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Senior Planning Enforcement Officer

Cheshire West and Chester Council
Ellesmere Port, Cheshire
Salary: £31,346 - £34,728
Closing date
31 Jan 2022

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Local Authority, Public sector
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Level
Officer, Planner, Senior
Enforcement, Planning
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Senior Planning Enforcement Officer

Salary : £31,346 - £34,728

Location - Ellesmere Port

Our busy planning team is looking for a friendly, motivated and skilled individual to work on a wide variety of complex planning enforcement cases and help us ensure that development is carried out sustainably across the Borough.

Cheshire West and Chester Council brings a fresh and energetic approach to providing top quality services for its many customers and communities. West Cheshire is a place where everyone can Thrive – through our core values of Teamwork, Honesty, Respect, Innovation, Value for Money and Empowerment.

Cheshire West and Chester features a rich and varied landscape, with a wide range of urban and rural communities including the main centres of Chester, Ellesmere Port, Northwich and Winsford. We are a friendly, supportive and innovative planning team dealing with around 4000 planning applications each year, offering the opportunity to get involved in a great variety of residential, commercial/industrial and countryside sites, protecting urban and rural areas including Green Belt and preserving and enhancing our distinct heritage - including the beautiful walled city of Chester with its concentration of listed buildings and Area of Archaeological Importance. 

For our Senior Planning Officer (Enforcement) role, you are expected to have strong practical planning experience in a Local Authority, preferably including experience of successfully carrying out planning enforcement action. Most of all, we are seeking a confident, self-motivated, and diplomatic person with a ‘can-do’ attitude and the ability to deliver positive outcomes for the future of the Borough.  You should be able to provide clear and accurate advice to stakeholders and show excellent customer care, verbal and written skills.   

Your main responsibilities will be to manage and resolve complex planning enforcement cases and associated planning applications, and to represent the Council in court and at appeals. You will also be deputising for the Planning Enforcement Team Leader, enabling you to use and develop your leadership skills.

You will demonstrate the ability to work as part of our friendly and committed team of planners and support staff, have extensive experience of dealing with a variety of complex planning issues, be an excellent communicator and show a clear commitment to providing outstanding customer service. In return, our innovative way of working offers high levels of trust and autonomy to make decisions and manage your own workload.

The Council is committed to embracing flexible and mobile working, ensuring employees have the ICT equipment to work remotely and promoting a good work/life balance.

Contact Nick Smith, Planning Team Manager (07786276418) or Cheryle Parker (07788300640) for an informal discussion about the role.

The contractual work location for this role is listed above however you may be required to work from a range of work locations or sites within the Borough and may also be required to work from home, depending on the needs of the service.

 Applicants using Internet Explorer have experienced issues uploading attachments (supporting information and CVs) in the past, so if you are using IE we would suggest that you use a different browser when you submit your application -  for example Google Chrome.

In your application you should ensure that you provide evidence of how you have demonstrated meeting the Council’s core competencies of Teamwork, Honesty, Respect, Innovation, Value for Money and Empowerment.

 Please ensure you check the email account (including junk/spam boxes) from which you apply regularly as we will use this to contact you regarding your application. 

 If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date then it is likely that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion, however please do not be discouraged from applying again.

 Cheshire West and Chester Council are committed to equality and diversity in employment.  Please click the Equality Policy for more information.

 Cheshire West and Chester Council have adopted a Local Living Wage for our employees which means that all employees will receive a minimum of £9.50 per hour for all contracted hours.

 For any technical enquiries please email Please quote job reference number in all correspondence.

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