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The Friday Five 22.04.22

Written by: Martin Read
Published on: 22 Apr 2022

1. Senior Planning Enforcement Officer

Location: Godalming, Surrey

The job: “As our Senior Planning Enforcement Officer, you have the opportunity to help protect the built and natural environment in one of the most desirable locations in the UK.  This is an exciting position for someone who may be looking to progress their career in Town and Country Planning at a varied and dynamic workplace with a high performing authority.  

“We are looking for an adaptable and motivated person who is currently a chartered member of the RTPI or is able to demonstrate they are actively working towards achieving full chartered membership of the RTPI.  You will play a key part in shaping the future of planning enforcement at Waverley and have the opportunity to work on a rewarding range of challenging and complex planning enforcement issues within a supportive and friendly enforcement team.”

“Your role will be to manage complex enforcement issues, maximising the benefit to the community. Write and issue Notices Defend Council planning Enforcement Notices at appeal and prosecution. Support and mentor junior members of the team.”

St Paul's Cathedral  [square]Fun fact: In September 1881, Godalming became the first town in the world to have a public electricity supply, and so the first with electric street lighting. This was achieved by an AC alternator and dynamo being hooked up to a waterwheel at Westbrook Mill, with cables then powering seven arc lights and 34 incandescent lights. Three years later, the town was forced to revert to gas lighting as a result of commercial viability issues. It took another 20 years before electric lighting was brought back for good in 1904.

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2. Planning Officer (DM)

Location: Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

The job: “This post is a fantastic opportunity to join a busy, dynamic team and take the first steps in your planning career. The ideal candidate will have some knowledge and experience of development management and town planning, ideally including a degree level qualification in Town and Country Planning (or similar).

“We’re looking for people who are proactive and can work using their own initiative, and who can make constructive, positive contributions to the continuous improvement and ongoing work within the Planning Service.”

Gravestone, Dick Turpin [square]Fun fact: Haunted, that’s what Milton Keynes is – despite being so much newer than other cities. Local radio station MKFM cites the following four ‘scariest places’ in the city, none of which involve roundabouts.
Bradwell Windmill, built in 1803, is meant to be home to a ghost. In 1685, so the story goes, the daughter of a local miller was being pursued for marriage by two local youths. One ended up killing the other, and then, alas, the woman was found dead too. It’s her ghost that’s said to haunt the windmill today.
Highwayman Dick Turpin is meant to have stayed at Ye Olde Swan at Woughton On The Green, leaving a large stone – called Turpin's Stone – outside the front of the building, as you do. Naturally, this stone is cursed, with its removal seen as a very bad thing indeed. Someone is meant to have tried doing so, later becoming involved in a car accident.
Back in b-b-b-Bradwell, ghosts have been reported at Bradwell Farm, including a ‘grey maid' in old-fashioned uniform. Meanwhile, nearby Newport Pagnell has been described by local author Julie Wilson as “the most haunted town in Britain”.

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3. Development Management Planner

Location: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

The job: “This job is suitable for graduates including final year students graduating this year. We may be able to offer a Town Planning Apprenticeship to a suitable candidate.

“You’ll be dealing with a caseload of householder and simple applications. We are looking for someone who is hard working, enthusiastic and can fit into a team that thrives on collaboration. The planning team is recognised within the Council as being vital to the continued growth of the city and you will play a part in achieving that.

“Peterborough is a unique combination of a New Town with a historic medieval core that has ambitious plans for the future. It is currently experiencing considerable investment in the city centre, including a new university, and experiencing the growth of new urban extensions on the edge of the city. We have been wearing our green credentials proudly for some years and are developing new environmental projects for the future.”

Cathedral Square, Peterborough  [square]Fun fact: Low and dry, that’s the theme here. Holme Fen, situated six miles south of Peterborough, is the lowest point in Great Britain, at nine feet below sea level. Cambridgeshire is one of the driest counties in the UK, with the Peterborough area sunnier than many places.
There are plenty of clay deposits, too, and these made the area the UK's leading producer of bricks for much of the 20th century. This is also why Peterborough is home to one of the largest concentrations of Italian immigrants in the UK – many coming over in the 1950s, recruited by the London Brick Company from the southern Italian regions of Apulia and Campania.

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4. Spatial Planning Officer

Location: St Albans City & District Council

The job: “St Albans City and District Council’s spatial planning & design team is growing significantly, supported by new additional funding from the Council.

“In this post you will assist in the delivery of a Development Plan making service to offer a seamless spatial planning service. This incorporates expertise from a range of professional disciplines and complies with statutory and corporate requirements and policy. The delivery of the Development Plan includes project identification and implementation.”

“Educated to degree or equivalent level, you must have membership of appropriate professional body e.g. RTPI or equivalent experience and evidence of continuous professional development. Working knowledge of preparing spatial planning documents and taking these through the plan adoption process is essential.”

Zombies [square]Fun fact: 

Rock band The Zombies formed in St Albans in the early 1960s. (There’s a plaque on The Blacksmiths Arms public house in St Albans, Hertfordshire, where the band’s members first met.)
Led by keyboardist and vocalist Rod Argent and vocalist Colin Blunstone, the band’s biggest hit (arguably) came in 1964 with She's Not There.
The band’s 1968 album, Odessey and Oracle (sic) was ranked number 100 on Rolling Stone's 2012 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.
Also, they’re still going, touring with Brian Wilson in 2019 and announcing in late 2021 that they would be undertaking extensive tours of Britain, the US, Canada, and Europe.

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5. Graduate Planning Officer

Location: Folkestone, Kent

The job: “Folkestone & Hythe District Council have an ambitious development agenda and are looking to expand the planning team to help us deliver our ambitions.

“Our mission is to create a world class quality environment that will stand the test of time whether relating to a householder extension or one of our exciting and ambitious projects that are in the pipeline such as the proposed garden town at Otterpool Park and regeneration plans for the Town Centre, Harbour and Seafront. We are looking for an energetic, skilled and creative planner, graduate and planning enforcement officer with drive to improve and help to shape the area.

“We are looking for dynamic, creative, driven individuals with good people skills who want to make a difference. There may be opportunities for the post holders to undertake post-graduate training.”

Folkstone Chalk horse  [square]Fun fact: Now come on, which of you still believes that the famous white horse on Cheriton Hill was drawn in chalk? It may appear all over the town, on wheelie bins, council branded uniforms and vans, even stationery – but the fact is that, when it was refurbished in 2003, volunteers built shallow trenches into the topsoil that were then filled with – limestone slabs.
Quite a feat, given that the equine effigy is approximately 90 metres long from snout to trailing hoof.

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