Mole Valley District Council

Senior Planning Officer – Development Management

£36,086 - £40,388
07 Jan 2019
04 Feb 2019
Officer, Planner
Full Time
Contract Type

Senior Planning Officer – Development Management

Do people, passion and progress motivate you? Are you a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)?

If so…….. Make Mole Valley Your Next Move

About us

Mole Valley lies at the heart of Surrey. The towns of Dorking and Leatherhead are the District’s main centres.

Our purpose built open-plan offices have recently been refurbished. We are located opposite the Sports Centre which offers a swimming pool, sports hall, gym, aerobics studio and café and Dorking Halls, which provides a range of facilities including a café, cinema, theatre and concerts.

About the role

The Senior Planning Officer contributes to the work of the Development Management Team by having responsibility for a caseload including planning applications, planning enforcement matters and appeals as the service requires.

Supporting and deputising for the Team Leaders in providing an efficient and effective development management service to all customers in a timely manner.

Making recommendations through the preparation of reports on a range of applications for planning permission and regarding the planning merits of potential planning enforcement action(s).

Reviewing and signing off under delegated powers, recommendations by Planning Assistants/Planning Officers, as well as supporting other Senior Planning Officers with delegated decisions.

Responding to enquiries, complaints and other matters raised by Councillors and members of the public and responding on behalf of Mole Valley District Council to appeals against the refusal of planning permission or formal enforcement action by way of written representations, informal hearings and public inquiries or Judicial Review.

This is a politically restricted role.

About the team

The Development Management Service aims to deliver high quality decisions in a timely fashion to ensure that the high quality environment of Mole Valley is protected and enhanced.

We are not afraid of innovation and want new team members to help us maintain our high performance while promoting new ideas, constantly looking for ways to improve our working practices.

We have recently formed the Planning Specialist Team working within Development Management.  This team includes planning enforcement officers, historic environment officers and tree officers.

Working in an open plan office please do not think you would be confined to working with your “team mates” only – collaboration and sharing knowledge is key to our success.  In fact we pride ourselves on a wider-service mentality, you will be working with colleagues from development management, planning policy, planning support and more.

About you

We are looking for talented and ambitious individuals, keen to progress their careers, with the drive to make a difference and shape the future of Mole Valley. Working with a close knit group of dynamic professionals you will bring your expertise and enthusiasm to the team.  

You will be working in a constrained area with Green Belt and AONB considerations the norm which introduces interesting challenges for decision makers.  The urban areas include historic market towns and associated heritage issues, which pose a different set of thought provoking issues for decision makers.

You will have your own caseload dealing with the more contentious issues planning enforcement matters and you will also be responsible for signing off cases under delegated powers.  

You are a team player, with a ‘can do’ attitude, who can contribute innovative ideas and be committed to achieving high quality results. In return, we will support and encourage you and help you to realise your potential.

Our Members, Residents and colleagues expect motivation and quality.  Excellence will not be unusual for you - if this is something you can deliver please get in touch.

For You

We want you to be the best you can be. Therefore, we promise to support you with our annual Performance and Development Review and identify training and career development opportunities.

We offer

  • 22 days holiday a year plus a further allocated day at Christmas rising to 28 days after 5 years’
  • Scheme to purchase additional annual leave and eligibility for potential additional days through the flexi-time scheme providing the ability to take additional days off when the business allows
  • Substantial employers contribution into the local government pension scheme
  • Free parking
  • Remote and flexible working.  Laptops will be provided for all employees enabling remote working by arrangement with the manager based on the needs of the service. 
  • Wellbeing package including:
  • Cycle scheme
  • Free eye tests
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
  • Yearly flu jab
  • Discounts at local shops & businesses, films and shows at Dorking Halls and at the café
  • Ability to participate in targeted activities during regular ‘Wellbeing Weeks’
  • Located opposite Dorking Sports Centre which offers a 6 lane 25m swimming pool, sports hall, gym, aerobics studio and café

Further information

Closing date for applicants:  4 February 2019

Interview dates: W/C 18 February 2019 & 4 March 2019


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