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Senior Planning Lawyer

Test Valley Borough Council
Beech Hurst, Andover (agile working possible)
£61,287- £67,204
Closing date
1 Jul 2024

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This is an exciting and important role, reporting directly to the Head of Legal and Democratic Services, and you will be a key player in providing an effective and efficient legal service to the council.

You will be the council’s lead and subject matter expert on all planning law matters as part of a friendly and dedicated legal team. The Test Valley area provides a diverse mix of rural and urban planning matters, offering an interesting and varied workload. And you will be joining the council at an exciting time as we have big ambitions, with priorities including transforming our main town centres of Romsey and Andover.

This is a role where every day promises to be different. You will be attending and advising the council’s two planning committees dealing with enforcement matters, judicial reviews and compulsory purchase orders, and advising on and drafting planning obligations, including those relating to complex and high profile applications and developments.

You will also benefit from the council’s significant leadership learning and development offer as part of the authority’s Senior Managers’ Forum.

You will be a confident planning law practitioner with significant experience. The opportunity also exists to be involved in other areas of work and for you to develop and make this post your own.

For further information or an informal discussion please contact Karen Dunn, Head of Legal and Democratic Services at

To view a detailed job specification and further details please visit

This is a politically restricted post.

Closing Date:  1 July 2024

Interviews: From 8 July 2024


The extensive area of the Test Valley borough is one of the most beautiful areas in Southern England.

The River Test and its associated tributaries - the Mecca of trout fisherman - runs through the entire length of the area from north to south.

The countryside is typical Hampshire downland interspersed with woods and copses and high quality agricultural land. The area contains two principal towns, Andover and Romsey. Andover in the north, the larger of the two, is an expanding town with a modern shopping centre and there are plans for a new cinema and theatre.

There is a leisure centre and substantial industrial developments, together with further fully serviced land available for lease by industrialists. Romsey in the south is an ancient medieval town with its Abbey and Broadlands, the home of the late Earl Mountbatten of Burma. From just south of Newbury to the Northern edge of Southampton Test Valley, like its river, makes up western Hampshire.

The Borough comprises the growing commercial centre of Andover, the country market town of Romsey and the beautiful countryside of the valley of the River Test, centred on Stockbridge. Test Valley must have one of the most diverse characters in Hampshire: its rural character reflects the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, occupying more than 10% of the Borough, some 25 Sites of Special Scientific Interest, 38 Conservation Areas and thousands of listed buildings.

Yet on the other hand Test Valley has a vibrant economy with a number of household name companies with local headquarters, low unemployment and business sites totalling well over a million square feet available for development.

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01264 368000
Beech Hurst
Weyhill Road

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