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Planning Technician (GIS and Local Plan)

Project Planning Technician (GIS and Local Plan)
Employer Melton Borough Council
Job Description

Job Title: Planning Technician (GIS and Local Plan)

Location: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Number of Positions: 1

Salary (per annum pro rata): £21,074 to £23,111 (dependent upon experience)

Start Date: ASAP

Length of Opportunity: Permanent


The Borough of Melton is an attractive rural area in the northeast of Leicestershire. Steeped in rural tradition, this part of the country is famous for its fine food and drink, including Melton Mowbray pork pies, stilton cheese and locally brewed ale.

At Melton Borough Council, we are looking for a Planning Technician to work with a variety of our teams including support work for the Council’s ambitious Local Plan. If you’re a talented GIS user who is confident working on their own initiative and has a strong interest in town planning matters, we want to hear from you!

We are:

We are Melton Borough Council. Our Council is an ambitious and exciting place to work mainly due to the people who work here. We are proud of our track record in providing efficient, well-run and community-focused services. We employ around 200 colleagues across a range of service areas making it a great place to develop or kick-start your career.

Our busy planning team is ideal for enthusiastic professionals wishing to focus on securing sustainable growth and service development. Melton Mowbray is renowned as the Rural Capital of Food and has strong ambition for growth, promoting very significant development opportunities. The Council is expanding its team to support the delivery of this important service area. The Planning team have a vital role in delivering the service objectives in a dynamic and attractive working environment, shaping our environment and delivering sustainable growth in our attractive rural area

Our values are:

  • We Care: valuing others and developing ourselves; committed and passionate about what we do

  • We Innovate: ambitious, creative and resourceful; responding positively to challenges

  • We Achieve: taking responsibility and seeking excellence; always proud to serve

We are Melton.

These define how we work with partners, work with the community and work with each other.

We need:

We need a Planning Technician (GIS and Local Plan) who can assist in the delivery of the Council’s Strategic Planning and Regulatory Services, with particular responsibility for the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) databases and research intelligence that underpin these service areas. You will also give support to the Local Planning team who are responsible for the delivery of the Council’s ambitious Local Plan.

You are:

  • Equipped with a good understanding of the principles of GIS and information management. Including:

    • a practical understanding of the role of GIS data within development control, building control/or licensing processes.

    • experience developing, administering and supporting GIS systems.

  • An enthusiastic and energetic advocate for the business benefits of GIS.

  • A fully qualified driver with access to your own car.

  • Able to work on your own initiative and collaboratively as part of a team.

  • An excellent communicator and successful negotiator.

  • Computer literate: experienced using IT systems to assist service delivery.

  • Educated to GCSE grade C or above in English and Maths (or equivalent qualification).

  • Flexible in your approach to team work and working patterns.

  • Able to demonstrate a high level of personal performance.

In an ideal world, you are also:

  • Experienced using any of the following:

    • ArcView, ArcSDE and ArcIMS.

    • Digital mapping data and databases.

    • OS digital data and updating the data (including translation into other file formats).

    • IDOX Uniform and/or LALPAC system.

  • Experienced geo-referencing of large databased within a GIS.

  • Experienced working in Planning

  • Aware and have an understanding of the Councils’ Corporate approach to service delivery and Corporate Priorities.

  • A graduate of / or hold qualifications in a related subject.

What’s in it for you?

As a planning technician you will gain a thorough understanding of the role of data and systems in underpinning the Councils Services and have the opportunity to develop transferable skills and experience in a number of work areas which will significantly enhance future employability.

Working for Melton Borough Council you can also benefit from: Local Government Salary Pension Scheme, Discounted leisure centre membership, Flexi-time, Cycle to work scheme, Christmas week off! See more benefits here.

Day in the Life:

  • Upload a new, relevant data set onto the corporate GIS data base.

  • Working on the new local plan, contributing to delivering growth and future prosperity

  • Assist planning officers and senior staff regarding the processing of planning and related applications, enquires and appeals.

  • Liaise with an external organisation to ensure the effective export of information from the council.

  • Opportunity to use your flexi-time to take advantage of the nearby sports and leisure facilities.

  • Interact with colleagues as you provide training and advice on the use of GIS within the Authority.

  • Contribute to the investigation of an enforcement case.

  • Analyse and efficiently interpret data using GIS and other data systems to assist the Planning Policy team. Including creating maps and technical information to feed into policy documents.

  • Participate in the consultation process associated with the Local Plan and its future development

  • Respond to general enquiries and provide advice to members of the public, developers, other bodies and other Council services on national, strategic and local planning policies and programmes.

This is a varied role and the above outline is in no way exhaustive.

A list of job responsibilities is available upon request, please email

Nitty Gritty Details:

Hours/Week: 37 hours (5 days)

Annual leave: 22 days (rising to 27 after 5 years service), plus bank holidays and an additional 3 days off over the Christmas period.

Work outside normal hours: Some out of hours work may be required (overtime paid after 6pm)


Closing Date: 18th November 2018

Telephone Interview Date: w/c 19th November 2018

Interview Date: Thursday 29th November 2018

This recruitment is being managed by Change Agents UK, please direct all correspondence to or call 01572 723419

Project County Leicestershire
Location Melton Mowbray
Salary £21,074 - £23,111
Application Deadline 2018-11-18
Interview Date 2018-11-29
Hours Per Week 37.00
Places Available 1

Closed - no further applications permitted