Planning Enforcement Officer
Malvern Hills District Council is a great place to work, with high levels of resident satisfaction and motivated staff who enjoy working with us. Located in South Worcestershire the district boasts a beautiful natural environment, a rich heritage and plenty to do and see. Malvern Hills District is also ranked in the top 20 best rural places to live in the UK.
We pride ourselves on being a progressive organisation and spend our time and energy on what we know matters to our residents and communities – things like creating jobs, keeping the streets clean, helping people feel safe and preventing homelessness.
Our staff are at the heart of what we do, and as a result we are always looking to recruit, develop and retain the very best talent we can find. That's why, as well as a satisfying job, we offer a range of attractive benefits, such as flexible working arrangements, generous holiday entitlements, a pension scheme, plenty of opportunities for personal development, and discounted gym membership.
We share a Chief Executive and a joint management team with Wychavon District Council. Whilst they retain their own political structures and distinct identities, the joint management structure allows us to maximise the opportunity to deliver a wide range of good value services to our customers and communities, and operate and develop shared services and partnership arrangements with each other and with other councils.
Planning Enforcement Officers (Two Posts)
£26,511 - £30,451 per annum
37 hours per week
Malvern Hills District Council seeks a Planning Enforcement Officer to join its proactive and customer focussed development management service to handle a variety of planning enforcement investigations.
We are seeking a self motivated and enthusiastic individual who is looking for a varied role investigating alleged breaches of planning control, ensuring compliance with planning conditions and section 106 legal agreements and ensuring that developers deliver what they promise.
Planning or other relevant investigatory experience is essential, along with excellent organisational and communication skills and computer literacy.
The post holder will be responsible for maintaining records on developments where breaches of planning control have occurred, to monitor these sites and negotiate with developers and/or landowners to ensure future compliance. You will prepare cases where formal enforcement action is to be taken (in consultation with the Council’s legal advisors) where breaches of planning control cannot otherwise be resolved. You will be required to provide high quality planning advice to applicants, members of the public, parish and town councils and elected members of the district council.
The successful applicant will be expected to have an up to date knowledge of current planning enforcement legislation with regard to establishing whether development is being carried out without the necessary planning permission, where planning conditions are being breached and/or whether planning obligations are not being complied with.
The candidate we are looking for will have:
- Relevant planning enforcement or other similar experience of a regulatory nature
- Experience of dealing with people in sensitive and, at times, confrontational situations
- Ability to undertake site visits to remote rural locations (essential)
- Educated to at least ‘A’ level standard
- Good IT skills
- Good oral and written communication
- Knowledge of planning law and practice
- Experience of Police and Criminal Evidence (PACE) procedures and interviewing
Location: Although the main base is at the Civic Centre in Pershore the successful applicant will also be expected to work from offices at The Council House in Malvern depending on the operational needs of the joint enforcement service. Further information will be given at the interview.
If you would like an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Paul Clements – Planning Enforcement Team Leader on. 01684 862461or Duncan Rudge – Head of Planning Services on 01684 862318.
Closing date: Sunday 31 October 2021
Interview date: Wednesday 10 November 2021