Enforcement Officer (x2)

Job Category: Technical & Professional
Reference HQ00021873
Service Planning
Contract Type Temporary
Duration 3 months initially
Location Northamptonshire
Job Type Full-time
Start Date ASAP
Hours per week 37
Rate £34.00 per hour, Umbrella

About the job:

On behalf of North Northamptonshire Council, Opus People Solutions are seeking two temporary Enforcement Officers to complete a temporary assignment for a period of three months, with a possible extension. This role can be carried out remotely but will involve some requirement to attend site, mainly in Thrapston.

  • 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.

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