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Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils
Place of work:
Riverside, Lowestoft or East Suffolk House, Melton
Salary details:
£30,756 - £34,106 pa*
Job term:
Full Time
37 per week
Closing Date
21 January 2019 01:00 PM
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Based in Lowestoft or Melton (near Woodbridge)

On 1 April 2019, we will become East Suffolk Council – a new ‘super district’ authority, replacing Suffolk Coastal and Waveney. It will be the largest district council in the country, providing high-quality services to a quarter of a million people across east Suffolk. Our councils are an exciting place to work and a great place to make a real difference to people’s lives, delivering vital services to those who need them most.

The Planning Service is central to the future success of the new district, helping to shape and deliver the prosperity of the area, while keeping it a special and desirable place in which to live, work and visit. To support this ambition, the Planning team needs to grow.

The East Suffolk Councils are delivering nationally significant infrastructure projects in the energy sector, positively responding to the government’s growth agenda by allocating and planning for significant residential development across the district and delivering significant employment opportunities. The work will include supporting the regeneration of Lowestoft as well as promoting and enhancing the Port of Felixstowe. Growth on this scale needs to be sensitively managed to ensure it is delivered with the best possible infrastructure in place and impacts fully mitigated.

Additionally, a significant proportion of the districts sit within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, along a stunning coastline of pristine beaches and beautiful estuaries. The districts include a wealth of internationally important estuarine and healthland Special Protection Areas and Ramsar sites, including RSPB Minsmere of ‘Springwatch’ fame. We also share a very close relationship with the Broads National Park on our northern boundary, working together to preserve the unique importance of this National Park. Lowestoft is within a short distance of the historic university city of Norwich, with Melton close to Ipswich and an hour’s train journey to London. No other districts in the country are able to offer the quality of life, variety and breadth of planning opportunities and development in what will be the country’s largest and newest district planning authority.

In this new post, you will provide specialist ecological advice to the Planning Service to protect and promote the natural assets of East Suffolk. Working with a number of stakeholders, this will include reviewing ecological appraisals and mitigation proposals, undertaking Habitats Regulations Assessments (Screening and Appropriate Assessment) to inform decision making and Local Development Documents. Complementing our other planning specialist services you will seek to ensure ecological compliance in development, and to further nature conservation and biodiversity in the districts.

With a degree (or equivalent) level qualification in Ecology or a related discipline, you will have a good understanding of both strategic planning and development management elements of the town and country planning system, as well as detailed knowledge of legislation and techniques for the conservation, management and enhancement of habitats and species. Confidence in negotiation, the ability to foster robust working relationships and strong analytical skills are all essential for this position.

In return, we can offer great opportunities for training and development. We want you to stay with us for the long-term, so we will give you all the support we can to build a great career with our organisation. There is also a superb benefits package including flexible working options and purpose-built, brand-new office accommodation, as well as a generous leave entitlement, discount scheme, pension scheme and free car parking.

* plus essential car user allowance and professional fees.

Please read the job description and person specification before applying for this job.

For an informal discussion regarding this post, please contact Liz Beighton, Planning Development Manager on (01394) 444778 or Ben Woolnough, Major Sites and Infrastructure Manager on (01394) 444593.

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