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Highways Officer

  • Reference: HCC08931
  • Published on: Tue 14/11/2017 16:59 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 10/12/2017 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time, Permanent
  • Hours: 37 hours per week.
  • Salary: Starting Salary: £30,153 pa progressing to £32,486 pa
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: County Hall, Hertford
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Highway Officer, Development Management
County Hall, Hertford
Starting Salary: £30,153 pa progressing to £32,486 pa
Full Time Hours, Permanent Contract

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an officer/transport planner with a focus on providing highway responses to planning applications to join our Highways Development Management team based at Hertfordshire County Council. As part of the Whole Client Service team (including Opus Arup embedded staff) in Hertfordshire Highways service, you will work closely with County officers reviewing and assessing impacts on the highway network, which result from proposed developments and providing formal responses to the Local Planning Authorities. Great communication skills will be particularly useful in this role as you will interact on a daily basis with a wide range of stakeholders including district council planning departments, developers and their transport consultants, as well as Councillors and officers.

Key responsibilities:
*Consider, evaluate and report upon the transport implications of planning applications informally at pre-application stage and formally as part of the statutory response period when submitted. This includes the vetting of Transport Assessments and preparation of the Highway Authority’s formal response within prescribed timescales, securing and co-ordinating specialist inputs from across the Highways Service
*Provide support to the process of negotiating with developers and their consultants on contributions to transportation infrastructure (Section 106 and 278 Agreements) arising from development proposals and ensure these are properly secured through the completion of appropriate legal agreements
*Developing and delivering CIL infrastructure bids to LPA’s and providing support to LEP, DfT and Highways England infrastructure development and delivery bids on behalf of Highways
*Provide support to the consideration, evaluation and reports outlining the transport implications of local plans and their associated evidence base. Contribute to the drafting of responses on behalf of the Highway Authority to Local Plan consultations and other National, Regional and Local infrastructure consultations and Infrastructure bidding process
*Ensure other team members and key stakeholders are involved/consulted as early as possible

Key benefits of the role include:
*Opportunity to be involved with shaping future highway infrastructure provision to support the Government’s growth agenda both at a local and strategic level
*Working with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders to deliver a quality service
*Gain an understanding of planning and highway law, including the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and Highways Act 1980
*Flexible Working Arrangements
*Excellent Career Development
*Salary Exchange for Additional Benefits
*Excellent Pension Scheme with Employer Contributions
*Shopping Discounts
*Support Groups & Wellbeing Schemes

This role is a fantastic opportunity for an individual with relevant experience to further their knowledge in the highway sector where you will be considering development proposals involving local and strategic schemes, such as HS2 or a new garden town.

To apply for the role you will need:
*A degree in Civil Engineering studies or Transport Planning, or equivalent experience
*Have clear, decisive and persuasive communication skills, both written and verbal, demonstrating ability to adjust to the target audience
*Ability to work effectively and competently with people at all levels in the organisation
*Effective time management and strong organisational skills
*Ability to work to deadlines, independently and see tasks through to completion
*An understanding of transport related and regeneration issues; knowledge of the development planning process
*Traffic and transportation design familiarity/experience
*Good appreciation of the political context within which the service operates

If you would like to discuss this position please contact Mark Youngman, Group Manager on 01992 588024 or mark.youngman@hertfordshire.gov.uk or Nick Gough, Development Manager 07580 743344 or nick.gough@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Closing date: 10 December 2017
Interview date: w.c. 18 December 2017

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