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Planning Officer (Dev Plans-HG)

Milton Keynes Council
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
£25,481 - £29,577
Closing date
26 Nov 2021

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Planning Officer (Dev Plans-HG)

£25,481 - £29,577

Closing date: 26/11/2021

Milton Keynes is a rapidly expanding, vibrant and dynamic place to live, work and play. How better to contribute to that continued success than through a unique and rewarding career with Milton Keynes Council. So if you're looking for an excellent benefits package and the chance to make a difference, make a move to Milton Keynes Council. With modern working practices where flexibility is commonplace and performance is measured on outcomes and results, alongside a generous holiday entitlement, you can experience a fulfilling job and great work-life balance.

Please note that this role is only open to applicants who have the right to work in the UK

Milton Keynes is a rapidly expanding, vibrant and dynamic place to live, work and play. It is on track to become the largest city in South East England outside of London. Already one of the most economically productive areas in the country, Milton Keynes is also at the heart of the Cam-MK-Ox growth arc and significant rail and road infrastructure projects, and is at the forefront of local government endeavours to facilitate place making that will make Milton Keynes a more socially and environmentally sustainable place to live, work, study and play. Now is an exciting time to join a team and service tasked with planning for growth and delivering solutions to some of the most complex and interesting contemporary place making challenges in the UK. To help us get there, we need a proactive, diligent and adaptable planner who can support the team and take on work that will help develop their career in planning. You will make an important contribution to the continued success of Milton Keynes through a unique and rewarding career with Milton Keynes Council.

Key Duties

  • To produce, review and update statutory Development Plan Documents and other planning policy documents (including Minerals and Waste).
  • To help organise and attend consultation events that will inform new planning policy documents.
  • To identify, analyse and evaluate a wide range of information crucial to the needs of the Council in relation to the physical, social, economic, environmental and demographic development of the Borough.
  • To provide planning policy advice on planning applications to the Development Management Team, to allow applications to be determined in accordance with Government targets (time limits).
  • To provide planning policy advice to other teams, departments and directorates of the Council, members, parish and town councils, external bodies and members of the public.
  • To maintain the ‘Planning Policy’ pages on the Council’s website.
  • To identify potential sources of funding available to the Council, including opportunities for partnership bids and joint funding with external organisations.
  • To support and guide local communities in the preparation of Neighbourhood Plans in accordance with the requirements of the Localism Act.

Experience, Qualifications and any Mandatory Requirements

  • Educated to Degree level or equivalent in planning or a related subject allowing the role holder to work towards a Postgraduate (or equivalent) qualification in planning to become a Chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Significant knowledge of the plan-making system, including legislation, national policy and guidance and best practice
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of using Microsoft Office, in particular word processing and presentational software

Skills Required

  • Able to understand, analyse and interpret population and development statistics and forecasts
  • Able to plan own workload to meet agreed deadlines, under the supervision of a senior colleague
  • Able to work effectively as part of a team
  • Able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing to a range of audiences
  • Able to write clear, concise and accurate reports on complex planning matters, supported by plans and other illustrative material
  • Demonstrates a flexible approach to problem solving
  • Able to accept responsibility and use initiative
  • Demonstrates an understanding of professional and personal integrity
  • Committed to seeking continuous improvement and responding positively to changes
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