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Self-Custom Build Housing Officer

South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council
135 Milton Park, Oxfordshire – Hybrid working
Salary: £37,185 up to £42,386 per annum
Closing date
20 Sep 2021
102 221
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Self-Custom Build Housing Officer

Salary: £37,185 up to £42,386 per annum

The Self-Custom Build Officer will publicise and champion self-build and custom-housebuilding and provide a professional and customer-focused service to enable a supply of self-build and custom-housebuilding homes in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse districts. The post sits in the Council’s Development and Regeneration team and involves close working with the Planning Policy team.


  • Keeping abreast of national policy, guidance and good practice on self-build and custom-housebuilding and providing specialist briefings to councillors and officers
  • Managing, monitoring and publicising the Self-Build Register including establishing and assessing local connection, financial capability criteria and fee-charging, and ensuring it is a robust evidence base
  • Developing planning policy for self and custom build for the new South and Vale Joint Local Plan
  • Answering queries and responding to consultations
  • Providing advice to the development management team on planning applications and, on occasion, assisting with planning appeals. This may include;
  • Negotiating self-build requirements under planning policy, including location of serviced plots, phasing, access arrangements, timescales for delivery, any affordable self-build, calculating and negotiating any financial contributions, and drafting and enforcing S106 Agreements
  • Working with colleagues to identify suitable Council sites to take forward as self-build projects
  • Promoting affordable self-build schemes, including building relationships with Registered Provider partners
  • Supporting self-build proposals on private sites
  • Working with colleagues to support potential and already established Community Land Trusts, housing providers and partners to help them to develop new community-led housing solutions (such as Community Land Trusts, co-housing, co-operatives) that involve self-build, and help them move towards their ambitions to create the homes their communities need.
  • Supporting colleagues with monitoring delivery of self-build planning approvals and completed units


  • Previous experience of working as a housing or planning professional, in the construction industry or social housing sector will be an advantage.
  • We will expect you to have a good understanding of community-led housing, ideally having previously worked within or alongside a community led housing scheme or schemes.
  • We expect you to be aware of the different types of community-led housing, the five stages of development and the range of needs of groups and schemes at each stage.
  • It will be an advantage (though not a requirement) to be an accredited community-led housing advisor or have undertaken the national CLH Advisor course.
  • We will expect you to have proven track record of administering projects, supporting local groups, and of keeping good records and managing information retrieval systems.
  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as being a team player who can lead on self-build work across the Councils (liaising with colleagues in housing, planning policy, neighbourhood planning, monitoring and community infrastructure levy collection).

Selection criteria:

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in this job description.

About the councils:

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils are forward-thinking local authorities, based in one of the most attractive areas of the country. They are looking for a professional, competent and enthusiastic person who can communicate well at all levels. An excellent benefits package is on offer including annualised hours (flexible working) and a career average pension scheme.

Location: 135 Milton Park, Oxfordshire – Hybrid working - You can work from a location that suits your needs and the needs of the councils, providing you are able to safely and securely execute your contractual duties, whether that is from home, a suitable external location or at Milton Park. You are required to attend work at one of the council offices or workplaces if requested by the councils and/or your line manager (or more senior manager) with a minimum of 2 working days’ notice.

The benefits we offer:

  • 24 days annual leave per annum, rising to 29 days after five years. You also have all the bank holidays to look forward to and time off between Christmas and New Year.
  • Salary pay awards – most jobs give scope for a pay increase after six months or the following April (depending on your start date) and we also review salaries each April.
  • Flexible working
  • A generous career average pension scheme which includes life insurance of three times your salary
  • No car park costs as there’s free parking available
  • The opportunity to purchase a bike through Cyclescheme (cheaper than directly through a store) so that you can cycle to work!
  • A salary sacrifice car lease scheme – a fully inclusive driving package for a fixed monthly cost
  • Various schemes to keep you healthy (reduced gym membership, free swims, workplace exercise classes, contributory medical schemes, wellbeing appointments, free eye tests for DSE users and more)
  • We give you two days per year to volunteer within the local community.

You may have experience of the following: Supported Housing Officer, Housing Officer, Supported Housing, Project Worker, Property Management, Property Manager, Neighbourhood Housing Officer etc.

Ref: 102 221


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