Career grade planner
Division: Housing & Regeneration
Department: Development Management
Post Title: Career grade planner
Grade: Scale Scale 4/5/6 (Graduate Planner/ Planning Assistant)
Scale SO1 –SO2 (Planning Officer)
POA - POB +1 (Senior Planner)
Responsible to: Principal Planner, Development Management
This job description is intended as a working document only, giving a guideline to the major tasks to be performed. It is anticipated that the post will develop as working practices change in order to meet the demands of the service, new legislation or policies of the council. It is expected the post holder will contribute to and assist in the development of such changes.
To Duties are across the full span of development management depending upon agreed priorities and work experience.
These posts carry out a significant day-to-day professional workload and demand staff of high motivation, initiative, negotiating skills and tact. Post-holders need to be able to deal with elected Members, the public, applicants and objectors to proposals put forward by others. Post-holders must be able to work as part of a team. A wide and up-to-date knowledge of complex legislation is required as well as a thorough understanding of the economic and social background to the developing environment and a willingness to provide a quality service.
The Career Grade for this post provides for progression (subject to performance and review) to senior officer grades, with additional duties and responsibilities.
Main Accountabilities and Responsibilities
- Responsibility for a caseload of development proposals and to meet your own performance management and quality targets. Caseload is likely to include a mix of minor / major / lawful development and enforcement generated cases as well as applications for listed buildings, conservation areas, advertisements, trees and prior notifications.
- Draft statutory advertisements and determine the nature and extent of publicity given to a variety of planning proposals.
- Evaluate and make sound recommendations on the planning merits of development proposals, both in writing or verbally, the complexity of which will increase with progression through the career grade from simple to more complex proposals and projects. This evaluation will include having regard to responses to consultations with statutory consultees, other Council departments, elected Member views and with the general public.
- Take / present cases to Committee
- Defend the Council’s decisions at appeals to the Planning Inspectorate, the complexity of which will increase with progression through the career grade from simple to more complex proposals and projects. This involves both the preparation of the Council’s evidence and giving that evidence as the Council’s expert witness.
- The provision of pre-application advice on a range of development proposals, the complexity of which will increase with progression through the career grade from simple to more complex proposals and projects.
- Liaise with the enforcement officers on enforcement issues, including enforcement applications / appeals and the monitoring of conditions.
- Where required, negotiate financial and other planning contributions /obligations including liaising with external organisations such as the County Council.
- Promote customer satisfaction when delivering DM Services including answering enquiries where professional advice is required
- Attend public meetings, site visits and inspections, and exhibitions which may take place at evenings and weekends.
- Inform development of planning policy documents from a Development Management perspective
- Assist the Development Management team with understanding and implementation of new planning policy and guidance at a national, regional and local level
- Liaise with other departments of the Council, and others as appropriate, as part of the Council’s Development Team Approach.
- With progression through the career grade, a requirement to provide mentoring and support to more junior staff as well as some supervisory duties
To carry out such other duties as may be required of you, commensurate with the grade and level of responsibility, as directed by management.
To participate as required in the Council’s Emergency Planning Operations which may involve duties outside the post holder’s normal job description and contracted hours. In the event that an incident has occurred which disrupts the council’s ability to deliver its critical functions, the post holder will be expected to participate in the recovery stage which may include undertaking duties within the post holder’s competencies in other departments and/or at other locations.
A commitment and contribution to the Council’s Equal Opportunities Policy is an essential requirement of the post.
The post holder will carry out all duties and activities having regard to the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and in accordance with any instructions from senior members of staff under that Act or any Council or Departmental Codes of Practice or Procedures.
The post holder must ensure that data quality and integrity is maintained and that data is processed in accordance with council policy, the Data Protection Act, the Freedom of Information Act and other legislation
The post holder will comply with Statute and Council Policy in all respects.
An awareness and commitment to section 17 which places a statutory duty on police and local authorities to work in partnership to reduce crime and promote community safety. It is also required that community safety is to be a thread running through all functions of the LA
A commitment to excellent customer service and the values of the Council