Planning Enforcement Officer – Planning Service

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Planning Enforcement Officer - Planning Service
Interim Position

Rochdale 0008 A25D / 1

Posted: 11th March 2024 15:37
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  • Pay Rate:

    up to £40.00 per hour PAYE depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 5-6 months


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Interim Planning Enforcement Officer - Planning Service

Reference no: Rochdale 0008 A25D / 1

Pay Rate: up to £40.00 per hour PAYE depending on experience

37 Monday - Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for 5-6 months


Hybrid working

Assist in the carrying out of the functions of the Council in respect of planning enforcement work and related environmental matters.

Key Responsibilities

  • Investigate enquiries or complaints arising out of alleged breaches of planning control including unauthorised uses of land and buildings. (Note: this does not include unauthorised development or uses of Council-owned property which will be matters dealt with by the appropriate land-owning Service).
  • Investigate enquiries and complaints regarding the condition of land and buildings. (Note: this does not include action over the condition of land and buildings in Council ownership which will be matters dealt with by the appropriate land owning Service).
  • Investigate alleged breaches of planning conditions or legal agreement and through the monitoring of development sites, including minerals extraction and waste disposal sites, ensure compliance with the approved plans and conditions of any planning permission, or terms of any legal agreement.
  • Investigate enquiries or complaints regarding the illegal stationing of caravans on Council owned land and take action to secure their removal, once instructed by the Borough Solicitor to do so.
  • Liaise effectively with and be aware of the responsibilities duties and enforcement powers of other internal Council Services and external agencies to ensure all enquiries and complaints are dealt with efficiently and effectively.
  • Collect evidence, prepare correspondence, legal notices and files for delegated authorisation to proceed with any necessary legal action.
  • Prepare enforcement appeal statements and prosecution files, and give evidence for Appeals attending as necessary public inquiries, tribunals, court hearings or similar proceedings.
  • Advise the public and Members of the Council on the progress and actions related to specific enforcement cases, including the preparation and presentation of reports to relevant Township Planning Sub Committees or attending other Committees, working groups of the Council or public meetings where necessary.
  • Update and maintain accurate files and records relating to investigations into enquiries, complaints and enforcement proceedings
  • Liaise with Officers from other Services to develop and implement proactive procedures for the regular monitoring of developments for which planning permission has been granted to ensure compliance with approved plans and conditions of any planning permission.

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If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

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.

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


  • Relevant degree/ qualification or exeperience


  • Experience of undertaking planning enforcement or other regulatory enforcement work in a public sector organisation
  • Previous experience of reading and interpreting plans and other drawings
  • Experience of undertaking site visits, survey work and gathering evidence to inform your recommendations
  • Previous experience of using information technology in a planning or related environment.
  • Experience of handling customer enquiries tactfully and with sensitivity, and of resolving initial enquiries from Members of the public/elected Members with speed and diplomacy

Skills & Abilities: 

  • Ability to research and analyse historical or statistical information and how you have used this information to prepare recommendations and reports
  • Ability to communicate effectively with other colleagues, developers and the public both in writing and orally.
  • Ability to demonstrate numeracy and literacy skills to a high level of accuracy.
  • Ability to interview/question and negotiate with developers and/or members of the public to collect evidence and resolve complaints effectively.
  • Ability to access, interrogate and maintain electronic databases and files


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Job Ref: Rochdale 0008 A25D / 1
Planning Enforcement Officer - Planning Service
Client Category: Local Authority

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