Senior Planning Officer - Enfield Council, Enfield.
£33,945 to £36,711 (plus a market factor supplement of £9000 per annum which is reviewed annually)
36 hours a week – We are happy to discuss flexible working arrangements including part time hours, compressed hours, working from home and staggered start and finish times
Enfield is a dynamic and progressive London Borough with excellent links to the city and central areas as well as Hertfordshire and Essex. With the focus for London’s future growth on outer London and recognising its location along the strategically important London - Stansted corridor, there are a range of significant development opportunities. Your skills and vision can help realise their potential.
Headlining our ambitious growth agenda is the Borough’s largest residential led mixed use development at Meridian Water where upwards of 12000 new homes and 6000 jobs will be created. Alongside new public open spaces, shops, community facilities and a new railway station already under construction, this is a key opportunity to shape and deliver a landmark residential scheme within London.
Our growth ambitions don’t end there as we are already in early discussions on a number of major regeneration schemes across the Borough including proposals for Enfield Town, Brimsdown, Edmonton and Southgate as well as a variety of residential led developments to deliver new high quality mixed use residential led development which meets the modern housing and employment needs of our residents.
This is a great time to join the Council. We can help you develop your career and gain experience of a wide range of development while helping us to achieve this vision.
Working alongside our new Place and Design Review Panel, we recognise the importance of place making to the long term sustainability of the Borough and this is an opportunity for enthusiastic and motivated individuals to gain exceptional experience and make a real difference to the future lives of our residents.
To help you help us, we can offer opportunities for personal development including flexible working or compressed hours, home working opportunities, generous annual leave, training opportunities and a friendly working environment.
These are full time positions within one of our Area teams. The roles offer opportunities to gain experience and deal with the full range of planning applications, including industrial, retail, business, residential, heritage and public sector schemes reflecting the diverse composition of this Borough. With the emphasis on collaborative working, this is an exciting opportunity at the heart of our area planning teams, focused on delivering a range of development schemes, planning performance and excellent customer experience.
A sound understanding of development management and associated legislation and procedures will be essential and experience of handling all levels of appeal case work will be desirable. Further training opportunities will be available to enhance your skills
You will have excellent customer focus and be able to demonstrate confidence in dealing with applicants and their agents, Councilors and residents.
In particular, you:
Must have the requisite and up to date knowledge of the Town and Country Planning Act and associated legislative framework to be able to assess a wide variety of planning and associated application types including undertaking site visits (generally unaccompanied), organising consultation, leading on negotiation, providing concise written reports and recommendation to agreed timescales
Experience of dealing with more complex planning applications and evidence demonstrating initiative in leading on and resolving complex planning issues within a local authority or the private sector within a busy urban environment
Must be able to demonstrate ability to organise and monitor personal workload and adhere to agreed timescales and procedures to achieve good performance within a working environment which needs to react to daily to arising priorities and in which interruptions to scheduled work programme are common.
Must demonstrate experience of establishing effective positive relationships within the Council and with the wider public and professional community.
Must be able to demonstrate ability to successfully negotiate agreements under S.106 of the Town and Country Planning Act where appropriate to secure wider benefit from development proposals
Must have excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and be able to demonstrate a robust understanding of the importance of customer service as well as the ability to provide clear concise pre-application planning advice to prospective developers.
Must have knowledge of the procedures and experience of dealing with a range of planning appeals
Undergraduate or postgraduate level qualification in Town Planning or related degree
- A good understanding of IT and planning back office systems.
- As a regular and intrinsic part of this role requires you to speak to members of the public in English, the ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential and consistent with the requirements of this role. This role also requires you to be polite and courteous when conversing with the public.
For more information please visit https://enfieldplace.co.uk/planning
Why it's great to work for Enfield Council
- An excellent pension through the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).
- Up to 31 days annual leave depending on grade and length of service. You will also get eight public holidays per year and an extra day off at Christmas.
- Interest free season ticket loan repayable over three or ten months.
- Career development and learning experiences from a range of training courses and learning methods.
- Employee Assistance Programme to provide advice and counselling services. This is a free and confidential service available to staff and members of their family.
- Health and leisure discounts and tax-free bikes for work.
We are passionate about our people and how we deliver services to our community in Enfield. That’s why we encourage a culture that puts our customers at the heart of everything we do - by empowering our people to work together to find solutions, be open, honest and respectful, take responsibility and listen and learn. If you value these behaviours too, we’d love to hear from you - and of course we are always happy to talk flexible working, click here to find out more.
Closing and Interview Dates
Closing date is 5pm Wednesday 4th March 2020
This role requires that you upload 2 documents - in the "Document upload" section of the online application form.
1. a supporting statement addressing how you meet the requirements of the job description and person specification.
2. your CV which includes your full work history since leaving full time education.
Your supporting statement should be around 2 pages in A4 format.
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If you have any difficulties accessing this information, please contact Claire.Turner@enfield.gov.uk on 02081