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The Friday Five 10.11.23

Written by: Planner Team
Published on: 10 Nov 2023

It's The Friday Five, our weekly round-up of five of the best town planning jobs currently on Planner Jobs. This week, opportunities in Hampshire, Hounslow, Shropshire, and Bristol.     


Location: The Castle, Winchester, Hampshire

The job: "We currently have an opportunity for a highly motivated individual to join our Development Management team. This role offers a chance to make a significant and meaningful impact by helping to lead the development management service.

"Reporting to the Head of Development Management and Flood and Water Management, this role will lead the Development Management function to effectively deliver our core day to day activities, including the supporting the delivery of the Council’s statutory functions as well as maximise income generation opportunities through any traded activity and the ongoing protection and enhancement of the natural, built, and historic environment of Hampshire.

"Additionally, there may be opportunities for you to shape the minerals and waste policy work relating to the Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan. This is a chance to make a significant and meaningful impact."

Janes Austen | iStock [square]Fun fact: Winchester was Jane Austen’s final home before she died at the age of 41 in July 1817. She was looked after at No. 8 on College Street by her sister, Cassandra, and brother-in-law Henry while she suffered with Addison’s disease. Previously, the Austen family lived in Chawton, Hampshire, in a house that is now a museum.

It had been the home of local farmers, and then a public house, The New Inn, between 1781 and 1787. While it was a pub, two murders were carried out there. After the second murder the house was let by Jane Austen’s brother, Edward Austen Knight, to his bailiff, Bridger Seward.

Later, Edward Austen Knight allowed his mother and sisters to live in the house so they had a permanent residence. Jane Austen lived in the house with her mother, her sister Cassandra and a long-time family friend Martha Lloyd from 7 July 1809 until May 1817. This was when she moved to Winchester owing to her illness and to be near her physician. After her death, her mother and sister continued to live in the house until their deaths in 1827 and 1845 respectively.

It seems fitting then (for The Planner’s news editor, at least), that Winchester was the first town to open a library under the Public Libraries Act 1850, having adopted the act in 1851 and opening the library that year.

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Location: Hounslow, London

The job: “Working within a busy Spatial Planning Team, the Senior Policy Planner will independently manage areas of planning policy, including leading on policies to be contained within the new Local Plan and associated evidence base. The post holder will have the opportunity to draft policies, play a significant role in the consultation processes on the Local Plan, and represent the Council at the Examination in Public. The Senior Policy Planner will also provide comprehensive and detailed policy advice on planning applications, pre-applications and where required on appeals, to agreed and identifiable timescales.”

Cheese | iStock [square]Fun fact: Your correspondent (The Planner's editor) has had to travel through Chiswick, part of the London Borough of Hounslow, all his life. Hell, even his father grew up in the area. But it’s taken the need to allocate a ‘fun fact’ about Chiswick to the Friday Five for him to discover that the name Chiswick derives from the Old English word Ceswican meaning ‘Cheese Farm’.

The name was first recorded a thousand years ago, but the dairy connection continues to this day, although perhaps accidentally. While the ‘Cheesewick’ cheese market is a regular event in the London suburb, it was only set up in 2020.

If you’re London-based and planning your week ahead you could do worse than turn up for the ‘Big Cheese Weekender’ on the third Sunday in every month. Which means there’s one next Sunday, if you’re interested.

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Location: Shropshire- x1 North and x1 South

The job: “Reporting to a Principal Planning Officer who is in turn responsible for your health and safety, training and development.

“Expected to lead and/or contribute to a range of projects and build relations with both internal and external partners in order achieve specified outcomes but will not have direct authority over those involved.

“Responsible for completing within expected timescales all mandatory corporate and role specific training. Training requirements will be detailed in your corporate induction and Personal Development Plan (PDP). Courses are accessed via the council Learning Management System via the Intranet.”

Brown bear | iStock [square]Fun fact: If you think modern-day MPs are a bit, let’s say eccentric – well, the past few years have thrown up some oddities. But when it comes to gracing (and disgracing) the House Of Commons, Boris and pals are mere beginners. Few could equal ‘Mad’ John ‘Jack’ Mytton (1796-1834), Tory MP for Shrewsbury from 1819 to 1820 (sort of).  

He was born to John Mytton and Sarah Harriet into a family of Shropshire squires with a lineage that stretched back 500 years. His father died at the age of 30, when Jack was two, so he inherited the dynastic seat of Halston Hall in Whittington, near Oswestry, plus a fortune worth about £500,000 a year by today’s standards. 

Expelled from Westminster School for assaulting a master, he dropped out of Harrow School, then arrived at Cambridge university with 2,000 bottles of port but no academic interests. He preferred gambling, boozing, and other pleasures of a country gentleman. He got his rich mates to donate £10,000 to buy him the seat for Shrewsbury – but decided that he couldn’t be bothered to represent his constituents’ interests (even though most were his rich pals rather than hoi polloi without a vote) and spent less than 30 minutes in the Commons.

His pranks made Mytton a legend. He went duck shooting at night on Dalston’s frozen lake, dressed in only a nightshirt. Once, disguised as a highwayman, complete with his pistols, he ambushed his departing guests on the Oswestry road.

Mytton’s most famous escapade involved him riding into a friend’s drawing room on his bear named Nell, dressed in full hunting outfit, including spurs with which he pricked the animal, which, understandably, turned round and bit her master’s leg clean through. The carving of Nell standing guard in the hall’s car park is a reminder of the episode. 

His first wife, Harriet, died young, and his second wife, Caroline, ran off leaving behind five kids. By then his money had gone, so in 1831 he fled from his creditors to France, although he returned in 1833, only to die a year later in a debtors' prison at the ripe old age of 37. He is buried in the chapel at Halston Hall. For a taste of his views on his role as an MP, we recommend that you check out actor Simon Farnaby’s portrayal of him in Horrible Histories on BBC iPlayer.

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Location: Wrexham - Combination of home and office working

The job: “We are seeking to appoint a Planning Officer to our busy Development Management team. You will be joining a friendly and welcoming team who will work together to deliver the best planning outcomes for our customers. The role will offer you the opportunity of dealing with a varied and challenging caseload and enable you to develop and broaden your Planning knowledge and experience.

“To be considered for the role, you must have a recognised qualification in Planning, a related subject or equivalent experience as well as hold a valid driving license. Membership of the RTPI would be desirable. You will be expected to demonstrate your judgment and initiative; have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and a desire to develop your experience of delivering high quality planning outcomes. It will be essential to demonstrate your ability to work as part of a team, use initiative to problem solve and effectively manage your caseload.”

Robbie Savage [square]Fun fact: It’s hard to mention Wrexham these days without talking about their football team. The fairytale story in which Wales’s oldest club was propelled from the National League into League Two – and our television screens – all thanks to a sprinkling of Hollywood stardust from Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney (as well as a serious cash injection). 

The Friday Five isn’t swayed by showbiz glamour, though. Robbie Savage is also a footballing product of Wrexham, and, despite those golden locks, arguably represents a slightly less glamorous side of the town’s sporting history. 

Savage was for a while the record holder for the most yellow cards of any Premiership player in the league's history with a total of 89 – a dubious honour that’s now been surpassed. Savage’s potentially greatest indiscretion came off the field, however, when he used the referee's toilet at Filbert Street before a game, citing an upset stomach due to antibiotics. 

The FA took a dim view of the incident, and threw the book at Savage, fining him £10,000. Talk about spending a penny. 

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Location: Bristol

The job: “This role will move quickly and is a unique opportunity so please get in touch as soon as possible. By sending in your CV, you acknowledge you are happy for us to put you forward for the role you have applied for. If you are keen to see a full job description, please call or attach a cover letter to your application.”

Cary Grant | iStock [square]Fun fact: Don’t let that mid-Atlantic accent fool you – Cary Grant, arguably the definitive Hollywood leading man of the 20th century – was born in Bristol, England. 

Born Archibald Alec Leach, Grant was born into modest circumstances in the suburb of Horfield, and began performing on the Vaudeville circuit in the 1920s – travelling between London and the US, no doubt contributing to his ambiguous drawl. 

Grant starred in a slew of iconic Alfred Hitchcock films, and was twice nominated for best actor gongs at the Oscars. 

Grant archived artefacts of his daughter Jennifer’s childhood in a room-sized vault in his home. Jennifer suggested that this habit was a product of the loss of his own childhood belongings during the Luftwaffe's bombing of Bristol in the Second World War – during which Grant also lost his uncle, aunt, cousin, and his cousin's husband and grandson.

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