Planning, Highways & Transport


"Every day in Development Management is different and working for W&F is enjoyable as you can appreciate looking at a variety of buildings in a verdant landscape"

Nick, Interim Senior Service Manager (Development Management)


Together we are Responsible

Highways team

We work to build vibrant communities and improve how we get around. 

Your role could involve creating exciting plans for how our towns and cities will grow, or navigating diverse planning applications, from small home projects to big housing developments. Alternatively, you might focus on preserving and enhancing the beauty of our architecture and natural landscapes.

Joining us means you can make a real difference in Westmorland and Furness.

A focus on...

Countryside Access Officers

In our role no two days are the same! We could be in the office planning improvements or maintenance works or contributing to larger projects such as bridge installations or resurfacing. The rest of the time we are outside in our local community, covering everywhere from Alston to Barrow-in-Furness. 

We maintain an up to date record of our Public Rights of Way network and resolve any issues we encounter along the way, collaborating with landowners, contractors and members of the public to discuss plans for improvement. 


Two of our Countryside Access Officers in Kendal
Two planning officers looking over some planning paperwork

A career in Planning

You'll have the chance to come up with smart transportation solutions and modern infrastructure to support our region's progress. 

You can explore eco-friendly ways to travel, whether it's by bus, on foot, or by bike. 

No matter which path you choose, you'll be right at the forefront of creating a greener, more sustainable Westmorland and Furness.

Meet Helen

Countryside Access Officer

"The most fulfilling part of my role is working with my team and other teams to find the best possible solution for the public. I feel there is much better cross divisional working as Westmorland and Furness, other departments seem very willing to help us and we try and offer support wherever we can. Mental and physical health are both improved by connection to others and nature. 

Getting out in the fresh air, especially with company (dogs included), is vital to an individual's wellbeing.  In my role as Countryside Access Officer, I am helping to facilitate that."  

3 of our Countryside Access Officers
One of our Planning Officer in High-Vis

Meet Charlotte

Principal Planning Officer

"I joined the authority in April 2021 as a Senior Planning Officer, then became a Principal Planning Officer in 2023 with Westmorland and Furness Council. In my role I assess and determine some of the authority’s largest planning applications, as well as signing off other officers' decisions and mentoring colleagues. Westmorland and Furness Council provides me with an ambitious and supportive environment in which to work and opportunities to progress my career, together with the flexibility to achieve a good work-life balance."