Town Planner/Planning Officer

Friargate One
£22183 - £27741
07 Sep 2021
25 Sep 2021
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Resourcing Team
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Development Management is a team within the Planning service area in Coventry City Council which supports the growth of the city and manages development from inception to delivery. 

As a high performing planning department, we deal with a wide range of applications.  We are a dynamic and forward thinking team with a can-do approach and are always striving to improve our service.  We recognise the importance of developing a strong, robust and resilient team through learning and development.  The Enforcement team sits within the wider Development Management team and strives to proactively manage and monitor development in the city to ensure compliance is achieved. 

Alongside Development Management within the Planning service area is the Planning Policy and Environment team which encompasses a number of individual but related specialisms all focussed on delivering a city for those wishing to live and work here.  Those specialisms include Strategic Planning, Ecology, Trees and Landscape, Urban Design, Conservation, Archaeology and Environmental Protection. 

Our Values

It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation. 


Our Values are:

What is the job role?

We are looking to recruit two Town Planners to deliver a high-quality Development Management service in a way that contributes to the achievement of the City Council’s vision and objectives for a growing and sustainable city.

As a Town Planner you will provide an efficient and effective customer focussed professional planning service to support the sustainable growth and regeneration of the City. 

The main duties and responsibilities of the role include (but are not limited to):

  • Processing planning applications in accordance with the requirements of planning legislation, Government and Council planning policies and to meet the key objectives of the Council
  • To deal with pre-application enquiries and other communications regarding the professional activity of the Service in line with protocol and in a constructive, helpful and timely manner.
  • To process planning appeals through written representations.
  • Provide a Development Management advice service to the Public, Elected Members, other Council Directorates, stakeholders.
Who are we looking for?

Do you hold a degree or equivalent in Town Planning or a related discipline?

Do you have a knowledge of town planning practice and processes and looking to start your professional career in Development Management?

Are you eligible or working towards membership of the RTPI?

We are looking for Planning Officers who have a passion for planning and who are looking to work in a professional planning role in a diverse and dynamic Planning Team, dealing with a range of applications and delivering excellent customer service. 

To be considered for these roles you must be eligible or working towards membership of the RTPI; and hold a valid full UK driving licence to travel around the city to undertake site visits.

You will have knowledge around local, regional and national planning trends and issues. As well as the ability to interpret national policy, legislation and guidance and translate into local implementation and appropriate local responses.

We are looking for someone who can work efficiently and effectively in a fast-paced team, with opportunities for training and further career development. When applying for this role you will be asked to write a personal statement, when writing your personal statement please set out why you feel you would be well suited to the role and include examples of where you have provided excellent customer service and where you have prioritised your workload to meet tight timescales.

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

Interview date(s):  Week beginning 4th October 2021

Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!
There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.
We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.
As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.
Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 

For full details on the application process please read the attached document labelled Coventry CC Application process.

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