Senior Planner – Strategic Planning

Priority Candidates will be considered in the first instance


Wigan Life Centre South

College Avenue




Salary: Grade 8, £19,212 - £21,779 per annum.


22.2 hours per week


Temporary for 11 months to cover Maternity


Your role:


This is an exciting opportunity to contribute substantially to the review of the Wigan Local Plan, including consultation on options and preferences, and the preparation and consultation of the initial Draft Plan. 


This will involve preparing and appraising evidence, draft policies and consulting and engaging key stakeholders and communities. You will also play a key role in assisting Neighbourhood Forums in the preparation of Neighbourhood Plans and the preparation of the council’s Authority Monitoring Report.


About you:


You will be a positive and enthusiastic planner with a degree in town planning or related discipline and membership of, or eligibility for, the RTPI, with a good knowledge of the role of planning policy in enabling growth and conservation, and an understanding of the development process and viability issues.  You will be creative, have good research and investigative skills, be a good communicator, self-organised and collaborative, with a will to help make good development happen. 


About us:


Wigan Council has been voted ‘Council of the Year’ at the iESE Public Sector Transformation Awards and has recently published The Deal 2030, our ambitious plan for our borough.  We are signed up to the Greater Manchester Continuous Service Commitment ensuring that your service will be continuous or 'unbroken' between the supporting organisations.


Wigan is a great place to live and work and the council truly values and recognises its staff as its greatest asset. Through our ‘Be Wigan’ behaviours, Be Courageous, Be Accountable, Be Positive and Be Kind, we actively encourage innovation, strive to deliver outstanding services and celebrate our successes.


Here at Wigan, we are proud to support flexible working patterns, when the service can accommodate this. We also take a blended approach to where we work, depending on the work we do. This may include working from home (My Place), the office (Our Place) or the community (Your Place). We like to thank our employees for their hard work and commitment by giving them the opportunity to access a range of exclusive rewards and benefits click here to find out more about working for #TeamWigan.


Wigan Council prides itself on equality, inclusion and promoting diversity within the borough and aims to recruit a workforce that reflects our diverse communities. We invest in training and developing our staff, in a positive learning environment, and aim to be a consciously inclusive employer. We welcome applications from everybody in the community and would particularly encourage applicants from our underrepresented groups to apply. At Wigan, it is really important to us that applicants demonstrate our Team Wigan behaviours, and we do all we can to make sure that everyone feels like they belong. We have guidance in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process.


For further information, or an informal discussion please contact David Kearsley on 01942 489223.


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Interview date: Tuesday 31st October 2023


Senior Planner – Strategic Planning
Location: Wigan Life Centre South