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Planning Inspectorate on the lookout for inspectors

Words: Laura Edgar
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The Planning Inspectorate has announced that it is looking to recruit 20 planning inspectors at the most senior levels.

The recruitment campaign aims to strengthen the number of decision-makers and examiners at the inspectorate, as well as to improve service for customers.

Planning inspectors' careers may stem from a variety of professions, including planning, law, local government, architecture, engineering, academia and environmental professions. They are home-based and operate nationally.

The work involves determining planning and enforcement appeals, examining development plans for local authorities, and making recommendations on applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects.

Sarah Richards, chief executive at the Planning Inspectorate, said: “Increasing the number of planning inspectors who decide and examine the complex casework we deal with is vital to our important role in the planning system. Over the past few years we have seen a large increase in the demand for our services. With the high number of major infrastructure applications expected over 2019 and 2020 and the continuing demand for decisions on complex planning appeals, recruiting new inspectors is one of the measures we are taking to meet demand.”

Applicants can apply by 30 May. More information here on the Civil Service Jobs website.

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