Assistant Planning Officer - Planning Policy

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Solihull, West Midlands
£19,171 - £29,636
Closing date
1 Sep 2020
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We have an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Planning Officer to join our Policy and Delivery team.

Why Solihull? There’s plenty going on to get you out and about in our beautiful borough.  As well as supporting the growth aspirations at UK Central of Birmingham Airport, Jaguar Land Rover and the National Exhibition Centre, we handle the range of work you would expect an economically prosperous Metropolitan Authority to be. 

We are currently negotiating the complexities of delivering a revised Local Plan and we are also working hard to do what is needed to welcome the arrival of HS2.  Ensuring we are maintaining our historic and natural landscape, and delivering the design quality, community benefits and green and blue infrastructure that only the best development in the right locations can, is all part of the job.

To join as a Technical Development Officer, we ask that you can demonstrate you have 5 GCSEs grade A-C/4-9 (or equivalent) and experience in providing excellent customer service. You don’t necessarily need to have a background working within planning, but an awareness and passion for the subject will help. You will be supporting the Planning Policy team in the preparation of planning documentation and taking a lead in managing the administration in planning obligations. For those appointed to band C, there will be the opportunity to progress to band D (subject to demonstrably meeting the required criteria). We see our Technical Development Officers roles as the first steps into becoming a modern planner and hope to provide the appropriate training and support to shape and develop your career further.

In return we can offer:

  • A friendly, supportive and inclusive working environment.
  • Flexible working including home working.
  • Annual leave starting at 24 days and rising to 29 days after 5 years’ service with 8 public holidays and the opportunity to purchase up to 10 additional days holiday per year.
  • A generous flexitime scheme (available for most roles) with up to 24 days’ flexitime allowed per year.
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme.
  • A wide range of learning and development opportunities.
  • A range of family and carer friendly policies.
  • Employee benefits including subsidised travel passes, Cycle 2 Work Scheme, confidential Employee Assistance Programme and staff discounts.

Closing date: 1 September 2020.

Interviews to be held w/c 14 September 2020.

Solihull Council is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees - a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.

Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and is committed to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

At the heart of the West Midlands and at the hub of a national & international air, rail and road network, Solihull is an attractive metropolitan borough characterised by its diverse nature. Solihull lives up to its motto, Town in the Country, by enjoying the best of both worlds.

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