Planning opportunities

We have a variety of roles within the planning team ranging from assistant planner to team leader.

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Welcome from Matt O'Neill, assistant director, growth, planning and trading standards

Meeting the challenge in North Yorkshire

Thank you for your interest.

North Yorkshire is a special place, host to the phenomenal Tour de France, and its legacy Tour de Yorkshire. 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 county council 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 as a council; confident about the services that we provide and ambitious for the future even through the difficult times of austerity.

This is a really unique time for our service as a significant amount of hard work has been going on in the planning department in producing the joint minerals and waste local plan. Working in partnership with colleagues in the City of York and the North York Moors National Park Authority there has been a full consultation exercise around this massively important document.


There are three core values underpinning everything that the growth, planning and trading standards service delivers:

  1. We will positively support sustainable growth. This means taking advantage of opportunities to actively promote growth and working closely with partners who share this mind-set.
  2. People will be at the heart of what we do. In recognition that our role is to create the right environment for our citizens to thrive.
  3. We will seek to deliver the right quality outcomes. Ensuring that a quality threshold runs through everything we do.

There are a range of pressures on our environment and infrastructure which we must manage, as well as significant opportunities arising from investment by both the county council and other Government agencies.

North Yorkshire is a place with a strong economy and a commitment to sustainable growth that will enable our citizens 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. The growth, planning and trading standards service is committed to doing everything it can to support the delivery of this ambition alongside delivery of its statutory duties.

If you are interested in meeting the challenge in North Yorkshire, then we welcome your application.

Matt O'Neill
Assistant director, growth, planning and trading standards

Why work here?

North Yorkshire County Council is a top-rated authority and great changes are afoot to continue with the improvements that have already transformed working within the council.

You’ll be joining a council that has high performance achievement, innovation, and a focus on the customer at its core; changing the way in which we deliver services to our communities and leading to service improvements across the authority.

What can we offer you?

We have exciting times ahead within the planning department offering you the opportunity to:

  • Join a highly successful service;
  • Make a real difference to the communities of North Yorkshire;
  • Use the latest technology and innovative ways of working;
  • Be supported by professionals and a commitment to your continued professional development and life-long learning;
  • Enjoy a comprehensive employee benefits package including employer pension scheme, family friendly leave, flexible working, salary sacrifice and employee discount benefits. See the  total rewards brochure (pdf / 1 MB) for details;
  • Work in an inspiring environment, due to the natural geography of North Yorkshire;
  • Have job satisfaction, with the ability to see through projects from start to finish, and witness first-hand the positive impact on the communities we serve;
  • Work in partnership with communities, contractors and wider professional networks; and
  • Work on new, innovative projects in an organisation whose strong financial management enables the investment into invest to save initiatives to secure future sustainability.

North Yorkshire is England’s largest county. It is very diverse socially, geography and economically. Covering over 3,300 square miles there is a very rich and diverse environment and heritage that would suit all the family, including:

  • Two national parks - North York Moors and The Yorkshire Dales;
  • A Heritage Coast - Whitby and Scarborough;
  • Four areas of outstanding natural beauty - Nidderdale, Howardian Hills, the Forest of Bowland and the North Pennines and over 240 sites of special scientific interest;
  • Over 12,000 listed buildings and thousand more monuments and archaeological sites, including Fountains Abbey, a World Heritage Site;
  • Thriving market towns and isolated rural uplands;
  • Racecourses, including Catterick Bridge, Thirsk and York who host events such a family and ladies days;
  • Croft Circuit which holds meetings of the British Touring Car Championship, British Superbike and Pickup Truck Racing;
  • For the little and big children - Forbidden Corner, Lightwater Valley and Flamingo Land; and
  • Vibrant cities such as York and Leeds.

In 2014 North Yorkshire community safety partnership constitution was established between North Yorkshire County Council and North Yorkshire Police over the past two years the new national crime figures have revealed North Yorkshire to be the safest place in England, this reflects the outstanding partnership that exists throughout the county.
North Yorkshire has a substantial high rate of good performing schools in comparison to other counties, so overall North Yorkshire as a county offers a considerate work life balance for all the family, making it a great place to live.

Don’t take it from us, see the Welcome to Yorkshire website for more details.


Meet our people

Our people are our backbone, in the 2017 staff survey 91 per cent of the department said the people in their team co-operate to get the work done, 85 per cent say they make sure they continue to learn from experience and have the opportunity to contribute their views and are proud to work for the council. These results reflect the strong support network and the “grow your own ethos” the department has adopted and practices. Overall, planning is a highly desirable department to work in within the council.

Meet Alan and Amy, whom both started their careers at entry level. Read their stories on how they progressed in their careers.

Alan joined North Yorkshire County Council as an assistant development control officer on a 12 month contract in 2006 after graduating from Sheffield University where he studied Human Geography. He became interested in planning after a work experience placement in Ryedale District Council.

Alan was confirmed in position a year later and was given the opportunity to study for his masters in Town and Regional Planning on a one day release. It took two years to complete but once qualified he was promoted to senior planner.
In 2014 Alan applied and was successfully appointed development control team leader. Initially he did not think he was ready to take on a management role or the extra responsibility until he was given a huge confidence boost when approached by the then assistant director who encouraged Alan to apply for the role. It’s a very much “grow your own ethos.”

“Working in the planning department can be intense and pressured at times due to working to tight deadlines, but it is highly enjoyable, the working environment is good and as a solid team we support each other to ensure tasks are complete. I enjoy the management role and the extra responsibilities but also feel a sense of achievement in supporting the team in their own personal and professional development, I like to put myself in my team’s place and think, how can I support them and give them the same opportunities I had.”

The benefit package is good, generous leave with the option to buy more if required, in additional to this all the bank holidays as well as flexi-time and of course, Monday to Friday working.

Home working is attractive. I work from home once a week which I believe allows me to be more productive as well as being good as a breakaway space for ideas and report writing, as well as saving on the commute time and cost of course!

The council also has a generous pension, leaving university at 21 going into my first main job I didn’t consider a pension, now looking back it’s good to know I had the opportunity, it’s definitely a good perk to have.

Public service is attractive being part of a service that delivers real benefit for the communities we serve is inspiring for example as part of a larger service you can see where you’ve contributed in the development of key educational facilities and highway infrastructure across the county. When a new facility opens there is a huge amount of pride knowing you were part of it. I’m proud of our influence and the work we have done. Working for North Yorkshire County Council is a great opportunity and I would highly recommend it to others.

Amy joined trading standards team in 2008 as an apprentice admin assistant on a temporary six month maternity cover. Her consideration for applying for North Yorkshire County Council was the apprenticeship scheme, she saw opportunities within the organisation as well as thinking it would be good as her first job after having completed a year at college.

Amy was taken on as a full time administration assistant in March 2009 and moved to development and countryside service where she began doing the admin work for the planning team. In 2010 she was informed by a colleague of the planning technician vacancy and was encouraged to apply as she had developed knowledge whilst completing her apprenticeship. Despite having doubts of her technical ability she applied and was appointed.

In August 2013 Amy became a monitoring and compliance officer in planning. In September 2014, funded by North Yorkshire County Council she attended a two-year part time degree course in Town and Regional Planning at Leeds Beckett University and graduated in July 2017.

In January this year, Amy volunteered to take on planning application casework to expand her knowledge and to follow the natural step in her career. She later became a full time planner In October 2017, her current position.

What is it like working in the planning department?

It’s busy and very varied working between minerals and waste, and schools, it’s not repetitive in the least and I find it very interesting. Looking back I wanted to do architecture as I’ve always had an eye for art so was drawn to the job. It’s a very friendly, supportive and trusting environment with good morale.

What does working for the council mean to you?

I often get asked where I work and don’t shy away from the answer. I am proud to work for North Yorkshire County Council.

What are the benefits for working for the council?

Pension scheme, I never considered a pension, never knew much about it and having the opportunity has allowed me to explore it in more detail. I joined the scheme when I was 17, it is good knowing I have that behind me. The amount of leave and flexi you have is generous as well as the added benefit of working from home which I do, every couple of weeks, it’s great to catch up with work as well as a break away from the office, it’s nice to feel trusted to work from home.

This is Amy and this is what we do!

We offer a comprehensive total rewards package for our staff, consisting of competitive pay, generous annual leave, employee assistance programme and more. We also offer various benefits via salary sacrifice, providing tax and national insurance savings of up to 40 per cent. North Yorkshire County Council employees are automatically enrolled into the Local Government Pension Scheme, one of the few remaining defined-benefit pension schemes in the UK. There are many benefits to the scheme, such as, on average the council pays over twice as much as staff towards each pension.

Commuting or relocation?

Should you need to commute on public transport, we offer an interest free season ticket loan so you can spread the cost. For driving, why not consider a fuel-efficient salary sacrifice car?

Relocating to a new area for employment can be expensive and stressful at the best of times, if you need to re-locate North Yorkshire County Council’s comprehensive relocation scheme offers expensed relocation up to £8,000, subject to eligibility. See our  relocation scheme policy (pdf / 180 KB) for details. This can give you piece of mind and support when you need it.

Read Jon’s story on how the scheme has benefited him and his family.

Following a short work placement within the service, Jon joined the council in July 2016 after spending 22 years in the army.

In his early months of his employment, Jon lived between both Preston and Harrogate, separating him from his family and giving him a two and half hour commute twice a week.

He decided upon completion of his probationary period to move to the area to enable him to minimise commute time and spend more time with his family.

Jon needed to consider the best location which would take into account schooling for his young children as well as the happy medium between family, work, transport links and the proximity to the A1. Having found the ideal home in an ideal location Jon has reduced his commute from two plus hours to only 20 minutes.

Jon used the council’s relocation allowance, which allows you to claim up to £8,000 in expenses when moving to the area. The initial cost was financed directly by Jon and claimed back using receipts.

Jon said “Being able to claim relocation allowance was a huge benefit for me and my family, it made the whole process of moving much easier. Knowing the company that you work for is willing to invest in you is both comforting and motivating to someone who is making a serious decision of moving lock, stock and barrel to a new area.”

Jon is now enjoying his work life balance exploring the area and what North Yorkshire has to offer.

Available opportunities

We have a variety of excellent opportunities within our planning department at the moment. Select a job title below for more information.

Are you someone who thrives on a challenge? Are you passionate about protecting the heritage and landscape of North Yorkshire?

We are looking for a team leader (planning services) who has the drive to meet challenges head on, as well as someone who can work successfully with our stakeholders and clients. You will act as the service specialist in relation to bot