Senior Planning Officer - Full Time

Enfield Borough Council
31 Mar 2018
28 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Enfield is a dynamic and progressive London Borough with excellent links to the city and central areas as well as Hertfordshire and Essex. Situated along the strategically important London - Stansted corridor, exciting times are ahead as we look to deliver growth through a range of development opportunities. This ambitious growth agenda includes Meridian Water where upwards of 12000 new homes and 5000 jobs will be created and we are also well placed to maximize growth opportunities of Crossrail 2 for the Borough.

The Council has its own ambitious agenda for regeneration, including a number of significant estate regeneration schemes and together with several emerging urban regeneration projects, is keen to promote sustainable development which provides housing and jobs for local residents.

Managing this to deliver optimal growth of the highest design standard is the key challenge and the Development Management Service has been strengthened to realise developments which make a positive contribution to the Borough, its people and environment. The Design Review Panel currently being established will help to deliver high quality development to the Borough.

These are rewarding roles which are key to the performance of the Service and the successful regeneration of the Borough with emphasis placed on the delivery of high quality outcomes through a coordinated approach to the assessment of development proposals. You will also have excellent focus on customer service and you will need to be confident in dealing with applicants and their agents, Councilors and residents.

You will have the opportunity to experience a wide range of development given the make up of the Borough which includes 22 conservation areas, over 450 listed buildings, and significant areas of green belt, and industrial land.

These posts offer opportunities for personal development, flexible working hours, home working opportunities, generous annual leave and training opportunities.

If you are interested in contributing towards us meeting this challenge, we have a number of positions available for you to join a friendly and hardworking team.

Senior Planning Officer, Enfield Council - 3 Posts

These are full time positions. Working as part of an area team, this is an important role critical to the delivery of planning performance and excellent customer experience. The roles offer the opportunities to gain experience and deal with the full range of planning applications, including industrial, retail, business, residential and public sector schemes. A sound understanding of development management and associated legislation and procedures will be essential and experience of handling all levels of appeal case work will be desirable.

You will have excellent customer focus and be able to demonstrate confidence in dealing with applicants and their agents, Councilors and residents.

In particular, you:

  • Must have the requisite and up to date knowledge of the Town and Country Planning Act and associated legislative framework to be able to assess a wide variety of planning and associated application types including undertaking site visits (generally unaccompanied), organising consultation, leading on negotiation, providing concise written reports and recommendation to agreed timescales

  • Experience of dealing with more complex planning applications and evidence demonstrating initiative in leading on and resolving complex planning issues within a local authority or the private sector within a busy urban environment

  • Must be able to demonstrate ability to organise and monitor personal workload and adhere to agreed timescales and procedures to achieve good performance within a working environment which needs to react to daily to arising priorities and in which interruptions to scheduled work programme are common.

  • Must demonstrate experience of establishing effective positive relationships within the Council and with the wider public and professional community.

  • Must be able to demonstrate ability to successfully negotiate agreements under S.106 of the Town and Country Planning Act where appropriate to secure wider benefit from development proposals

  • Must have excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and be able to demonstrate a robust understanding of the importance of customer service as well as the ability to provide clear concise pre-application planning advice to prospective developers.

  • Must have knowledge of the procedures and experience of dealing with a range of planning appeals

  • Undergraduate or postgraduate level qualification in Town Planning or related degree

  • A good understanding of IT and planning back office systems.

  • As a regular and intrinsic part of this role requires you to speak to members of the public in English, the ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential and consistent with the requirements of this role. This role also requires you to be polite and courteous when conversing with the public.

Closing and Interview Dates
Closing date is midnight: Midnight 2nd May 2018

If you would like to know more about the role, please contact Andy Higham on for an informal discussion or to arrange a visit to the team.

If you have any difficulties accessing this information, please contact Andrea Walkerdine on . A textphone (minicom) is provided for those with a hearing or speech impairment on .

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