Planning Enforcement Manager (South Area) – WFH

Reference HQ00021499
Directorate Strategy and Commissioning
Service Development Management
Contract Type Temporary
Duration Initially 3 months
Job Type Full-time
Start Date ASAP
Hours per week 37
Rate £42.00 per hour, negotiable

Planning Enforcement Manager (South Area) - WFH

Planning Enforcement Manager (South Area) WNC

Opus Northamptonshire on behalf of West Northamptonshire Council is looking for an experienced Planning Enforcement Manager to join South Area Strategy and Commissioning Directorate, Development Management Team.

Working from home. Placement initially for 3 months.

 Key Objectives:

  • To be responsible for the operational management of a Development Management team in order to provide an efficient and effective value for money service which meets statutory requirements and national targets, and which contributes positively to the future of each District.
  • To play a positive and active role in the future planning, enforcement, monitoring and delivery of development within the Districts, thereby maintaining public confidence in the planning system and ensuring delivery of the service in a proactive way, maximising use of new technology and engaging the local community as far as possible.
  • To make key-decisions, lead and advise the teams on all forms of planning matters.
  • To maintain a customer orientated approach including fostering good relations and communicating important matters relating to planning with District Councillors and local bodies, including Parish/Town Councils and Amenity Societies.
  • To ensure performance meets or exceeds Government performance and quality standards.
  • To actively contribute and promote the highest professional standards in planning across all Council activities in order to deliver high quality developments.
  • To manage resources across the Development Management Service to ensure efficient and effective service delivery, deliver service goals and achieve targets.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To lead, manage, motivate and develop a Development Management team to provide a high quality, efficient and value for money development management service.
  • To be responsible for operational and financial planning of the service on a daily basis. To allocate work, set targets, manage performance of the relevant team and to ensure it meets professional standards, service and corporate priorities and targets.
  • To ensure that planning decisions are made (and seen to be made) with the utmost integrity.
  • To manage complaints/queries about service delivery in accordance with Council policy and to identify and implement any lessons learned.
  • To liaise, communicate and meet with applicants, agents, District Councillors, members of the Public, Parish/Town Councils and any other stakeholders as necessary to discuss and negotiate on planning and enforcement matters.
  • To support and deputise where necessary for the Senior Manager – Development Management including the day to day running of the service, including at public and private meetings and authorising decisions as appropriate.
  • To authorise reports to the Planning committees where decisions are not made under delegated authority. To oversee preparation and editing of reports and their presentation to Committee. To authorise where necessary appeal statements and other correspondence.
  • To improve service delivery by identifying and recommending efficiencies in processes, opportunities to maximise income and use of technology and by maintaining a process of continuous improvement.
  • To be acquainted with the various Acts relating to the Council’s statutory responsibilities with regard to planning matters, including the relevant legislation, orders, circulars and policies. Keeping abreast of changes in such legislation and Government advice and making the necessary changes to practices and procedures arising there from.
  • To be responsible for managing and monitoring the team budget and for authorising expenditure on external consultancy services as required.
  • To mentor members of staff in their professional development including Royal Town Planning Institute election and membership.
  • To manage, coordinate the development of and prepare Section 106 agreements in conjunction with other departments and legal advisors.
  • To motivate, support, recruit and develop planning staff to help build and maintain a flexible and resilient team to deliver service objectives and improvements. To ensure staff contribute effectively to the delivery of team, service, divisional and council priorities, objectives and targets.
  • To work closely with the Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Elected Members on the Planning Committee to ensure that they are engaged and involved appropriately in decision-making on planning applications and matters relating to the Development Management Service.
  • To attend and advise meetings of the Council’s Planning Committee, Executive, Council and other Committees, informal and formal site visits, internal and external working groups and other meetings, as appropriate, on matters relating to the Development Management service.
  • To prepare, supervise and co-ordinate reports on matters relating to the Development Management service for the Planning Committee or other meetings, as appropriate, including the briefing of the Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Elected Members.
  • To manage the determination of planning applications and matters relating to the Development Management service including those for which delegated authority has been given to the Head of Service in the Council’s Constitution, after taking account of statutory requirements, Central Government advice, the Development Plan and other material considerations.
  • To ensure that the team works effectively with other Services and Directorates within the Council on planning applications and matters relating to the Development Management service
  • To prepare statements and evidence for appeals and other matters relating to the Development Management service and present the Council’s case at Public Inquiries, Informal Hearings and Court Hearings, as necessary
  • To ensure that the most significant development proposals, including those of a corporate priority, are appropriately resourced and managed and report back to senior management and Council committees, as necessary.
  • To be responsible for the day-to-day control of one of the Development Management teams, working within policy and operational guidelines and to lead, manage and co-ordinate specific tasks, including the following:
  • The preparation, gathering and maintenance of appropriate quality data and statistical records including comparative performance measures;
  • Support the development of the service plan;
  • The training and development of Elected Members on matters relating to the Development Management service;
  • The management of risks and opportunities;
  • The monitoring of the effectiveness of the service in controlling development and influencing the environment through assessment and review of the quality of decisions/developments;
  • Preparation of planning advice notes and other guidance on matters relating to the Development Management service.
  • To prepare and maintain Personal Development plans for all members of the team, to annually review job descriptions and to ensure records are kept of all training and development undertaken by staff within the team, including post-entry training
  • To work closely with the Senior Manager – Development Management and other Managers/Team Leaders to ensure that there is full interaction between the teams to jointly provide a quality Development Management service which is effective across the whole range of services, including enforcement, development monitoring, appeals, major developments, co-ordination of s106 agreements, tree preservation, goods vehicle licensing and pre-application advice/general advice.
  • To respond to requests for information from the media on matters relating to the Development Management service, in accordance with the Council’s media policies and procedures and to assist the Head of Service and the Senior Manager – Development Management in maintaining good public relations and promoting the good image of the Council.

Essential qualifications:

  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate degree in Town Planning, accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute.
  • Corporate membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute and evidence of continued professional development.

Essential experience:

  • Significant post qualification experience in Development Management in local government.
  • Experience of managing a team and delivering a high-quality customer focused service.
  • Depth and range of practical experience that demonstrates coverage of a significant range of planning applications and development management activities (to include S106, Community Infrastructure Levy and planning enforcement).
  • Recent experience in dealing with large-scale major pre-applications, applications, appeals (including informal hearings and Public Inquiries) and/or enforcement issues.
  • Experience of presenting reports (or similar) to Development Control Committee (or equivalent), senior management and Member Committees.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of planning legislation, case law and policy, planning techniques and the development management and enforcement process (including S106 and the community infrastructure levy).
  • Knowledge of planning relating to urban design and conservation.
  • Knowledge of project management processes.

Essential skills:

  • Good organisational skills and ability to prioritise, plan, co-ordinate and review own work in addition to the work of subordinate staff, ensuring accuracy and timeliness in a pressurised environment.
  • Understanding and awareness of political issues involved in planning and working with elected Members.
  • Problem-solving, numerate and literate with the ability to analyse complex technical planning issues and allied statistical data and trends, interpreting appropriately and correctly.
  • Ability to read and interpret maps, plans and technical drawings.
  • Ability to negotiate robustly and effectively.
  • Ability to use specialist geographical information systems/planning software and suite of Microsoft office applications.






Working from home. Placement initially for 3 months. Hourly rate: £42- negotiable

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