The Friday Five 19.10.18
A round-up of five of the best, most interesting, significant or unusual jobs on Planner Jobs this week.
1. ARE PLANS ELECTRIC?
Senior planning enforcement officer, London Borough of Lambeth.
Modern council offices in the heart of Brixton, south London, next door to the Brixton Electric music venue.
"We are looking to recruit a positive and energetic individual within our planning enforcement team. Lambeth has one of London’s most diverse populations, stretching from Streatham to South Bank, with vibrant town centres interspersed between residential areas, many within conservation areas, creating a dynamic and challenging workload."
Aside from using your knowledge of planning enforcement, you'll also be mentoring a junior officer within the team.
Brixton itself is an extremely diverse borough in every sense and one of London's liveliest, incorporating town centres such as Brixton and Clapham, and waterside locations at Vauxhall and Waterloo. Fascinating place to work.
Electric Avenue in Brixton was was the first market street to be lit by electricity, when built in the 1880s. Though it's more famous as the title of Eddy Grant's 1983 hit that reached number 2 in the singles chart on both sides of the Atlantic.
2. A FLIGHT OF FANCY?
Senior lecturer in sustainable planning, University of Hertfordshire.
De Havilland Campus in Mosquito Way on the edge of Hatfield, Herts.
"The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences invites applications for a Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Planning to develop, lead and teach the Postgraduate Programme in Sustainable Planning.
"Applications will be welcomed from those with key experience in the development and leading of postgraduate planning courses and those who can demonstrate professional or research interests within the area of planning and/or a related social science field."
An appropriate location to teach planning, Hatfield is a postwar new town a hop and skip from that other planning icon Welwyn Garden City. Being a new town it has a good deal of 1950s modernist architecture. It's also close to St Albans and London.
The university campus is built on the site of the former De Havilland aircraft factory and airfield opened in 1930. By 1949 it had become the town's major employer. During the Second World War it produced the Mosquito fighter bomber - hence, Mosquito Way.
3. ON CLOSER INSPECTION
Appeals planning officer with the Planning Inspectorate. Two inspector positions are also available.
This is a home based role but you'll need to pop to PINS HQ in Bristol from time to time.
"The Planning Inspectorate is modernising its technology and introducing new roles and ways of delivering our services. We are seeking talented individuals who are passionate about public service and front line planning to act as independent experts, providing decisions, recommendations and advice to customers on appeals and other casework."
It's said that the Planning Inspectorate can trace its origins to the 1909 Housing, Town Planning Act 1909 which heralded the onset of the planning system in the UK. John Burns MP, president of the Local Government Board, appointed Thomas Adams as Town Planning Assistant, a forerunner of the current Chief Planning Inspector. A garden city pioneer, Adams was also the first manager of Letchworth Garden City.
4. A MAJOR MOVE
Deputy planning manager, London Borough of Sutton - 12 month maternity cover.
The council offices in a leafy street in leafy Carshalton, south London.
"We are looking for an experienced planner who is seeking an opportunity to develop their career by combining part-time Area Team management with case management on major applications.
"Sutton’s Development Management team has a leading role in enabling the development and regeneration of a number of large and important sites throughout the borough. With the establishment of Sutton Living Ltd, our Local Authority Housing Company, a school expansion programme, proposals for a Tramlink extension and a recently adopted Local Plan, market interest is high and we offer a varied and stretching caseload."
Carshalton itself is a pretty and prosperous medium-sized town, with parks and conservation areas, within spitting distance of Croydon, Wimbledon and the Surrey Hills.
Though low key, Carshalton has a surprising number of famous sons and daughters, including former Prime Minister John Major, singer Sir Cliff Richard, Olympic cyclist Joanna Rowsell Shand and Tim Smith, founder of the eccentric avant garde rock band Cardiacs.
5. DON'T BE CRABBY
Planning officer, North Norfolk District Council.
Modern, low rise council offices on the edge of the coastal town of Cromer, a small town 25 miles or so north of Norwich. The total district has a population of around 100,000.
"We are seeking enthusiastic and driven individuals to join our forward-thinking planning department at North Norfolk District Council (NNDC). NNDC is an ambitious authority looking to deliver growth to meet the needs of its population and area and realise its development aspirations.
"Whilst the post sits within the busy householder team, who process around 80 per cent of all applications within the department, you will be handling a case load of other more complex applications as well as householders, depending on your experience."
North Norfolk is mostly rural with a stunning coastline that's haven for nature. And its within easy reach of Norwich, a busy, handsome city.
Cromer is famous primarily for crabs which, along with lobsters, form the major source of income for local fishermen. Cromer crabs are considered a delicacy, the chalk shelf and nutrient rich waters off the North Norfolk coast making them particularly tender and flavoursome (it is said).
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