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Planning Enforcement Officer (Career grade) / Full time

Forest Of Dean Council

£19,134 - £37,712

Coleford, South West



Do you have experience in Planning?  

Publica is seeking to recruit a Planning Enforcement Officer to join our Development Management Team. This role will support the Senior Enforcement Officer in identifying, investigating and seeking to resolve any breaches of planning control throughout the Forest of Dean.  You will resolve cases through negotiation, safeguarding the public and protecting the environment of the Forest of Dean whilst maintain records of all investigations and ensuring that any evidence is presented in a logical and coherent manner. You will further make recommendations as to the appropriate course of action to address any alleged breach of planning.

Our district is already a special place. We are looking for candidates that will help us improve it, making it an even better place to live, learn, do business and enjoy. To do this successfully, we need to remember its rich cultural and economic heritage and to build on the area as an aspirational place with a reputation for nurturing amazing people. We want the Forest of Dean district to be a place where residents have a fantastic work-life balance and feel secure in their communities – creating a draw for industry to nestle amongst the wild spaces. A modern, connected Forest with deep roots.  So join us to celebrate this wonderful area; its towns, its communities, and help them thrive, by delivering good quality well paid jobs, enhancing our education provision, improving housing options and the social mobility of our young people 

About the role…

  • Support the Senior Enforcement Officer in investigation and monitoring of alleged breaches of planning.
  • To seek to resolve through negotiation any breaches of planning control to safeguard the public and protect the environment of the Forest of Dean.
  • Maintain records of all investigations and ensure that any evidence is presented in a logical and coherent manner.
  • Make recommendations as to the appropriate course of action to address any alleged breach of planning.

You will need…

  • GCSEs (5 A-Cs or equivalent, including Maths and English)
  • Good level of IT  and communication skills
  • Achieves results through others
  • Is customer focussed, responsive, and co-operative with customers
  • Prioritises and meets tight deadlines
  • For more information about this role please see the Job Description/Person Specification.

Special Conditions…

  • There may be a requirement to work at other Publica Group Limited and/or client locations to meet the needs of the business.
  • Expected to work reasonable additional hours in line with the needs of the service
  • BPSS
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in accordance with Data Protection
  • For more information about this role please see the Job Description/Person Specification.

You will be employed by Publica Group Ltd which was created by four partner Councils (Forest of Dean District Council,West Oxfordshire District Council, Cotswold District Council, and Cheltenham Borough Council)  to deliver more efficient and improved services. 

Publica is a unique place to work – we are a local government organisation with a twist! Publica wants to transform the way local services are delivered. To help do this we have started to fundamentally rethink the way we design our services in the digital era so that Publica is a customer-focused organisation driven by real user needs.

What can we do for you…

  • Agile working allowing a mix of home and office working
  • Flexible working arrangements (depending on the role)
  • 26 days paid annual leave (pro rata if you are working part time) plus bank holidays and an extra two volunteering days off a year for you to support a charity of your choice
  • Health cash plan giving you cash back on health, dental and eye care
  • Pension scheme with a good employer contribution of 5% of your earnings
  • Employee Assistance Programme 24/7, providing positive, preventative and supportive advice and counselling to deal with everyday events and issues
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car lease scheme with huge tax and NI savings to be made on electric cars
  • Access to digital financial advice (covering your pension scheme, mortgages and other finances)
  • Generous sickness cover above statutory entitlements
  • Additional income protection, covering 50% of your salary for potentially a further five years if you are unable to work due to sickness or injury
  • Life assurance, currently four times your annual salary

These are just a handful of the benefits that you can enjoy when you join us!

To apply for this position please click on "apply now" within this page to complete an application form and supporting statement together with your CV. Please tell us about your skills, knowledge, qualifications, experience and how they meet the criteria listed above and in the job description/person specification. It’s important that we’re a good fit for each other, so let us know what’s important to you and why you want to work for Publica Group Ltd.  Your CV will not be available to the hiring manager unless you are shortlisted for interview to assist with our non-biased screening process so please ensure you complete the application form in full.

It is important that our staff reflect the diversity of our community, and we therefore welcome and encourage applications from people of all genders and sexual orientation, those from Black, Asian, and other minority ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities.

Accredited of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies - Please state this within your covering statement or in a separate email. 

 Safer recruitment practices are applied to all job vacancies. Successful candidates will be required to complete a pre-employment medical questionnaire; provide references;  proof of identity; nationality and immigration status; three years’ employment or education history (if applicable) and, in some cases, verification of criminal record.

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