Horsham District Council are looking for a Planning Compliance Officer to investigate alleged breaches of planning control in the Planning Compliance Team, which forms part of the wider Development & Building Control department. Horsham is a busy Local Planning Authority and we have an adopted Local Enforcement Plan which sets out Horsham District Council’s policy for the enforcement of planning control within the district. We receive approximately 600 cases each year to investigate, ranging from household extensions; Gypsy and Traveller cases; barn conversions, change of use, commercial and compliance with major housing schemes.
As a Planning Compliance Officer, you will take ownership of a large number of cases of alleged breaches of planning control, undertaking an investigation and site visit, and initially working with the owner to seek to rectify the breach of planning control where appropriate, without the need for formal action.
To succeed as a Planning Compliance Officer you will be able to manage your own case load and ensure complaints and breaches are investigated and resolved within Department timescales, and all parties are updated, using the Council’s IT system including the use of an electronic document management system. Experience of investigative work and analysis along with good negotiation skills are an important part of the role, as well as being able to communicate with a range of people from different backgrounds, including ethnic, social and professional, both verbally and in writing.
For an informal discussion about this role please call Madeleine Hartley, Planning Compliance Team Leader on 01403 215168.
Horsham District Council encourages and supports their employees to have a healthy work life balance by supporting their professional development as well as offering 27 days’ (199.8 hours) annual leave plus bank holidays (pro-rata), a generous benefits package and an online platform offering discounts from online retailers. Staff are eligible to join a contributory pension scheme where the Council contributes 20% of pensionable salary. The Council also provides reimbursement for professional subscriptions and access to a car lease scheme. Most of our office-based roles have the potential for hybrid working, we are currently trialling a 50/50 home/office working model, subject to review.
If you would like to apply for the role, we highly recommend you show clearly within the ‘Experience Section’ of the application form how you meet the essential criteria detailed within the Role Profile when applying. If you do not make this clear, it is unlikely you will be shortlisted for interview.