at Scotch Corner.

North Yorkshire is a place with a strong economy and a commitment to sustainable growth that will enable our residents to fulfil their ambitions and aspirations. Critical to achieving this ambition is delivering the right housing and transport infrastructure, alongside high speed broadband and mobile phone connectivity, whilst protecting the outstanding environment and heritage of the area.

We are looking for Planning professionals at different levels to join us across the county. You do not require experience of working in local government specifically and we welcome applications from wider sectors, with experience of working with large and complex organisations an advantage. You may be early on in your career or a more seasoned professional – join us and see where this journey could take you.

Whilst the requirements of the roles will differ, collectively we are looking for people who are strong communicators, adopt a conscientious approach to their work and have the ability to work well under pressure with conflicting demands/challenges. Take a look at the specific roles we have, each with a detailed Job Profile outlining the requirements.

If successful, you would be appointed to the employing Council of the role to which you apply, however from April 2023 you will transfer to the new council. If you thrive working in an innovative and evolving environment, there has never been a better time to apply!

Depending on your experience and skill set, we have a variety of roles available:

What can we offer you?

A unique professional development opportunity. Rarely is there an opportunity to work with such complexity and scale. As we progress with unifying and transforming the new council we will provide colleagues with professional development support, alongside the opportunity to work with our high performing Planning teams.

We can offer you a range of employee benefits including a competitive salary, generous leave entitlement, flexible working hours, a government pension scheme as well as a variety of retail discounts.

We benefit from access to modern technology which has enabled us to work from home pre-, during and post the COVID-19 pandemic. These opportunities are no exception and successful candidates will be fully enabled to work from home, their office base and with the opportunity to work across the region.

Public sector knowledge is not required, however you will have a strong moral purpose that will be central to your approach and will enable you to gain job satisfaction by making a difference to the residents we serve through successful Planning solutions.

New to the North Yorkshire region?

North Yorkshire is a thriving region which adapts to our changing world and remains a special place for everyone to live, work and visit.

The region's natural beauty is captured in its three areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Nature Reserves, stunning coastlines, scenic rural villages, vibrant cities and market towns.

North Yorkshire features significantly in the ten best places to live in the UK in the Halifax Quality of Life Survey 2019. The Quality of Life index aims to quantify where living standards are highest in the UK by ranking local performance across a range of indicators; Richmondshire was placed second in the list, a position boosted by excellent personal wellbeing factors (life satisfaction, happiness). Hambleton was placed fourth and Ryedale was placed eighth, a truly commendable achievement and another incredible accolade for North Yorkshire.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) March 2019 bulletin positions North Yorkshire as the safest place in England with extremely low crime rates.

The City of York is regularly voted one of the best places to live and visit in the UK. The city was named the best place to live in the North and North East by The Sunday Times 2019. With a population of 200,000, it’s big enough to feel lively but small enough to feel like home.

In addition, the county benefits from excellent road and rail links, with easy access via the east coast mainline, the A1(M) and A19. Leeds, Doncaster, Newcastle, Durham and Teesside are all easily commutable, and London and Edinburgh just two hours away by train.

From its lively cities to pretty villages, rolling countryside and grand coastline, the region has so much to offer including a high standard of living working in a stunning location.


Contact us and apply now

If you feel any of these roles are something you could be interested in and would like to know more, please get in touch with the named contact on the individual role. If you have a question about the recruitment process in general, you can contact Sophia Pawson on 01609 533807, or email

To apply please send your CV to by midnight on Sunday 27th March 2022. If you are interested in more than one opportunity, please just apply once and detail clearly all of the roles you wish to be considered for.

It is important that your CV includes: your full contact details (telephone, email, address), full employment history (name of employer, job titles, dates of employment and salary), full education history (qualification, grade, dates and place of study), explanation of any gaps in employment and the contact details of at least two referees including your current / most recent employer indicating whether you consent to us contacting each referee prior to interview.

Your personal statement should outline your motivation for applying and how you meet the criteria for the role.

We will not accept applications from agencies.

Closing date: Sunday 27th March 2022
Interview dates: anticipated week commencing 4th April 2022.

Key documents

Unitary candidate recruitment information sheet


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