Planning Officer (Monitoring & Enforcement)

Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 9JQ
Starting salary dependent on skills and experience
20 Nov 2020
14 Dec 2020
Contract Type
Job Level
Officer, Planner

Planning Officer (Monitoring & Enforcement)
Bovey Tracey, Devon (with current home working in place on a temporary basis)

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, breathtaking 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 and support the National Park’s development management activities. This is a part-time role working 22.2 hours per week, Monday – Friday.

The Benefits

  • Starting salary dependent on skills and experience
  • Flexitime working arrangements
  • Membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme

This is the ideal role for a planning professional with experience of undertaking, and being involved in, court proceedings surrounding planning to advance their career with our culturally and environmentally significant organisation.

We take responsibility for the stunning 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 a vital asset in the enforcement and investigation of planning violations

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 will be tasked with monitoring developments and investigating and resolving breaches of planning legislation and agreements. You will seek to resolve alleged unauthorised developments as a primary responsibility.

You will deal with a range of development management casework, working in line with adopted policies, procedures and the Enforcement Code of Practice.

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

  • Ensure that approved plans are complied with and the requirements of conditions are met
  • Maintain accurate and reliable records in relation to casework and preliminary enquiries
  • Investigate complaints of alleged unauthorised development
  • Ensure that developments are monitored and, where necessary, prepare and present reports and recommendations in respect of enforcement action
  • Collect evidence including photographs, samples of building materials, statements etc.
  • Carry out of site inspections, meetings and negotiations with interested parties
  • Generate and maintain appropriate databases and produce enforcement reports and recommendations
  • Enter information into the PACS system to enable performance reports to be produced
  • Provide advice to applicants, agents, members of the public, Authority Members and parish/town councils
  • Providing a prompt, helpful and courteous response to calls on the service
  • Assist with the preparation of appeal statements and proof of evidence
  • Provide factual evidence at hearings, public inquiries and at court

About You

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

  • 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
  • At a minimum, GCSE level numeracy and literacy
  • A full, valid driving licence and the willingness and ability to travel as required within Dartmoor National Park and surrounding area

The ideal candidate will be a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). Experience of local government or public service, or working within development management would also be desirable, as would a degree (or equivalent) in town and country planning or a related discipline.

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.

The willingness to study for, and ability to be admitted on to, a recognised accredited course leading to a professional Town Planning qualification (if not already qualified) would be equally favourable.

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.

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

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