We Are St Helens Borough Council Located in the heart of the Northwest close to Liverpool, Manchester and Lancashire, St Helens is a transformational Council which is passionate and ambitious for the communities we support. We provide a wide range of local authority services to the residents, businesses, schools, and visitors to the borough. We can only do this because of our highly valued, highly skilled workforce.
Working together, our workplace vision and values guide our organisation, and the contribution of our workforce is key to our culture journey. Employees with us receive a wide range of benefits including well-being in work, financial benefits, ways of working and learning and development support.
Making A Difference as a Team Manager - Enforcement within the Planning & Regeneration Service.
We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly-motivated individual with proven planning experience to join our progressive Planning service.
We’ve got a great opportunity for someone to play a key role in our Planning Enforcement team. Working in a Borough that faces a diverse range of Planning challenges you will be responsible for leading the Council’s duties in respect of all planning enforcement matters whilst managing our team of Enforcement Officers.
With specific and recent experience of enforcement and investigation procedures, you will be responsible for leading the implementation of Planning Enforcement processes and procedures within the Borough, being responsible for leading on the most complex and controversial enforcement cases across the whole borough.
With at least 5 years previous experience of dealing with complex and sensitive compliance and enforcement issues, you will be responsible for responding to enforcement complaints and breaches of planning control; assessing them against policy and other material planning considerations to formulate recommendations. You will advise senior officers and be expected to work closely with Councillors and the community on planning enforcement issues within their areas.
As an experienced officer who can hit the ground running, you will be adept at giving evidence in Court and/or Public Inquiries, and you will need to have strong negotiation skills with the ability to negotiate on all forms of development proposals.
You will also be a strong team player, with good inter-personal and communication skills including experience of dealing with the public and difficult customers. You should be self-motivated and have a flexible attitude towards work as some visits may be required outside of normal office hours. A driving licence with use of your own car is essential.
This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual wanting to gain a wide breadth of experience across a wide range of planning issues and to be involved with a progressive and innovative team aiming to make a significant difference to the quality of life for those living and working within the Borough.
Working for St Helens, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your skills and experience within an organisation that prides itself on supporting its staff. We encourage all types of vocational and technical training & qualifications, including management and leadership programmes.
Interested to Find Out More?
If this sounds like your kind of challenge and you want to be part of our dynamic team, we’d love to hear from you.
You are also welcome to contact us for a chat before applying by emailing Kieran Birch, Head of Planning at Kieranbirch@sthelens.gov.uk.
Please note we reserve the right to close the advert early should we receive a sufficient number of applications and encourage you to apply early, to avoid disappointment.
Equality & Diversity
St Helens Council respects and values the individuality that every employee brings. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, who share our values, our commitment to inclusion, and who will help us on our journey to transform our organisation. Further information about Equality & Diversity at St Helens Council can be found here https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/equality.
St Helens Council is a Disability Confident Employer. Disability Confident Employers lead the way in helping to take action that changes attitudes, behaviours, and cultures for the better.
NOLAN Principles of Conduct in Public Life.
All Council employees are required to abide by the ethical standards embodied by the 7 Nolan Principles: Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty, and Leadership.