Planning and Legal Job Vacancies

It is "business as usual" at Ashford Borough Council and we can offer opportunities in our Planning and Legal services.

We currently have a broad range of opportunities for Planners and Legal professionals who are passionate about making a difference. Our disciplines will enable you to have considerable involvement with local people, politicians and a range of external organisations and make a positive impact on your community. All our Planners and Legal Officers are supported by excellent in-house IT, marketing and communications, finance and experienced technical administration staff. One of our key strengths is that we can offer you the opportunity to work in a dynamic environment on some truly exciting and diverse projects.

Why Ashford?

Ashford offers an easy pace of life but with an exciting programme of development. Situated in the heart of Kent it is a diverse and vibrant borough of growing towns and rural communities. We are actively investing in infrastructure and housing as well as preserving and enhancing the borough’s unique landscape and environment.

Even in this current economic climate we are continuing to build an exciting and beautiful place for residents, businesses and visitors alike. Underpinning economic prosperity, cultural richness, and commercial opportunities for our communities, our recent major successful developments include the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet expansion, the provision of Junction 10A of the M20, Chapel Down Winery Brewery and the Picturehouse Cinema and Leisure complex. Development is also well underway in Chilmington Green; a development of up to 5,750 quality homes surrounded by rolling landscape. There are also recently approved plans to build film/TV studios in the town. The large scale development collectively are major projects which emphasise Ashford’s ambition.

Ashford – The gateway to Europe

Ashford has an enviable position as a main hub into Europe, with direct transport links to Paris and Brussels. Travelling by train you can get from Ashford to London in just 38 minutes. Other towns in Kent are also within easy commutable reach, Tonbridge (29 minutes), Hastings (38 minutes), Canterbury (15 minutes) and Ebbsfleet in just 19 minutes.

Excellent road networks in Ashford provide ease of travel into the town, the beautiful countryside and coastal areas. Our offices are situated within parkland and are a couple of minutes’ walk from the train station.

Why work with us

You will become part of a talented, passionate team of people committed to providing the best. We recognise the importance of a healthy balance between work and home life and offer flexible working arrangements such as home working and compressed hours, therefore reducing stress, increasing motivation, and improving productivity among our employees. We also have a strong focus on career development and professional training.

Our benefits package includes:

  • A generous relocation package;
  • Up to 39 days annual leave, including bank holidays;
  • Cycle to Work scheme;
  • Joining the Local Government Pension Scheme from day one;
  • Essential user car allowance or lease car subsidy equivalent to £3,050 pa;
  • Online staff benefits offering shopping, entertainment, leisure discounts and savings;
  • Occupational health services;
  • Extensive wellbeing programmes and services and counselling;
  • Flexible working hours.

The best thing about Ashford Borough Council is that we are considered a supportive, friendly and professional place to work and we enjoy our successes.

If you are a Legal or Planning professional and would like further information regarding the opportunities available please forward a CV and covering letter to or call Judy Janson, Personnel Advisor, on 01233 330205.