Graduate Planning Officer

Published on: 4 Sep 2017

An exciting opportunity has been created for a graduate to join Nottinghamshire County Council’s Planning team.

The Job

Following a review of resources in the Planning Group, a Graduate Planning Officer position has been created which has a broad range of responsibilities which would give the post holder the opportunity to gain valuable experience in all three facets of planning work: planning applications, monitoring and enforcement, and planning policy.

The post not only provides a wide range of work for the successful post holder, but also gives the Planning Group the flexibility to respond to the various peaks in workload that it experiences on an ongoing basis by diverting resources to those areas that need them most.”

Jonathan Smith, Team Manager of the Development Management Team, says: “This position is a great start to a career in planning at a busy county planning authority. The post is being specifically targeted at recent planning graduates and we have taken the conscious decision not to require any previous experience in a planning environment.”

“The County Council encourages career development and as part of this post we will provide training opportunities including workshops, courses and on-line training to develop the post holder’s planning knowledge.”

Nottinghamshire County Council is the minerals, waste and county planning authority for Nottinghamshire.

The county has rich and varied mineral resources; from significant historic deep and surface coal mining, to the present day extraction of sand and gravel, Sherwood sandstone, silica sand, clay and gypsum, applications for which are dealt with by the Development Management team.

The county also has a rich history of hydrocarbon extraction with the oil extracted here in the 1940s being the nation’s primary source during World War II. Interest in hydrocarbon extraction continues to this day and the first two planning permissions for shale gas exploration were approved by the County Council in recent months. Further high profile shale gas applications are anticipated in the near future which will generate significant public scrutiny and interest.

The planning authority also deals with major waste developments including waste transfer stations, materials recovery facilities, energy from waste facilities, biomass plants, composting facilities and household waste recycling facilities. Many of these developments have helped the County Council deliver the recycling targets in its PFI contract and reduce the county’s reliance on landfill.

These minerals and waste developments, and the applications for them, are supported by the Planning Policy team which prepares the minerals and waste local plans for the county. The county also deals with planning applications for its own developments, such as schools, new roads and libraries. There is a dedicated team of monitoring and enforcement officers which ensure compliance with the planning permissions issued by the authority and also deal with any complaints received from members of the public.

The Location

Nottinghamshire is a place people are proud to call home. A county renowned for its history and unique heritage. It is home to Sherwood Forest, the world-famous stomping ground of the legendary Robin Hood. It is a place of ambition, where people are industrious, pioneering and creative. It is a place where business thrives, creating opportunities and prosperity. It is a place for adventure lovers and explorers, and a destination for world class sport, culture and leisure.

The Planning Group is based at County Hall on the banks of the River Trent close to the centres of West Bridgford and the city of Nottingham, both of which provide a wide range of retail, leisure and sporting facilities. County Hall is next to the world-famous Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Nottingham Forest FC’s City Ground and Notts County’s Meadow Lane Stadium.

The Employer

Nottinghamshire County Council employees benefit from free car parking and a staff restaurant overlooking the river.

There is also a wide range of Council benefits to help achieve a healthy work/life balance, including a public transport season ticket scheme and a bike to work cycle scheme, complimented by showers and changing facilities at the County Hall campus.

The County Council is a Stonewall Top 100 employer, recognising its commitment to all employees regardless of age, disability, sex, ethnic origin, religion/belief, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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