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Planning Information Officer

Employer
Staffordshire County Council
Location
Stafford
Salary
£27803 - £31364
Closing date
28 Jun 2024
Reference
staffscc/TP/25730/2123

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Sector
Local Councils
Job Type
Planning
Contract Type
Permanent
Working Pattern
Standard
Hours
Full-Time

Job Details

Are you passionate about shaping the future of your community? Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment where no two days are the same? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you!

The Planning Team at Staffordshire County Council plays a crucial role in managing planning applications for new developments, including quarries, waste sites, and County Council projects (such as schools and roads). We’re also responsible for maintaining our Minerals and Waste Plans, which guide our decision-making process.

Main Responsibilities

As a key member of our team, you’ll provide essential administrative and technical support to our Development Control and Planning Policy officers. Your tasks will include:

  • Using Microsoft 365 based applications (including Outlook, Word, Excel, Teams, One Drive and SharePoint), and our planning software system ‘APAS’.
  • Checking applications and recording and managing the fees, details, documents and plans using SharePoint and APAS.
  • Preparing consultation emails, neighbour letters, site and press notices.
  • Managing the reports sent to the Planning Committee Clerk.
  • Recording and issuing decisions by notifying the relevant parties.
  • Completing government statistical returns on a quarterly basis.
  • Providing advice to applicants, Councillors and the general public.
The Ideal Candidate

To excel in this role, you’ll need:

  • Very good organisational skills as well as experience of learning new ways of working and new IT systems
  • Good communication skills because you’ll interact with people in the team, across the organisation and externally by phone, Microsoft Teams, in person and email, and some of them may not understand the planning process
  • Confidence, energy, an appreciation of the importance of attention to detail, and that you are analytical with bias for action.
  • A flexible approach to work as sometimes priorities can change at short notice e.g. when we need to get a decision out on time.
  • Self-motivated and conscientious as you may be expected to work alone to get your job done.

We offer a flexible blend of office and remote work. Most team members split their time approximately 50:50, allowing for an optimal work-life balance. During the initial training period, you’ll work from the office, ensuring a smooth transition. Afterward, regular office attendance will be required for tasks like checking mail and printing letters and notices.

For an informal discussion about this role or other planning opportunities, reach out to julie.castree-denton@staffordshire.gov.uk  (01785 277293). 

About Staffordshire County Council

We are no ordinary county council:

Our Values:

The core of who we are as an organisation. Just like we all have personal values that shape our thoughts and behaviour, organisational values drive how we think and act collectively.

Our values were created and shaped by colleague feedback and national best practice and they sit at the heart of People Strategy:

We have a real sense of community spirit that brings our people together. This feeling of belonging means we are all connected to what we do and take pride in the difference we make every day for Staffordshire people. We are ambitious and our sights are set firmly on a better future.

We look forward and race ahead - that goes for your career too. 

Our benefits:

We recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive working environment where employees can achieve their full potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance. 

In addition to your salary, as a member of staff, you will have access to Our rewards and benefits - Careers at Staffordshire

Our recruitment process:

As an Authority we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Staffordshire County Council is an equal opportunities organisation and Disability Confident employer. We encourage applications from all background and communities

As part of our commitment as a Disability Confident employer, a Gold Award Armed Forces employer and our commitment to supporting care leavers - we offer a guaranteed interview as long as your application meets the minimum criteria for the post. 

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