Principal Planning Officer (Compliance)

Horsham, West Sussex
£40,858 - £44,697 pa - Plus Essential User Car Allowance up to £1,239 pa
16 Jan 2019
11 Feb 2019
Full Time
Job Level
Officer, Planner, Principal

Horsham District Council has an exciting opportunity for a Principal Planning Officer within our Planning Compliance Team to cover a maternity leave.

Horsham is a busy Local Planning Authority considering around 3000 applications each year which is one of the highest number of applications in the surrounding area. We have an up to date Local Plan and a number of Made Neighbourhood Plans. We have at least 16,000 homes to provide for over the Plan period and we consented over 1100 in the last year.

We have an adopted Local Enforcement Plan which sets out Horsham District Council’s policy for the enforcement of planning control within the district. We receive approximately 600 cases each year ranging from household extensions; Gypsy and Traveller cases; barn conversions, change of use, commercial and compliance with major housing schemes, and take formal enforcement action when necessary to resolve identified unacceptable breaches of planning control.

As a Principal Planning Officer within our Planning Compliance Team you will take ownership of a large number of complex breaches of planning control. You will take the appropriate formal enforcement action to include enforcement notices, breach of condition notices, S215 notices, stop notices and Injunctions. This includes preparing delegated authority reports taking into account national and local planning policy, and dealing with any resulting appeals, prosecutions and direct action.

You will manage a varied caseload of housing, commercial and other types of interesting cases, and will be responsible for undertaking case reviews with officers within the team, signing off Compliance Officers reports when a case is closed and deputising for the Planning Compliance Team Leader when required. You will be a motivated individual who has experience of dealing with the taking of formal planning enforcement action, a good understanding of planning policy and is adaptable to change.

You will be working with a friendly, supportive and dedicated team. We encourage and support professional development and offer a generous benefits package to support your work life balance.

Benefits which include:

  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Option to buys additional annual leave
  • Essential car user allowance and parking permit
  • Flexible working
  • Payment of RTPI subscriptions
  • Childcare vouchers

To apply and for more details on the role, please visit our website.

Please contact Madeleine Hartley the Planning Compliance Team Leader on 01403 215168 with any questions for the post.

Ref: P1323

Closing date: 11 Feb 2019 midday
Interview date: Week Commencing 18 Feb 2019

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