The Friday Five 29.03.19
A round-up of five of the best, most interesting, significant or unusual jobs on Planner Jobs this week.
1. I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE
Strategic projects manager (planning delivery), Central Bedfordshire Council.
Modern offices in the small settlement of Chicksand, just outside Shefford in Bedfordshire.
"You will take ownership of and project manage strategic scale planning applications for up to 5,000 (or more) dwellings and the associated infrastructure and you will need to provide a closely managed, co-ordinated approach to see your project through.
"You will provide scrutiny of what is proposed, manage both positive and negative input from key stakeholders, including members, landowners and residents and negotiate to get the best outcomes for the council and its residents.
"We believe we can deliver up to 20,000 new homes over the next 20 years and this level of growth is sustainable. This is in addition to the 23,000 homes that are already allocated or have planning permission. Our aim is to deliver the growth in a way that respects and maintains the character of Central Bedfordshire and delivers infrastructure and services to support it."
Central Beds is a new authority created in 2009 from the merger of two other councils. Covering a sizeable area, it comprises mainly small market towns and villages, and has a population of approximately 280,000.
Formerly an American air base, Chicksands is now the HQ of the British Army's Intelligence Corps and home to the Military Intelligence Museum. Appropriately, you need to make an appointment in advance and bring photographic ID if you wish to visit the museum (which has limited opening hours), since it's on a Ministry of Defence site. Displays relate to the history of military intelligence since its origins in World War I, and exhibits include the Medmenham Collection of military aerial photography and a piece of marble from Saddam Hussein's palace.
2. GREEN IS THE COLOUR
Senior planning adviser, Homes for Scotland - maternity cover for one year.
In a modern business centre sympathetically designed to sit among heritage buildings in Slateford, south east Edinburgh. It's next door to World of Football five-a-side centre.
"Homes for Scotland is a membership organisation representing the Scottish home building industry. Our core purpose is to deliver more homes for Scotland.
"In October we launched our new 5-year Strategy. At its heart is our core purpose – to deliver more homes for Scotland. To do that we need to positively influence a wide range of stakeholders; improve the understanding and image of the industry; and to support a growing membership. Our planning team plays an important role across those objectives.
"In particular, you will be responsible for our day to day planning work for South East Scotland, Highland and Moray and Aberdeen City and Shire.
"This provides a rare opportunity to gain direct experience of the planning system, policy and culture from a private sector / stakeholder / customer perspective; and to see how planning can impact on housing delivery.
Slateford is home to the first car-free housing development in the UK, Slateford Green. Opened in 2000, it has 120 homes, a mixture of housing association and private ownership. Its green credentials include a communal heating system, walls designed to be breathable using insulation made of newspaper, passive ventilation systems and roofs made of recycled aluminium. Slateford is also where Britain's most decorated Olympian Chris Hoy grew up.
3. 2-4-6-8 MOTORWAY
Planning manager, Highways England.
Bedford, Birmingham or Manchester.
"You will work within project controls for the Major Projects Programme Hub and will be key in working with the Major Projects Directorate planning community which includes four major programmes. As the Subject Matter Expert lead, you will develop and embed the directorate Planning and Scheduling management strategy and undertake reviews to ensure effective schedule management processes are being implemented. You will also be responsible for the administration of the Highways England planning tool Primavera.
"The Major Projects Programme Hub provides a central, integrated programme management office for the Major Projects Directorate, responsible for defining the standards, processes, systems and governance arrangements that will be used throughout the Directorate for the delivery of projects and programmes."
Highways England Company Limited (formerly the Highways Agency) is the government-owned company charged with operating, maintaining and improving England's motorways and major A roads.
Britain's first motorway was the Preston bypass on the M6, opened in 1958. The next to be opened were the M1 (between Aldenham and Crick), M10 and M45 motorways, in 1959. Why M6 as the first motorway, and not the M1? It turns out that motorway numbers are based on a geographic zoning system. Numbers 1 to 5 map out a set of radial zones clockwise around London, beginning with the M1 (directly north) and ending with the M5 (north west). All motorways falling within a zone begin with the number for that zone (eg the M11, the M23). The M6 zone covers the North of England; the M8 and M9 cut through Scotland. There is (mysteriously) no M7, though there exist an M73, and M74 and an M77 in keeping with the zonal numbering system. Got it? I'm not explaining again...
Three roles - senior town planner, town planner and graduate planner, with West Waddy ADP, a multidisciplinary architecture, design and planning practice in Oxfordshire that can trace its origins to 1885.
In a historic building beside the River Thames in Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.
"We are currently looking to expand our experienced and vibrant planning team due to securing some large and exciting projects within the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Growth Area.
"We are looking for talented, enthusiastic, Senior Town Planners, Town Planners and Graduate Planners who enjoy new challenges and working as part of a team. West Waddy ADP are a well established inter-disciplinary Practice combining Town Planning, Urban Design and Architecture in one exciting consultancy."
Abingdon-on-Thames is a mid-sized market town six miles south of Oxford with history that can be traced back to the neolithic period. Nowadays it's home to tech and science-based companies and young professionals - oh, it also where the band Radiohead formed in 1985.
Abingdon was home to the MG car factory, produced 1,155,032 cars between 1929 and 1980, when it was closed y British Leyland. the firm was founded in 1924 and moved into its HQ next to the Pavlova Leather Factory in 1929. By the outbreak of World War II, MG was established as one of the most popular brands of sports car in Britain. By 1980, the firm, reliant on the ageing MGB range, was in decline. The headquarters of the MG Car Club is next to the old factory offices.
5. A BIT OF A BOAR
Senior planning officer, Publica - the joint service delivery vehicle of Cotswold, Cheltenham, Forest of Dean and West Oxfordshire Councils.
Forest of Dean District council offices in Coleford, Gloucestershire, on the edge of the Wye Valley AONB and close to the border between England and Wales.
"Publica is seeking to recruit an experienced and enthusiastic planner to play a key role in delivering the Development Management functions of the Planning section. You will handle a case load of major and challenging planning applications and pre-application enquiries."
Coleford is a small market town popular with walkers and cyclists for its proximity to AONB. The Forest of Dean itself is a sizeable district encompassing a number of small towns and villages, and one of England's largest remaining ancient woodlands.
Aside from providing a rich environment for woodland, wildflowers and birds (including Britain's greatest concentration of goshawks), the ancient Forest of Dean is also home to a renegade wild boar population. More than a hundred roam freely throughout the forest following an escape in 1999, a herd dumping in 2004 and an illegal reintroduction in 2006.
The boar are considered something of a nuisance for ploughing up gardens, attacking dogs and causing car accidents. The local authority has recommended control; the UK's international obligations oblige it to consider the reintroduction of native species lost to human activity
Photos | Shutterstock, Sandy Gemmill (Slateford Green), Lancashire County Council (Preston bypass), iStock