Interim Senior Planning Officer – Development Control

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Interim Senior Planning Officer – Development Control
Interim Position

N Devon 5180412

Posted: 22nd July 2021 09:03
  • Pay Rate:

    £40.00 max per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3-4 months


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What's involved with this role:

Acting under delegated powers, to be responsible for the processing of applications, appeals and enforcement action within the district.

To be responsible to the relevant Lead Officer for the processing of applications, appeals, enforcement and pre-application enquiries within North Devon District.

  • To process planning applications and pre-application enquiries in negotiation with applicants, professional agents and consultees.
  • To determine planning applications acting under delegated powers and to sign decision notices.
  • To be responsible for dealing with planning appeals.
  • To be responsible for enforcement action and the monitoring of planning conditions.
  • To assist the Planning Policy Unit as appropriate in the preparation of complex Development Plan Documents and Supplementary Planning Documents.
  • To provide corporate advice on major regeneration initiatives to internal and external stakeholders.
  • To act as Duty Officer and attend the Community Offices in liaison with the Customer Service Centre.
  • To regularly attend meetings with external stakeholders including Parish Councils and other community interests.
  • To undertake responsibilities and duties delegated by the Lead Officer / Chief Planning Officer.
  • To present applications to meetings of the Council’s Planning Committee to present recommendation and reasons for decisions and to advise on points of planning policy and answer questions raised by members. To liaise with District Councillors throughout the determination of planning applications, appeals and enforcement cases.
  • To liaise with applicants, agents, parish councils and consultees throughout the determination of planning applications, appeals and enforcement cases.
  • To respond to enquiries from the public and other stakeholders in accordance with service standards.
  • To assist in the appraisal, mentoring, coaching and professional development of Planning Officers in the performance of their duties.

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“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. Relevant Degree.
  5. Corporate Member of the RTPI or in the final year of working towards eligibility for Licentiate Membership.
  6. Ability to work with minimum supervision.
  7. Ability to carry out a high volume of work to tight deadlines.
  8. Ability to plan and organise work.
  9. Ability to effectively negotiate.
  10. Ability to coach and develop staff.
  11. ICT Skills: IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite)

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: N Devon 5180412
Interim Senior Planning Officer – Development Control
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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