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The Friday Five 5.05.23

Written by: PlannerTeam
Published on: 5 May 2023

It's the Friday Five, our weekly round-up of the best town planning jobs on Planner jobs this week. Oh, and some fun place-based facts. This week, opportunities in Salford, Warwick, Lambeth, Rother and Folkestone.

1. Group Leader - Planning Development Management, Salford City Council

Location: Swinton, Salford

The job: We currently have an exciting vacancy within our Planning Development Management service to enable us to continue to build on our success and bring new experience, knowledge, and ideas into the team.

We are looking for a talented Group Leader to work with our Senior Management Team (Head of Service; Group Leader DM and Enforcement and Technical Support Team Leaders) and our established team of Planners and Technical Support Team to help manage a lively and diverse Development Management service.

We are looking for a dynamic, driven, and experienced person to lead one of two teams delivering high performing development management services. You will have gained experience in the processing of all types of development proposals with latterly relevant experience in dealing with major and more complex development. Ideally you will have a flair for or interest in design and place making and contribute to the continuing successful and ambitious regeneration of our City.     

Media City, Salford [square]Fun fact: Salford Quays, formerly Salford Docks on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal is the location of MediaCityUK, home to a significant chunk of the BBC’s broadcast output since it became a tenant there in the early 2010s. It’s also home to the Lowry theatre and gallery complex and the Imperial War Museum North.

The Media City complex is curious for eschewing traditional street names in favour of colours – blue, white, pink, yellow, orange, purple and green. Street furniture and lighting is colour-coded to match. (Perhaps its location on a brown field site was some form of inspiration? Ouch, no need to punch.)

There’s an 11-storey ‘orange tower’, a refurbished office block called the ‘Greenhouse’ and the ‘Blue & White’ towers. Essentially, it’s like the complex is one big test card. “What’s a test card”, you ask? One for another time.

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2. Planning Assistant, Warwick District Council

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

The job: Are you looking to start or develop your career in town planning within a progressive planning service covering an area boasting extensive countryside along with historic market towns and villages? If so, we are recruiting to this role in Development Management.

As a Planning Assistant you will handle a caseload of householder and other minor planning applications; deal with related appeals and engage with applicants and other interested parties on a day-to-day basis.

In return, you will work in a friendly environment where you will be fully supported in your role whilst having the opportunity to gain experience and develop your skills within a busy planning team. The Council offices are set up for hybrid working, with staff undertaking a mixture of office-based and home working.

Warwick Castle  [square]Fun fact: The first-ever Duke of Warwick, Henry de Beauchamp, did the wrong thing for the era into which he was born when he died in 1446 leaving no male heir. The result of this oversight? His property, Warwick Castle, was inherited by his daughter Anne. One in the face for the patriarchy, perhaps, but, alas, Anne was just two years old at the time. And worse, poor Anne died herself just three years later.

Fortunately, some other arcane inheritance nonsense saw off the possibility of some or other vaguely related bloke taking charge, with Henry’s full sister Anne (her other half sisters also put in claims) being declared heir after what must have been an absolute age of bickering.

Today’s Henry’s castle is an excellent tourist attraction, with Madame Tussaud’s providing the waxwork people dotted about the place to tell the castle’s near 1,000-year story.

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3. Senior Planning Officer (Development Management), London Borough of Lambeth

Location: Lambeth, London

The job: We have a Senior Planning Officer vacancy within our Development Management service on a permanent and full-time basis. We are looking for a talented individual with a passion for planning and shaping places that will help us deliver high quality developments throughout the Borough. The nature of the job requires excellent written, verbal communication and negotiation skills. You will need to have a relevant degree, and ideally be working towards, or have secured, chartered membership of the RTPI. You will also be expected to demonstrate experience and knowledge of development management commensurate with the role that you apply for.

You will be expected to demonstrate extensive experience and knowledge of Development Management, ideally in a busy urban area. Experience of managing a caseload, which includes major and complex pre-app enquires and planning applications will be essential. You will need to be able to deliver a high-quality service and negotiate the best possible development outcomes in a positive and solutions-led manner. The post carries an added responsibility for establishing excellent working relationships with developers through drafting, and project managing Planning Performance Agreements to achieve agreed project timeframes and budgets.

Lambeth Palace [square]Fun fact: It’s a big weekend for Lambeth’s most famous resident, as the Archbishop of Canterbury plays a central role in the Coronation of King Charles III. Archbishop Justin Welby calls Lambeth Palace home, including the Lollard’s Tower, which is named for the medieval Proto-Protestant religious movement, rather than internet slang indicating mirth. 

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4. Principal Conservation Officer, Rother District Council

Location: Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex

The job: You will be supporting our customers and helping them to understand the role good conservation management makes in shaping an area. As a valuable member of our planning team, you’ll join a progressive council that always puts their customers first. We know that in order to provide the best for our residents, businesses and visitors, we need to do the same for our people. We have set out to make our workplaces happy and safe environments where staff feel content and valued.

You’ll need to have excellent analysis and problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to appreciate the long-term vision of the work you’re doing. You will be determined to do your best and help shape the Rother of the future to the benefit of all who live and work here.

De La Watt Pavillion [square]Fun fact: Bexhill, lying near Hastings, was largely destroyed during the Norman Conquest of 1066, and the aristocratic De La Warr family has played a large role in its present-day configuration. The 7th Earl De La Warr transformed the then small rural village of Bexhill into an exclusive seaside resort, and the 9th Earl, a socialist and mayor of the town, launched a competition that resulted in the building of the De La Warr Pavilion, one of the first major Modernist buildings in the country. 

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5. Principal Planning Officer, Folkestone and Hythe District Council

Location: Civic Centre, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2QY / Hybrid

The job: The role will suit experienced planners who are commercially minded and are place-making focussed. You will have a track record of successfully delivering high quality, sustainable development. You will also possess outstanding technical knowledge and have excellent communication skills. A passion for good urban design will also be important as we continue our drive to secure great design.

We are looking for talented individuals with public or private sector experience of dealing with a wide range of planning and related applications, including major applications. You will also have experience of appearing at public inquiries and/or informal hearings and presenting applications to Planning Committee.  If you are an experienced planner who is commercially minded, place-making focussed, and have a track record of successfully leading major projects through the planning system, delivering high quality, sustainable development then we want to hear from you.

Boat [square]Fun fact: Folkestone has been home to some of the great and good over the years – the writer Wilkie Collins lived there, and English footballer and TV personality Jimmy Hill was stationed in the town while completing his national service. Samuel Plimsoll died in the town, and gave his name to – you guessed it – the Plimsoll Line, a mark on a hull indicating the maximum draft of a ship. The slightly better-known Plimsoll shoe was named after its resemblance to this nautical symbol, and has graced school sports halls ever since. 

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