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Senior Planning Officer

Employer
Walsall Council
Location
Walsall, West Midlands
Salary
Salary: G9 £34,373- £39,571 per annum
Closing date
25 May 2022
Reference
EE00522
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Senior Planning Officer, Ref EE00522

Salary: G9 £34,373- £39,571 per annum


This is a fixed term contract for 12 months:
To support the development management teams in dealing with a caseload of older planning applications

We are looking for highly motivated team members to join our Development Management team within the Planning & Building Control Service area. Various opportunities have arisen as part of a Service Transformation Plan and investment in the service that will strengthen the teams to help deliver an excellent service to our customers.  

Walsall is a regional town with a rich history and a bright future with potential to deliver significant development and investment projects and is working in collaboration with the West Midlands Combined Authority and other public partners to deliver regeneration projects. Walsall Council has been awarded £11.4m from central government for the Future High Street Fund Programme to help deliver a Connected Gateway project to enable the delivery of two of the Town Centre Masterplan interventions; Transforming the Rail Station and Connected Hubs and Walsall and Bloxwich town areas stand to benefit from £21.3m each of Town Deal funding through the governments Towns Fund programme to deliver urban regeneration, green transport and economic growth outcomes.

The Site Allocation Document, Walsall Town Centre Area Action Plan and the emerging Draft Black Country Plan seeks to deliver growth and regeneration through delivery of new housing, employment and infrastructure.

We are committed to attracting and retaining the very best staff and utilising all the talent and experience available. We recognise the importance of helping our employees balance their work and home life by offering flexible working arrangements that enable them to balance their working life with other priorities. Walsall Council also supports employee learning and career development.

Benefits include:

  • Flexible working hours
  • Blended working from home/office
  • Car mileage allowance
  • Membership of Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Generous annual leave and flexi leave entitlement plus Bank Holidays

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all sectors of the community.

Dealing with a varied caseload of planning and enforcement work you must be able to demonstrate significant development management enforcement experience and have excellent communication and customer service skills. The role includes providing advice in respect of planning and enforcement law, policy and guidance to customers, including Members and other staff, and to follow statutory procedures and local practice to achieve corporate objectives.

You will have the skills to work effectively under pressure to observe deadlines and work independently and as part of a team to critically appraise and recommend decisions on formal applications and enforcement cases and present those recommendations to planning committee where required. You will also be required to prepare and present the Council’s case at relevant appeal procedures including public inquiries.  Negotiation and organisational skills are key to this role and you will also need to demonstrate excellent IT skills especially the use of MS Office.

You will need to be a qualified Town Planner and have a full driving license and access to a vehicle for carrying out site visits. You will be also be expected to meet the Government’s Code of Practice on the English Language Fluency Duty. The post is politically restricted.

For further information and details of how to apply please call Alison Ives, Head of Planning & Building Control on 01922 652604 or 07385 348298.

Closing Date for applications: Wednesday 25th May 2022

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This post is covered by the Government’s Code of Practice on the English Language Fluency Duty for public sector workers.  The post holder will be required to communicate verbally with customers and provide advice and/or information in accurate spoken English.

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