Planning Policy Officer, DM Team Manager & Enforcement Officer

We have had a really busy week in the Hertfordshire region, so thought it would be good to provide a summary of the roles we are presently working on in the area. All are contract positions based with a local authority in Hertfordshire; please do get in touch for more information on pay rates and specific locations.

Planning Policy Officer

We are working with a busy borough in a prime commutable location looking to take on a consultant to join their Policy team.

In this position you will be contributing to the preparation and review of the development plan and supporting planning policy and guidance documents, including liaising with nearby local authorities and other partners, undertaking research, monitoring, analysis of data, policy writing, coordinating public consultation, writing proofs of evidence and presentation as required at public enquiries or examinations.

The team have just started their local plan review and need a consultant who can assist with background studies and help gather evidence, who has experience in a similar role and sound knowledge about assessing employment and housing land.

The contract will initially last for 3 months but is likely to roll on, and there is some opportunity for home working.


Team Manager

A local authority are looking to bring on a Team Manager on an interim basis. This role would involve leading a busy team during a restructure of the Planning services.

The team that you would be leading covers half the geographical area of the Council – dealing with a full caseload of pre-applications, applications, appeals and all associated casework.

The post holder would need to ensure that all performance targets are met and that the quality of the output meets the expectations placed on the service.

Ideally they are looking to bring on an experienced development management professional who has extensive knowledge and experience, both in relation to planning and development management issues, and in relation to staff and performance management.


Enforcement Officer x2 (1 full time post, 1 part-time post)

This is an opportunity for a candidate with prior experience of Planning Enforcement work to quickly pick up a current case load. The Council places considerable reliance on the enforcement service to ensure that public expectations of the service are met.

The posts are based in a busy office where there is a regular flow of new cases, ranging from the fairly straight forward, to complex cases which require considerable investigation. The post holders will need to work to agreed performance measures and have a proactive approach to ensuring all interested parties are kept up to speed with the progress of individual cases.

The full time role will be concentrating on reactive work – investigating cases brought to our attention by members of the public and others.

The part time role is a new initiative of the Council, dedicated to proactive work, monitoring the implementation of development at the more significant development sites in the Councils area.

This could be an excellent opportunity for an Enforcement professional to broaden their experiences and get involved in a new programme on a part-time basis, whilst in their current contract.


I appreciate that these are very brief summaries; if you would like any further information on these roles and the local authorities you would be working for, do give me a call or drop me an email,, 020 3795 4828.

Our experienced consultants have been recruiting for local authorities nationwide for many years; we specialize in Planning and are always keen to hear from Planners who would like advice about their next career move.

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