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Planning Team Leader – Development Management / Full time

Rother District Council

Local Salary Scale PO2

Bexhill-on-Sea, South East


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Manage staff, to include senior officers, planning officers and technical officers, on a day to day basis, encouraging a mentoring environment and giving advice to other support staff as required.


Responsibility for management of the relevant officers (Development Management)

Deal with and prepare reports on planning applications, listed building applications and other forms of applications as submitted to the Local Planning Authority

Prepare appeal statements and appear as a witness at Planning Hearings, Public Inquiries and court as and when required

Present at Planning Committee Meetings

Carry out site inspections throughout the District in relation to planning application and enforcement reports and to carry out negotiations with applicants’ agents as appropriate

Deal with pre-application informal advice from members of the public, agents and applicants and prepare written responses as appropriate

Provide information to the general public in relation to planning applications and planning matters as and when required

Provide a good service for members of the public and applicants in accordance with Council’s objectives

Undertake liaison with other agencies, public bodies and other Service areas of the Council 

Consider the need for more detailed advice on particular sites, and the need for special protection for particular features e.g. trees and buildings, and to liaise with other sections of the Service accordingly 

Monitor development proposals and compliance with planning conditions and to ensure development is in accordance with approved plans

Process enforcement work in accordance with the Council’s policies, delegation scheme and Government advice and the relevant legislation 

Authorise enforcement reports prepared by members of staff and to prepare the more contentious reports 

Personally deal, where appropriate, with the more complex enforcement cases and negotiations or to advise Case Officers in such matters 

In the absence of the Enforcement Team Leader, to receive and allocate enforcement cases and ensure all matters are dealt with correctly in accordance with service plan performance indicators, National Policy Guidance and relevant legislation 

Ensure effective liaison with other Services in the Council and give advice on enforcement matters and to ensure the necessary legal advice is obtained where necessary before decisions are taken 

When required and as part of flexible working – to work within other Services and Directorates in support of the Council’s overall objectives and projects 

Co-operate with Managers in implementing the Council’s Health and Safety Policy. The responsibilities of members of staff in respect of this are set out in the Council’s Health and Safety Manual 

To undertake any other duties for which the post holder is competent and which the Head of Service considers necessary for the effective and efficient delivery of the Service

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