We are looking for a Planning Development Monitoring Officer to ensure that developers construct their developments in accordance with their planning permissions. Taking the lead in monitoring the County Council’s own development; the post holder will also play a major role in the monitoring of minerals and waste development.
Surrey faces considerable challenges to accommodate housing and economic growth in a sustainable way in the context of a densely populated and valuable natural environment. We are a County with urban fringe in the north abutting Greater London and free standing towns and villages to the south. The County is situated between Heathrow and Gatwick airports. 73% of the County is within the Metropolitan Greenbelt, 26% within one of the two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and 22% covered in Woodland. Development proposals in Surrey are often controversial and can generate significant public interest. Many Surrey residents are deeply concerned about development and actively participate in the planning process.
The County Council is the Planning Authority for minerals, waste and the County Council’s own development proposals. It also works closely with the 11 Surrey Boroughs and Districts in respect of strategic development across the County, infrastructure to support Local Plans and the impacts of airport expansion.
This role would suit enforcement or monitoring officers looking to continue to develop their careers and recent planning graduates at the start of their careers, looking for monitoring and enforcement experience. We will provide support for a planner wishing to gain Membership of the RTPI and may fund further study in appropriate circumstances. You will work in a supportive atmosphere which encourages learning both internally and externally.
Excellent communication skills are crucial to this post; you will be able to politely and confidently communicate verbally and in writing with the public, fellow professionals, applicants, site operators, land owners and County Councillors. Good organisation, self-motivation, enthusiasm and attention to detail are important personal skills in this role.
To be shortlisted for interview, your application will need to clearly show evidence of:
- A relevant degree
- A full UK driving licence
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- An understanding of the UK planning system or the ability and willingness to learn
- A commitment to delivering sustainable development for the benefit of the residents of Surrey
For an informal discussion contact please contact Alex Sanders on 020 8541 9462 or Stephen Jenkins on 020 8541 9424or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or Stephen.email@example.com. We look forward to receiving your application.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 15/02/2020.
This role is currently based at County Hall, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 2DN with relocation to Midas House in Woking likely within 6 to 12 months of starting with us, to support our Community Vision 2030.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 24 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years’ service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.