Interim Development Officer – Enforcement

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Interim Development Officer – Enforcement
Interim Position

Bolton 0006 762F / 1

Posted: 6th September 2022 12:52
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  • Pay Rate:

    up to £30.00 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months

  • Bolton,

    BL1 1RU

What's involved with this role:

Interim Development Officer – Enforcement

Reference no:  Bolton 0006 762F / 1

Pay Rate: up to £30.00 per hour PAYE (plus 32 days of paid holiday) 

Must be prepared to work outside normal working hours if required to do so.

Hybrid working

The purpose of the role is to support effective development management in delivering sustainable development through enforcing planning regulations and to investigate, regularise and end breaches of planning control, including minerals and waste matters.

Key responsibilities:

  • Carry out effective and efficient investigation of complaints, non-compliance and other alleged contraventions of planning legislation, and to gather information relating to possible infringements of any statutory planning controls operated by the Council or of any possible breaches of any relevant legislation
  • Provide advice as necessary regarding planning enforcement and related matters, such as compliance with conditions, and negotiating with customers as required.
  • Monitor development, land and property for compliance with all relevant legislation and initiating action as appropriate, including the investigation of alleged breaches of planning legislation on site.
  • Prepare statements and present evidence concerning enforcement cases at legal proceedings and appeals.
  • Prepare and review supplementary planning documents, policy notes, development briefs or other appropriate planning documents, including those in support of development plan preparation and the Local Development Framework as requested by the Development Manager (Enforcement and Technical).
  • Deal with all forms of correspondence and enquiries from the public, other Council Services, business groups, Councillors, Members of Parliament and other organisations relating to the enforcement of planning controls
  • Enter into negotiations, dialogue, correspondence with transgressors, complainants and other interested parties, in an effort to resolve breaches of planning control in line with the Council’s enforcement policy and good practice.
  • Play a key role in delivering the regeneration of the Borough and contribute to strategic initiatives including the £1bn Town Centres Masterplan, local area studies, area-wide development frameworks, and other planning projects (formulation and implementation).
  • Deputise for the Development Manager (Enforcement and Technical) at relevant meetings.
  • Undertake formal interviews in accordance with the rules of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE).
  • Undertake surveillance of premises/sites to gather evidence, outside normal office hours (i.e. evenings/weekends) if necessary, and where appropriate in accordance with RIPA (Regulatory Investigative Powers Act 2000).


“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:



  1. Degree or Diploma in Town Planning or a related discipline that would allow membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute.


Skills & Experience:

  1. Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
  2. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with the public, councillors, staff and management.
  3. Demonstrate up-to-date technical knowledge or awareness, on the full range of planning enforcement and related matters.
  4. Ability to analyse enforcement issues effectively and make recommendations for action in line with current planning control legislation and policy.
  5. Demonstrate effective negotiation skills and conflict management to deliver solutions and agreement between parties.
  6. ability to investigate alleged breaches of planning control on site and deal with and respond to representations from complainants and those customers who may be in breach of planning control including the ability to deal with matters and individuals confidentially.
  7. Ability to work well with others, and on one’s own initiative with minimal supervision, to prioritise own workload and adapt accordingly.
  8. Understanding of building control matters, sustainable development and regeneration.
  9. An awareness and understanding of, and the ability to use Information and Communication Technology in order to make full use of appropriate software and hardware in the development of the Section and an ability to record and use information within departmental, Authority and legal guidelines.
  10. ICT Skills: Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).


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  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. Full UK driving licence.
  5. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.


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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