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G&T Senior Compliance Officer (10747)

Central Bedfordshire Council
Houghton Regis, Dunstable
£38,780 - £43,732 per annum
Closing date
31 Jul 2022

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Contract Type
Full Time
Enforcement, Planning
Central Government, Local Authority
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Team: CMS - Gypsy and Traveller

Job Family:  Directing 12

Salary: £38,780 - £43,732 per annum

Contract: Permanent

Contract Type:  Hybrid

Hours: 37 hours per week

Location: Working from home and any CBC offices, including Thorn Turn, Houghton Regis. You will be expected to attend a CBC office location on a monthly basis, and as needed to carry out your role

Closing Date: 31st July 2022

Interview Date: 8th August 2022 


About us:

Central Bedfordshire is an ambitious authority, determined to be an exemplary one. Our strategic location and high quality of life mean we are one of the fastest growing areas in the country.

As a council we face the same challenges every business does - investing in the right places and delivering great results. Except for us, it’s all about our 289,000 residents. We’re totally focussed on helping to improve their lives and making Central Bedfordshire a great place to live and work.

This is a great time to join us on our journey.


More about the role:

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Council’s Gypsy and Traveller Unit.

The Gypsy and Traveller Unit plays a critical role in ensuring Gypsy and Traveller sites across Central Bedfordshire comply with planning legislation. The Unit is a dedicated front-line resource covering a broad range of Gypsy and Traveller taking a balanced approach to engagement, support, compliance and enforcement.  This area of work is both challenging and complex, but success delivers tangible, positive rewards and outcomes. Central Bedfordshire has one of the highest numbers of gypsy and traveller sites within England.


The Role

The role is the senior lead on planning enforcement cases and will provide guidance and direction to the other enforcement officers in the unit on their cases.  The role is responsible for the line management of the enforcement officers.  

The position will also have their own small caseload of enforcement cases, in which it is expected that they will be responsible for managing and coordinating the investigation and, as appropriate, the enforcement of alleged breaches of planning control on Gypsy and Traveller sites in Central Bedfordshire. You will ensure that investigations and assessments are undertaken in a timely manner, and you will help to resolve breaches of planning control and when this is not possible you will guide decisions on enforcement action, advise internal and external colleagues and represent the Council when required.

You will be travelling around Central Bedfordshire so you will need access to a vehicle and have a clean driving licence.  You will be able to work remotely from home and we will provide you with the IT equipment to do this, but you will need to be able to access the internet from your home.


About You

You will have demonstrable experience of planning enforcement, ideally in a Local Authority, and the preparation of reports and statements for formal action and serving notices.   Ideally you will also have experience of working with the Gypsy and Traveller community.  Some of the issues you will face will need tenacity, empathy, patience and understanding.

You will need excellent communication, partnership and collaboration skills to work to resolve what can often be very challenging issues.  You will be committed to delivering high standards and delivering excellent customer service and enjoy working in a team focused on delivering tangible outcomes. Ideally you will have experience in managing people.

The Council has set out its vision for Central Bedfordshire to be a great place to live and work.  The vision is about providing opportunities, tackling inequalities, increasing access to services and support, allowing people to feel safe and providing places to live for all our residents.  Often these issues are more complex for our Gypsy and Traveller residents.

This is a chance to make a real difference working within the Gypsy and Traveller Unit to provide effective liaison with Gypsy and Traveller sites across Central Bedfordshire.


What we can offer you

As well as joining a friendly, dedicated, and hardworking team you will have access to numerous benefits, including:

Hybrid working arrangements as appropriate. We recognise the importance of supporting our employees to balance their home and work life and to be able to work in the most efficient way. As a hybrid worker you will be able to work from home with access to any CBC location.

A £250 one off hybrid worker payment, helping you achieve a safe and suitable work space at home

Support to work from abroad for up to a month a year where appropriate

Generous family friendly policies and practices

A supportive and inclusive environment that values and celebrates differences

Staff network and support groups

Annual leave allowance 24 days + statutory holidays rising to 31 days with length of service.

Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). This is a valuable part of our rewards package for employees and includes Life Assurance: click here

An Employee Assistance Programme offering support to all employees through workplace changes as well as other work, family and personal issues

Training and Learning offer – we have access to hundreds of courses and role specific training is also available

Access to discounts from local and national retailers

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’.

Our aspiration is to be a truly flexible employer.  We welcome discussion on location, hours and working pattern as part of the application process.

You will be expected to demonstrate how you meet the key accountabilities and competencies detailed within this Recruitment Pack.


For an informal discussion about this position, please contact: Helen Heanes at or call 0300 300 5344


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


Safeguarding (For DBS posts only): Central Bedfordshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees, volunteers and contractors to share this commitment. This post is subject to the disclosure of criminal records. 

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 require assistance to apply for our roles, help with writing your CV, interview techniques or careers advice please contact our team of careers advisors at Our service is confidential, impartial and free for all.

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