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Planning Officer

  • Job reference: JAMC480
  • Location: Chester, Cheshire
  • Job type: Temporary
  • Area of Expertise: Planning Officers (All Levels)
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Job description: A local authority based in Cheshire is looking for a number of Planning Officers to join their development management teams. These are full time, temporary ongoing agency roles. The successful candidates will hold full relevant degree qualifications and have extensive experience in a senior officer role.

The main purpose of these roles are to undertake major and complex minor planning applications, particularly within a development management environment.

The successful candidates will be expected to carry out a case load of applications for planning permission, listed building consent, conservation area consent, certificates of lawfulness, discharge of planning conditions, hazardous substances consent and advertisement consent.
The successful candidates will also be expected to defend the Council's decisions at appeal and to respond to requests for advice and guidance on planning matters, from all users of the development management service.

The additional main responsibilities will be as follows;

To appraise all delegated-level applications to written report stage and make recommendations in accordance with policies and procedures and Service Performance Targets.
Contributing, as appropriate, to the processing of those applications, carrying out consultation and negotiation with interested bodies.
Prepare, or contribute to, reports, briefings and recommendations for the Planning Boards/Committee approval to ensure Members are fully aware of the planning merits of the proposal and take decisions consistent with statutory legislation and planning policy.
Provide appropriate levels of advice and guidance to all users of the service, in writing, verbally including contributing to the Duty Planning Officer Service.
Provide preliminary and pre-application advice on specific development proposals to other Council Services, developers and their agents, the public and other stakeholders on best practice to ensure proposals are consistent with planning policies and objectives.
Provide evidence at appeals in defence of the Council's planning decisions (written representations, hearings and local public inquiries).
To occasionally attend meetings of the Council, including Planning Boards and Strategic Planning Committee, to present cases.
To assist in the development and maintenance of a comprehensive evidence and intelligence base contributing to new procedures to inform policy and decision-making and to meet statutory requirements.

The client is looking to move quickly with appointing to these roles and as such are looking to offer up to £25 p/hr Umbrella Ltd for the successful candidates. So if this position sounds of interest, please email a copy of your up to date CV to or call Jamal at Service Care Construction on 01772 208967.