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The Friday Five 21.10.22

Published on: 21 Oct 2022

1. Town planner (senior/associated/technical director level), Ironside Farrar

Location: Edinburgh / Home

The job: "Ironside Farrar, an award-winning multi-disciplinary consultancy, is looking for a well-rounded and ambitious town planner to join our team, based in Edinburgh. The role offers the opportunity for an experienced planner to take the next step in their career and have a prominent role within a successful team delivering projects across Scotland.

"The role requires a confident and experienced planner that can take lead responsibility for day-to-day running of projects, supporting clients through the planning system and delivering positive outcomes. They will have a central role in the Planning & Development Team – closely involved in the development and implementation of planning strategies and coordination of planning applications, collaborating with staff at all levels, and leading communicating with clients."

Sean Connery [square] Fun fact: Thomas Sean Connery -  better known simply as Sean Connery - was born at the Royal Maternity Hospital in Edinburgh in August 1930. Though famous as an Academy Award-winning actor and the first man to play James Bond on screen, his beginnings were far from auspicious. His mother was a cleaning woman and his father a factory worker. His first job was as a milkman, before he joined the Royal Navy at 16.

After being discharged - amazingly given how physically impressive he was - for health reasons, he worked variously as a lorry driver, a lifeguard, a labourer, an artist's model and a coffin polisher. Young Connery's route into acting, however, came via his bodybuilding. Always on the lookout to make some income, he auditioned for a role in South Pacific that he heard about during a bodybuilding contest in 1953. He won a small part, which he parlayed into larger part in a West End production.

By 1957 he was winning film and television roles; but his big breakthrough didn't occur until he won the role as Bond in 1962's Dr No. Bond writer Ian Fleming was so impressed with Connery's performance, that he actually wrote his Scottish heritage into the character's own backstory.

He furthered his reputation in films such as Hitchcock's Marnie, the marvellous Man Who Would be King with his friend Michael Caine, Robin and Marian, The Untouchables (for which he won an Academy Award) and so many  more. By the time of his death, aged 90, he was an icon and arguably the most famous living Scotsman.

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2. Planning policy team leader (housing and economy), Southwark Council

Location: London

The job: "The Planning Policy Team at Southwark Council are looking for a policy specialist with a passion for affordable housing and affordable workspace. The key work streams of this new role includes:

Delivering a new Affordable Housing and Viability SPD
Delivering a new Section 106 and CIL SPD
Deliver a Local Plan Early Review on Town Centres
Responsible for Authority Monitoring Reports
Responsible for housing delivery monitoring, five and fifteen year land supply and the Housing Delivery Test

Leading on policy implementation, evidence base and advice for the following policy areas:
*Housing and affordable housing
*Affordable workspace
*Offices, retail and industrial uses
*Community and health
"This role is an opportunity for someone to lead on finding ways to increase housing and workspace delivery and particularly affordable housing and workspace delivery through policy and working with the Council and developer regeneration teams to find solutions and new ways of building the most carbon efficient developments to tackle the climate emergency."

Borough Market [square] Fun fact: Southwark's Borough Market is claimed to be just over a thousand years’ old, with strong evidence that it existed even earlier than that. Its present architecture is the product of the early Victorian era (1850s).

The market today is never less than lively, but in 1754 it caused so much traffic congestion that it was abolished by an Act of Parliament. These days traders come from all over the country to present all manner of groceries, with cheeses and wines - just to give two examples - often priced highly enough to cause short pangs of giddiness. You have been warned.

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3. Principal conservation and urban design officer, Richmond and Wandsworth councils

Location:  London

The job: "We have an exciting and rare opportunity within the spatial and transport planning service for a principal conservation and urban design officer, whose primary focus is leading and managing a busy Conservation and Urban Design team across two boroughs.

"The successful candidate will be an experienced conservation and design professional with the motivation, initiative and leadership skills to effectively manage a team.

"Responsibilities include:

• lead and manage a team of conservation and urban design officers;
be responsible for managing the conservation and urban design team’s work programmes in relation to conservation, heritage and urban design related projects;
• take responsibility for ensuring the team delivers agreed programmes and projects;
• ensure the team provides high quality and timely advice on conservation and urban design related matters."

Poppy Factory [square] Fun fact: Since 1922 Richmond has been home to The Poppy Factory, where remembrance wreaths are made. It was set up to offer employment opportunities to wounded soldiers returning from the First World War; these soldiers would create remembrance poppies and wreaths for the Royal Family and The Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal. Today it is operated by a charity which continues to employment support to veterans with health conditions across England and Wales.

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4. Senior planning advisor (national), Country Land and Business Association

Location: London

The job: "The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) [] has been championing the interests of rural England and Wales for over 100 years. We campaign to grow the rural economy, strengthen rural communities and provide a greener future for the next generation – all whilst providing a first class service to our members.

"We are seeking to appoint a senior planning adviser to continue to build on our reputation as the reasoned voice of the rural economy. Our members have a strong reputation for building and growing strong sustainable and diversified businesses within the rural area, but so much of this depends on having the right planning policy and the right advice.

"The successful candidate will have to demonstrate a wide knowledge of planning and knowledge of the Town and Country Planning Acts and planning legislation and policy. You will also need to contribute to our other workstreams on promoting the potential of the wider rural economy.

"You will be shaping the CLA’s position on a variety of other planning-related government policies (nutrient neutrality, designated landscapes, and economic growth). As well as developing policy you will also provide advice to our members through webinars, face-to-face events and individual queries, information gleaned at these events often sets priorities going forward."

Mozart [square] Fun fact: 180 Ebury Street in Belgravia  was briefly home to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1764 during the Mozart family's grand tour of Europe. Mozart composed his first symphony during that time, and the house has been listed at Grade I specifically due to its association with Mozart.

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5. Planning enforcement officers, Lancaster City Council

Location: Morecambe, Lancashire

The jobs: "Lancaster City Council is looking for suitable candidates to join its Planning Enforcement Team as planning enforcement officers.

"The post-holders will investigate breaches of planning control in accordance with the council’s Planning Enforcement Charter. Working under the direction of the senior planning enforcement officer, the successful candidates will ideally have planning enforcement or other planning-related experience, or experience of similar enforcement/regulatory regimes.

"Good record-keeping, communication and negotiation skills, and an ability to work to tight timescales are all prerequisites of the role."

Birds [square] Fun fact: Emily Williamson, co-founder of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), was born in Lancaster. Initially it was just the Society for the Protection of Birds, and she founded it out of a disapproval of the use of bird feathers in fashion, with the industry in plume hunting that it supported, and which was quite a thing back in Victorian times.

The society was founded in February 1889, being at its outset a group of women who pledged not to wear feathers from most birds. (Exceptions included birds killed for food and the ostrich. Why ostrich? Because the harvesting of its tail feathers was deemed not painful.

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