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Planning Officer

  • Location

    Shefford, Bedfordshire

  • Sector:

    Housing Benefits & Planning

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  • Salary:

    £25.00 - £26.25 per hour

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  • Published:

    3 months ago

  • Duration:

    4 Months

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  • Expiry date:


Our client is seeking a Planning Officer on an initial 4 month contract with the possibility of an extension.

Working Hours:

37 Hours per week

Monday -Friday

Pay Rate:

£25.00 p/h

Job Purpose:

To act as a professional planning specialist/expert at an officer level, providing definitive professional advice for the Council, creating and applying best practice and delivering successful planning outcomes across the full range of planning disciplines within the Planning Division, those disciplines being: Development Management, Development Planning and Minerals & Waste Planning.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Take responsibility for resolving planning projects, planning applications and development consent orders from conception to conclusion.
  • To prepare draft evidence for the Council for planning appeals including written representations, hearings and public examinations.
  • To secure the necessary planning obligations which ensure the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with planning law, national and local planning policy, balance stakeholder and local community requirements and apply best practice.
  • To judge competing priorities, negotiate with and give definitive advice to all stakeholders in the planning process including, developers, professional agents, councillors, parish/town councils, service providers, council officers, community organisations and members of the public on planning issues associated with development projects and proposals.
  • To develop, manage and maintain excellent working relationships with developers, professional agents, councillors, parish/town councils, service providers, council officers, community organisations and members of the public and apply high levels of customer care practice towards maintaining those relationships.
  • Ensure continued professional development in line with corporate and RTPI requirements, recognising gaps in personal skill/knowledge base and (in consultation with line manager) identify appropriate training and development necessary for retaining the expert level of skill and knowledge required within the role
  • To take responsibility for personal performance in accordance with divisional performance targets.
  • To manage a caseload of planning applications and appeals across a range of application types.
  • To make planning judgements and recommendations to Planning Committee on planning applications and make planning decisions on applications where they can be determined in accordance with the Council's scheme of delegated powers.
  • To provide pre-application advice on behalf of the Council both at the application and pre-application stage against performance targets.
  • To research and advise Planning Enforcement colleagues and members of the public regarding breaches of planning control.
  • To negotiate and seek resolution of enforcement complaints, liaising with stakeholders and complainants.
  • To undertake the duties listed in 8-12 above in relation to Minerals and Waste planning applications, development consent orders, appeals and planning enforcement.
  • To assist in carrying out periodic reviews of mineral permissions where appropriate in order to minimise the impact of old mineral planning permissions on the environment and local communities.
  • To help implement an effective regime for monitoring and enforcement of minerals and waste policies and sites in order to protect the environment and local communities.
  • To undertake the duties listed in 17-19, 22 and 23 below in relation to Minerals and Waste plan-making.
  • To assist in developing and preparing planning policies, policy guidance and development proposals for inclusion in the Council's Development Plan which sets the framework to deliver sustainable development for new housing, employment, infrastructure and community requirements over a 20-30 year period.
  • To input into co-operative working with other local planning authorities, development partners and local communities to prepare and deliver planning.

Skills and Experience:

  • Up to date knowledge of statutory regulations, theory and best practice pertaining to Development Management the LDF and associated activities
  • Political awareness and ability to operate effectively in a political environment
  • Influencing & negotiation skills
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Commitment to evidence based decision making.
  • Clear understanding and awareness of local and national policy on planning activities within local authorities.
  • Excellent level of IT familiarity and skills
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Good mediation skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Outcome focused approach to work
  • Shows initiative


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