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Graduate Planning Officer (ADC625)
  • Location:
    Nottinghamshire
  • Date Posted:
    15 May 2019
  • Advertising End Date:
    02 Jun 2019
  • Vacancy Type:
    Graduate
This is an online application only, please do not press 'Apply' button.
To apply, please visit: https://www.mansfieldandashfieldjobs.co.uk/
 
£21,589 - £23,836 pa, plus casual car user payments where necessary

Ashfield District Council has an opportunity available for a Graduate Planning Officer to work within Forward Planning and Development Management sections of Planning & Regulatory Services. Based in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, you will join us on a full time, permanent basis and in return we will offer you a competitive salary of £21,589 - £23,836 per annum plus casual car user payment as necessary.

As one of the largest employers in the area we offer a wide range of services across the district including housing and assets, waste and  environment, community protection, environmental health, planning and customer services to name just a few.

The Graduate Planning Officer role
You will be required to assist with the preparation of statutory planning documents and the development and implementation of environmental and other physical and community-based improvement projects, as well as the processing of householder and minor planning applications and associated planning matters.

Our Graduate Planning Officer will alternate every six months, working within in each section.

You will be responsible for carrying out site inspections providing planning advice to the public and writing reports. You will also be a key player in delivering a proactive planning service in the district.

Our ideal Graduate Planning Officer
Knowledge of planning policy and legislation are essential to the role. We are looking for a confident and self-motivated professional with excellent communication skills.


Job Description

Post title Graduate Planning Officer
Grade D
Department Place and Communities
Post ref PB5350

Overall job purpose
To support delivery of the work priorities of the Forward Planning and Development Management Sections. Time will be spent in all areas of planning to develop experience.

Reporting relationships
Reports to: Development Team Manager
Responsible for: N/A

Key tasks and responsibilities – post specific
  • Assist with the preparation of statutory planning documents principally including the Local Plan and other study and strategy documents.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of environmental and other physical and community based improvement projects.
  • Carrying out site visits, surveys and studies.
  • Involvement in the writing and preparation of reports and other strategies/plans produced by the Section.
  • Analysis and presentation of statistical information and developing and updating databases.
  • Assisting with community consultation, publicity and other documents produced by the Section including preparation of maps and plans particularly using GIS.
  • Validation, registration and processing of householder and minor planning applications and associated planning matters, including pre-application advice to appeals, to meet both national and local Performance Indicators, and including the negotiation of added value, to deliver sustainable, well designed and quality development to the social, economic and environmental benefit of the District.
  • Provision of front line planning advice, particularly through the ‘duty planner’ role, to the public, MP’s, elected members, professionals, developers, Parish Council’s, interest groups.
  • Preparation of recommendations, including both delegated and Planning Committee reports.
  • To liaise with the Enforcement and Compliance Officer in relation to planning approvals and breaches of planning control and attendance at Court Hearings and Tribunals as required.
  • Responding to customer complaints and assistance in Ombudsman matters.
  • To undertake any other duties, which may from time to time, be reasonably directed by the Team Manager or Planning & Building Control Manager

Key tasks and responsibilities – corporate
  • Operate according to the Council’s corporate values and codes of behaviour.
  • Ensure at all times all Health & Safety legislation requirements are met and that the Council’s Health & Safety Policy, its arrangements and procedures are implemented. This includes, where applicable, taking responsibility for personal health and safety and having regard to other persons affected by the performance of the duties of the post; ensuring that risk management objectives are delivered and other risk management activities effectively implemented and monitored. 
  • Exercise proper care in handling, operating or safeguarding any equipment, vehicle or appliance provided, used or issued for the performance of the duties of the post.
  • Have a commitment to and understanding of the Council’s approach to equality and diversity and promote and deliver fair, sensitive and quality services. 
  • Comply with all relevant Council policies and procedures including financial regulations, code of conduct, HR policies / procedures, Data Protection, Freedom of Information Act and ICT Codes of Practice.
  • Adhere to relevant working practices, methods and procedures and undertake relevant training and development as required and respond positively to new and alternative ways of working.
  • Carry out any other reasonable duties and responsibilities commensurate with the grade and level of responsibility of the post.
  • Engage with digital models of service delivery and support the implementation of digital working methods.
  • Manage and / or use resources in ways that ensure value for money and supporting the commercialism agenda.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the delivery of excellent service for all customers and service users.
Person Specification

Competencies
Please refer to the relevant competency framework for more information about the behaviour descriptors for each competency.  All competencies within the relevant framework are applicable to the post and the ones that have prioritised for recruitment are detailed below.

Competency framework relevant to the post: Employee 
Seeing the big picture: Application Form/Interview
Changing, learning and improving: Application Form/Interview
Communication: Application Form/Interview
Team working: Application Form/Interview

Skills

Essential / Desirable

Assessment

Good interpersonal and communication

Essential

Interview

Good customer care

Essential

Application Form/ Interview/Test

Good organisation

Essential

Application Form/ Interview/Test

Accurate report writing and presentation

Essential

Application Form/ Test

Reading, interpret and understanding plans

Essential

Application Form/ Test


Knowledge

Essential / Desirable

Assessment

Planning Legislation

Essential

Application Form/Interview

Knowledge of Land use planning and /or environmental/physical/community based improvement projects

Essential

Application Form/Interview

User knowledge of ICT Microsoft products

Essential

Application Form/Test

Experience

Essential / Desirable

Assessment

Working in a planning environment

Desirable

Application Form/Interview

Working in a customer facing environment

Desirable

Application Form/Interview


Qualifications

Essential / Desirable

Evidence

2 A Levels, grade C or higher, or equivalent level of educational attainment. 

Essential

 

Application Form/Certificates

Working towards or having attained a Town and Country Planning Degree (or related discipline)

Essential

Application Form/Certificates

 

Additional information / other requirements of the post

  • The postholder is eligible for casual car user allowance.
  • Thepost involves driving and so the postholder will be required to undertake relevant DVLA licence checks.
  • The employee will be required to work out of normal working hours / attend evening meetings / work weekends and / or bank holidays as part of their role.


Date produced / last amended: May 2018


How to apply:
This is an online application only, please do not press 'Apply' button.
To apply, please visit: https://www.mansfieldandashfieldjobs.co.uk/

Canvassing of Members of the Council (directly or indirectly) for any appointment shall disqualify the candidate for that appointment. Applicants should disclose if they are related to a Member or Officer of the Authority.

Closing date: 2nd June, 2019
Interview date: W/C 10th June, 2019

Ashfield District Council is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the Community. 

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