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Principle Planning Officer
Are you a qualified or experienced principal planning officer looking for a new role to broaden your skills?
This role will be to investigate, consider and report on the full range of applications, development proposals and enforcement matters under the Planning Acts within a designated area of the Borough.
* Inspecting plans, carrying out site visits and assessing development proposals and possible breaches of planning control, including monitoring
* Providing advice to applicants and other customers, including on whether permission/consent is likely to be granted and how schemes may be altered so permission/consent may be granted, and negotiating planning applications and enforcement matters.
* Advising third parties about planning matters and the scope of planning control
* Maintaining notes of site visits, meetings, and records of actions
* Drafting reports and recommending whether applications are granted or refused and whether enforcement action should be taken for submission to planning committee or for decision by the Director or Operational Head of Development Management.
* Preparing statements and other materials for appeals and prosecutions for agreement by the Team Leader and/or Operational Head of Development Management, and to appear as the Council’s representative at inquiries, hearings, and court.
* Keeping applicants, complainants, colleagues, councillors, and others informed of the position of current cases and to share knowledge where necessary.
* Checking applications for validation as part of providing a joined-up service to applicants, giving the necessary advice to applicants and maintaining appropriate records
Experience & Qualifications:
* A degree in town planning or equivalent
* Evidence of relevant continuous professional development
* Chartered membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute (or equivalent) or eligibility for chartered membership and evidence of relevant continuous professional development
* Some planning experience, some of which should have been gained in a development management (including planning enforcement) environment
* Excellent working knowledge of current planning legislation and practice
* Able to communicate clearly and articulately with the spoken word