Highways Engineer (Development Manager
Highways Engineer (Development Management)
£29,323 - £31,601 per annum
37 hours per weekAs a member of the Highways Development Control Team, and as part of the approach to the provision of multi-disciplinary technical advice to support and drive the delivery of growth, you will provide highways and transport input to all stages of new developments, including the assessment of the impact of new development on the highway, approving new housing and industrial development highway layouts and securing S106 funding to ensure that the Council fulfils all of its statutory obligations as highway authority for all new development. You will embed a proactive approach to the handling of pre-application advice and subsequent planning application consultation to identify issues and suggest solutions in order to deliver commercial growth and residential growth across the borough.
The post holder will advise Members, senior officers, internal/external organisations and individuals on the Council’s statutory obligations regarding the Council’s highway development control functions and give advice on required changes to policy or procedures relating to Highways Development Control.
To use professional judgement and appropriate tools such as transport assessments and transport models where appropriate to provide advice on the highway impacts of proposed developments from small scale residential developments to planning applications for medium scale mixed use and residential developments, explain the potential impact of new development and secure reasonable and appropriate improvements to mitigate impact on the highway network.
To ensure that all relevant national and local planning and transport policies, regulations and design standards are taken into consideration when considering the highway impacts of new development.
Proactively encourage, instigate and participate in pre-application discussions with developers in order to assist in the development of sustainable residential streets and industrial developments in accordance with relevant design guides.
To work with Development Control Engineers, planning staff, senior managers, elected Members, town and parish councils to provide professional advice and explain the potential impact of new development and secure reasonable and appropriate improvements to mitigate impact on the highway network.
To negotiate and agree legal agreements related to the highway impacts and required improvements for small to medium sized proposed developments, to secure S.106 contributions typically to values up to £1,000,000 towards transport infrastructure improvements.
To undertake detailed technical assessment of development related highway works proposed for agreement under S.38 and S.278 of the Highways Act, 1980 and use professional judgement and other resources as appropriate to review and approve designs by third parties for making alterations or additions to the borough’s highway network.
To arrange for the supervision of third party developers and contractors on site to ensure all works are constructed to approved designs ensuring that the Council can formally adopt works as part of the highway following construction.
To work with Neighbourhood & Customer Services to maximise opportunities from development and ensure that infrastructure delivery is aligned with the Council’s key highway strategies and related priorities as appropriate.
To evaluate transport assessments and to contribute to the wider promotion of sustainable transport in Telford & Wrekin and in liaison with Neighbourhood & Customer Services, secure where appropriate travel plans submitted in support of planning applications.
Prepare briefs and commission work from consultants and other Council teams as appropriate.
Provide information to keep the Council’s records of adopted highways up to date.
The role will involve working closely with elected members, other council teams including planning policy and corporate policy staff, to ensure that transport and highway improvements arising from development support Council priorities, and development plan documents under the Local Plan.
The Post holder will have:
A degree in Civil Engineering (or related subject) or significant experience of working in a highway development control role.
Membership of a professional body (such as the Chartered Institute of Highways & Transportation) would be an advantage
Knowledge of national and local planning and transport policies, procedures, regulations and legislation
Significant knowledge of design standards for highways and how to assess impact of proposed developments
Significant knowledge of the planning process
Significant knowledge of the requirements of legal agreements relating to work on the highway
Practical knowledge of highway construction
Significant experience in reviewing and assessing the impact of development on the highway
Significant experience of working within the planning system
Significant experience in making recommendations to senior managers and elected Members
Experience in managing budgets
Significant experience of securing highway related legal agreements
Experience of supervising and approving work undertaken by external consultants and contractors
Please note employees who are at risk will be considered first for this position. Only if an appointment is not made will other candidates be considered.
Please complete the online application form as CVs will not be accepted.
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