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Principal Planning Officer (DM)
  • Employer: East Hertfordshire District Council
  • Reference: EHERT/18/81999
  • Published: Fri 23/11/2018, 12:50 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 17/12/2018, 17:00 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: Grade 9 - 10, up to £42,443 (inclusive of local weighting),
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Hertfordshire

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Principal Planning Officer (DM)

As a Principal Planning Officer in our DM team you would be dealing with a caseload of our more complex and major planning applications.  Following the recent adoption of our Local Plan, there are a range of exciting and challenging development proposals coming forward.  These include residential, commercial and regeneration development in our town centres.  You would be looking to achieve solutions to often complex development issues. 

The Council has adopted a master planning approach to the development of significant sites and it is likely that you would be taking the lead in relation to the delivery of at least one of these sites.  This is an exciting time to join the Council and gain experience across a range of development types.

You would work with colleagues to ensure that the workload of the team is delivered.  You would also guide, mentor and develop more junior staff, signing off their work and ensuring that good quality output is achieved to demanding targets. 

Some of the key responsibilities include: 

  • responsible for a case load of complex, generally major planning, and related applications, including pre-application submissions across the district which can raise extensive issues
  • proactively managing their case load, project managing and being responsible for all stages from initial assessment, through to committee reporting, legal agreements, conditions and appeals
  • presenting their case work to decision making committees and in other public for a
  • applying their professional judgement, seeking to ensure that development of the highest quality is secured, meeting policy and corporate objectives, delivering in accordance with corporate aspirations, place shaping and creating quality new places
  • taking a proactive approach to identifying and resolving problems thatarise in the course of the work. 

About You 

This role would suit a candidate who has experience of development management work, probably at the senior officer level.  You would be confident leading complex development projects, working with a range of stakeholders to ensure that development solutions are achieved.  You would be a good team player, contributing to the team and supporting the development of more junior staff. 

An ideal candidate will have: 

  • A first degree and post graduate qualification in town and country planning or a related discipline.
  • Experience of dealing with a range of planning application types.
  • Ability to coach, mentor and develop staff
  • Detailed technical knowledge of the relevant legislation and regulations.
  • excellent communication skills with an ability to relate to all customers, dealing with difficult and challenging circumstances on occasion 

About East Herts 

We are consistently rated as amongst the best areas in the country to live, with excellent schools and healthcare, a huge array of green space, beautiful waterways, unique market towns and picturesque villages.  We also enjoy high levels of employment and a diverse local economy. 

The vision of the Council is to provide East Hertfordshire residents and businesses with a future that is prosperous and sustainable. In order to achieve this, a number of strategic objectives have been developed, which allow the Council in conjunction with its many partners to focus on the key issues that concern the residents of East Hertfordshire. 

Whatever their role, everyone contributes to delivering great services to our local community. Our vision is to preserve the unique character of East Herts and ensure it remains one of the best places to live and work. To accomplish this, our focus is to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities, enhance the quality of people's lives and enable a flourishing local economy. 

Our team is at the very heart of our council – we recognise that together with our elected members, we make the difference to our local communities. We are dedicated to staff development and individual success within a team framework. To help our staff deliver, we provide a supportive work environment, development opportunities and work to help everyone achieve their potential, whilst enjoying a positive work-life balance. 

Benefits of working for us 

  • A variety of flexible working options available, including part-time working, job share, compressed hours and home working
  • Flexi-time scheme
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Local Government pension scheme
  • Generous  annual leave
  • A range of discounts including high street retailers and local leisure centres
  • Professional environment where your career path really matters and your development is supported by the organisation
  • Flexible and supportive team 

As part of our Green Travel agenda we actively encourage employees to explore more economical and eco-friendly means of travel to work, e.g. public transport, cycle, walk or car share, and support this through a number of initiatives such as Liftshare. 

How to apply

For an informal discussion regarding this role, please contact: 

Liz Aston, Service Manager on 01992 531570 

Closing date:  Monday 17 December at 5pm.  CVs will not be accepted. 

If you do not hear from us within 2 weeks of the closing date please assume that your application has not been successful. 

If your application has been successful, the recruiting manager will contact you to invite you to an interview.  We hope you enjoy the process and look forward to making contact with you very soon. 

EHC is an equal opportunity employer committed to embracing a diverse and inclusive work environment. We aim to attract and retain the best people regardless of their gender, marital/parental status, ethnic origin, nationality, age, background, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.