Senior Planning Officer

Job Category: Technical & Professional
Directorate Growth, Highways and Infrastructure
Service Suffolk County Council
Contract Type Temporary
Duration Four months initially
Location Suffolk
Job Type Full-time
Start Date 28/01/2019
Hours per week 37
Rate £16.28 per hour, DOE

About the job:

We have an exciting and unique opportunity to join Suffolk County Council as a Senior Planning Officer.

You will work as part of the planning department to coordinate and prepare responses to planning applications and other planning proposals. You will be responsible for programming and monitoring the corporate resources, particularly as the highway authority, that are required to effectively input corporate professional advice to local planning authorities in a timely manner.

The department is responsible for programming and monitoring the corporate resources, particularly as the highway authority, that are required to effectively input corporate professional advice to local planning authorities in a timely manner.

You will be working with the planning strategy manager, other directorates of the county council, district and borough councils, the Police and Health Service in terms of service delivery as well as the District/Borough Councils in relation to responses to planning applications and monitoring delivery.

Full job description available on request

  • Use existing corporate software, set up and maintain a database of proposed developments for which the views of county council departments are required;
  • Monitor the corporate roles and responsibilities for inputting professional advice to district/borough councils;
  • Prepare timely responses to, or reports on, planning applications on which SCC has been consulted including requests for development contributions;
  • In liaison with district/borough councils, monitor the likely quantity and phasing of new developments and report on the programming for delivery;
  • Input into service areas to ensure that projects, financial programmes and service strategies are in place and are aligned to the likely delivery of future development, and
  • Use spreadsheets, prepare a financial position of the corporate requirements and coordinate programme between services and district and borough councils.
  • Knowledge of planning law and policy.
  • Intermediate knowledge of computer spreadsheets, databases and other software.
  • Negotiation skills and knowledge of the economics of the development process
  • Confident and persuasive communicator in person and in writing.
  • Able to produce clear, concise reports on a range of subjects within relevant timescales.
  • Ability to articulate clearly to others the requirements and justification for improving processes and the need for action.
  • Ability to be assertive but to work with tact and diplomacy.
  • Experience of working collaboratively with a range of stakeholders to develop shared solutions to complex problems.
  • You will have a degree in town and country planning or an environmental/political degree
  • You will have experience of planning policy or development management
  • Holiday entitlement of up to 31 days per annum, pro rata (including bank holidays).
  • Permanent equivalent council pay rates offered after 12 weeks
  • 2% pension contribution from employer
  • Flexible working hours
  • Opus candidates hear about jobs first
  • Opportunity to apply for permanent positions as an ‘internal candidate’
  • Consultants based on site within Endeavour House
  • Gain experience to support permanent applications


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