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Job Title: Enforcement Officer

Preston City Council

£31,364 - £33,024

Contract Type:
Full time

Preston, North West

Job Level:
Enforcement Officer


Closing Date:
14th July 2024

Town Planning

Public Sector

Planning Enforcement

Development and Housing Directorate 

This is an exciting time to be working for Preston City Council and we are investing in our Planning service in order to deliver our corporate priorities and statutory duties. The Council is looking for an officer to join the planning enforcement team, who will work within the Development Management section of the Planning Department. 

We are seeking an enthusiastic, motived and well organised individual who can undertake investigations into alleged breaches of planning control. You will undertake and assist with the investigation of alleged breaches of planning control, negotiate improvements where formal enforcement action may not be expedient, and pursue formal action where necessary. Enforcement action includes writing and serving enforcement notices, dealing with some appeals and working with our Legal team to secure prosecution through the Courts, where necessary. As part of the team within Development Management, fellow planning officers will be on hand to assist you with queries you may have on particular investigations. 

You will need to assist in the preparation and delivery of formal and informal reports to management, including recommendations for appropriate action, whilst demonstrating a confidence in dealing with difficult situations and be able to communicate effectively with the public. As this is a customer facing role you will need to have excellent communication skills as you will be dealing with the general public, and you will need to be confident in your ability to deal with a wide range of stakeholders and difficult situations where you will need to convey complex, detailed information. 

The successful applicant must be customer focussed, a team player with demonstrable experience of effective enforcement work either within the planning profession or in another profession where your skills will be transferrable. 

As an employer we like to thank our employees for their hard work and commitment by giving them the opportunity to access a range of employee benefits including flexi time, a minimum of 30 days’ annual leave (plus bank holidays), family friendly policies, access to an Employee Assistance Programme, Local Government Pension Scheme, AVC’s, Life Assurance Scheme, payment of professional fees, discounted parking, bus and rail fares and a cycle to work scheme. 

For an informal chat about the role, please contact Phil Cousins, Development Management Team Leader, on 01772 906584 or [email protected] 

Ref: DEDM03011 Closing Date: 14th July 2024

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