The Friday Five 03.08.18

Published: 03 Aug 2018

A round-up of five of the best, most interesting, significant or unusual jobs on Planner Jobs this week.

Illuminated manuscript [square]1. A TOUCH OF ILLUMINATION

What?

Five roles with Bassetlaw District Council

Where?

The council offices in Worksop, Nottinghamshire. Bassetlaw is the northernmost borough in Nottinghamshire, population 114,000, and well connected to Sheffield. Nottingham and Lincoln.

What's great about this job?

First of all, there are five roles - so you can take your pick. In ascending order of seniority and salary, these are):

  • CIL/Section 106 officer
  • local plan co-ordinator
  • major sites officer
  • major projects planner
  • planning development manager

Secondly, the offices are newly refurbished, Basetlaw itself is an attractive mix of urban and rural environments (it's at the northern tip of Sherwood Forest. Plus, the council describes itself as "a dynamic, forward thinking local authority, presently preparing a local plan and actively pursuing a growth agenda". Opportunities abound?

Fun fact(s)

Worksop Priory was once home to monks who created the Tickhill Psalter, one of the finest of Medieval illuminated manuscripts. The Psalter is now held in New York Public Library.

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The stocks in Poulton-le-Fylde [square]2. TIME TO TAKE STOCK(S)

What?

Planning officer (development management), Wyre Council

Where? Civic Centre, Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire

What's great about this job?

It's the location as much as anything, and the challenges it presents to planners. Wyre is on the Lancashire coast, close to Preston, Blackpool, the Lake District National Park and the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It's an area of contrast, with seaside towns, a port, urban pressures, traditional market towns and rugged landscape. There are considerable economic development and regeneration issues to consider. It could be an interesting challenge.

Fun fact

The market place in Poulton-le-Fylde contains the usual war memorial and market cross, but also a whipping post, a fish slab and stocks. Just in case anyone steps out of line, like.

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Newton Abbot town centre [square]3 A DEVONIAN DEVELOPMENT

What?

Business Manager – Development Management (Planning), Teignbridge District Council, South Devon

Where?

Newton Abbot, a market town just north of Torquay 

What's great about this job?

It's a leadership role in a beautiful borough that spans much of the area between Exeter and Torquay, and includes a significant chunk of Dartmoor National Park. So you'll be leading the development service in a region that encompasses coast, country, seaside resorts, market towns, villages and moorland. Tourism, economic development and town centre regeneration are all significant themes in this part of the world. Oh, and Teignbridge is trying to establish itself as a particularly healthy place to live. Plenty to weigh in the balance.

Fun fact

Newton Abbot born Ivy Williams was the first woman to be called to the English bar in 1922. Though she never actually practiced as barrister, she went on to become the first woman to teach law at a British university.

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It's a knockout course [square]4. KNOCK YOURSELF OUT

What?

Planning officer, East Cambridgeshire District Council

Where?

The cathedral city of Ely, East Cambs

What's great about this job?

It's an area of considerable historic sensitivity experiencing a significant surge in growth - so you'll need to balance protection of hundreds of listed buildings (including one of the finest cathedrals in Europe) with the pressures created by a major urban extension, and large industrial and retail proposals. Oh, there's environmental sensitivity, too: Ely alone is home to two Sites of Special Scientific Interest – a former Kimmeridge clay quarry and one of the UK's best remaining examples of medieval ridge and furrow agriculture.

Fun fact

In 1973, Ely won the international It's a Knockout! competition (aka Jeux Sans Frontières). This means Ely was the last British town to win the title outright. Who needs a fancy cathedral when you've won It's a Knockout, eh?

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Edinburgh New Town [square]5. AN INTERN OF INFLUENCE

What?

Intern project officer, RTPI Scotland (paid internship)

Where?

The RTPI's office in a smart Georgian townhouse in  Edinburgh's West End, just around the corner from the Japanese consulate general.

What's great about this job?

Aside from it being the RTPI (obvs), this is a really good opportunity to take those first steps into a role in public policy. RTPI Scotland's small team packs a punch in discussions around planning in Scotland, and in particular the development of a new planning framework. This part-time role runs until February 2019 and will see you getting stuck into work on the Planning Bill, and promoting planning generally. Nice people to work with, too.

Fun fact

Melville Street, where RTPI Scotland is based, was part of a Georgian expansion of the city of Edinburgh in the early decades of the 19th century. Edinburgh New Town is often considered by some to be a masterpiece of city planning and is part of the Edinburgh UNESCO World Heritage Site. Read all about it.

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Photos | Shutterstock. Gerlald-England, NigelB

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