Senior Design & Heritage Officer

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Senior Design & Heritage Officer
Interim Position

K&C 5228864

Posted: 26th May 2023 09:19
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  • Pay Rate:

    £21.10 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    36 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months


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What's involved with this role:

Interim Senior Design & Heritage Officer   

Reference no: K&C 5228864   

Pay rate £21.10 per hour PAYE  

This opening assignment is for 3 months 

From a conservation and design perspective, to investigate, consider and report on the full range of applications, development proposals and enforcement matters under the Planning Acts, including more complex cases, and assist with the preparation of policy and guidance documents.  Researching, considering and reporting on pre-application enquiries. To prepare appeal statements for the Council and to answer enquiries from applicants and their agents in relation to planning matters advising other departments as required. To prepare heritage and design policy and guidance documents.  To prepare appeal statements for the Council, appearing at public inquires/ hearings and/or Court and to answer enquiries from applicants and their agents in relation to conservation and design matters, also advising development management officers and other departments as required. Attending resident and other stakeholder meetings when required 

Key responsibilities: 


  • To provide advice to applicants, including observations on pre-app and planning applications and conservation area consents, and negotiate on standalone listed building consent applications, recommending the most appropriate course of action 
  • To process pre-apps, listed building consents and planning applications in an efficient manner and ensuring timely service to development management. 
  • To advise third parties about conservation and urban design matters and to advise them of the scope of listed building control, including assisting as necessary in the Customer Service Centre to ensure the highest levels of customer service. 
  • To draft reports (including recommendation for grant or refusal of applications and taking/not taking enforcement action) for submission to planning committee or for delegation to the Head of Development Management/ Head of Spatial Planning or the Director of Planning and Place. 
  • To prepare statements and other materials for appeals and prosecutions for agreement by the Team Leader and/or Head of Development Management/ Head of Spatial Planning. 
  • Attend Council, Cabinet and Committee meetings as appropriate. 
  • Represent the Design and Heritage service at meetings with other services, groups, Council departments, Government departments, statutory bodies, developers, community and other groups, and the public.  
  • To prepare written appeal representations as necessary, and appear as the Council’s expert representative at Inquiries, Hearings and in court, advising less experienced officers in these areas. 
  • To instruct and lead formal enforcement action where authorised 
  • Keeping applicants, complainants, colleagues, councillors and others informed of the position of current cases and to share knowledge where necessary 

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

  • A relevant degree or equivalent - for example in conservation, planning, architecture, urban design or landscape design 
  • Sound knowledge of building conservation, management of historic areas and design 
  • excellent working knowledge of current planning legislation and practice 
  • Extensive conservation and urban design experience, preferably in a development management (including planning enforcement) environment, and including handling appeals and enforcement 
  • Negotiation skills including through the pre-application process to achieve high quality schemes 
  • Ability to give both informal and formal presentations and confidence in communicating with a wide range of people at all levels 
  • Ability to construct concise, articulate reports presenting arguments clearly and persuasively 

NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly. SEE DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS AD. 

If you have previously applied to one of our vacancies and have already sent the required supporting documentation to us, please make this clear when you re-apply as this will help speed up your application. 

To help speed up the process of uploading your CV to the client we would suggest that you send us your CV in Word format (or equivalent) if possible, rather than as a PDF. 

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: 

  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. 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. 


Please note that clients invariably ask us to strip out contact details from CVs before we submit them for consideration. This is always quicker and easier to do if you send your CV to us in Word format, rather than as a PDF please

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Senior Design & Heritage Officer
Client Category: Local Authority

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