The Planning service at West Suffolk take care of planning applications, listed building consents, planning enforcement, building control, planning advice and planning appeals. Similarly the Planning Strategy team work alongside this to prepare planning policy documents, formulate and implement policies and proposals to preserve and enhance the natural environment and also have a say into environmental interventions such as tree and landscape matters. Covering a wide range of projects, planning are split into two teams; Planning Development and Planning Strategy.

Work you may get invovled in on placement:

  • General administrative tasks
  • Data input
  • Understanding the planning permission process by assisting an existing officer
  • Site visits
  • Assisting with policy implementation
  • Experience of the planning IT system
  • Attending meetings and shadowing management
  • Retail analysis

Find out what Bart did while on placement at West Suffolk in the Planning service.

Placements cover:

  • Planning Development
  • Planning Strategy

Jobs in Planning:

  • Planning Officer
  • Planning Policy Officer
  • Technical Planning Officer
  • Development, Implementation & Monitoring Officer
  • Ecology Tree and Landscape Officer
  • Conservation Officer

Who can do work experience?

Ideal for:

  • Geography students
  • Environmental Science students
  • Construction students
  • Anyone with a keen interest in property, environmental issues and green planning

If you are an enthusiastic student who is willing to learn, have accurate typing skills and wanting to gain an understanding of the work carried out in Planning, please send your CV to