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Job Description

Key Responsibilities:
1. To deal with a range of planning applications including: shopfront, householder, crossover, advert and lawful development applications, beginning with adverts, simple householder extensions and Lawful Development Certificates for proposed development, minor changes of use and conversions, listed building consents and accompanying planning applications, cases within conservation areas, conversions, larger and more complex changes of use and modest new build schemes, plus negotiation of all potential types of S106 agreements, including financial contributions.

2. To deal with a range of development control issues, including major and complex cases, undertaking negotiations with applicants/prospective developers and representatives of other parts of the Council, as required

3. To undertake the tasks required for the accurate validation and allocation of in-coming applications up to and including smaller “major” applications.

4. To contribute to the review of the Local Development Framework and the formulation of new strategic policies and site proposals

5. To prepare and present quality professional advice, briefing information and reports, to appropriate individuals and bodies at all levels of the council’s governance arrangements and to external organisations, public meetings and site visits as required.

6. To prepare and present statements and evidence for public inquiries and informal hearings for smaller “major” appeals and in court

7. To ensure appropriate public participation on planning applications and development projects, and to analyse the results thereof

8. To provide advice to applicants and the public on planning applications and development proposals under the supervision of a more senior officer.

9. To provide advice, as required, on all aspects of the planning process on the telephone, in writing, by email and face to face with visiting customers

10. In conjunction with the Principal Planning Officer and Team Leader, prepare briefs for external consultants and undertake day to day supervision of appointed consultants work

11. To maintain a current knowledge of relevant law, policies, working practices and procedures

12. To help ensure effective liaison and co-ordination with other parts of the Council, and with other services as required on planning and other related matters.

13. To contribute to the development of a strategic planning function, which promotes the Council’s regeneration framework and provides an integrated approach to policy, regeneration and development issues.

14. To provide advice and guidance to nominated trainees and new starters in conjunction with the Principal Planning Officer and Team Leader

15. To work flexibly in undertaking the duties and responsibilities of this job, and participate as required in multi-disciplinary and cross-organisational groups and task teams.

16. To take responsibility, relevant to the post, for ensuring that Council statutes and government legislation is upheld. This includes, amongst others; Management Compliance Charter, Environmental Policy, Data Protection Act, Race Equality Action Plan, Quality Assurance Plan, Health & Safety, Sustainable Construction and Recycling.

17. To take responsibility, appropriate to the post for tackling racism and promoting good race, ethnic and community relations

Additional duties for PO3 grade

18. To deal with all types of application and work in nos.1 and 11 above, plus the full range of complex “major” applications, together with the negotiation of all potential types of S106 agreements, including financial contributions

19. To prepare complex briefing notes for senior officers and members, as required.

20. To prepare and present statements and evidence for planning appeal including public inquiries and informal hearings for the full range of “major” and complex applications and in court

21. To undertake the tasks required for the accurate validation and allocation of the full range of in-coming applications

22. To provide advice, guidance and supervision to more junior officers and provide cover for the Principal Planning Officer

Key Knowledge:

An RTPI-recognized degree level qualification in Town Planning or equivalent.

Eligible for Membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Thorough knowledge of all relevant planning legislation, policies and procedures.


  • £23.50 Per hour

Job Requirements

Relevant Experience:
Significant post qualification experience of relevant development control work, preferably including responsibility for dealing with a planning application caseload.

Experience of providing planning advice to members, senior officers, developers and the public.

Experience of processing the full range of minor and other plus smaller major applications.

Experience of validations and case allocation of all types of application including smaller major applications.

Experience of dealing with S106 including financial contributions.

Experience of dealing with public inquiries and informal hearings

How To Apply

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