Carrington West are looking for an experienced Planning Enforcement Officer to join a local authority client based in Avon (Southeast of England). This will be offered on a 3-month rolling contract.
This role is principally an investigating and caseload management role requiring careful planning policy and expediency assessments to determine where it is proportionate to undertake formal planning enforcement action against evidenced breaches of planning control. You will be expected to take cases through to any formal action and deal with appeals or prosecution action arising from such action. Specifically the role will include;
·Management of a caseload of approx.60 cases at all levels of complexity with the minimum of supervision.
·Providing regular updates to complainants and negotiating with alleged offenders to determine the facts of the case and resolve the matters arising.
·Unaccompanied site visits or meetings. Efficient and courteous engagement with a range of customers, including Council Members and Parish Councils.
·Service of formal notices
·Preparation of witness statements and attendance in prosecution proceedings
·Work to support the Compliance Monitoring Service by attending sites to monitor compliance with planning permissions.
·Practical and academic training as appropriate.
·Determination of retrospective Planning Applications
·To give advice to Councillors, members of the public, developers and agents on general planning and enforcement matters
·Plan and organise and projects and cases to achieve defined policy/technical outcomes in accordance with agreed standards and timescales.
·Develop practical approaches to resolve issues plan their implementation and manage their delivery
·Determine the data/information required to assess and resolve given problems; undertake analysis and derive conclusions to inform solutions as a basis for setting out options and making recommendations.
·Provide specialist advice to customers on interpreting and applying policies and technical principles ensuring that effective customer relationships are established and maintained, advice is clear, accurate and quickly given, the Council is aware of any implications, risks and benefits and solutions are negotiated successfully.
·Prepare and present reports on cases/a range of issues ensuring that they are completed on time and meet Council guidelines.
·Represent the Council's interests ensuring that the Council's position is advocated and that a clear summary of issues, progress and implications is given.
·Ensure compliance with department and Council policies, regulations and codes of practice.
·As appropriate give some technical advice and guidance to team members.
·Be the Council's expert witness as and when required
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
1. You will have a degree or equivalent qualification, or equivalent relevant experience
2. You will hold or be working towards a relevant professional/technical qualification
3. You will have relevant practical experience; backed by evidence of appropriate specialist knowledge.
4. You will be able to determine your own priorities in dealing with competing workloads
5. Good verbal and written communication skills
6. You will demonstrate knowledge in the use of software packages including in house systems.
7. If relevant you will have experience of monitoring resources.
Carrington West Pay Rate - £35 per/hour
Job Ref - 28507
Please call Cameron de Wit on 02393 876014 for a confidential discussion on this role, or email myself or our planning team if you are short of time to chat:
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