Planning Officer - Development Management
Salary: £23,785 to £29,659 inclusive of London weighting plus essential car user allowance
Contract: Permanent - Hours: Up to 37 hours per week. Requests for part-time or flexible working will be considered.
Office Location: Three Rivers House, Northway, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire. However, regular home working will be expected.
The Development Management department at Three Rivers District Council is offering a permanent Planning Officer position within its Development Management team. The job offers an ideal opportunity to learn with a forward-looking authority that has an excellent track record of commitment to preserving and enhancing the quality of the District, as well as investing in our staff’s learning and development. This is a full-time role, but part-time and flexible working applications will be considered.
We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate with environmental awareness and an interest in planning who is willing to develop their career and make an important positive contribution to the local area.
Three Rivers District Council is a high-achieving organisation at the leading edge of public services. The Development Management service achieves excellent results and continues to strive for excellence with investment in the development of the service. Staff and ICT are central to our continuing success. On the fringe of London, the District is experiencing significant development pressure, with a huge variety of planning application types and sizes. The District has a varied built and natural environment including 22 conservation areas, numerous listed buildings and a large number of designated wildlife sites. Much of the District is within the Metropolitan Green Belt and part is within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We promote the highest standards of design through negotiation and proactive work.
Skills and Experience:
The role includes a combination of handling of pre-application enquiries, assessing planning applications and subsequent appeals, undertaking enforcement investigations and other project work. Dealing with a varied caseload you will have the potential to develop your career and make an important positive contribution to the local area.
The role will require strong verbal, written and presentation skills and candidates must be able to demonstrate the ability and initiative to handle a diverse and competing workload and work to tight deadlines. Good interpersonal skills will also be necessary, as will be liaising and negotiating with the public, external agents and organisations, Council Members and other Council departments.
What we offer:
We offer a competitive package which includes up to 28 days’ annual leave (increasing to 30 days with 5 years’ service), Local Government Pension Scheme, free staff parking, leisure and travel discounts and consideration will be given for paid professional membership subscriptions and development and future training opportunities to become a qualified Planning Officer.
You must possess a clean driving licence and have daily access to personal transport.
For an informal discussion contact Claire Westwood, Adam Ralton or Matthew Roberts (Development Management Team Leaders) on 01923 776611
A basic DBS check will be carried out for this post.
Closing Date: 13th February 2022.