Planning Enforcement Officer (Housing Benefits and Planning)
Anonymous 19.00 British Pound . GBP Per hour
Watford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Job type: contract
Job industry: Government & Defence
Our Client has an immediate vacancy for a Planning Enforcement Officer, details as follows:
Purpose of Role
The post holder works under the direction of the Development Management Section Head as a member of a team that provides planning enforcement services for the Council as Local Planning Authority in line with the objectives of best value and the Service's improvement plan.
The post holder provides advice and support to Councillors, officers within and outside the service and to developers, their agents and members of the public.Responsibilities
The post holder has frequent contact with the public on a daily basis and will be required to liaise with officers in other parts of the Council, the County Council and other District Councils in relation to a range of planning enforcement and other planning related issues.
Handling a personal caseload of enforcement investigations and enquiries, including making site visits, meetings, advising and negotiating with developers, Councillors and third party interests, drafting reports, dealing with all correspondence and making written recommendations to the Development Management Section Head.
Negotiating with applicants and third parties on enforcement and related planning matters to secure the achievement of the Council's Planning Polices and community plan objectives.
Preparing questionnaires, statements and evidence for planning appeals and proceedings and presenting evidence at hearings and inquiries, and in the Magistrates', County or Crown Courts in connection with enforcement and related planning matters.
Collecting, preparing and giving evidence in court in connection with prosecutions arising from planning enforcement and related investigations.
Supporting the provision of the duty planner service within the Customer Service Centre, including "on call" attendance in office hours and the provision of telephone advice to callers on enforcement, planning and related matters.
Providing pre-application advice to applicants and their agents orally and in writing arising principally in relation to enforcement cases in accordance with Council procedures and the pre application advisory service.
Serving statutory notices relating to breaches of planning control and related matters.
Co-ordinating and undertaking joint enforcement exercises with other statutory agencies and co-ordinating enforcement activities across other service areas.
Taking part in direct actions associated with remedying breaches of planning control.In dealing with any form of contract or tendering procedures, postholder is responsible for ensuring:
Is familiar with the relevant requirements of the Council's constitution, Contracts procedures, Rules and Financial Procedure Rules, Officer Code of Conduct and other management guidance that may be given from time to time;
Complies with these formal requirements and related procedures; and
Seeks advice from a more senior officer or an officer with specialism in subject area if in any doubt about the proper course of action.Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications
Basic level of theoretical, practical and procedural knowledge in the enforcement of local authority town planning control together with knowledge of the associated organisational policies, practices and procedures of the Council and National Government in respect of planning enforcement and related areas of operation.
Good analytical, judgmental, creative and developmental skills
Pragmatic attitude where some flexibility may be required to achieve a positive outcome
Excellent negotiation skills, particularly to remedy breaches of planning control
Ability to handle more than one complex task at a time, the post holder will carry a caseload of planning enforcement investigations
Excellent communications skills including the ability to communicate with people at all levels from members of the public to professional planning agents
Ability to use initiative and discretion over a broad range of planning enforcement related activities and to reach conclusions with reference where required to more senior officers. The job will however be subject to general managerial direction
Good report writing skills
Ability to set priorities for own workload
Ability to deal with emotionally challenging situations. It is likely that on occasion those involved in the enforcement process may be upset or angry and may place emotional demands on the post holderIf you have the necessary skills and experience to fulfill this role please submit your CV ASAP