The Friday Five 14.09.18

Published: 14 Sep 2018

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

Pirate flag [square]1. SHIVER YOUR TIMBERS

What?

Senior planing officer (development management), Hastings Borough Council.

Where?
The town hall in Hastings, East Sussex, a handsome Victorian civic building in the town centre, two minutes' walk from the beach.

The job

You'll be a key figure in the development management team at a time of regeneration and housing growth in one of the most interesting towns on the south coast of England.  With coast, countryside and a thriving artists' quarter, Hastings is a popular place to live and visit.

Fun fact

Hastings holds the world record for the most number of pirates (14,231) in one place. Hastings Pirate Day takes place in July every year.

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Death of Wat Tyler [square]2. DON'T BE REVOLTING

What?

Urban Planners, Prior+Partners, a new planning and design practice.

Where?

Farringdon, central London - former home of Lenin and now host to a new Crossrail station (though Crossrail itself is yet to open...).

The job

"We are looking for one or more enthusiastic urban planners to join our team to contribute to a range of high profile projects around the UK and overseas. The role will encompass:

  • research on urban planning/planning policy and town planning issues
  • supporting the delivery of urban planning/planning policy and town planning commissions
  • primary and secondary spatial analytics research
  • and more."

Prior+Partners is a new practice focusing on masterplanning, strategic planning and urban data analytics, and this is a very good opportunity to learn your trade and become established in a new firm in a very interesting part of London.

Fun fact

Smithfield in Farringdon is where the Peasant's Revolt of 1381 came to an end with the murder of the revolt's leader Wat Tyler by a king's soldier as they negotiated terms. Another political rebel, William Wallace, was also executed there. There are plaques to both outside St Bart's Hospital.

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Shredded Wheat factory [square]3. CAN YOU EAT THREE?

What?

Principal development management officer, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.

Where? 

Council offices, Welwyn Garden City. You know Welwyn Garden City, right

The job

"Our new local plan is currently at examination and proposes to deliver major growth in the borough during the next plan period. You can play a key role and will have the opportunity to make a positive contribution to the determination of major planning applications in the borough. 

"In addition, you will assist with the management and mentoring of our team of planning officers engaged in a wide range of other planning applications. If you are interested in working in a high performance authority that at the same time values and delivers high quality development while seeking to enhance our New Town and Garden City environments, we want to hear from you."

Welwyn Garden City itself needs no introduction.

Fun fact

The job of masterplanning Welwyn Garden City was given to a young French-Canadian architect, Louis de Soissons, who remained in charge of the city's development until his death in 1962. An early RTPI member, De Soissons also designed the famous Shredded Wheat factory in Welwyn, the Nag's Head Estate in Bethnal Green and nearly 50 war cemeteries for the War Graves Commission.

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A pig in the New Forest [square]4. SNUFFLING AROUND FOR A NEW JOB?

What?

Chief planning officer, New Forest District Council

Where?

Appletree Court, the picturesque council offices at Lyndhurst, in the heart of New Forest National Park.

The job

A fabulous opportunity "for someone that can provide strong leadership and management" to lead the planning team in one of the most beautiful and environmentally sensitive parts of the UK as it embarks on the challenge delivering a very significant increase in housing.

New Forest District Council, which sits within New Forest National Park in southern England, covers approximately 290 square miles, with 176,000 residents and around 16 million visitors annually. It's stunning, a very desirable place to live and work, and is protected by strict planning controls.

Fun fact

The New Forest provides common grazing land for local livestock farmers. It's largely limited to sheep and cattle, but under the terms of pannage, pigs are allowed to turn out pigs between September and November to eat fallen acorns and beechnuts (pannage or mast), which are poisonous to other livestock. 

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Surveying equipment5. TAKE A CLOSER LOOK

What? 

Chief planning officer, Folkestone and Hythe District Council.

Where?

The civic centre, close to central Folkestone,  on the Kent coast.

The job

A challenging and substantial role leading the planning team of this historic coastal town through a period of significant development. This includes a planned new garden settlement of 10,000 new homes; regeneration of Folkestone Harbour and seafront; new leisure uses and housing; and the phased redevelopment of the Ministry of Defence garrison at Shorncliffe to build up to 1,200 new homes.

Folkestone is a medium-sized harbour town well-located on the Kent coast and steeped in maritime history. It was an important harbour and shipping port for most of the 19th and 20th centuries, but can trace its origins back to the Stone Age.

Fun fact

Dover Hill, the highest point in Folkestone, was a sighting point for the Anglo-French Survey (1784–1790), which measured the precise distance between the Royal Greenwich Observatory and the Paris Observatory.

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Photo credits | Shutterstock, iStock, John Partridge (Shredded Wheat factory)

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