Senior Planning Officer (Development Management) 1 Year Contract

Senior Planning Officer

£28,748 to £31,802 inclusive of local weighting. Plus £3,500 reviewable Market Supplement and essential car allowance

Three Rivers District Council is a high achieving organisation at the leading edge of public services. Our aims are for accessible, responsive services and building a quality environment. The Development Management Service continues to strive for excellence and investment in the service development and ICT is central to our continuing success.

On the fringe of London, the District is experiencing significant development pressure, with a variety of planning applications.  The District has an excellent built and natural environment, many Conservation Areas, Listed Buildings and major areas of Green Belt and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We look to promote the highest standards of design through development negotiations and pro-active work.

A Senior Planning Officer is required to fill a temporary post within a Planning Team in the Development Management Section, initially for a year.  

You will be part of an enthusiastic and hardworking team handling a diverse workload which will include planning applications, pre-applications and appeals as well as enforcement matters and project work where required.  

You must be able to demonstrate your ability to handle a number of competing priorities. You will need to be well organised with strong verbal, written and presentation skills and possess the ability to work to tight deadlines.  You should have experience of presenting cases at Planning Committee meetings.

The possession of good interpersonal skills will also be necessary as you will be liaising and negotiating with the public, external agents and organisations, Council Members and other Council departments.  You should also be able to demonstrate an understanding and awareness of the functions of Local Government organisations, including the different roles of Officers and Members.

You must be RTPI or eligible and have at least 2 years relevant experience.

You must possess a clean driving license with personal transport and be familiar with IT.

The jobs offer an ideal opportunity to learn with a forward-looking authority that has a good track record of improvements and commitment to learning. 

For an informal discussion contact Joanna Bowyer (Areas Team Leader) at or Claire Westwood (Team Leader - Major Applications) at or telephone 01923 776611.

Closing date for applications: 20 March 2016

A Disclosure Scotland check will be carried out for this post

An application pack for this position can be downloaded from the panel to the right of this advert.

Alternatively you can contact our Customer Service Centre.

Completed applications should be emailed to the Shared HR Service for Watford Borough and Three Rivers District Council or returned to Human Resources at Watford Town Hall.

Strongly committed to equality of opportunity in employment and in service. We encourage applications from all sectors of the community.