Planning Policy Officer

Lewes and Eastbourne
£22,226 – £29,323 a year (Band D)
22 Jan 2018
19 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Level
Officer, Planner

Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council are undergoing a transformation to adapt how we offer our services to enable a first rate customer service which maximises the use of technology, integrating services and systems across the two Councils.

The transformation includes having a joint planning service across both planning policy and development management.  All of the above ensures that there is a wide range of planning policy development across two different planning authorities with local plans at varying stages of production.

At Lewes and Eastbourne we are keen to grow our own talent, and offer an excellent range of training, shadowing and mentoring, to ensure you reach your full potential.

As Planning Policy Officer you will have a crucial role in the formulation of planning policy, and all associated documents whilst working across the two authorities ensuing experience in both urban and rural environments.

We are looking for an individual with commitment, a high level of energy who can continue to achieve excellent performance whilst providing a first rate level of customer service.

You will have responsibility for planning policy formulation and your key responsibilities will include:

  • Undertaking research and evidence based studies to inform planning policy formulation
  • Engage in all levels of stakeholder engagement and public consultations
  • Work with Town and Parish Councils to inform Sustainability Appraisals and Strategic Environmental Assessments are embedded to the plan making process
  • Answering email and telephone enquiries about planning matters
  • Collect data for the Councils’ Annual Monitoring Reports

To succeed as Planning Policy Officer you must have competence in a variety of IT systems and packages, plus the ability to communicate with people of different social, economic and professional backgrounds. You must also have:

  • A good level of education, to A-Level standard as a minimum
  • Excellent time management and organisation skills
  • High level communication and presentation skills including clear, concise reporting and correspondence particularly concerning complex or controversial issues.

We have a wide range of benefits on offer including:

  • A flexible working environment, meaning you can work effectively in the office, at home or when on site
  • An excellent work/life balance
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Childcare vouchers

If you would like to find out more about the role, or any other aspect of the advert, please contact Tondra Thom, Planning Policy Lead on 01323 415677.

Closing date: Monday 19 February 2018 at midday

Interviews: w/c 26 February 2018

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