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The Friday Five 17.12.21

Published on: 17 Dec 2021

It’s the last Friday Five of the year and have we got jobs for you? Yes we do. Five, in fact, as you would expect. And five ‘fun’ facts, too, which this week have an air of criminality. Read now, read now, read now.


Location: Lewes, East Sussex

The job:Parker Dann town planning consultancy is recruiting for up to two roles at planner or senior planner level, to join our small friendly team. Established in 1985, we advise on all aspects of the planning system, including planning applications, appeals and guidance on the development potential of land to clients throughout London and the South East, including landowners, developers and businesses. Our working area includes the South Downs National Park, various AONBs and the city of Brighton & Hove.

“You will lead on relevant planning applications and land promotions and support senior colleagues on new business opportunities and key projects.

“Key tasks will include:

  • Project management and submission of complex planning applications
Preparing planning reports and planning applications 

  • Managing land promotions

  • Actively engaging in the winning of new instructions, alongside servicing existing instructions

  • Undertaking research and analysis 

  • Undertaking site visits.”

Mick Jagger [square]Fun fact:

Although it’s a small town, Lewes has an unusually prominent role in the annals of English crime history, on account of its being the location for the Lewes Assizes (nowadays a Crown Court) and the site of a prison.

Indeed, the roll call of famous figures who have passed through the doors of court and prison is extensive and surprising. In 1967, Lewes Prison provided an overnight stop for Rolling Stone Mick Jagger, arrested and charged with possession following a drugs raid on Keith Richards’ country estate in West Sussex. Jagger and Richards were both convicted and imprisoned, prompting outrage and a climbdown by the authorities.

Half a century earlier, it had held several figures involved in the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland, including future president Éamon de Valera and Irish Volunteers member Thomas Ashe. Both men were sentenced to death, although their sentences were commuted to penal servitude for life. They were subsequently released under a general amnesty in 1917, but while in Lewes Prison Ashe wrote the poem Let Me Carry Your Cross for Ireland, Lord.

Lewes Assizes (now Lewes Crown Court) has many important – and notorious – trials. Perhaps most notable was that of ‘acid bath murderer’, the serial killer John George Haigh, who was convicted and sentenced to death at the court in 1949. An early case was that of Percy Lefroy Mapleton (1860–1881) hanged for murder and the subject of the first composite picture on a wanted poster.

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Location: Yorkshire

The job: “Working closely with the planning ecologist, the postholder will lead on engaging and influencing the planning systems across Yorkshire to help deliver Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s ambition for a nature-rich Yorkshire.

“Specifically, the postholder will lead our efforts to maximise the likelihood that Yorkshire’s planning decisions positively contribute to the achievement of the Trust’s charitable objectives and the wider recovery of Yorkshire’s nature.

“Major responsibilities include:

  • Make representations on strategic planning applications (development control) to defend Yorkshire’s nature and seize opportunities to recover Yorkshire’s nature through the planning system.

  • Make representations on strategic planning consultations (forward planning / local authority plans) to defend Yorkshire’s nature and promote opportunities to recover Yorkshire’s nature through the planning system.

  • Work with developers to defend Yorkshire’s nature and promote opportunities to recover Yorkshire’s nature through the planning system.

  • Work with planning authority staff and local councillors to increase the knowledge and understanding of nature in the planning system.”

Death's head hawkmoth [square]Fun fact: As a large county with a wide variety of landscapes and habitats, Yorkshire is unsurprisingly home to a large number of animal species, some of them rather rare in Britain. To pick just three:

The death’s-head hawkmoth (pictured). Surprisingly large, with markings on its thorax that are reminiscent of a human skull (hence ‘death’s head’), it also has the ability to squeak when alarmed. Traditionally, it was seen as a omen of death and has long featured as a symbol of ill fortune in art and literature – notably in William Holman Hunt’s 1851 painting The Hireling Shepherd and in the 1991 horror film The Silence of the Lambs, in which a serial killer leaves a pupa of the moth in the throat of his victims. The death’s head is native to southern Europe and an autumnal visitor to Britain.

The crucifix ground beetle, 8-10 millimetres in length, has large red spots on its otherwise black wing cases which give the appearance of a red background behind a black cross. Once widespread, it is now confined to just a few parts of England, including one or two sites in Yorkshire. It was greatly treasured by 19th-century collectors, including Charles Darwin.

The pine marten, a relative of badgers, stoats, weasels and otters, is a cat-sized woodland dweller that nests in family groups in tree holes, abandoned squirrel dreys and even bird nests. Mostly nocturnal, they are extremely elusive and feed on small rodents, bird’s eggs, nuts and fruit. They were once widespread throughout Britain but are now one of Britain’s rarest mammals, confined mainly to Scotland, with some fragmented populations in the north of England.  

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Location: Micheldever, Hampshire (plus homeworking)

The job: “We are the country’s pre-eminent planning consultancy specialising in the delivery of countryside homes of exceptional quality under NPPF Paragraph 80. Proudly, we secured the country’s first new home of exceptional quality in the open countryside under Paragraph 80, based in Kent, and are currently leading on over 13 active Paragraph 80 developments across the country.

“We are also leading on numerous mixed-use developments throughout the rural environment. This includes the creation of a creative centre and associated live-work units, high-quality barn conversions and residential redevelopments located within villages.

“Joining a dynamic and successful firm means your contribution and involvement will be wide-ranging and meaningful. In addition to delivering existing work streams and projects, we will empower and support you to attract new clients, projects and broaden the firm’s reach.

“You will work on a wide range of projects which will include taking lead on numerous projects of your own. We will encourage and support your personal development through the provision of structured guidance and training.”  

Bill Brandt stamp [square]Fun fact: Not a great deal happens in Micheldever, but it was the location for an extremely famous portrait photograph – the Micheldever Nude (sorry, we can’t show you that here) – taken by Bill Brandt at his father’s house in the village in 1948.

Brandt, born in Germany in 1904 to a British father and German mother, became one of Britain’s most influential photographers after moving here in 1930. He initially made his name as a photojournalist, taking portraits of society figures for magazines such as Picture Post and Harper’s Bazaar; he also, notably, documented the London Underground bomb shelters during The Blitz in 1940, commissioned by the Ministry of Information.

But, having spent time with the Surrealist artist Man Ray in Paris, Brandt’s work took on an experimental, poetic air, and his real influence lay, perhaps, in his landscapes and nudes which made use of distortion and wide-angle lenses to create disorientating and dramatic effects. These include the famous Micheldever Nude.

Brandt died in London in 1983 and continues to be the subject of retrospective exhibitions at museums and galleries across the world.

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Location: St Helens, Merseyside (plus homeworking)

The job: “We are seeking an ambitious and determined planning professional to join us on our continued journey of growth and transformation. You will have a relevant professional qualification and will shape the future of the council’s planning function to ensure it is structured to maximise potential for the people of St Helens.

“We have already secured significant initiatives to enhance our borough across all sectors and this is an opportunity to make a real difference. In St Helens town centre we have secured Town Deal Funding for a series of transformational projects together with a wider masterplan framework in development.

“We have a boroughwide partnership with the English Cities Fund with significant development proposed in both St Helens town centre and the historic marketplace in Earlestown town centre.

“Glass Futures is the globally significant £54 million glass production, research and innovation facility that will be built on a brownfield site next to the Totally Wicked Stadium.

“Parkside is a joint venture between the council and developer Langtree for a 230-acre industrial estate. Parkside is also the largest Freeport site within the Liverpool City Region.

“If you have what it takes to bring true leadership and innovation to the future of planning, regeneration and growth within St Helens, we would love to hear from you.”

Pilkington glass factory [square]Fun fact: The town motto of St Helens was adopted, abandoned and then readopted as a result of the London Olympics in 2012.

Ex terra lucem – ‘From the earth, light’ – strikingly and poetically commemorates the town’s industrial heritage as a centre for the production of coal and glass. Coal, of course, can be burnt to produce light; glass – and the town is home to Pilkington glass – brings light to darkened interiors.

With the decline of industry and the reorganisation of local government in 1974, St Helens adopted a new motto, the rather more municipal and vacantly aspirational Prosperitas in excelsis – ‘Success in the highest’. Yawn.

In 2012, one of the centrepieces of the London Olympics opening ceremony was a cauldron designed by Thomas Heatherwick composed of petals that, once lit, rose from the floor to form a single torch. This, it was revealed, was inspired by the St Helens motto –  Ex terra lucem. From the earth, light.

The huge success of the games prompted the town’s councillors and residents to consider readopting the original motto. After a public consultation, they did precisely this, on 13 April 2013.

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Location: Trowbridge, Wiltshire

The job: “Wiltshire is a beautiful and compelling county, with twenty market towns and significant designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

“We have a growing and ageing population, and are working to create new homes and jobs whilst balancing the need to protect the environment and safeguard our towns and villages.

“As one of the largest planning authorities in the country, covering a large geographic area, we deal with significant numbers of complex planning applications. 

“You will provide strategic direction for the spatial planning service, delivering the local plan for Wiltshire, which is currently under review, ensuring we meet the requirements for Wiltshire in terms of infrastructure, housing and communities, now and in the future.

“With responsibility for the council’s building control strategy ,you will find new and innovative ways to deliver services and increase market share through the development of commercial opportunities.

“We will need you to drive and embed change and instil a collaborative culture within a high profile and highly political environment. This is an exciting opportunity for someone future-focused, strategic, innovative, and who is ambitious about delivering sustainable growth for Wiltshire and its economy.”

iStock [square]Fun fact: Trowbridge, a medium-sized market town, has its own martyr – a young shearman’s apprentice named Thomas Helliker, who was hanged for his part in machine breaking at a Trowbridge woollen mill in 1802. The incident was one of a large number of such organised by Luddites, who were losing their trades to industrialisation during the Industrial Revolution.

Nineteen-year-old Helliker was not himself a machine operator, but worked as sheep shearer at a woollen mill in Trowbridge and, as a union member, was close to skilled workers whose jobs were most at risk.

In July 1802, Helliker joined these workers in a machine-breaking, mill-burning riot that destroyed the mill. Subsequently, Helliker was the only person arrested and charged, accused of waving a pistol at a night watchman after being picked out of an identity parade by a witness.

Helliker had an alibi and many believed his statement that he was innocent, but he refused to name the actual culprit. At the trial, his alibi didn’t show and the only evidence – of the witness – was tainted because the witness had been paid a considerable sum of money as a reward. Nevertheless, Helliker was convicted and subsequently hanged on his 19th birthday in March 1803.

His conviction is generally considered now to be unsound and Heliker himself is thought of as a victim of anti-Luddite sentiment. In 2003, the 200th anniversary of his death was marked with a ceremony beside his tomb.

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Image credits |  Muhammad Dwiki Rizqi, Shutterstock; Alina Boldina, Shutterstock; Igor Golovniov, Shutterstock; Survival Dad, Shutterstock; iStock