Principal Planning Officer
New Opportunity - Development Management! Full-time (Possible part-time) up to 12 months Fixed Term Contract
Eastleigh Borough Council is an ambitious council, prepared to invest in its staff and has an excellent track record of making things happen. If you want to really make a difference and develop your career we are a great choice for you. We are committed and passionate about developing a culture of effective and continuous learning and development for all our staff. Our working environment is professional, progressive and inclusive, with the emphasis on customer service. Investing in digital solutions is a priority and we now provide many services online. We have approximately 450 staff at various sites supporting around 122,000 residents and a diverse range of businesses with many pioneering initiatives. In this challenging time for public services, the amount of money that councils receive from central Government is reducing so public services need to change to survive. We have been working on ways to further improve joined-up working in our local areas, with more opportunities to provide access to services through our website and in the future, through social media. We also need to work with our neighbours and that’s why we are exploring more joint working with South Hampshire councils to bring in major investment to improve our road network, to reduce congestion, to invest in skills and jobs, and to create a South Hampshire greenbelt.
This is a really exciting opportunity to join our friendly, supportive team. Professionally you will be challenged and you will have the opportunity to work with the minimum of supervision, recommending, determining and delivering on a range of major and other applications in our very diverse borough, which has an emphasis on housing delivery, green issues and sustainability. The role offers you the chance to develop and gain a lot of professional satisfaction.
What you will need to succeed
With an Honours or Postgraduate Degree in Town planning or the equivalent, you should have a strong political awareness and ideally have significant, demonstrable experience of working in development management on major applications, including negotiating complex S106 agreements, viability assessments and EIA development.
Experience of developing and presenting reports with structured cases/recommendations to senior managers, and Councillors is essential and any experience of Public Inquires will be beneficial.
Due to the rural location of the Borough you should also possess a full, clean driving licence to enable site visits and travel to meetings.