Senior Planner (IRC88863E) Job at Scottish Government – in Edinburgh

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£39,312 – £47,065


Senior Executive Officer


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About the job


uccessful candidates will initially join the division’s Spatial Planning, Policy and Environmental Team which has responsibility for: the production of Scotland’s National Planning Framework; co-ordination of Scottish Planning Policy aligned with wider Scottish Government strategies and policies; implementing local development planning aspects of the Planning (Scotland) Act, 2019: and undertaking Strategic Environmental Assessments for a wide range of Scottish Government plans, programmes and strategies.

Senior planners take ownership of key planning issues and develop national policy, advice and solutions in response to issues that arise. The role requires positive collaborative working with a wide range of internal government departments, including transport, energy, economic development, environment and housing. Extensive external engagement with all the key agencies, Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), planning authorities, the private sector, community and representative bodies and other interest groups is essential. Frequent interaction with Ministers and regular involvement in all forms of communication are necessary to successfully deliver the Divisional business plan.

Job description

  • Support the delivery of Scotland’s Fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4)
  • Support the introduction of Scottish planning policies on energy, environment, and housing for inclusion in NPF4
  • Support the implementation of the local development planning aspects of the Planning (Scotland) Act, 2019
  • Input to legal casework as required
  • Handle day to day enquiries, Ministerial briefing requests, correspondence and input to related workstreams in wider Scottish Government
  • Working flexibly to support the delivery of National Planning Framework 4
  • There may also be opportunity to work alongside the SEA technical team in undertaking Strategic Environmental Assessments of Scottish Government plans and strategies.


1. In-depth knowledge of the Scottish Planning System and the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 .

2. Recent development planning, development management, environmental assessment or other relevant planning professional experience.

3. Organisational skills and an ability to work to tight deadlines.

4. Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.


  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension

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Company: Scottish Government –

Company Location:  Edinburgh

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