Senior/Principal Planning Enforcement Officer

Ashford, Kent
£34,296 to £44,658
22 Feb 2019
22 Mar 2019
Officer, Planner
Full Time
Contract Type

Do you want to work in one of the most desirable places in the UK?

Ashford Borough Council is located at the heart of the Garden of England and offers the best of town and country. With a thriving and dynamic town it is situated in the heart of the region’s most enchanting countryside.

Being only 38 minutes from London, Ashford is a very vibrant and attractive place to live and work, with a busy town centre and leisure offer, spacious and affordable housing and plenty of business space to grow.

The offices are located in parkland adjacent to the Stour Leisure Centre and near other local amenities, with the town centre and Ashford International Station a few minutes walk away. With a very friendly atmosphere in the open plan offices the council are very focused on employee wellbeing and promoting good physical and mental health.

The council are committed to ensuring a healthy work and home life balance and offer flexible working as well as working from home.

You will need to be able to drive and have access to a vehicle in order to conduct site visits. We have free parking for employees and you will also receive an annual car allowance or subsidised lease car.

The Role

To be responsible to the Team Leader for the provision of a high quality, customer-focused planning enforcement.

Main Duties

To act as the specialist planning enforcement officer in the planning and development unit; providing advice to other staff; investigating and progressing the most complex enforcement cases to an agreed resolution; delivering a customer orientated service to complainants, those subject of investigation, parish councils, ward members and local people

Monitoring and ensuring the timely execution of the enforcement service; supervising and helping to train more junior enforcement staff as needed; and identifying issues arising and supporting the Team Leader.

Be responsible for the day-to-day management of a planning enforcement officer assigned to your unit.

To work flexibly as part of a multi-disciplinary unit on a wide range of planning and development issues but concentrating on the enforcement service. 

The key areas of work will be

a.     Planning Enforcement and Appeals

b.     Enquiries

c.     Miscellaneous

Enforcement and Appeals

a)    Act as the senior specialist enforcement officer in the unit

b)    Act as case officer for the most complex and sensitive enforcement cases having regard to all material considerations.

c)     Monitor the execution of the planning enforcement service and advise the Team Leader of any shortcomings in the delivery of the service

d)    To monitor development for compliance with planning permissions.

e)    Either prepare reports and/or liaise with appropriate Planning Officers to initiate enforcement action against breaches of planning control.

f)      Liaise with and advise Planning Officers, Members, other council departments and external agencies (e.g. the Police) to ensure that breaches of planning control and related non-compliance with other legislation is dealt with in the most effective and comprehensive manner possible

g)    Either assist with, or prepare, the Council’s response to planning and enforcement appeals as required.

h)    Attend hearings, public inquiries and/or court proceedings to give evidence on behalf of the Council as an expert witness, seeking advice from senior officers as appropriate.

i)    To attend meetings of the Planning Committee, Parish Councils and other user groups as required.

j)     Maintain accurate records of relevant events in the “life” of an enforcement case.

k)     Deliver a timely service against the specific service standards set and support this with strong customer care.


The salary on offer is depending on experience but will be between £34,296 - £44,658.


The Successful Applicant must have a degree in Planning/Planning Diploma/Professional qualification recognised by Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) or degree not recognised by the RTPI together with 1st Year of recognised post-graduate planning course.

Looking to relocate?

If the above hasn’t persuaded you to apply yet, we are offering a very generous relocation package (up to a maximum of £5,000) with details available on request.

For further information or to apply for this role please contact Kevin O’Shea at Carrington West on 02393876034 or

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