The Friday Five 12.10.18
Published: 11 Oct 2018
A round-up of five of the best, most interesting, significant or unusual jobs on Planner Jobs this week.
1. GOING UP IN THE WORLD
Planner, Pegasus Group
In a modern office building in Liverpool, a hop and skip from the proposed Liverpool Waters dock development.
"Due to a significant period of growth we are looking for an ambitious Town Planner to join our busy team in Liverpool. This is an exciting opportunity that can provide rapid progression and exposure to a range of project work including large scale strategic developments.
"You will be responsible for assisting in the delivery of wide ranging planning consultancy services, on nominated projects including undertaking public consultation, the preparation, submission and monitoring of planning applications, and collation of evidence for appeals, negotiating applications and moving towards managing your own projects."
Do we really need to tell you about Liverpool? It's one of the world's great cities and you'll be minutes away from the Three graces, the Cavern Club, Albert Dock, Liverpool One, and so on and so on.
The Royal Liver Building in Liverpool was the first substantial building made with a reinforced concrete frame. The pioneering construction method was exported from Liverpool to the United States and gave birth to the great towers of New York and Chicago in the early 20th century.
2. MIND YOUR HEAD!
Senior town and country planner, Anglian Water
Anglian Water HQ in the green outskirts of Peterborough, close to lakes and a nature reserve.
There's a lot of planning in water. Key responsibilities include "Delivering a wholesome water supply to our customers whilst delivering green energy solutions" and working closely with our legal team and local authorities to gain approvals ethically. there's also scoping and preparing assessments and surveys, attending public meetings and liaising with planing authorities.
"You’ll be providing practical Planning expertise to enable successful delivery of schemes and to understand and control associated planning risks. Providing input to strategic direction across programmes of work, you’ll liaise regularly with external planning authorities to influence their approach to our programmes of work."
Anglia Water, incidentally, was voted the second best place to wok in the UK by Glassdoor. And Peterborough, a new town built around a historic core with a population touching 200,000, is growing in significance as part of the Cambridge/Peterborough city region.
Mary, Queen of Scots was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle, a few miles east of Peterborough, in 1587. Perceived to be a threat by the English queen, Elizabeth 1, she had been held at various locations for 18 years before ending up at Fotheringhay. Found guilty of plotting to assassinate Elizabeth in 1586, Mary was beheaded the following year.
3. PLANNING EN PASSANT
Senior planing officer (development management), Folkestone and Hythe District Council
The modern district council offices a couple of minutes walk from Folkestone Central (direct line to London) in one direction, and a few minutes from cliffs and the sea in the other.
"We are seeking a senior planning officer to work as part of a multi-disciplinary development management team. We have an exciting range of major applications coming forward, including a proposed garden town at Otterpool Park."
"We are looking for someone with either public or private sector experience of dealing with a wide planning and related applications, including major applications. You will also have experience of appearing at public inquiries and/or informal hearings."
Folkestone itself - population 108,000 – is a south coast port town in Kent at the southern edge of the North Downs.
Cubist painter Marcel Duchamp took part in the 5th Chess Olympiad, held in Folkestone in 1933, as a member of the French team. Duchamp, who gave up his artistic career for chess, once observed: "It has all the beauty of art—and much more. It cannot be commercialized. Chess is much purer than art in its social position."
4. IN MEMORY OF ST BOTOLPH
Policy and networks advisor for the RTPI.
RTPI HQ in Botolph Lane, just round the corner from the Monument to the Great Fire of London on the north bank of the Thames.
"We are looking for someone to manage two of our member networks and to undertake research projects within our busy Policy and Networks team which links our members to the world of Government, Parliament and public policy.
"You will be an enthusiastic and influential person with a wide ranging interest in the fields of politics, the economy, transport or the environment."
St Botolph was the Anglo-Saxon patron saint of travellers – as a result, churches tended to be named after him. Three survive in the City of London, but St Botolph Billingsgate, in what is now Botolph Lane, was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666 - which started yards away in Pudding Lane. The church was rebuilt as St George Botolph by Sir Christopher Wren but demolished in 1904.
5. BEAVERING AWAY
Senior planning policy officer, East Riding of Yorkshire Council (a fixed-term planning officer post is also available).
A handsome red brick civic building in central Beverley, the historic market town that is also the county town of the East Riding of Yorkshire.
"East Riding of Yorkshire Council is embarking on a review of its Local Plan and is keen to strengthen the existing team to achieve what is likely to be a challenging (but rewarding) programme of work."
"Both posts provide a great opportunity to get involved in plan making for a large authority with an excellent track record. East Riding of Yorkshire not only presents a myriad of urban, rural and coastal planning challenges but also the advantage of working in an attractive and relatively affordable part of the country."
Beverley itself, is an historic town that can trace its origins back to the Saxon period. Its famous for Beverly Minster, Beverley Racecourse and a variety of food and drink and music festivals held through the year.
Beverley is named after the colonies of beavers that used to live in the nearby River Hull a thousand years ago. Originally called Inderawuda, the town became Bevreli or Beverlac, meaning beaver-lake or beaver-clearing, in the 10th century.
Image credit | (1) iStock; (2) Shutterstock; (3) Irina; (4) Paul Mellon Collection in the Yale Center for British Art; (5) iStock