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The Friday Four 26.11.21

Written by: Martin Read
Published on: 26 Nov 2021

Four rather than five new job opportunities this week, each with quirky considerations about their location for you to ponder. Enjoy.

1. Planning Manager (Development), Borough of Broxbourne Council

Location: Broxbourne, Hertfordshire

The job: “Do you want to lead our small, self-motivated, friendly team comprising Development Management, Planning Compliance and Planning Administration teams? If the answer is yes, then you will be a leader with a positive mindset, who leads by example and is able to motivate and enthuse those that work for and with you.
“Most importantly we are seeking someone with excellent communication skills who will develop strong relationships with applicants and our partners to proactively enable development within the Borough.”

Broxbourne [square]Fun fact: Broxbourne and sport seem to go hand in hand. The town has a non-league football club (FC Broxbourne Borough) and is home to the Hertfordshire Golf & Country Club, apparently much respected by golfers with a course that runs through ancient grounds once owned by The Knights Templar. And the sporting link continues with some of Broxbourne’s notable  residents – Pat Jennings, goalkeeper for Watford, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Northern Ireland; Ray Clemence, who played for Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and England – and Osvaldo Ardiles, who played for Tottenham Hotspur and Argentina.

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2. Head of Planning, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council

Location: Newcastle-under-Lyme

The job: “This is an exciting time for Newcastle-under-Lyme. We have already embarked on a range of initiatives to further enhance our Borough, breathing new life into our towns and public spaces to ensure the very best opportunities and quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors.”

“Our Borough is really transforming at pace. In support of these plans, we seek a new Head of Planning to play a vital role in shaping how the Council reaches its growth objectives. You will quickly add value to a range of pivotal projects, including working with Staffordshire County Council on master plans to maximise the use of land to transform vacant properties into new residential and commercial opportunities.”

Newcastle [square]Fun fact: It’s sod’s law that England’s two sizable towns called Newcastle each have their names followed by two other components - ‘upon-Tyne’ in the North East, ‘under-Lyme’ here. (At least the Bury in Suffolk gets to be distinguished from its Greater Manchester namesake by the addition of ‘St.Edmunds’.)

The reference books tell us that the "Newcastle" part of the name derives from being the location of a ‘new castle’ in the 12th century, while the "Lyme" section ‘could refer to the Lyme Brook or the extensive Forest of Lyme that covered the area with lime trees in the mediaeval period. The famous Berlin street Unter den Linden is a cognate of 'under-Lyme'.’

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3. Planning Manager, Bristol Airport

Location: Bristol (hybrid working arrangement)

The job: “Bristol Airport has achieved great success and is currently the 8th largest airport in the UK; we have invested heavily in our infrastructure over the last 10 years and in 2019 we served over 9m passengers traveling to over 120 destinations.

“Reporting to the Sustainability & Corporate Affairs Director, the Planning Manager will play a critical role in developing and delivering Bristol Airport’s planning strategy, securing necessary approvals when required, ensuring compliance with existing planning conditions and planning legislation. We are currently in the closing stages of a major planning application to increase the Airport’s capacity from 10 million to 12 million passengers per annum, and the successful candidate will play a key role in managing the outputs of that, whatever the decision. Either way, there will be plenty to keep you busy and challenged.”

Concorde [square]Fun fact: Prior to 2003, Concorde was the luxury supersonic airliner in the British Airways’ fleet. This remarkable plane was the product of Anglo-French collaboration, hence the name. Every British Concorde made its maiden flight from the Filton Airfield in Bristol, and anyone with a long nose for aircraft history can now visit Concorde Alpha Foxtrot at Aerospace Bristol. She was designed, built and tested in Bristol, and was the final Concorde to be built and the last to fly. Speaking of noses, woe betide any 1970s school teacher with the temerity to sport anything longer than the usual nose; This week’s Friday Four author can confirm that they’d pretty certainly have been referred to as ‘Concorde’ behind their backs.

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4. Principal Planning Officer – Policy, Cambridgeshire County Council

Location: Cambridgeshire

The job: “We are looking for a Principal Planning Officer to fulfil a key planning policy role in the County Planning, Minerals and Waste team.

”This role is an exciting opportunity to be involved in a varied workload as the principal planning policy officer leading on the implementation and future review of the Council’s Minerals and Waste Local Plan and planning policy. The successful candidate will need to be able to prepare and present key documents and reports, and to represent the Council at county and district council Local Plan Examinations and regional meetings relating to minerals and waste.

”The successful candidate will also be responsible for providing professional and technical advice to discharge the Council’s responsibilities with regard to minerals and waste planning applications; and will provide professional advice to officers and Planning Committee on mineral and waste planning policy matters. This will include providing mineral and waste planning policy support to Peterborough City Council as part of the Councils’ joint plan making arrangements. The ability to assist in relation to Development Management matters and mineral and waste planning applications will also be expected.”

Cambridge [square]Fun fact: Although the image of a typical Cambridge academic doesn’t suggest any great sporting prowess, Cambridge University lays claim to being the birthplace of modern football. The ‘Cambridge Rules’ were drawn up there in 1863, and they heavily influenced the Football Association’s original rules that came later. As for local football clubs, Cambridge has never really become a footballing hotbed. Cambridge City FC are still non-league while Cambridge United once lost in an FA Trophy quarter final to Wealdstone, would you believe.

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Image credits | sattahipbeach, John Selway, Michael715 / Shutterstock; iStock