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Principal Planning Enforcement Officer

Central Bedfordshire Council
Shefford, Bedfordshire & Homeworking
£43,966 to £47,822 per annum
Closing date
14 Nov 2021

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Local Authority
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Principal Planning Enforcement Officer

Team: Planning Enforcement
Job Family: Directing CBG 13
Salary: £43,966 to £47,822 per annum
Hours:  Full-time, 37 hours per week
Current Base Location: Shefford, Bedfordshire & home working
Contract Type: Permanent

The planning enforcement team provides an essential, high profile and customer focussed service to prevent and remedy inappropriate and unauthorised development across Central Bedfordshire and ensure that we have the right development in the right place.

As one of the largest Unitary Authorities in the country, this is a really exciting time for you to join Central Bedfordshire Council as our unique geographical location means we are at the forefront of national conversations around growth. The government has identified the Oxford to Cambridge Arc as a priority area for development and economic investment, with ambitions to deliver substantial growth, which, alongside significant investment in key infrastructure schemes such as East-West Rail, has the potential to act as a catalyst for future growth in Central Bedfordshire.

Your role

This is your chance to play a key role as part of our busy enforcement team to help create a great place for our residents to live and work.

You will use your significant knowledge and experience of planning enforcement to maintain a caseload of the more technical and contentious cases in accordance with the council’s Planning Enforcement Plan.  In addition, you will deputise for the team leader and assist in mentoring and directing the work of the planning enforcement and compliance officers. 

As a large unitary authority, the work is varied and often includes opportunities to respond to breaches of planning control where minerals and waste, archaeology, highways and ecological issues are involved.

Your qualifications, skills and experience

You will have a degree in town planning or demonstrable significant experience of planning enforcement, ideally in a local authority, including the preparation of reports and statements for formal action and representing the council in court and at appeal.

Excellent communication skills and an insistence upon high standards are a must to provide the customer focus that is required.

This is an excellent opportunity for an already experienced principal to bring their experience to the team or for somebody who is looking for a step up in their career by using their experience to coach less experienced colleagues.

Your benefits

Membership of the competitive Local Government Pension Scheme from day one, agile working (plus laptop and smartphone), generous Flexitime scheme offering up to an additional 12 days leave per annum, relocation package (subject to eligibility), and many other staff discounts. A full overview of benefits on offer is included in the Recruitment Pack.

There are excellent opportunities for career progression within Central Bedfordshire Council. We are a recognised RTPI Learning Partner, demonstrating our commitment to the training and development of our staff.

Join us, and take advantage of a generous rewards package, agile working and the chance of continuous professional development. Find your greatness playing your part in our area’s growth.

Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work’.


To apply for this role, you will be expected to demonstrate how you meet the key accountabilities and competencies detailed within this Recruitment Pack. Principal Planning Enforcement Officer

For an informal discussion about this position, please contact: Richard Proctor, Planning Enforcement Team Leader at or call 0300 300 4864.

For queries related to the recruitment of this vacancy, please contact: The Recruitment Team at

Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in the workplace. We are a Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.

To maintain a fair and consistent approach for applicants, it is Central Bedfordshire Council's policy to only consider applications made via our online application system and we therefore thank you for not submitting your application offline. If you do not have a CV to hand, please look on our website for a CV template that you can use to create your CV to apply for this role:

Closing Date: 14th November 2021
Interview Date: TBC

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