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Senior Planning Enforcement Officer

Cotswold District Council
Cirencester - Agile working allowing a mix of home and office working
Salary: £38,850 - £41,434 Per Annum
Closing date
12 Mar 2024

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Senior Planning Enforcement Officer


Are you excited at the aspect of delivering an effective Planning Enforcement Service?

An exceptional opportunity to join Cotswold District Council as a Senior Planning Enforcement Officer to drive a variety of planning enforcement cases, whilst delivering an outstanding service through a practical solutions based approach.

This permanent role offers flexibility from working within the offices at Cirencester alongside agile working - allowing you that extra freedom and work life balance.

Are you motivated to grow into an organisation long term? If so please read on.

Our Planning Service is fundamental to the success of the council’s ambition for a sustainable future, and we are passionate on leading on the climate and ecological emergencies in the area. From our urban extension of Cirencester currently under development to the development of Cotswold Airport in Kemble, our focus is to enable our communities in the Cotswold district and beyond to thrive, creating great places for people to live, work, learn and enjoy in our ever-evolving communities.

We want our future generations to thrive too and are serious in tackling issues concerning the climate and environmental emergencies. Now is a fantastic time to be joining us. We are looking to deliver upon our council priorities and shape our environment for the benefit of the local area and beyond.

The role will include providing technical expertise, advice, and direction to internal and external customers in relation to Planning Enforcement matters, including identifying and investigating breaches of planning control, and to deal with planning applications resulting from Planning Enforcement investigations in a timely manner.

You will have involvement in all aspects of processing a wide variety of enforcement cases, dealing with applicants, agents and members of the public, within a vibrant, varied and well-motivated team environment.

You will be responsible for making robust, sound judgements in relation to Planning Enforcement matters and to lead in pursuing formal enforcement action when necessary, including appeals and prosecution proceedings.

The complexity of the work will reflect the experience, competencies and qualifications of the successful candidate. Ultimately we are looking for an experienced Planning Enforcement Officer but we would also welcome applications from candidates looking to step up in their career.

Here is what one of the team members says:

“Our Enforcement Officers have a fantastic work ethic with a ‘can-do’ attitude, evidenced by their recent push to significantly reduce each enforcement officer’s caseload despite labouring with a reduced team. My personal experience whilst at Cotswold District Council has been one of opportunity and progression.

You will need

  • 3 A Levels (or equivalent)
  • Experience of Planning Enforcement
  • Ability to organise and prioritise workload largely unsupervised, working to tight deadlines ensuring a regular, consistent output of work
  • Willingness to undertake training relevant to the post and work with colleagues to share skills
  • Ability to work with attention to detail to produce accurate and well-presented work

Special Conditions

  • Full Driving Licence and access to a car

For more information about this role please see the Job Description/Person Specification.

If you wish to have an informal discussion about this role, please contact

What can we do for you?

  • Agile working allowing a mix of home and office working
  • Flexible working arrangements (depending on the role)
  • 27 days paid annual leave (pro rata if you are working part time) plus bank holidays and an extra two volunteering days off a year for you to support a charity of your choice
  • Health cash plan giving you cash back on health, dental and eye care
  • Pension scheme with a good employer contribution of 5% of your earnings
  • Employee Assistance Programme 24/7, providing positive, preventative and supportive advice and counselling to deal with everyday events and issues
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car lease scheme with huge tax and NI savings to be made on electric cars
  • Access to digital financial advice (covering your pension scheme, mortgages and other finances)
  • Generous sickness cover above statutory entitlements
  • Additional income protection, covering 50% of your salary for potentially a further five years if you are unable to work due to sickness or injury
  • Life assurance, currently four times your annual salary

These are just a handful of the benefits that you can enjoy when you join us!

To apply for this position please click on "apply now" within this page to complete an application form and supporting statement together with your CV. Please tell us about your skills, knowledge, qualifications, experience and how they meet the criteria listed above and in the job description/person specification. It’s important that we’re a good fit for each other, so let us know what’s important to you and why you want to work for Publica Group Ltd. Your CV will not be available to the hiring manager unless you are shortlisted for interview to assist with our non-biased screening process so please ensure you complete the application form in full.

It is important that our staff reflect the diversity of our community, and we therefore welcome and encourage applications from people of all genders and sexual orientation, those from Black, Asian, and other minority ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities.

Accredited of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies - Please state this within your covering statement or in a separate email.

Safer recruitment practices are applied to all job vacancies. Successful candidates will be required to complete a pre-employment medical questionnaire; provide references; proof of identity; nationality and immigration status; three years’ employment or education history (if applicable) and, in some cases, verification of criminal record.


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