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Principal Planning Officers

Employer
Malvern Hills District Council
Location
Requirement to work from Malvern and Pershore as the needs of the service arise
Salary
£33,782 - £37,890 per annum
Closing date
7 Nov 2021

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Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Discipline
Development Control, Planning
Function
Officer
Sector
Local Authority
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Job Details

Malvern Hills and Wychavon district councils are forward-thinking, proactive and successful Local Planning Authorities situated in accessible, exceptionally attractive countryside within South Worcestershire.  We are seeking an enthusiastic and committed Principal Planning Officers who will thrive on the challenge of managing a varied caseload of mostly major planning applications and appeals and deputise for our Development Managers when required.

We share a Chief Executive and a joint senior management team. Both councils remain independent organisations with their own political structures and district identities, but joint working arrangements allow us to work together to maximise opportunities to achieve efficiencies, maintain resilience and deliver a high-quality service to our customers.

We are looking to recruit and develop the very best talent we can find.  That's why, as well as a satisfying job, we offer a range of attractive benefits including flexible working arrangements, generous holiday entitlements, a local government pension scheme, plenty of opportunities for personal development and discounted gym membership.

Malvern Hills and Wychavon district councils are forward-thinking, proactive and successful Local Planning Authorities situated in accessible, exceptionally attractive countryside within South Worcestershire.  We are seeking an enthusiastic and committed Principal Planning Officers who will thrive on the challenge of managing a varied caseload of mostly major planning applications and appeals and deputise for our Development Managers when required.

We share a Chief Executive and a joint senior management team. Both councils remain independent organisations with their own political structures and district identities, but joint working arrangements allow us to work together to maximise opportunities to achieve efficiencies, maintain resilience and deliver a high-quality service to our customers.

We are looking to recruit and develop the very best talent we can find.  That's why, as well as a satisfying job, we offer a range of attractive benefits including flexible working arrangements, generous holiday entitlements, a local government pension scheme, plenty of opportunities for personal development and discounted gym membership.

Principal Planning Officer 
2 X Permanent – 37 hours p/week
1X Fixed Term Contract (12 Months) 18.5 Hrs per week
£33,782 - £37,890 per annum pro rata

HELP SHAPE OUR VISION FOR MALVERN HILLS AND WYCHAVON DISTRICTS

The Malvern Hills and Wychavon districts are already amazing places, with unique history and exceptional landscape quality, yet also places of significant opportunity. 

We want the two districts to be somewhere everyone thrives.  Delivering on the growth potential for these areas is critical to that vision.  As a Principal Planning Officer, you will play a key role in shaping the way that the districts grow, balancing our strong emphasis on economic expansion with the need to conserve and enhance our rich natural and built heritage. 

About the role -                                                                   

Great planning and development are vital to our vision for the two districts.  We need customer focused, creative and proactive Principal Planning Officers to help catalyse growth and create a real sense of place. The successful candidate will need to be confident in their own ability and have a good understanding of current planning legislation. Good communication skills and an ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders is essential. 

You will assess a caseload of varied planning applications, preparing reports, dealing with appeals and general correspondence and provide pre-application advice on the telephone, by email and face to face.  You will be in regular contact with applicants, agents, members of the public and other users of the service, you must be committed to delivering an outstanding service to all our customers and will need to support the Development Managers in the continuous improvement of a high performing service.

About you –

For the role of Principal Planning Officer, you will need to be a natural project manager and ideally have experience of dealing with major category planning applications, complex appeals and have a strong track record of negotiating S106 legal agreements and securing high quality design. You will have full Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI) membership and be able to demonstrate a commitment to continual professional development (CPD).

You will have comprehensive and up to date knowledge of planning law and practice, be educated to degree level with a recognised qualification in town planning. You must have good computer literacy and be able to use MS Office, property databases and GIS systems.

The ability to work under pressure and manage a caseload of complex/contentious planning applications is essential. This is a demanding role, but an exciting challenge for the right candidate, therefore you must be committed and have a desire to succeed and develop your skills within the role. You will be required to attend evening Planning Committee meetings and undertake site visits so flexibility, a full driving licence and use of a car is essential so you are able to travel throughout the district including some isolated rural areas.

Excellent presentation and communication skills, an appreciation of good design, the ability to project manage major applications and negotiate planning obligations within tight deadlines, demonstrate outstanding customer care, strong computer skills and a commitment to supporting performance improvement are all key personal attributes that you will need to demonstrate.

The post holder will be based in either Pershore or Malvern with a requirement to work from both locations as the needs of the service arise.

To discuss the post or for further information, please contact Ciaran Power, Development Manager on 01684 862317 or email: ciaran.power@malvernhills.gov.uk, Duncan Rudge, Head of Planning Services on 01684 862318 or e-mail duncan.rudge@malvernhills.gov.uk or Nichola Robinson, Development Manager on 01684 862406 or email   Nichola.Robinson@malvernhills.gov.uk

Closing date: 7th November 2021

Interviews:  16th November 2021

Company

Malvern Hills District Council

Here at Malvern Hills District Council, we want to attract the best talent.  That's why, as well as a satisfying and rewarding job, we offer a range of attractive benefits, such as flexible working arrangements, generous holiday entitlements, an enhanced maternity and paternity package, a first class pension scheme, plenty of opportunities for personal development, discounted gym membership, and various staff benefits schemes.

Located in Worcestershire with around 73,900 residents living in an area of 577 km2, the area is largely rural with the Malvern Hills - a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - providing a spectacular centre point to the district.  The hills boast unique panoramic views and attract over 1.5 million tourists every year.  Malvern Hills is also rich in heritage and the arts and the area offers a variety of attractions such as the Three Counties Show, the Upton Jazz Festival and the Mistletoe Festival in Tenbury.

The Council has been rated 'excellent' by the Audit Commission and gained 'achieving' status under the Equalities Framework for Local Government.  In order to continue to deliver excellent services to our community we need the most talented people.

If this is you and you want to find out more, visit the District Council’s web-site www.malvernhills.gov.uk

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Telephone
01684 862363
Location
The Council House
Avenue Road
Malvern
Worcestershire
WR14 3AF
United Kingdom
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