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Planning Officer and Senior Planning Officer

  • Employer: Milton Keynes Council
  • Reference: MKC/19/106860
  • Published: Mon 19/08/2019, 15:30 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 22/09/2019, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: To be confirmed
  • Salary: £24,799 – £43,662
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Bucks

Introduction

Help deliver one of the most ambitious growth strategies in the country

Milton Keynes is a rapidly expanding, vibrant and dynamic place to live, work and play. It is on track to become the largest city in South East England outside of London. Already one of the most economically productive areas in the country, Milton Keynes is also at the heart of the Cam-MK-Ox growth arc and significant rail and road infrastructure projects, and is at the forefront of local government endeavours to facilitate place making that will make Milton Keynes a more socially and environmentally sustainable place to live, work, study and play.

Now is an exciting time to join a team and service tasked with planning for growth that will double the population of Milton Keynes to 500,000 people by 2050 and tackle some of the most complex and interesting contemporary place making challenges in the UK.  

To help us get there, we need a proactive, diligent and adaptable Planner and experienced Senior Planning Officer who can support the team and take on work that will help develop their career in planning. You will make an important contribution to the continued success of Milton Keynes through a unique and rewarding career with Milton Keynes Council. So if you’re looking for an excellent benefits package and the chance to make a difference, make a move to Milton Keynes Council.

Planning Officer (Policy)

Key duties

  • Support the production, review and update of statutory Development Plan Documents and other planning policy documents
  • Support the preparation of technical evidence to support plan making and the delivery of development. This may include leading on certain studies and pieces of work, procurement and contract management
  • Develop positive working relationships with service areas in the Council to ensure planning policy reflects their priorities and enables their needs to be met via development where appropriate
  • Build and maintain relationships with important stakeholders
  • Help organise, attend and facilitate consultation events and wider stakeholder engagement activities
  • Identify, analyse and evaluate a wide range of information relating to the physical, social, economic, environmental and demographic development of the Borough
  • Provide planning policy advice to the Development Management Team, Councillors, service areas and other stakeholders as necessary
  • Help prepare responses to national, regional and local consultations affecting the Borough.
  • Work with colleagues to identify, secure and manage sources of funding that will help the Council deliver its growth ambitions 

Experience & Qualifications

  • Degree (or equivalent) in Town Planning or a related subject   
  • A good understanding of the planning and plan making system, including legislation and national planning policy and guidance.
  • An understanding of local government procedures

Skills Required

  • Highly self-organised with effective time management skills
  • Proficient ICT skills
  • Effective communication skills

Senior Planning Officer (Policy)

Key duties

  • Produce, review and update statutory Development Plan Documents and other planning policy documents
  • Lead on the preparation of technical evidence to support plan making and the delivery of development. This may include leading multi-disciplinary teams, procurement and contract management
  • Develop positive working relationships with service areas in the Council to ensure planning policy reflects their priorities and enables their needs to be met via development where appropriate
  • Build and maintain relationships with Duty to Cooperate bodies and other important external stakeholders
  • Organise, attend and facilitate consultation events and wider stakeholder engagement activities
  • Identify, analyse and evaluate a wide range of information relating to the physical, social, economic, environmental and demographic development of the Borough
  • Provide planning policy advice to the Development Management Team, Councillors, service areas and other stakeholders as necessary
  • Prepare responses to national, regional and local consultations affecting the Borough.
  • Work with colleagues to identify, secure and manage sources of funding that will help the Council deliver its growth ambitions
  • Represent the Council and defend the Council’s planning policies at Examinations in Public, public inquiries and hearings.
  • Support the development of junior colleagues within the team 

Experience & Qualifications

  • Degree (or equivalent) in Town Planning or a related subject   
  • Chartered Membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute (Licentiate or Full Member)
  • Extensive knowledge of the plan making system, including legislation and national planning policy and guidance, with a depth of knowledge in one or more areas of planning policy (e.g. climate change, transport, housing)
  • Good understanding of local government procedures 

Skills Required

  • Highly self-organised
  • Effective time and project management skills
  • Proficient ICT skills
  • Effective communication and negotiation skills 

Benefits of both roles

Use your skills to benefit the local community and experience a rewarding, interesting environment and attractive employment package such as:

  • Local Government Pension Scheme, considered to be one of the best employer contribution rates
  • Competitive salary
  • A generous minimum holiday entitlement of 27 days per year in addition to statutory and public holidays, rising to 31 days after 5 years
  • Option to buy more annual leave
  • A full range of family friendly policies including enhanced Maternity, Adoption and Paternity entitlements
  • Remote working and a Flexi Time system allowing 1 flexi day leave per month.
  • iPad and iPhone
  • MK Advantage benefits package – a range of savings including retail, travel and leisure discounts as well as a suite of salary sacrifice benefits. We recruit actively on values and behaviours and value proactivity, commercial mindedness and pushing the boundaries. If you can contribute to an iconic town’s growth, we may have a role for you. 

For any queries about the role or to have an informal discussion about it please contact Andrew Turner, Development Plans and Delivery Manager (01908 254892 or andrew.turner@milton-keynes.gov.uk

Closing Date: 22nd of September 2019 

To apply for this post, please submit an up to date CV and covering letter setting out how your experience, qualifications, skills and knowledge meet the requirements of the role as set out within the Person Specification.

CVs and covering letters should be emailed to andrew.turner@milton-keynes.gov.uk by the end of 22 September 2019.

At Milton Keynes Council we take great pride in our Community and we hope that you can help us grow and share our vision.

Downloads

  • Senior Planning Officer Role Profile
  • Planning Officer Role Profile

How to Apply

To apply, please send your CV to andrew.turner@milton-keynes.gov.uk
  • Employer: Milton Keynes Council
  • Reference: MKC/19/106860
  • Published: Mon 19/08/2019, 15:30 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 22/09/2019, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: To be confirmed
  • Salary: £24,799 – £43,662
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Bucks

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