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Planning Officer / Full time

East Herts District Council

£31,621 - £38,205

Hertford, East Anglia



Job information

East Herts Council is looking for a Planning Officer or Senior Planning Officer (depending on experience) to come and join our welcoming and progressive Development Management team.

This role is suitable for someone that already has experience working in Development Management and is interested in managing a mixed and varied portfolio of planning work.  If appointed at Planning officer level, this career grade post provides the opportunity to progress to senior level, working on more complex/major applications and supervising more junior members of the team.

East Herts is a District rich and diverse in character with attractive market towns and villages and special landscape, natural and built heritage features, including 42 Conservation Areas and over 3000 listed buildings. It is also experiencing significant growth and we have a number of strategic sites coming forward for development including a new settlement of 10,000 homes within the emerging ‘Harlow and Gilston Garden Town.’

Our ambitious planning policies aim to maximise affordable housing delivery, secure sustainable, environmentally progressive development and deliver the highest quality built environment, whilst respecting, celebrating and protecting the District’s distinct rural character and unique heritage.

We encourage applicants that are enthusiastic, hard-working individuals who are keen to learn and share our aims and ambitions. Good customer skills, being able to communicate effectively (written and verbal) and efficient time management are essential skills for this role.

In return we offer the opportunity to work on varied and interesting portfolio of work, working as part of fast paced, friendly and experienced team that will support you to develop your skills and progress your career.

East Herts also offers a great working environment, flexible/home working options and many benefits and a £3000 "welcome payment” *(subject to conditions)

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for managing a mixed and varied portfolio of planning work (including more complex/major applications depending on experience).
  • At senior level, supervising and mentoring more junior staff.
  • Ensuring that development of the highest quality is secured meeting policy and corporate   objectives.
  • Providing a high standard of service to our customers.

The ideal candidate will have

  • A degree in town and country planning, geography or an environmental related subject.
  • Previous experience of working as part of a Development Management service managing a mixed and varied case load of planning applications.
  • Good communication skills with the ability to deliver planning information in a positive and proactive way to a varied audience.
  • The ability to assimilate, understand and articulate planning issues rapidly and make balanced, robust planning recommendations.
  • Excellent time management and the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent written skills.
  • A valid, full driving licence.

For those applying for the Senior Planning officer post, candidates should demonstrate (in addition to the above) how they meet the specific grade 8 criteria in the JD and Person Specification.

How to apply

For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Karen Page - Service Manager on 07761510832.

To apply for this role please click APPLY below

Closing date:  22nd July 2022

Interviews will be held in at the end of July/early August.

If you do not hear from us within 2 weeks of the closing date please assume that your application has not been successful.

If your application has been successful, the recruiting manager will contact you to invite you to an interview.  We hope you enjoy the process and look forward to making contact with you very soon.

EHC is an equal opportunity employer committed to embracing a diverse and inclusive work environment. We aim to attract and retain the best people regardless of their gender, marital/parental status, ethnic origin, nationality, religious belief age, background, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity

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