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Senior Planning and Enforcement Officer (2 Posts)

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Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils
Place of work:
Riverside, Lowestoft or East Suffolk House, Melton
Salary details:
£35,229 - £39,002 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.

You will manage and assess planning applications and pre-application submissions in accordance with planning law, national and local policy and guidance, carrying out planning enforcement duties and site visits, as well as surveys and inspections. This role will provide a great opportunity to develop a career in a forward-looking team, with key major projects including: the regeneration of Lowestoft and associated renewable energy opportunities, Sizewell new nuclear build, BT Adastral Park, and the Port of Felixstowe.

With full membership of the RTPI, and extensive planning experience, you will need to have strong analytical and problem solving skills, with the ability to produce concise, well argued reports on complex matters. As you will be dealing with a range of customers, strong influencing, negotiation and communication skills are essential.

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.

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

* plus essential car user allowance and professional fees.

Relocation package available, subject to terms.

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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