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Planning Enforcement Officer

South Oxfordshire District Council & Vale of White Horse District Council
Oxford, Oxfordshire
£26,867 per annum on Grade 4 with progression to Grade 5 (maximum £37,185)
Closing date
18 Nov 2021

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Planning Enforcement Officer

This is an excellent opportunity to expand your experience in a busy, high performing and forward looking planning service. You will gain experience in dealing with a wide variety of investigations and associated appeals and retrospective applications in our growth area, market towns, villages and most attractive countryside which are the subject of significant development pressure and growth.

You will be expected to provide a first class service to our residents, explaining complex issues in a sensitive and clear manner as well as ensuring full and open communication with other teams within the councils.

Planning Enforcement Officer Responsibilities:

  • investigate, negotiate and resolve a wide range of enforcement matters including material changes of use and listed building control
  • attend site visits and evening meetings of the relevant council committees, and forums, presenting recommendations in respect of enforcement and any related matters as required
  • to provide professional advice on all enforcement related matters face to face, on the telephone and in writing on behalf of the council
  • prepare and present evidence in respect of appeals against planning enforcement decisions, particularly in respect of written representations appeals as and when required
  • keep up to date with current legislation, regulation and guidance
  • gain a knowledge and understanding of the ethnic diversity and cultures within the districts to be able to deal sensitively with people from a variety of backgrounds

In addition to achieve Grade 5 the postholder would need to:

  • investigate and negotiate more complex enforcement matters
  • prepare and present the full range of enforcement and planning appeals and provide assistance at public inquiries as required
  • process planning applications and lawful development certificate applications that arise from enforcement investigations and as allocated within the department
  • provide professional pre or post application advice face to face or in writing as and when necessary
  • assist the team leader with any specific projects within the planning service (such as participating in continuous development)
  • gain a good understanding of the functions of other teams across the council and their processes, for example, the conditions that can be applied to planning applications
  • have a good knowledge of relevant outside bodies, for example the Police and County Council, to ensure effective action is taken and to facilitate partnership working

The duties may vary from time to time without changing the nature of the post or the level of responsibility and the post holder may also be required to carry out any other duties appropriate to the grading of the post.

  • hold a full and current driving licence and have the use of a car for work purposes
  • able to research concepts or projects with minimal supervision
  • strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • proven skills in relating well to elected councillors and the general public
  • mediation/negotiation skills
  • strong oral skills and experience in giving succinct and well-argued presentations both formally and informally
  • competent user of Microsoft office suite
  • hold a full and current driving licence and have the use of a car for work purposes
  • a minimum of two years working within a planning office with a minimum of a year in an enforcement role
  • a strong knowledge of planning legislation coupled with the ability to interpret policies and planning law
  • Membership of, or working towards, membership of the RTPI or equivalent qualification
  • relevant planning degree or equivalent qualification or level of experience

About us:

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils are forward-thinking local authorities, based in one of the most attractive areas of the country. They are looking for a professional, competent and enthusiastic person who can communicate well at all levels. An excellent benefits package is on offer including a career average pension scheme.

The benefits we offer:

  • A basic 24 days annual leave per annum, rising to 29 days after five years. You also have all the bank holidays to look forward to and time off between Christmas and New Year.
  • Flexible working and annualised hours – a flexible approach to work that our employees love!
  • Salary pay awards – most jobs give scope for a pay increase after six months or the following April (depending on your start date) and we also review salaries each April.
  • A generous career average pension scheme which includes life insurance of three times your salary
  • No car park costs as there’s free parking
  • The opportunity to purchase a bike through Cycle scheme (cheaper than directly through a store) so that you can cycle to work!
  • A salary sacrifice car lease scheme – a fully inclusive driving package for a fixed monthly cost
  • Various schemes to keep you healthy (reduced gym membership, free swims, workplace exercise classes, contributory medical schemes, wellbeing appointments, free eye tests for DSE users and more)
  • We give you two days per year to volunteer within the local community.

Location: Milton Park, Oxfordshire
Contract Type: Permanent
Hours: Full Time, 37 per week
Salary: Starting from £26,867 per annum on Grade 4 with progression to Grade 5 (maximum £37,185)

Closing Date: 7th November 2021


As a district council we collect council tax on behalf of other organisations, such as the county council and the police, and we use around ten per cent of what we collect to help pay for services we provide such as:

To find out more about South Oxfordshire and where you live, you can click on the information about your area section of our home page or for more detail about the district you can head to our where I live page

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