Assistant Planning Enforcement Officer

Worcester City Council
£27,803 to £30,296 per annum
Closing date
17 Dec 2023

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Full time permanent
Working Pattern
Flexible hours

Job Details

It is a very exciting time to join Worcester City Council as we move forward with our ambitious plans for the city.

We are passionate about our city and committed to seeking excellence in everything we do. We want to make Worcester an even more vibrant and dynamic place to live, work and visit. Worcester offers a high quality of life with award winning parks, excellent university and schools and diverse range of shops and restaurants. The city enjoys a strong sporting reputation based on topflight cricket, rugby and basketball clubs and a centrally located racecourse.

To deliver our aspirations for the city, to meet high levels of housing need including affordable housing, provide new employment space, new and improved infrastructure and community facilities all whilst protecting and enhancing the environment and adapting to climate change, we need talented planning professionals working with us to help make this happen.

As an organisation not only are we progressive and innovative but we also offer a very supportive environment for our staff where they are encouraged to develop their skills and take full advantage of every opportunity, to grow and make the most of their talents.

If you can match our ambitions and want to share in our vision to make Worcester even more vibrant and dynamic we really would love to hear from you.

Benefits to you:

  • Flexible working hours,
  • Agile/remote working arrangements,
  • Generous Local Government Pension Scheme,
  • Support for training and professional development,
  • Benefits package incl. subsidised leisure facilities, discounts for national stores,
  • Offices within a five minutes’ walk from train station

Assistant Planning Enforcement Officer

Do you have:

  • experience of working in a local government enforcement officer role (planning or other related service) and
  • a demonstrated ability to efficiently and effectively manage a varied caseload of enforcement complaints, or
  • the key skills, academic achievements and ambition to be capable of doing so?

We are looking for someone who is organised, pays attention to detail as a committed team player, who also has a passion for the built and natural environment to join our team.

To successfully fulfil the duties of this role you will need to have excellent verbal and written communication skills, the ability to negotiate in challenging situations, being clearly focussed on delivering high quality customer service whilst maintaining professional standards and the Council’s reputation. 

You will be working directly with our Planning Enforcement Officer and within our team of Planning Officers, who will support and mentor you in your professional development.

The key requirements for this role are:

  1. Degree or equivalent qualification in Town Planning, Geography or a related subject.
  2. Some experience in a planning or enforcement related occupation is desirable.

You will be responsible for managing a varied caseload of complaints, through every stage of the planning enforcement process - from reviewing plans and legal documents, understanding a site’s planning history, relevant regulations and planning law, communicating effectively, inspecting sites, keeping accurate records, making appropriate recommendations for action in written reports and, where appropriate, drafting and serving notices.

You will need to demonstrate that you have the necessary skills and experience to be able to effectively manage your time and caseload, including prioritising and negotiating, to ensure that we deliver high quality outcomes. You should be able to demonstrate an understanding the purpose and importance of planning enforcement, its legislative and policy context along how this relates to the Development Management service and the Council’s wider functions.  An appreciation of heritage protection in an urban context will also be an advantage. 


We welcome applications from all sections of the community and we would like to help you shine during this process. So if you need any assistance with applying, for example an alternative format for your application or an interview via MS Teams, please contact the Recruitment team on

For more information about this role please contact either:

Charlotte Atkins – Deputy Service Manager - Development Management

tel. 01905 722105 or email

or Paul Round Service Manager - Development Management

tel. 01905 722198 or email

Closing date: 17th December 2023

Interview date: 11th January 2023

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From Monday 11th December an exciting change is happening for us as an organisation - we will be implementing a new system which will improve your candidate experience! To access your candidate portal for our new system, head to 

If you have an application in progress with us on, or after, Monday 11th December – don’t worry, this will continue as it normally would and there will be no impact on your application or the process. More information on our new and improved system will be coming soon, so keep an eye on the WMJobs help pages

Why choose Us?

This is an exciting time to join Worcester City Council!

We may not be a large local authority but we still have ambitious plans, including the development of our historic and beautiful city, increasing tourism and driving economic vibrancy.

Working for Us

Worcester City Council is always on the lookout for talented individuals, who want to make a real difference to our city and can help us to continue building on our success.

We are committed to seeking excellence in everything we do, including smarter ways of working and enhancing employee wellbeing.  We have moved away from traditional ways of working for the majority of our roles, towards hybrid working, including home working, hot desking and flexitime.

By encouraging better work-life balance, we gain a healthy, happy, engaged and thriving workforce, who then deliver meaningful outcomes for Worcester.

We will offer You

  • You will normally work a 37-hour week (although we have part time roles too). Annual leave starts at 26 days and rising to 31 days after 5 years' service, in addition to paid public holidays.
  • A generous flexitime scheme (where applicable) that can accrue an additional two days off per month
  • An additional fixed day off over the Christmas period and you can purchase up to 5 additional days' holiday per year.
  • Incremental pay increases within your grade, alongside any national pay awards.
  • Flexible working options including working from home and the right to request a variance in weekly hours and/or a reduction in hours.
  • Our valued Local Government Pension Scheme, where on average we contribute two thirds’ costs to an employee’s one third costs, with tax relief on these contributions, as well as protecting your family on your death You also have the option to exchange part of your pension for a tax-free cash sum on retirement.
  • We want you to develop and thrive in your role so we will invest in your training and professional development, including any required professional subscriptions.
  • A wide-ranging benefits platform, making your salary stretch further, with money-saving deals on your weekly groceries, high street retailers, technology purchases, holidays and luxury items, all accessible via an App on your personal devices.
  • A long service award.

Supporting Your Wellbeing

  • A free and confidential employee assistance programme (EAP), available 24 hours, to aid your work life balance.
  • Time off given for volunteering, for the benefit of Worcester.
  • Heavily subsidised leisure activities at the Council’s gyms and swimming pools (seven centres across Worcestershire).
  • Cycle to work schemes
  • Access to electric bikes for travel between sites
  • Free eye tests for visual display users and seasonal flu jabs
  • Enhanced family friendly policies and enhanced sick pay.
Company info
01905 722233
Worcester City Council
The Guildhall
High Street
United Kingdom

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