Specialist Advisor - Conservation (Senior Conservation Officer)

Lewes and Eastbourne
£22,226 – £35,444 a year
19 Jan 2018
19 Feb 2018
Part Time
Contract Type

Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council are undergoing a transformation to adapt how we offer our services to enable a first rate customer service which maximises the use of technology, integrating services and systems across the two Councils.

The transformation includes having a joint Development Management service which will cover both Councils’ Local Planning Authority areas. Both authorities also include the South Downs National Park, where we undertake the Development Management Functions in partnership with the that SDNP Planning Authority.

Both authorities are heritage rich with a large number of listed buildings and conservation areas, ensuring that there is a wide range of planning applications to get involved with, ranging from the small listed building applications to implementing strategic sites arising from our Local Plan allocations.

At Lewes and Eastbourne we are keen to grow our own talent, and offer an excellent range of training, shadowing and mentoring, to ensure you reach your full potential.

As Specialist Advisor you will have a crucial role advising the remainder of the team on heritage issues associated with the processing of a wide range of planning applications with opportunity to work across both authorities to enable a full range or urban and rural experience to be gained. The teams are currently being set up and your appointment will cement the team structure.

We are looking for an individual with commitment, a high level of energy who can continue to achieve excellent performance whilst providing a first rate level of customer service.

You will have responsibility for advising on heritage issues associated with planning applications and related processes, and you will provide comments on all types of applications to the planning team. Your key responsibilities will include:

·         Managing and formulating responses to pre-application enquiries

·         Evaluation, negotiation, and specialist comment to planning applications

·         Briefing committees and Council Members as well as representing the Council at appeals, hearings and public inquiries

·         Mentoring more junior members of the team


To succeed as Specialist Advisor you must have competence in a variety of IT systems and packages, plus the ability to communicate with people of different social, economic and professional backgrounds. You must also have:

·         A recognised planning qualification

·         RTPI/IHBC Membership

·         Aptitude for assessing heritage impact in the planning process

·         High level communication and presentation skills including clear, concise reporting and correspondence particularly concerning complex or controversial issues.


We have a wide range of benefits on offer including:

·         A flexible working environment, meaning you can work effectively in the office, at home or when on site

·         An excellent work/life balance

·         Local Government Pension Scheme

·         Discounted gym membership

·         Childcare vouchers

If you would like to find out more about the role, or any other aspect of the advert, please contact Andrew Hill, Senior Specialist Advisor on 01273 085473 or Leigh Palmer, Functional Lead – Housing and Development on 01323 415215.

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Closing date: Noon, Monday 19 February 2018       

Interviews: w/c 26 February 2018

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