Planning/Conservation Officer

Job reference: CT10343

Position: Fixed term

Under the supervision of Deputy Head of Planning or Team Manager Officer (s), to work within a development management team so as to ensure a consistent approach to development in accordance with good professional practice.  
To assess less complex applications for planning permission, listed building consent and other related statutory consents (such as Householder applications for planning and listed building consent, applications for advertisement consent and small scale changes of use proposals)  and submit reports and recommendations to the Deputy Head of Planning/Team Manager and Development Management  Committee to ensure the management of development in accordance with National Guidance and  the planning policies where appropriate. 
To write reports and make recommendations in order to ensure consistency and quality, compliance with statutory deadlines and timescales and procedural correctness. 
To prepare written statements in connection with appeals made under the written representations method to the Secretary of State against the refusals of planning permission, listed building consent or other consents. 
To give planning/conservation advice in pre-application negotiations to developers, landowners and the general public, both verbally and by letter in relation to less complex development proposals. 
To provide specialist conservation and design advice on planning applications.

Qualifications Required

  1. Entry Level (Grade 7)
Degree or Diploma in Town and Country Planning or equivalent recognised by and giving eligibility (or partial eligibility) for membership of the RTPI, RIBA or IHBC.  At this level it is not essential, that the post holder has corporate membership of the RTPI, RIBA or IHBC (although they should be working towards that). 
  1. Experienced Level (Grade 8)
To be able to move from Entry levels to experienced level an individual should be able to demonstrate:
  • corporate membership of the RTPI, RIBA or IHBC.
  • successful involvement in an increasingly complex case load.
  • significant experience, which should preferably include at least one year in one of the three disciplines of development control, policy and conservation.
Progression to Grade 8 from Grade 7 will be dependent on having performed to a consistently high level whilst on Grade 7, the assessment of which shall be made by the relevant Deputy Head of Planning/Team Manager.
The post holder will exhibit ability to use initiative and professional judgement.  At this level the post holder will be able to demonstrate an appropriate and developing degree of professional expertise and experience in a particular aspect of Town and Country Planning/Conservation.

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