Senior Enforcement Officer

Employer
Sutton Council
Location
Sutton
Salary
£34,209 - £41,850 (£43,860 unconsolidated maximum)
Closing date
27 Sep 2021

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Sector
Local Authority, Public sector
Job Level
Senior
Specialism
Enforcement, Planning

In Sutton, there is much for us to be proud of both as a council and as a borough. This includes high levels of resident satisfaction, the quality of our services, our success in addressing our financial challenges to date, the way that we involve and engage with residents on key issues facing the borough, and the enthusiastic and motivated staff that we employ. 

Looking ahead, there are plans for the delivery of new homes and new schools and the London Cancer Hub is being developed, while the Council is also seen as a driving force within the South London Partnership of five outer south west London boroughs focused on strategic growth, regeneration and investment.

All of this demonstrates a good track record and an authority that is ambitious and set to deliver more improvements for the borough. We've set out our vision for the future of Sutton in our corporate plan - Ambitious for Sutton. This strategic plan will shape the outcomes we achieve, the services we provide, and the impact we have on residents, to make Sutton a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Situated in Zone 5, Sutton is less than 30 minutes by train from central London, and south and south west London are easily accessible by public transport. There are 10 train stations which serve key neighbourhoods within the borough providing direct connections to London Victoria, London Bridge, London Blackfriars and St Pancras International. Sutton also has direct rail connections with Epsom, Dorking, Guildford and Horsham, as well as Wimbledon for an interchange with the London Underground and West Croydon for the London Overground. There’s also an extensive road network which provides close and easy access to the M25 and M23.

About the Role  

To carry out all functions required in the investigation and resolution of a range of enforcement cases including complex cases

You will be required to:-

  • Have excellent knowledge of Planning Enforcement Legislation
  • Have experience of serving notices and the prosecution of cases through the Courts
  • Manage a caseload that includes complex cases
  • Be able to work with the minimum supervision to prioritise work to meet deadlines
  • Be able to communicate clearly, concisely and accurately both orally and in writing
  • Hold a full UK driving licence and have access to their own vehicle for carrying out site visits

About Us  

The Development Management team comprises two Area teams and an enforcement team supported by a business support and technical support team. The Planning Enforcement Team is a highly effective in resolving complaints through early intervention and works closely with the two Area Planning Teams to ensure good communication and offer clear advice to all stakeholders.  As part of the wider Development Team, the Planning Enforcement Team was piloted to develop a Team Charter for how we will work well through the challenges presented by covid and there is a excellent sense of togetherness and collaborative working. We work very closely with our Strategic Planning and Building Control Teams which all fall under the management responsibilities of the Head of Service, and there are opportunities for collaborating on policy development.

About You  

To be successful in this role you will have

  • Previous Planning Enforcement experience, a qualification in planning or a related discipline equivalent to a degree, or relevant experience.
  • As Senior level Officers; candidates will be expected to manage a greater proportion of complex planning enforcement cases alongside the Principal Planning Enforcement Officer and have experience using a range of enforcement powers, including prosecution and giving evidence in court.
  • Excellent knowledge of Planning Enforcement legislation and a good appreciation of current planning and enforcement issues is essential.
  • The ability to write clear, concise and accurate reports with appropriate recommendations in accordance with the appropriate legislation and policy.
  • The post holder should hold a full UK driving licence and have access to their own vehicle for carrying out site visits

Desirable attributes

  • The ability to work on your own initiative with minimum supervision, managing and prioritising workloads to meet deadlines. To manage a caseload of enforcement cases, carry out site visits and inspections. Identify whether a breach of planning control exists and assess breaches of planning control for appropriate action. 
  • To advise and negotiate with those involved in contraventions to achieve an appropriate remedy and if necessary; to issue cautions in accordance with the requirements of the appropriate legislation.
  • The ability to provide a high quality, customer-focused approach to service delivery.  To be able to deal confidently with a variety of stakeholders and communicate courteously and clearly with members of the public on planning enforcement related matters.
  • Ability to negotiate positively with contraveners, applicants, their agents and legal representatives on planning enforcement matters.
  • To support the Principal Enforcement Officer in providing a high quality customer focussed enforcement service.
  • Have effective IT skills including the ability to use Microsoft Office applications, information databases and GIS systems.

Our Offer To You  

As an organisation that values and nurtures talent, we’re committed to helping you fulfil your potential and will offer you a supportive, friendly and collaborative environment to grow and develop your career and skills. We’re constantly striving to improve our ways of working so putting your ideas across - however big or small - will be fully encouraged and supported by your colleagues and our dynamic and experienced management team.

In addition, we offer a modern and flexible working environment for our staff, supported by our IT infrastructure, including Google Chromebooks and Google Apps.

Employees have access to a wide range of benefits, some of which include:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement plus bank holidays (pro-rata if part-time working hours apply)
  • Flexi-time (Please note, this applies to roles at grades 1-9 only)
  • Comprehensive learning and development programme
  • Local and national discounts for shopping, eating out and leisure activities
  • Interest free season ticket loans
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Car parking scheme
  • Bicycle loan facilities and cycle to work scheme
  • Zip car scheme
  • Free eye tests and contribution towards glasses
  • Confidential wellbeing and counselling support
  • Subsidised gym membership

Application Process  

Please apply online outlining what skills, abilities and experience you can bring which makes you an ideal candidate for this role. Please ensure you refer to the requirements outlined in the job profile when completing your application.

To support our diversity agenda and reduce the risk of bias in our recruitment activities, our short listing process completely anonymises personal information that can identify job applicants e.g. name, title etc. Our hiring managers review and short list applications based on the information provided as part of your application as to how well you meet the requirements and criteria for the role, as outlined in the job profile.

The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Additional Information  

We pride ourselves on being a diverse, inclusive and welcoming Borough and we aim to create a workforce which reflects the community we serve. We are respectful of difference and realise the positive value of diversity in our workforce. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds and particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates and disabled candidates, as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce. As part of our Disability Confident Committed status, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum/essential criteria for the role.

We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, and inclusive staff networks who help drive our diversity agenda.

The UK has introduced a new points-based immigration system affecting EU and Non-EU workers and sponsorship requirements. We advise checking the GOV.UK website for right to work guidance.

COVID-19 Information  

Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change. Due to the ongoing situation, interviews for short listed candidates will take place virtually through video technology for the foreseeable future.

The majority of staff will also continue to work from home, where possible, in line with Government Guidance.

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