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  • Job reference: RMS0177001

Planning Officer

  • Sector: Commercial
  • Location: Brighton, East Sussex
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 06/03/2017
  • Duration: 2 months
  • Time left:
    d h m s
    (03/04/17)
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The Role:
Purpose of Planning

Providing a high quality customer-focused planning service for the city, and using professional expertise to advise on local conservation and planning issues in line with statutory frameworks and the council's environmental and sustainability objectives.

Principal Accountabilities

Responsible for a complex work programme of planning related activities and enquiries working flexibly across teams, including the preparation of reports on planning applications; the development and implementation of planning/conservation policies and plans and evidence in regard to planning and enforcement appeals

To present reports and evidence at committee meetings, hearings, inquiries and court on complex planning applications and planning and enforcement appeals and on matters of planning/conservation policy (including planning briefs and design guidance). This may involve answering questions from the public on matters of Planning judgement

To develop/prepare complex/technical/legal paperwork/information for internal and external meetings and, where appropriate, represent the council at meetings

To develop and maintain a good knowledge of relevant Planning legislation and planning/enforcement/conservation issues, as appropriate to the role, in the city

Work in partnership and engage with a range of external stakeholders to ensure that all decision making is based on accurate and informed recommendations and advice. Actively engage in the promotion of closer links with the council's service users, especially through the development of community and resident liaison, with a view to ensuring the provision of user-led services

Assist in the development of awareness campaigns, education and information activities, consultation and public meetings or similar.

Undertake other relevant high level activities related to the team and, where appropriate, responsible for the management and/or training of team members

To work collaboratively with colleagues across the service to promote continuous service improvement and ensure that customers receive a consistently high quality of service that is reflected in customer feedback.

In addition:

Planning Officer (Enforcement)
To investigate, carry out site visits, collect evidence and advise on complaints of information concerning possible unauthorised works which are subject to control under Planning and associated legislation, across the city.

To prepare reports for the Principal Planning Officer (Enforcement) in relation to cases which, after consultation with appropriate teams, consider the expediency of formal action, following up decisions on recommendations and instigating and effecting necessary legal proceedings in order to pursue breaches of planning control.

Planning Officer (Conservation)

To evaluate the impact of proposed changes to historic buildings and areas and provide appropriate advice, based upon national and local policy and professional knowledge and experience

To assess historic buildings and areas, determining their significance and advising on the appropriate repair and restoration of buidlings

General Accountabilities

To co-operate in the implementation of the council Health and Safety policy

In particular: as set out in section 4.5 of the Health & Safety Policy:

* To take due care of their own health and safety and that of others, who may be affected by their acts and mistakes at work
* To use equipment according to instructions
* To ensure that they do not use facilities and equipment recklessly or interfere with the safe use of equipment, materials or systems
* To report any unsafe act, or condition, any accident or incident according to Health and Safety Policy

To uphold and carry out the duties of the post with due regard to the City Council's Equalities and Equality in Employment Policies.


Essential:
Educated to minimum of NQF level 5 or equivalent and/or hold a relevant qualification in Town Planning or a relevant related field
Commitment to CPD in the planning or related profession
Knowledge of planning/enforcement/conservation principles and practice including relevant legislation
Experience of promotion/education and campaign work
Contribute to policy development, planning briefs or similar
Able to negotiate and influence decision making; present and discuss information with authority when representing the service/council
A methodical approach to project and programme management
Work to tight statutory deadlines and under pressure
Work effectively and flexibly as part of a team and across the service

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