The Friday Five 10.05.19
1. MRS PEEL, WE’RE NEEDED
Senior Environmental Planner, White Peak Planning
The company was set up in 2012 and is based in Didsbury, Manchester.
“We are looking for an enthusiastic and hard-working Senior Environmental Planner with at least four years’ experience of planning and Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs). The candidate should have experience of working in either a specialist planning and / or environmental consultancy or at a multi-disciplinary consultancy.
“White Peak Planning is an independent planning consultancy. Clients include major national housebuilders, developers and infrastructure providers and our projects are located nationwide.
“Your role will include liaison with clients, preparation of planning application forms, notices etc; preparation of planning statements; EIA screening and scoping requests; EIA co-ordination; preparation of environmental statements (ESS) and non-technical summaries; review of technical reports and es chapters; monitoring consultation responses and actioning where necessary; preparing draft planning conditions; mentoring junior members of staff and peer review.”
Early episodes of classic ITV programme The Avengers were made in the studios of ABC Weekend Television, which was based in Didsbury’s former Capitol Theatre until 1969. Key character Emma Peel was so named because there was, apparently, the prevailing British movie industry expression "M-Appeal", or "man-appeal" – a key requirement for her character.
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2. HAVE YOU GOT THE BALLS?
Planning Technical Officer, North Warwickshire Borough Council
The council’s offices are located in the town of Atherstone, Warwickshire - between Tamworth and Nuneaton.
“North Warwickshire’s rural landscape, rich heritage and excellent transport links combine to make it the perfect place in which to live and work. Bordering major Midlands towns and cities and having an extensive green belt, the development control work in North Warwickshire is varied, dynamic and challenging. Balancing the protection of the countryside with the accommodation of large scale residential and employment development presents an exciting and challenging workload.
“This position is ideal for a Planner in the early stages of their career, or a recent planning graduate. You will manage your own caseload of householder and “minor” planning applications as well as offer advice and assistance to prospective applicants and the public on all town planning matters.
“You will be required to prepare reports to be presented to the Planning and Development Board and to take an active part in the appeal process.
“This post requires you to hold a full valid driving licence and have access to a vehicle.”
This year saw the 810th Shrove Tuesday Ball Game. It’s one of those mad scramble affairs (“a complete free-for-all”) and is run down the town’s old Roman road, Watling Street. The winner is declared at 5.00pm; it’s whoever has possession of the ball when the whistle sounds. Madness! There’s just the one hard and fast rule: players are not allowed to kill one another.
3. HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT
Planning Officer (“Implementation and Monitoring – Major Projects, Inward Investment and Growth”) for Sedgemoor District Council
The council is based in Bridgwater in Somerset; Bridgwater House is located towards the centre of the town.
“This role offers a chance to gain valuable experience in a dynamic planning service working on national infrastructure projects. You’ll be part of a dynamic team working to transform the economy across Sedgemoor.
“The Planning Service deals with a high caseload of important development projects including for example, Hinkley C, as a nationally significant infrastructure project.
You will be responding to project related enquiries, providing advice and information on monitoring, and ensuring reporting against targets and key performance indicators, as well as challenging areas where improvement can be made. You will also advise on implementation matters and liaise with both internal and external bodies to enable the delivery of the project across the district. Your duties will include responding to impacts, conducting site visits, liaising with EDFE and National Grid, contractors, landowners, developers and the community, evaluating compliance and managing change.
The legend of Alfred the Great has it that, following the Danish invasion of 875, the malfunctioning monarch burnt some cakes while hiding in marshes close to Bridgwater. The theory goes that Alfred, hiding from Vikings, hid in the home of a woman whose only request was that he looked after her cakes. It really shouldn’t have been much to ask, and we all know what’s meant have occurred. Of course, the real story is just how this fine old legend has survived this long.
4. MY YELLOW CITIZENS
Planning policy officer, South Norfolk Council
The Greater Norwich Local Plan team which is based at Norfolk County Council’s offices in Norwich.
”You will be working across a wide and varied geography helping plan for the growth of Greater Norwich. You will be part of a planning policy team which serves two Councils: Broadland District Council and South Norfolk Council. You will also contribute to the work of the Greater Norwich Local Plan team, helping to prepare the new Greater Norwich Local Plan.
“What you’ll be doing: Research and prepare policy documents, committee reports, proofs of evidence and background evidence studies to support the Local Plan; Liaise and negotiate with developers, site promoters, applicants and interest groups to resolve issues related to potential developments; Ensure effective service/corporate project co-ordination, project delivery and communication; To prepare written reports and appeal statements and present information and advice to elected members, agents, landowners, applicants and the general public in writing, face to face and by telephone.
Norwich’s affiliation to the colour yellow - think mustard and football - has foreign roots. In the 1560s, weavers came to Norwich fleeing religious persecution in their native Holland and Belgium. For reasons unspecified, they brought their canaries with them. Having a canary became cool, with native Norwich citizens adopting and rearing them as a hobby. The newly crowned English Football League champions Norwich City have gone the whole hog, wearing yellow shirts and being nicknamed The Canaries.
5. BEATS FROM THE BLACK STUFF
Assistant Planning Liaison Manager, the Coal Authority
The Coal Authority’s offices are based in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.
This is a three-year fixed term contract offering “an exciting opportunity to join a team responding to planning consultations, general planning enquiries and providing pre-application planning advice in accordance with the externally set deadlines to coalfield local planning authorities across England, Scotland and Wales.
”The post holder will assist other members of the Planning and Local Authority Liaison team in responding to planning consultations, general planning enquiries and providing pre-application planning advice.
”You'll be assisting with the delivery of the Coal Authority's statutory consultation role. This will include effective management of a high volume workload in response to consultations received in respect of development management and the development plan systems.”
’Music of Coal: Mining songs from Appalachian’ is a 48 track CD with every single song dedicated to the mining of coal and the lives of miners. Listeners can get down to ‘Coal Miner’s Boogie’, celebrate ‘Coal Town Saturday Night’ or bop to the Real World String Band’s ‘Come All You Coal Miners’.
Photos | NBC (Diana Rigg), Adrian Roebuck (Atherstone Ball Game), iStock,