Temporary Senior Planning Officer – Planning

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Temporary Senior Planning Officer - Planning
Contract / Temporary
Wakefield RQ400602
Posted: 2nd September 2020 16:14
  • Pay Rate: £16.26 per hour PAYE.
  • Hours per Week: 35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours
  • This opening assignment is for 2-3 months
  • Wakefield, WF1 2EB
What's involved with this role:

An experienced Planning Officer is required to take a lead role and assist in the delivery of outcomes on major and complex planning applications, provide pre-submission advice, deal with appeal case work in order to secure the best planning outcome.

You will be able to produce reports which place a strong emphasis on planning policy and provide design guidance. Case work may include effective negotiation of planning performance agreements, calculation of CIL contributions and co-ordinate associated legal agreements.

In this role you will case manage a live case load; ensuring that issues are recorded and dealt with in accordance with the agreed target(s) and timescale(s) associated with national requirements corporate objectives and or through the terms of performance agreements.

In addition, you will be required to prepare professional reports and produce and present evidence for appeals. You will ensure that planning policies and procedures are applied and adhered to and represent the Council as required.

It is essential that you have effective case work management skills, along with current and applied knowledge of planning policy and legislation.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

“Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Qualifications:
    1. Appropriate qualification in and or associated with Town and Country Planning.
    2. Advanced Professional qualification in specialist field/area of Town and Country Planning (Desirable)
    3. RTPI membership (Desirable)
    4. Related formal or informal qualifications training in housing or project management. (Desirable)
    5. Training in advocacy and advanced presentation skills (Desirable)
    6. To undertake site visits efficiently and sometimes at short notice, a full driving licence is required
    7. **Please provide details of all qualifications held, especially any professional qualifications relating to the role
  5. Knowledge & Skills:
    1. Knowledge of housing/construction/regeneration legislation (Desirable)
    2. Proven case work experience and or training to demonstrate the ability to deal effectively with a range of case work involving complex- major application types including the redevelopment of Brownfield and Green Belt sites.
    3. Able to demonstrate continued professional development across a range of appeal types
    4. Advanced theoretical, practical and procedural knowledge of land use planning and Development Management related matters.
    5. A grounded-applied understanding of organisational policies, practices and procedures within a corporate framework.
    6. Understanding and ability to apply the principles of National planning policies, circulars and planning Law
    7. Good IT skills
    8. Accurate record keeping and effective communication skills are all essential
  6. Experience:
    1. Knowledge/experience of case management of proposals with abnormal costs/viability related issues (Desirable)
    2. Worked extensively with Elected Members and a range of service users (Desirable)
    3. Able to demonstrate experience of being the lead officer in complex planning appeals case work at Public Inquiry (Desirable)
    4. Experience of cross discipline/partnership working (Desirable)
    5. Understanding of research and information associated with effective monitoring- Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) etc (Desirable)
    6. Advanced on the job experience of programme/project management in a multi-disciplinary environment (Desirable)
    7. Experience of working on own initiative and also as part of a team
    8. With minimum direction be able to demonstrate consistent and time bound defensible outcomes and evidence of proactive decision making.
    9. Evidenced of experience where advocacy, negotiation, research and presentation skills have been applied and when representing a recognised organisation or Local Planning Authority
  7. Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages

Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for


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Job Ref: Wakefield RQ400602
Temporary Senior Planning Officer - Planning
Client Category: Local Authority

Anticipated Length of Assignment: Unless otherwise stated (we do carry the occasional permanent vacancy) all of our roles are technically temporary, though opening assignments can be and often are, extended by clients on a longer term basis and can sometimes become permanent.

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