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:
- Degree or equivalent qualification in Town Planning, Geography or a related subject.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about this role please contact either:
Charlotte Atkins – Deputy Service Manager - Development Management
tel. 01905 722105 or email email@example.com
or Paul Round Service Manager - Development Management
tel. 01905 722198 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 17th December 2023
Interview date: 11th January 2023