£14.92 - £15.67 per annum
3 months ago
Our client is seeking a Planning Officer on an initial 2 month contract with the possibility of an extension.
37 Hours per week
Monday - Friday
To enable and ensure acceptable development within the framework of local and national planning policy.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Deal with and determine a wide range of applications for planning permission, specialist consents and determination of requirement for prior approvals.
- Deal with formal consultations from external bodies and organisations.
- Deal with related planning appeals by written representations, hearings and inquiries.
- Check validity of planning, specialist consents and prior notification applications prior to formally registering them.
- Provide planning and specialist conservation and Listed Building advice to the public/Councillors/statutory authorities/professional agents and other related customers.
- Fully process planning applications, Listed Building Consents, Advertisement Consents, Certificate of Lawfulness applications, prior approval notifications, telecommunications applications and formal planning consultations in an effective and efficient manner in accordance with accepted measures, from the first point of contact to their conclusion.
- Carry out site visits; survey; investigative and research work in connection with pre-applications, planning applications, post application work, including appeals and other related matters, which will involve lone working
- Formulate recommendations and write Committee and Officer reports.
- Checking applications for completeness, reading and measuring plans to ensure accuracy and adequacy, formulating development descriptions from submitted forms and plans, checking planning site histories, liaising with applicants and agents to identify and acquire sufficient detail to validate, register and progress each application.
- Fully process planning applications for material and non-material amendments and discharge of conditions.
- Responding to general planning enquiries, including reception duty and all forms of internal and external communication from the first point of contact.
- Issue decisions and negotiate Section 106 agreements.
- Present applications to the Committee and attend Committee Site Visits as and when required.
- Continually monitor and evaluate the systems and processes used by the Development Team and seeking ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the service, including undertaking additional tasks and duties to that end.
- Undertake all processes associated with the validation, registration, progression and determination of planning applications and consents. This includes updating databases and the planning website and using Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Access and Excel).
- Liaise with other statutory authorities/professional agents/members of the public/councillors and provide specialist advice in respect of a range of planning matters, where required.
- Keep up-to-date with National and Local planning policy and guidance.
- Independently undertaking all of the above duties without supervision or monitoring/checking of the processes and methods used.
Skills and Experience:
- Advisory skills - be able to provide clear planning advice to assist with enquiries and to maintain an efficient and effective planning enforcement service
- Be able to demonstrate an ability to weigh a range of considerations and arrive at justifiable assessments, conclusions and recommendations.
- Be able to demonstrate effective negotiation skills.
- Be able to write clear, accurate and concise reports and letters.
- Effective communication skills - be able to communicate clearly and effectively with members of the public, Councillors and other third parties by letter, telephone, e-mail and face to face.
- IT skills - ability to use Microsoft Office programmes and adapt to other software packages.
- Ability to present reports and related issues clearly and concisely at Planning Committee and occasionally at other public meetings.
- Knowledge of current planning legislation.
- Familiar with other planning related legal procedures.
- Experience of planning work either in another local authority or private practice.
- Experience of the planning system and dealing with planning applications.
- Full UK Driving licence.
- Access to own transport for business use.
- A relevant degree or professional qualification or extensive experience in Development Management.
- Eligibility for membership of the RTPI.
- Evidence of relevant training courses attended.
For this role you will need the following:
- 2 Years written referencing (All gaps verified).
- You are eligible to work in the UK.
- A suitable NI Number.
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