Dorset Council’s Planning Service is at the heart of place-shaping, and we want to make sure our legacy is a sustainable one for future generations to enjoy. We have a team of over 200 people across our range of services, and we strive to work as one team to deliver the best outcomes for our communities.
There are great opportunities to get involved in a wide variety of projects, and we always ensure that everyone feels valued and supported in developing their career.
Help shape the environment for future generations
By being part of the planning team you'll get to work in an area of outstanding natural beauty, with the opportunity to add quality developments into our landscapes. You will be part of a team that puts people first, whose supportive culture encourages everyone to thrive. You will also help shape the environment for visitors and residents of Dorset to enjoy.
What we are proud of
Why I work for planning
Embracing technology and agile workingAt Dorset Council we embrace technology and new ways of working to help you do your job efficiently and effectively. All planning and enforcement officers are offered the option of either a tablet or a mobile phone to allow you to check plans and take notes and photos on site visits. We actively encourage collaborative working and an agile approach to work, with opportunities to work either in the office or remotely depending on the activity.
Training and development opportunitiesA great range of learning and development opportunities for professional and personal development are available to officers in the planning teams. All employees have access to the Council’s interactive learning experience platform, The Learning Hub, providing video content, bitesize learning and eLearning modules that can be completed at a pace and time convenient to the person.
There is the opportunity to take part in regular in-house development sessions on subjects such as biodiversity, planning law and flood risk and officers are supported in attending RTPI regional continuing professional development events.
At a team level officers take the time to reflect and learn from developments that have been built out, visiting and critically reviewing them as a team to foster debate on issues such as layout and design.