Team: Planning Delivery
Salary: £26,811 to £29,312 per annum
Hours: Full-time, 37 hours per week
Current Base Location: Shefford, Bedfordshire
Contract Type: Permanent
Closing Date: Sunday 27th January 2019
In our Planning Delivery team we work hard to enable Central Bedfordshire to grow and thrive in a sustainable way. We want to make our area a great place to live and work, and somewhere companies choose to invest. As a Planning Officer, you will play a big part in achieving this vision. With businesses and communities depending on your skills, you will find your greatness using your professional expertise in resolving planning projects and managing a caseload of planning applications to achieve high quality developments.
You will be a skilled professional responsible for giving definitive advice for the Council. It’s a varied, challenging role where you’ll resolve complex issues and be creative in delivering successful planning outcomes. You’ll manage a caseload of challenging planning applications and develop your negotiating skills including legal agreements. With everyone from Councillors to developers looking to you for planning guidance, it’s vital that you understand and uphold best practice.
- To acting as Case Officer for a wide range of planning applications and preparing evidence for appeals.
- To take a proactive project management approach to proposals from pre-application stage to delivery
- To present and explain applications to the Council’s Development Management Committee
- To apply local and national policy to ensure developments create high quality and sustainable places
- To develop, manage and maintain excellent working relationships with developers, councillors, town and parish council, community groups and members of the public.
Your qualifications, skills and experience
You will have a degree (or equivalent) in Town Planning and have evidence of continued professional development. You will have experience in aspects of Development Management or Local Planning work and will have handled a wide range of planning applications whilst working in a local authority.
With good political and commercial awareness, and strong communication skills, you will have a gift for influencing others and be committed to evidence-based decision making.
Membership of the competitive Local Government Pension Scheme from day one, agile working (plus laptop and smartphone), generous Flexitime scheme offering up to an additional 12 days leave per annum, relocation package (subject to eligibility), and many other staff discounts. A full overview of benefits on offer is included in the Recruitment Pack.
There are excellent opportunities for career progression within Central Bedfordshire Council. We are a recognised RTPI Learning Partner, demonstrating our commitment to the training and development of our staff.
Join us, and take advantage of a generous rewards package, agile working and the chance of continuous professional development. Find your greatness playing your part in our area’s growth.
Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work’.
For an informal discussion about this position, please contact: John Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0300 300 5174.
Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in the workplace. We are a Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.