Opus Northamptonshire on behalf of North Northamptonshire Council is looking for two experienced Enforcement Officers to join Planning Services.
Intially, the role will be considered as WFH, however, with some requirements to attend site (site visits, basic requirements). Main office based in the NNC Area Planning Team (Thrapston) - Cedar Drive, Thrapston NN14 4LZ.
- Planning, organising and carrying out the investigation of alleged breaches of planning control by way of paper, computer and on-site investigations and monitoring in accordance with the Councils adopted policies and procedures.
- Preparing written reports to Committee or the Head of Planning Services / Planning Development Manager as appropriate with recommendations on cases and performance. Providing procedural guidance as necessary. Attendance at Committee when required.
- Resolving as many cases as possible through negotiation. Implementing decisions to take enforcement action or to prosecute under the Planning Acts by preparing and serving the appropriate Notices in association with the Council's legal section.
- To advise both complainants and persons being complained about as to the progress of investigations and actions to be taken, in accordance with adopted performance targets.
- Monitoring of premises where the breach occurring is outside normal office hours e.g. restaurants and takeaways.
- Carrying out proactive monitoring to ensure that conditions attached to planning permissions have been complied with and taking action as appropriate.
- Dealing with appeals against enforcement notices, including appearance at hearings and public inquiries when required. Appearing in Court in support of the prosecution of cases.
- Maintaining accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date records (primarily of cases and complaints), in electronic or paper form, of all of the activities of the enforcement team, including time, travel and financial information. Maintenance of the Enforcement Register.
- Giving advice to Members, complainants, the public and other staff in the department on particular or general enforcement issues. Liaison with other departments and other organisations in pursuance of the aims and objectives of the local planning authority with respect to planning enforcement.
- Preparing publicity material on enforcement procedures and performance, and on cases, which end up in Court in association with the Council's Communications Manager.
- Regularly review policies and procedures in conjunction with the Planning Development Manager.
- Carry out any other duties relevant to the work of the Planning Services section that may be required from time to time by the Planning Development Manager and / or the Head of Planning Services.
- Requirement for working evenings and weekends as appropriate, compensated by TOIL.
Desirable knowledge, skills and qualifications:
- Planning qualification or further education such as HNC, HND, NVQ.
- Some knowledge of the development process and the planning system.
- Knowledge of building construction.
- Formal training in investigative practices, including PACE
- Experience of public speaking, appearance at Committees, meetings or witness at Inquiries/Court.
- Experience of reporting to planning or other committees.
- Recent experience of dealing first hand with members of the public/customers, handling complaints and solving problems.
- Experience of working in a planning department or public service field particularly a local authority.
- Good organisational skills plus the ability to be flexible, meet tight deadlines and experience of managing a personal caseload.
- Ability to manage casework.
- Experience of collating evidence to prepare cases.
- Experience of keeping written, electronic and photographic records.
- Experience in an investigative role.
- Good oral and written communication and presentational skills.
- Computer literacy including Microsoft Word, email and databases and planning software.
- Ability to work under pressure, handle difficult/complex situations and customers, some of whom will be difficult for which a calm, patient, tactful and diplomatic approach will be needed
- Driving licence with access to own vehicle.
- Experience of writing letters, drafting reports.
What can we offer you:
- Holiday entitlement accrued while working
- Pension contribution from employer
- Flexible working hours
- Opus candidates hear about jobs first
- Opportunity to apply for permanent positions as an 'internal candidate'
- Gain experience to support permanent applications