Maidstone – Great people, great place, great opportunity
Maidstone offers a unique and diverse context and this is an exciting opportunity to be involved. We’re the first borough in Kent that falls outside the metropolitan green belt and this make us attractive for investment and development. As the County Town of Kent, Maidstone itself is a large, busy and historic town, set in expansive countryside so we work on a varied canvas, encouraging and supporting economic growth whilst maintaining our local heritage and identity. The economic development and regeneration of the borough is a key strategic priority for the Council as we wish to encourage continued high quality, sustainable development. We also cherish our heritage and countryside which we are determined to enhance. Careful management of competing pressures is the primary task and the enforcement team are vital in ensuring that public confidence is maintained in the planning system.
With a recently adopted Maidstone Local Plan and Maidstone Local Plan Review now commencing, this is a great time to join our Enforcement Team. You will lead a small team of enforcement/investigation officers with a recently approved Local Enforcement Plan, have the opportunity to take a key role in the multi-agency task force group and lead on the most contentious cases within the borough. Our scheme of delegation and varied caseload will ensure you have exposure to all areas of enforcement. You will need to be able to work effectively with Members including presenting at committees. Ideally you will be a member of the RTPI with existing development management experience including collaborative working with other Council departments and with key partners.
Working in Maidstone you’ll also be less than an hour from London by train and have all that Kent can offer at your fingertips. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your skills and experience within an organisation that prides itself on supporting its staff. We encourage all types of vocational and technical training & qualifications, including management and leadership programmes. As part of our succession/career planning, you will be given the time away from work to study and develop your career. In addition to learning & development, we also offer many flexible working opportunities, including flexi time, nine-day fortnight, compressed hours and home mobile working.
For further information or to discuss this opportunity in more detail, please contact James Bailey - Development Manager on 01622 602545
To apply for the position please visit www.maidstone.gov.uk/jobsand complete the online application form or by phone on 01622 602555.
Closing Date: 7thJanuary 2019
Interview Date: week commencing 14thJanuary 2019 (date to be confirmed).
Council Benefits: career average pension scheme, professional fee payment, flexible working (including opportunities for home working and job share), employee benefits package and generous leave entitlement.