The Friday Five 09.11.18

A round-up of five of the best, most interesting, significant or unusual jobs on Planner Jobs this week.

Tin mug [square]1. DON'T BE A (TIN) MUG

What?

Property strategy lead (x2), Cornwall Council.

Where?

County Hall, Truro, the southernmost city on mainland Britain.

The job

"The property team is seeking to recruit two property strategy leads to support the council’s aspirations in rationalising the estate across Cornwall, enabling devolution and future growth of the estate in an evolving climate. 

"You will have particular responsibility for developing programmes, funding bids and business cases for, and communicating the benefits of, property rationalisation, devolution and sharing."

Truro, population 19,000, is both Britain's smallest and most southerly city. Situated in central Cornwall, it's close to the beautiful Roseland Heritage Coast.

Fun fact

During the period when tin mining was a major industry, Truro was one of Cornwall's four 'stannary' towns, where locally mined tin and copper was brought, twice a year, for assaying and stamping and then onward shipment from the port. The principal role of a stannary town, however, was the collection of tin coinage, the proceeds of which were passed to the Duchy of Cornwall or the Crown. Tin coinage was abolished in 1838.

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Roman baths Welwyn [square]2. TAKE AN EARLY BATH

What?

Planning manager, Campaign to Protect Rural England (part-time role)

Where?

Welwyn village, Hertfordshire (not Welwyn Garden City, but very close).

The job

"The position of planning manager is the most important paid post at CPRE Hertfordshire.  The role includes making our case on local plans, attending examinations in public when necessary, and ensuring we respond to major planning applications.  

"It is a part-time role and might suit a planning professional wanting to reduce their hours as they approach retirement or having retired, and want to work for two or three days a week helping to protect our precious countryside."

Welwyn is a large and historic village of 8,000 residents just outside Welwyn Garden City. 

Fun fact

Archaeology and historic records suggest that Welwyn has been continuously occupied for more than 2,000 years. Among the finds in the village are the burials of various local Iron Age chieftains dated to the 1st century BCE, and the remnants of  third-century Roman bath house.

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Yew hedge [square]3. THE JOB FOR YEW

What?

Senior planning case/enforcement officer, Cotswold District Council/Publica.

Where?

Purpose built offices constructed with local stone on the edge of central Cirencester, a market town in east Gloucestershire.

The job

"Publica - a partnerhsip between four councils - is seeking to recruit a senior planning case/enforcement officer. The post will comprise a dual role within the development management service: comprising approximately 50 per cent enforcement work and 50 per cent in the processing of planning applications, related pre-application advice, general enquiries and appeals." 

The Cotswolds are considered one of the most beautiful parts of England and contain more than 6,000 listed buildings, set in attractive countryside, 70 per cent of which is in an area of outstanding natural beauty. 

Fun fact

Cirencester is home to what is reputed to be England's tallest hedge. The 300-year-old yew hedge surrounding the Bathurst Estate is more than 40 feet tall and its annual trim takes a two-person team around 80 hours. Clippings are apparently sent to a pharmaceutical factory where they used in the manufacture of a cancer fighting drug.

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Mayflower [square]4. STEP THIS WAY, PILGRIM

What?

Planning policy team leader, Ipswich Borough Council.

Where?

Grafton House, the council offices on the edge of Ipswich town centre between Ipswich Town FC's Portman Road stadium and the rIver Orwell

The job

"We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to lead and motivate a team to help to plan for the future through developing the next local plan for Ipswich. Your main responsibility is to act as the technical lead for all local plan matters and to promote spatial planning of the town by leading, managing and being accountable for the Local Plan production."

The county town of Suffolk, with a large population of around 133,000, Ipswich is apparently one of the fastest growing regional centres in England, where there are thousands of homes and jobs planned alongside city centre and waterside redevelopment. It's also great for access to the beautiful and wildlife rich East Anglian coast.

Fun fact

It's considered likely that the Mayflower was built at a shipyards on the Orwell  near Ipswich before being fitted with masts and sails at Harwich, across the Stour estuary. The chip's captain, Christopher Jones, was a Harwich man and many of the Pilgrims who sailed in 1620 were from Suffolk - even though the departure port for the voyage was Plymouth.

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Cheesy chips [square]5. MAN, THOSE CHEESY CHIPS ARE GOOD

What?

Planning officers, development management, Isle of Man Department of Environment, Food  and Agriculture.

Where?

The neoclassical Murray House, the government offices in the island's capital, Douglas, a short walk from the centre of town and the seafront.

The job

"You will contribute to our ambitious 'Programme for Government', to ensure planning helps to drive sustainable economic growth, respond to changing population pressures, and keep the Island a special place to live and work.  You would be joining a small, supportive team who enjoy sharing ideas and knowledge with each other."

"The Isle of Man has a unique and very special environment. It is the only country-wide biosphere reserve, has the world’s longest running continuous parliament and is home to the famous TT Road Races. Those living on the Island, benefit from great lifestyle opportunities, open spaces, a safe environment, great education and a real sense of community."

Fun fact

Isle of Man's national dish was once considered to be 'spuds and herrin' - boiled potatoes with herring. Nowadays it's more likely to be considered the cheese, chips and gravy offered most of the island's fast-food outlets.This consists of thick cut chips covered in shredded Cheddar cheese and topped with a thick gravy. Mmmmm.

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Photos | iStock, Shutterstock, Legis (Roman baths)

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