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Planning Compliance Officer × 2

Manchester City Council
Manchester, Greater Manchester
£26,975 to £30,095(bar at £29,174) per annum
Closing date
15 Jul 2022

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“This is Manchester – we do things differently here.”

“It’s a city that has a fantastic track record of reinventing itself, being at the forefront of change, of thinking through innovative solutions to complex problems,” Joanne Roney, Chief Executive

Manchester is not just recovering from the pandemic, we are reinventing what a post-pandemic city is, re-drawing the lines between living in the city, working, shopping, going out and having fun.

The Development Compliance Team investigates breaches of planning control, these being building work and changes of use where no planning permission has been granted; although our work is not limited to just those two areas. Through the collection and collation of evidence, together with the examination, processing and evaluation of complaints, you will work as part of a team and contribute to the performance objectives of the Planning service. Can you bring us the technical knowledge, experience, agility and innovation we need to get this done?

We are looking to recruit to two Planning Compliance Officers. Each role will provide the opportunity of working with varying issues, both in and out of the office where you will need to demonstrate considerable initiative and professional judgement. Working closely with Planning Officers, Building Control Surveyors and Neighbourhood Officers, you will help to ensure that development in Manchester is carried out in accordance with approved plans and where appropriate, purse more formal action when development takes place without the necessary planning permission. You will need to be able to read and interpret technical documents, drawings and legislation in order to carryout accurate site survey work.

You will be required to collect evidence to a standard needed to pursue criminal prosecution, serve enforcement and other Related notices, together with presenting evidence as the Councils expert witness at Public Inquiries, Hearings or at the Magistrates Court and higher Courts where necessary.

You will hold a recognised Town Planning qualification or have good knowledge and experience of working in a Development Management or Town Planning enforcement/compliance function.

Your ability to handle situations with tact and diplomacy, especially where emotions sometimes run high, together with excellent organisational and administrative skills, will each be key to the achievement and challenge of these roles.

For informal enquiries only, please contact Adam Neil, Development Compliance Manager on 0161 234 4531.

This post is a designated Essential Car User. Therefore you must hold a full valid driving licence at all times and provide your own car for use at work. You will receive the Essential Car User Allowance.

This post is also subject to satisfactory references and other pre-employment checks where applicable.

As a fixed base worker, you would work from specific locations. This could be because you use specialist equipment or because you work with the public from a fixed location. You may work from more than one fixed location and you would usually have a dedicated workspace or team area. Your hours and times of work may be more flexible depending on the type of role you have.

The Council has a number of IT systems and secure email accounts that are part of the Government's Public Services Network (PSN). In 2014, the Cabinet Office introduced a minimum level of security screening for all staff that have access to any IT systems which form part of the Public Services Network. This security screening is called the Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS). This check involves verification of identity; nationality and immigration status; employment history (past 3 years) and criminal record.

This post is subject to BPSS checks. You will therefore be required to consent to and comply with BPSS checking requirements prior to commencing in this post which includes applying for a Basic Disclosure check.

Manchester City Council is committed to giving fair support to members of the Armed Forces and veterans, whilst recognising and remembering the sacrifices they have made. The aim of The Armed Forces Covenant is to ensure that the Armed Forces and veterans are not disadvantaged, when applying for vacancies with Manchester City Council. Armed Forces and veterans will be guaranteed an interview where they meet the Minimum requirements for the role.

Manchester City Council values equality and works to provide a fair and inclusive environment for a workforce that is as diverse as the communities it serves. We want to further increase the diversity of our workforce, in particular the number of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and disabled staff at all levels of the Council. This advert is open to all applicants, and we would particularly welcome applications from candidates identifying with one or both of those characteristics.

If you require any adjustments to be able to engage in the recruitment process for this role, please let us know by emailing .


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