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The Friday Five 07.07.23

Written by: Planner Team
Published on: 7 Jul 2023

It's the Friday Five, our weekly selection of the best/most interesting job vacancies listed on Planner Jobs this week – plus some place-based facts. This week, new opportunities in Westminster, Llandrindod Wells, Bexhill-on-Sea, Teignmouth and Hertford.

1. Principal Community Infrastructure Levy and Section 106 Officer

Location: Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, SW1E 6QP

The job: As our Principal CIL and S106 Officer, you can make your own powerful contribution. You’ll be one of the senior figures collecting financial contributions and monitoring the discharge of non-financial agreements for Westminster’s skyline, which is constantly embracing ambitious new residential and commercial buildings. We particularly value people’s diverse backgrounds and experiences, which often bring a fresh perspective and innovative approach. 

You’ll play a pivotal role in the leadership of our Infrastructure Planning and Delivery Team. From the methods and processes we use to the capabilities of colleagues across our Infrastructure Planning and Delivery team, we want to build an operation that’s geared for success.

Westminster Cathedral [square]Fun fact: This job is based at Westminster City Hall – a stone’s throw from the striking neo-Byzantine Westminster Cathedral (easily confused with the nearby Westminster Abbey – there’s no Poet’s Corner, coronation or, crucially, entry fee at Westminster Cathedral). Poet Laureate John Betjeman described it as “a masterpiece in striped brick and stone”, but for financial reasons the interior was never completed, leaving the top half as bare black stone in stark contrast to the golden mosaics beneath. 

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2. Development Management Team Leader

Location: Llandrindod Wells – but with option to work partly from home/agile

The job: You’ll bring to the role experience of working in all aspects of development management, have an excellent knowledge and understanding of the planning system, and have the skills to lead, inspire and manage a team.

Along with this, we want someone with a clear focus on performance management and customer service to support us in our continuous improvement journey.

The role is based in Llandrindod Wells but you will have the option to partly work agile/from home.

Wales [square]Fun fact: Llandrindod Wells is home to the annual week-long Victorian Festival , established in 1981, which sees the town’s population of 5,000 swell to 35,000. According to the town’s website, there’s a lot of musical entertainment – unsurprisingly for a country with Wales’ musical tradition – including the decidedly un-Victorian-sounding ‘1940s Big Band’. The festival, which sees an array of impressive period costumes, culminates with a torchlight procession and lakeside fireworks display. 

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3. Technical Design Officer

Location: Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex

The job: You will have specific responsibility for graphic material, mapping and data presentation. You will also monitor housing and employment land supply and progress against our key indicators. You’ll use your specialist knowledge to quickly become a vital member of the team and will play a key role in creating the council’s new Local Plan in a time of climate emergency.

You’ll join a progressive council. We know that, to provide the best for our residents, businesses and visitors, we need to do the same for our people. We have set out to make our workplaces happy and safe environments where staff feel content and valued.

Eddie Izzard [square]Fun fact: Eddie Izzard is a Bexhill native and made the 2020 film Six Minutes to Midnight, a dramatised version of Augusta Victoria College’s history – a boarding school for daughters of the Nazi elite in the East Sussex town. The daughter of Germany’s foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop was educated there before the school closed, unsurprisingly, in August 1939. 

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4. Principal Planning Officer / Senior Planning Officer / Planning Officer

Location: Forde House, Teignmouth, Devon

The job: These roles involve working as part of a team of well-supported, skilled professional planning officers and handling a busy case load of your own applications, too. You will deal with all stages of the development management process: giving pre-application advice, making site visits, writing reports, making recommendations, discharging conditions and representing the council in appeals and at committee if appropriate. The Senior and Principal Officer roles will also have some management and mentoring duties, providing leadership, coaching and advice to your team.

Newton Abbott [square]Fun fact: This role is located in Forde House, a grade I listed Jacobean manor in Newton Abbot that is surely a contender for one of the nicest district council HQs. The manor is built in the shape of the letter E, which some believe was done in honour of the recently-deceased Queen Elizabeth I – presumably in the hope that she would appreciate this from her perch atop a cloud. 

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5. Planning Enforcement Officer / Senior Enforcement Officer

Location: Hertford

The job: Your work will have a direct impact on shaping our community and preserving its unique character for future generations.

This role is suitable for someone who already has experience working in planning enforcement and is interested in managing a mixed and varied portfolio of enforcement cases. If appointed at Enforcement Officer level, this career grade post provides the opportunity to progress to senior level, working on more complex cases and supervising more junior members of the team.

George Ezra [square]Fun fact: East Hertfordshire and Hertford itself have recently been ranked among the UK’s happiest places to live. Well, to be clear, the area of East Hertfordshire was ranked the happiest part of the county of Hertfordshire (Office for National Statistics survey 2022), while Hertford itself was ranked the East of England’s fifth happiest place to live (Rightmove ‘Happy At Home’ index).

This is, er, serious stuff: survey participants were asked to rank their levels of wellbeing in four categories: how satisfied they are with their lives, to what extent their daily lives are worthwhile, how happy they felt yesterday, and how anxious they felt yesterday.

Perhaps this general sense of contentedness explains why Hertford-born musician George Ezra called one of his singles ‘Paradise’.

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