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Enquiries Officer / Assistant Planning Officer / Full time

Vale of White Horse District Council

£21,725 - £25,372 / £25,372 - £29,687

Milton Park, South Central



Enquiries Officer / Assistant Planning Officer

This is an entry level role to join our shared planning team at an exciting time in a busy and forward-looking planning service. This role provides an opportunity to gain experience and career progression in different areas of the service including enforcement, policy, appeals and development management.

You’ll need to be enthusiastic, dedicated, have a strong customer service ethos and be driven to achieve targets. If that sounds like you then this is the job for you.

Enquiries Officer / Assistant Planning Officer Responsibilities;

- respond to telephone enquiries and correspondence.
- process more straight forward planning and associated applications.
- undertake specific projects within the policy team to assist in the preparation of documents including local plan work, neighbourhood plans and supplementary planning documents.
- provide professional advice face to face, on the telephone and in writing on behalf of the Council in respect of planning and related issues and this may include providing some pre-application advice.
- deal with enforcement matters and carrying out associated duties as and when required.
- undertake specific projects within the planning service (such as
participating in continuous development).
- assisting the policy team.
- carry out any other duties appropriate to the grade.

In addition to achieve grade 4:

- process a wider range of planning and associated applications.
- provide pre-application advice in respect a wide range of planning work.
- more complicated planning enforcement work.
- write appeal statements in respect of written representation cases and contributing to hearing and public inquiry cases as and when required.
- present applications to planning committee.
- more complicated planning policy work.

Enquiries Officer / Assistant Planning Officer Requirements:

- strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
- ability to research concepts and projects with minimal supervision.
- excellent interpersonal skills.
- good IT skills including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet and email.
- good oral and written communication skills.
- ability to interpret scale drawings and Ordnance Survey maps.

Your essential qualifications:

- grade 3: 2 A-levels or an equivalent level of qualification or appropriate experience.
- grade 4: Planning degree or an equivalent level of qualification or currently studying for a degree level qualification in planning.
- and/or at least 1 years’ experience in a planning related role.

If you have the following experience or qualifications – it’s a bonus:

- experience of project management.
- advanced level MS word, excel and PowerPoint.
- student or associate membership of the RTPI.

About the councils:

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils are forward-thinking local authorities, based in one of the most attractive areas of the country. They are looking for a professional, competent and enthusiastic person who can communicate well at all levels. An excellent benefits package is on offer including annualised hours (flexible working) and a career average pension scheme.

Salary: £21,725 - £25,372 per year 3 / £25,372 - £29,687 per year, Grade 4

Duration of role: Temporary fixed term two-year post

Hours per week: Full time; 37 hours per week

Location:  Milton Park, Oxfordshire

Employing council: Vale of White Horse District Council

Benefits: A basic 24 days annual leave per annum, rising to 29 days after five years. You also have all the bank holidays to look forward to and time off between Christmas and New Year. Flexible working and annualised hours – a flexible approach to work that our employees love! Salary pay awards – most jobs give scope for a pay increase after six months or the following April (depending on your start date) and we also review salaries each April. A generous career average pension scheme which includes life insurance of three times your salary. No car park costs as there’s ample free parking. A childcare voucher scheme which parents appreciate. Various schemes to keep you healthy (reduced gym membership, free swims, workplace exercise classes, contributory medical schemes, wellbeing appointments, free eye tests for DSE users and more). We give you two days per year to volunteer within the local community.

You may have experience of the following: Planning Policy Officer, Town Planning Officer, Urban Planning Officer, Development Management Officer, Planning Officer, Planning Consultant, Town Planning, Urban Regeneration, Planning Enforcement Officer, Local Authority, Planning Permission Specialist, Development Management, Local Authority, Local Government, Public Sector, etc.

Ref: 96821

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