Interim Planning Investigations Officer – Development

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Interim Planning Investigations Officer – Development
Interim Position

St Albans 5215070

Posted: 21st September 2022 08:54
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  • Pay Rate:

    £24.10 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months


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Interim Planning Investigations Officer – Development

Reference no: St Albans 5215070

Pay Rate: £24.10 per hour PAYE

To investigate alleged breaches of planning control and provide appropriate reports to allow decisions to be made on potential further action. This would include formal enforcement action.

  • Investigate, manage and report on breaches of planning control, and secure compliance under the Town and Country Planning Acts 1990. Liaise with Development Management Manager, Team Leader, other senior officers and planning officers with regard to the expediency of taking enforcement action.
  • Provide expert enforcement/ investigation advice, guidance and interpretation on relevant planning matters to customers, service users and colleagues in line with statutory and service requirements.
  • Actively carry out site visits and undertaking accurate site monitoring. Record accurate site notes, take photographs and record information on IT systems in order to ensure appropriate enforcement actions can be taken.
  • Support planning investigation management in undertaking pro-active and robust enforcement project work, to meet corporate objectives improvement and delivery.
  • Provide appropriate expertise in planning enforcement appeals and planning appeals when required, liaising with the Development Management, Spatial Planning and Building Control teams. Provide written and oral evidence for hearings, Planning (public) Inquiries and Court.
  • Under Police and Criminal Evidence Act (using PACE), formally caution and interview alleged transgressors.
  • Liaise effectively with stakeholders, external agencies and other officers within the Council, conducting joint investigations when necessary.
  • Ensure enforcement decisions are transparent, consistent and robust through clear communication in line with national, local policy and best practice.
  • Support Planning Investigations management to ensure the ICT for the team is maintained at an appropriate level and is informed through new developments in e-planning delivery.
  • Responsible for serving Enforcement Notices and other statutory notices as required.


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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. Qualifications:
    1. Degree educated or significant relevant investigation/enforcement experience (working in a relevant role using appropriate literacy levels)
    2. Certificated Course in Planning Enforcement
    3. Degree in Town Planning
    4. Health and safety training
    5. Chartered or Technical Membership of the RTPI, or working towards.
  5. Knowledge & Experience:
    1. Knowledge of the English Legal system from an investigatory perspective
    2. Knowledge of how to take forward an enforcement case and what is required to obtain a successful prosecution or other suitable resolution
    3. Knowledge of Criminal investigations and prosecutions (PACE & RIPA)
    4. Knowledge of planning related statutory legislation, regulations, instruments, policy, guidance and case law and how they apply to planning breaches, or willingness to quickly obtain.
    5. Good practical knowledge of Data Protection, appropriate storage, disposal and disclosure of investigation and enforcement documents/ personal data.
    6. Knowledge of the planning process, to include statutory legislation, regulations, instruments, policy, guidance and case law.
    7. Practical experience of the application of the English legal system
    8. Knowledge of Conservation Area, Listed Building and Advertisement regulations, Policy and Trees (TPO)
    9. Knowledge and experience of investigating unauthorised Gypsy and Traveller incursions
  6. ICT Skills: Competency with Microsoft Office suite and ability to use database systems effectively

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


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Interim Planning Investigations Officer – Development
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