This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated and experienced town planning professional to manage a team of planning professionals and technical staff primarily tasked with the processing of ‘local’ planning applications and planning enforcement, and when required providing support to the Major Applications Team when required, for case work within the South-West of Argyll and Bute.
The service area covers Mid Argyll, Kintyre, and the islands of Islay, Jura, Colonsay and Gigha. Development interest varies considerably ranging from windfarms, aquaculture, housing, minerals, commerce and retail, to minor householder and agricultural developments. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be involved in a wide range of projects with plenty of scope for professional development both through casework and mentoring others. Whilst the primary function of the post holder is to manage others and ensure quality and consistency of delegated decision making, there is opportunity within the role to remain ‘hands on’ and to utilise the candidates considerable professional experience as the lead case officer in the handling of more complex case work. A familiarity with rural planning issues, the assessment of complex applications undertaking of planning enforcement, and a track record of dealing with IT and data management systems would all be advantageous
Candidates require to have a minimum of 5 years professional post graduate experience, have (or be eligible for) professional membership of the RTPI and a detailed working knowledge of Development Management legislation and procedure. Candidates should be able to demonstrate effective leadership skills and the ability to motivate others; however whilst previous line management experience would be of benefit this is not essential as the post is an excellent opportunity for a suitably experienced planning professional to take the next step in their career progression with support and training in the management of others able to be provided.
The salary scale will be Scottish Local Government Employee (SLGE) 12, which is £40,513 to £44,345 per annum. The post holder will be contracted to 35 hours per week and will be entitled to flexitime.
The post is based at the area office in Lochgilphead however there is scope for flexible/hybrid/remote working arrangements subject to the successful candidate’s ability to travel to the area for site based work and face to face engagement when required. The Council will provide an attractive relocation package for a successful candidate seeking to relocate to Argyll and Bute and it is highlighted that living in Argyll and Bute also provides opportunities for a high quality of life with breath-taking scenery and world class leisure opportunities including sailing, walking, cycling canoeing and camping on your doorstep.
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