Temporary Planning Officer – Planning & Building Control

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Temporary Planning Officer – Planning & Building Control
St Albans
Contract / Temporary

St Albans 5214135

Posted: 12th September 2022 16:01
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  • Pay Rate:

    £30.00 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 1 month until further notice

  • St Albans,

    AL1 3JE

What's involved with this role:

Temporary Planning Officer – Planning & Building Control

Reference no:  St Albans 5214135

Pay Rate: £18.00 per hour PAYE

Basic DBS disclosure is listed as a requirement for this role

The purpose of the role is to support the delivery of a wide range of effective and efficient Development Management services associated with the carrying out of the Town and Country Planning Acts and associated regulations and legislation to the people, businesses and community of St Albans or internally to the Council.

Key responsibilities:

  • Provide professional advice, guidance, interpretation and evaluation on all aspects of the work area to customers and colleagues to meet statutory and service requirements, so that it meets statutory targets and legislation and delivers quality outcomes
  • Lead on the consideration and negotiation of planning applications and provide a decision recommendation on each application within statutory time limits to facilitate the implementation of the Development Plan.
  • Keep up to date with good practice and changes to legislation to ensure appropriate consideration of planning matters.
  • Provide professional advice, interpretation and expertise in Planning Appeal and Planning Enforcement and prosecution issues in liaison with the planning and enforcement teams, including provision of written evidence for hearings and Planning (public) Inquiries and Court.
  • Implement a professional and entrepreneurial approach to optimise fee income and make the most efficient use of resources
  • Ensure planning decisions are transparent, consistent and robust through clear communication, evaluation and interpretation of national and local policy and seek to reduce the amount of appeals through a proactive development management approach.
  • Support the Development Management team to ensure the ICT for the team is maintained at an appropriate level and is informed through new developments in e-planning delivery which facilitates the delivery of the Council’s corporate vision, strategic objectives and agreed priorities as well as statutory requirements.


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



  1. Degree or significant relevant experience working at a professional level using appropriate literacy levels.
  2. Licentiate membership of the RTPI or extensive planning experience.



  1. Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
  2. Experience of considering planning issues.
  3. Experience of managing workload in a timely manner.
  4. Experience of drafting planning reports with coherent, logical argument.
  5. Prior experience of providing professional planning advice.
  6. Experience of providing professional planning advice in a local authority context, including presenting planning reports at Committee.
  7. Experience of Conservation Area, Listed Building and Advertisement regulations, policy and legislation and how this can be applied to the determination of planning applications.


Skills & Knowledge:

  1. Knowledge of the development management process, to include statutory regulations, instruments, policy, guidance and case law and how this can be applied to the determination of planning applications.
  2. Knowledge of Conservation Area, Listed Building and Advertisement regulations, policy and legislation and how this can be applied to the determination of planning applications.
  3. Knowledge of urban design and regeneration principles.
  4. Knowledge of development viability and financial appraisal.
  5. Knowledge and experience of how the development management process interacts with plan making process.
  6. ICT Skills: Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).


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.

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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. Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.
  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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Temporary Planning Officer – Planning & Building Control
Client Category: Local Authority

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