An exciting opportunity has arisen for a brand-new role in the Planning Policy and Housing Strategy Team to assist in driving the climate change agenda. We are looking for an individual who is passionate about climate change and the environment and wants to make a difference.
In January 2019 Lancaster City Council declared a climate emergency and is working towards reducing carbon emissions to net-zero by 2030. The post holder will play a key role in developing planning policies that will help achieve a reduction in carbon emissions in the district from development. This post, reporting to the Principal Planning Policy Officer leading on climate change, and under the guidance of other programme leads on specific work areas, will provide planning, housing and research policy support, with an emphasis on progressing Lancaster City Council’s Climate Change agenda.
Supporting policy implementation and monitoring policy performance is a key element of the role and the post holder will support the planning function, assist in the preparation of a wide range of planning and housing policy related documents, and also provide the opportunity to work on projects related to economic development, housing and, in particular, environmental issues. The Planning Policy and Housing Strategy team has recently launched its Climate Change Review of the Local Plan and as post holder you will play a fundamental role in developing and implementing the Local Plan Review, by supporting the Climate Change Policy Officer and Climate Change lead.
Working alongside the Project Lead and Climate Change Policy Officer, you will develop a solid understanding of climate change issues, identify local environmental exposure to the effects of climate change and assist in developing planning policy to further the objectives of improving performance on climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience.
The post holder will be expected to have good knowledge of the climate change agenda, approaches to achieving sustainable development, energy efficiency and associated issues, with an underlying understanding of the scientific baseline. You must have excellent communication, inter-personal and presentation skills, as well as strong project management skills and ability to work to tight deadlines. A positive attitude to achieving effective team working is essential. As post holder you will need the ability to interpret, analyse and present complex data, apply initiative, be alert to the motivation of participants, and have the personal robustness needed to respond to challenge. Monitoring an interpretation of data will be a key component of the role. An ability to work on your own initiative, including an ability to respond independently to unexpected problems and situations will also be required. Good ICT Skills, including basic competence in Microsoft Excel is required and knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) would be desirable. Experience and competency in undertaking energy assessments of developments in relation to building regulations standards would be highly desirable.
The hours of work are 37 hours per week, generally working in normal office hours Monday to Friday. There is a requirement to attend and support meetings and consultation events on weekday evenings, and, only very occasionally, on Saturdays. This post is based at Morecambe Town Hall.
The post-holder must have a valid UK driving licence and be prepared and capable of attending site visits throughout the district which will include site visits in remote and isolated locations. The post is temporary for a maximum term of 5 years.
The Council currently operates an excellent Flexible Working Hours Scheme which applies to this post. Subject to the needs of this business, this may allow employees to work between the hours of 6:00am-10:30pm.
Please contact Maurice Brophy, Service Manager on 01524 582330 / firstname.lastname@example.org, or Diane Neville, Principal Planning Policy Officer on 01524 582335 / email@example.com if you require any further information on this vacancy.
As an employee of Lancaster City Council you will received access to excellent benefits include including a Local Government Pension Scheme (the Council makes a 15.5% contribution), discounted gym membership and discounts on days out, activities and retail.
Interview date: Tuesday, 1 December 2020 (provisional)