Development Officer

Bath and North East Somerset Council
Bath/ Keynsham/ Midsomer Norton (remote working potential, but regular site visits are required)
£35,745 - £38,223 pa

Bath & North East Somerset Council seeks an ambitious Development Officer to join the multi-disciplinary Regeneration team. In this career graded post, the successful candidate will be able to progress towards a Senior Development Officer and Principal grade within the role on delivery of key milestones, and the post will be extended on successful award of future grant funding.

The Regeneration team has secured over £24m in project delivery funding over the last three years and is now progressing a range of ambitious regeneration schemes in Bath city centre, local high streets and the nearby towns of Keynsham, Midsomer Norton and Radstock.

This role will be responsible for leading the delivery of the Vacant Unit Action Project. By bringing otherwise vacant properties back into use for community benefit you will bring cultural, business, environmental and social uses to our city and town centres and local high streets. You will work closely alongside other service areas within the Council as well as partner organisations to achieve this.

You will be able to demonstrate how you can bring your knowledge and experience in planning, urban design or a related field to complex regeneration challenges, and work will include ideas and visioning, strategy, delivery including procurement, funding bid/business case preparation, engagement and consultation, property leases, planning and working with construction delivery teams.

New grant funded projects include the Bath Studio 22 pop-up space, Old Print Works art and community space in Radstock, the redevelopment of 1000m2 vacant town centre units in Keynsham as employment space and a meanwhile use project as a precursor to the development of Bath’s Fashion Museum in the Old Post Office. You will work on visions, concept plans and support the delivery and development planning applications.

To find out more about the past Vacant Unit Action Project you can view our short film

To find out more about the Regeneration team’s projects


Bath & North East Somerset lies between the Cotswold and Mendip areas of outstanding natural beauty. The city of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built around Britain’s only thermal springs.

This role offers the opportunity for flexible working, with a combination of working from home and office working.  Office time will be mainly spent in our award-winning, modern Civic Centre in Keynsham, halfway between Bath and Bristol, easily accessible on public transport, with a train station 5 minutes’ walk away. Hot desking workspaces are also available in the Guildhall/Studio 22 Hub in Bath and Unit 14 Midsomer Norton


Why B&NES Council?

We offer a wide range of benefits, to ensure that you are paid fairly for your work, have the flexibility to enjoy a great work/life balance, and have the support you need.  These include:

A competitive salary package

A range of flexible working and hybrid working options, including flexi-time, four regional offices and home-working, dependent on service requirements

A generous holiday allowance and special leave provisions

The Local Government Pension Scheme

A comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme – whatever life throws at you; we are committed to supporting you and your well-being at work and home

Professional and personal development including in-house training and accredited qualifications including Aspiring Manager and Leadership Development

Discount scheme including the VECTIS card that offers numerous local discounts including cycle to work and free entry to numerous local attractions with B&NES


Job Description download here

Job reference: 23CORP50037A


Interested to find out more?

If you are interested in this post and require more details after reading the job description or just to chat through the role and what’s involved, please contact Cleo Newcombe-Jones, Regeneration Manager to arrange a time for a call (


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Bath & North East Somerset Council has one overriding purpose – to improve people’s lives. We have four core values which shape every aspect of our working life and how we look to the future. These values are to be Bold, Empowered, Supportive and Transparent.

Please explain in your application how you could incorporate these values into the role you are applying for.

As an equal opportunities employer, Bath & North East Somerset Council is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective employees and is opposed to discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender reassignment, or marriage and civil partnership.

We aspire to have a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply and join us.

Application Closing Date: 22/03/2024

Interview Date: 03/04/2024

Safeguarding Statement:

The Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.   As part of this commitment anyone working in a post with children or vulnerable groups will be expected to undertake an Enhanced DBS check with/without barred list checks.

Please note the Council operates a policy of prior consideration for roles for any individual on the Council’s at-risk register.  This means should a redeployee express an interest in this role, providing they meet the essential criteria for the role, they will be interviewed before any shortlisting or interviewing of external candidates.

Closing Date
Friday 22 March 2024