Planning Officer (Development Management)

Bovey Tracey, Devon (with current home working in place on a temporary basis)
26 Oct 2020
11 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Level
Officer, Planner

About Us

Dartmoor National Park Authority is the body that oversees the vibrant, living, working landscape and community that is Dartmoor.

With the iconic Dartmoor Ponies, breath-taking Tors and beautiful villages, we work to conserve and enhance Dartmoor, supporting the associated businesses and communities in partnership with local and national stakeholders.

We protect and maintain the natural habitats and areas of ecological significance across Dartmoor, maintain the public access to this beautiful space, provide the ranger service and act as the planning authority.

We are now looking for a Planning Officer to join us for a maternity cover contract of up to 12 months and support the National Park’s development management activities.

The Benefits

- Salary of £27,741 - £32,234 per annum
- Flexitime working arrangements
- Membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme

This is the ideal role for a planning professional with a government or public sector background to advance their career with our culturally and environmentally significant organisation.

We take responsibility for the breath-taking Dartmoor National Park which has inspired novels, music, television, movies and the arts and we take this seriously. Your role will be of key importance to the success of our planning activities and you will be involved in all aspects of our planning work from review and investigation through to hearings and enforcement.

So, if you are keen to play a key role in the planning and management of the landscape that inspired War Horse and the Hound of the Baskervilles and can display the skills and experience listed here, this is the role you’ve been waiting for.

The Role

As the Planning Officer, you’ll provide advice and guidance on planning-related matters to applicants, agents, the public, authority members and parish/town councils.

Monitoring developments, you will deal with a range of development management casework. You will investigate and resolve alleged unauthorised developments within the National Park, dealing with the associated development management casework in line with relevant policies, procedures and enforcement codes of practice.

Taking a team-focused approach to your work, you will:

- Provide a prompt, helpful and courteous response to planning-related enquiries
- Offer advice by discussion and negotiation with applicants, and/or their agents
- Examine and consider a range of applications initially with the integrated development management team in accordance with statutory deadlines
- Carry out site inspections and negotiations with applicants and/or their agents and specialist staff
- Ensure that approved plans are complied with and the requirements of conditions are met
- Maintain accurate and reliable records
- Help to prepare appeal statements and proofs of evidence and provide factual evidence at hearings, public inquiries and at Court
- Present planning reports to the Development Management Committee and at member site inspections
- Assist Legal representatives in the preparation of legal agreements
- Prepare appeal statements and proofs of evidence for hearings and public inquiries

About You

To be considered as a Planning Officer, you will need:

- Experience of local government or public sector, working within development management
- Knowledge and experience of legislation in relation to gathering evidence for Court proceedings and experience of giving evidence in similar situations
- Up to date knowledge of planning laws and procedures
- Experience of investigating potential breaches of planning and advertisement consent
- Practical experience in the use of a range of IT applications for storing, retrieving and communicating information

The ideal candidate will be a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). Experience of visiting and dealing with the public, agents and elected Members on development management matters would be beneficial to your application. An understanding of design and the built environment would also be advantageous, as would as understanding the role of National Park Authorities and of planning issues specific to National Parks.

We’d like to hear from you if you’ve worked as a Development Management Officer, Planning Policy Officer, Policy Officer, National Park Planning Officer, Rural Planning Officer, Planner, Policy & Planning Officer or Planning Monitoring Officer.

The closing date for this role is Wednesday 11th November 2020 with interviews scheduled for Wednesday 18th November 2020.

Dartmoor National Park Authority is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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Working hours: 37 hour per week