Planning Officer

Planning Officer
Development Management

Salary: £23,785 to £29,659 inclusive of London weighting. Plus essential car user allowance

Contract: Permanent
Hours: Up to 37 hours per week. Requests for part time or flexible working will be considered.

Office Location: Three Rivers House, Northway, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire. However regular home working will be expected.

Closing Date: 6 October 2020


The Development Management department at Three Rivers District Council is offering a permanent Planning Officer position within its Development Management team. The job offers an ideal opportunity to learn with a forward-looking authority that has an excellent track record of commitment to preserving and enhancing the quality of the District, as well as investing in our staff’s learning and development. The job is full time but part time and flexible working applications will be considered.

We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate with environmental awareness and an interest in planning who is willing to develop their career and make an important positive contribution to the local area.

Three Rivers District Council is a high achieving organisation at the leading edge of public services. The Development Management Service achieves excellent results and continues to strive for excellence with investment in the development of the service and staff and ICT central to our continuing success. On the fringe of London, the District is experiencing significant development pressure, with a huge variety of planning application types and sizes. The District has a varied built and natural environment including 22 Conservation Areas, numerous Listed Buildings and a large number of designated wildlife sites. Much of the District is within the Metropolitan Green Belt and part is within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We promote the highest standards of design through negotiation and pro-active work.

Skills and Experience:

The role includes a combination of handling of pre-application enquiries, assessing planning applications and subsequent appeals, undertaking enforcement investigations and other project work. Dealing with a varied caseload you will have the potential to develop your career and make an important positive contribution to the local area.

The role will require strong verbal, written and presentation skills and candidates must be able to demonstrate the ability and initiative to handle a diverse and competing workload and work to tight deadlines. Good interpersonal skills will also be necessary as will be liaising and negotiating with the public, external agents and organisations, Council Members and other Council departments.

What we offer:

We offer a competitive package which includes up to 28 days annual leave (increasing to 30 days with 5 years service), Local Government Pension Scheme, free staff parking, leisure and travel discounts and consideration will be given paid professional membership subscription and development and future training opportunities to become a qualified Planning Officer.

You must possess a clean driving license and have daily access to personal transport.

Need more information:

For an informal discussion contact Claire Westwood (Development Management Team Leader). Telephone 01923 776611.

A basic DBS check will be carried out for this post.

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