Planning Officer

Job Category: Technical & Professional
Service Northamptonshire County Council
Contract Type Temporary
Duration Initial 3 months
Location Northamptonshire
Job Type Full-time
Start Date ASAP
Hours per week 37
Rate £17.22 per hour

About the job;

We are seeking a planning officer on behalf of our client, Northamptonshire County Council, to work with the Development Control Manager and other Senior Staff to fulfil the County Council’s statutory Town and Country Planning responsibilities in respect of determining, controlling, monitoring and enforcing development planning applications and permissions. This post has a specific responsibility in relating to the monitoring of planning permissions and enforcing against unauthorised permissions.

  • Manage the process involved in implementing and monitoring planning permissions granted for the extraction of minerals, the management of waste and the County Council’s own development.
  • Meet and negotiate where necessary with applicants, landowners, statutory bodies, parish councils and other interested parties on matters relating to implementing and monitoring planning permissions for the extraction of minerals, the management of waste and the County Council’s own development.
  • Enforce against unauthorised development where necessary, including the preparation and serving of any Orders and also to prepare evidence and appear as an expert witness at any appeals lodged in relation to such Orders or in relation to appeals, inquiries or court hearings associated with minerals and waste developments.
  • Manage the processes involved in dealing with applications received for extraction of minerals or the management of waste and the County Council’s own development including checking for completeness, carrying out necessary consultation, dealing with representations from individuals and organisations and recommending a final decision.
  • Represent the County Council and negotiate on its behalf in local, regional and national fora in support of relevant goals and objectives, particularly in relation to spatial planning and development planning, minerals and waste planning policy and other key projects and initiatives.
  • Provide general planning advice to members of the public and other interest groups and to represent the Council at meetings of Local Liaison Groups related to key minerals and waste sites.
  • Assist and liaise as appropriate in respect of policy work relating to minerals and waste planning and the Minerals and Waste Local Plan.
  • Ensure that reasonable care is always taken for the health, safety and welfare of yourself and other persons, and to comply with policies and procedures relating to health and safety within the County Council.
  • Demonstrate awareness/understanding of equal opportunities and other people’s behavioural, physical, social and welfare needs.
  • Carry out any other duties which fall within the broad spirit, scope and purpose of this job description.
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent negotiation and persuasion skills.
  • Ability to speak confidently in public.
  • Ability to think strategically and with sound analytical skills to be able to deal with complex and technical matters.
  • Able to work on own initiative or part of a team and can demonstrate ability to manage a diverse caseload and to deliver to deadlines.
  • Demonstrable political awareness and judgement.
  • Degree and/or post-graduate diploma in Town and Country Planning or a related discipline.
  • Thorough knowledge and experience of planning and development issues, legislative background and current practice.
  • Experience of processing complex planning applications.
  • Holiday entitlement of up to 31 days per annum, pro rata (including bank holidays)
  • Permanent equivalent council pay rates offered after 12 weeks
  • Pension contribution from employer
  • Flexible working hours
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  • Opportunity to apply for permanent positions as an ‘internal candidate’
  • Consultants based on site within Angel Square
  • Gain experience to support permanent applications

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