Senior Planning Officer
Venesky-Brown’s client, a public sector organisation in Ipswich, is currently looking to recruit a Senior Planning Officer on a 3 month contract on an hourly rate of £34.62 through PAYE, or up to £50 via Umbrella. This role will be based onsite.  
– Provide timely, clear and effective professional advice to the public, councillors and colleagues on a range of planning matters, which may include Minerals and Waste policy, development management matters and the processes involved in consenting and delivering NSIPs;
– Assist with the organisation’s required inputs at various stages of the delivery of Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects including technical and professional input, including instructing legal representatives;
– Work with and support other planning staff involved in programming NSIPs and providing technical input;
– Attend inquiries and examinations in public to represent the organisation on its position;
– Providing professional planning advice and support for corporate development projects and other initiatives.
– Monitoring and keeping under review the Minerals and Waste Local Plan.
– Formulating responses to Local and Neighbourhood Plans and major planning applications, including NSIPs
– Assisting with the alignment of delivery of infrastructure through Local Plans, the Community Infrastructure Levy and section 106
– Provide the strategic planning input to the preparation of Local Plans (and other associated documents) by the District/Borough/Parish Councils in a manner which reflects the corporate priorities of the Organisation.
– Attend local plan examinations and planning inquiries.
– Managing a caseload of planning applications, preparing reports for, and attendance at, Development and Regulatory Committee
– Mentoring members of the Team in matters related to their professional development
– Although this list provides examples of what you will be doing, it’s not intended to be exhaustive and you will have personal objectives linked to our People Plans and Strategies that will be discussed and agreed with your line manager when you start.
Essential Skills:
– Degree in a development-related discipline (e.g. planning, transport, housing).
– Qualifications necessary for membership of a relevant professional organisation.
– Confident and persuasive communicator in person and in writing.
– Able to produce clear, concise reports on a range of subjects within relevant timescales.
– Able to programme inputs to deliver tasks or objectives for more than a year.
– Ability to articulate clearly to others the requirements and justification for improving processes and the need for action.
– Ability to concentrate for lengthy and, occasionally, prolonged periods (all day) for reports or attending public examinations.
– Able to communicate effectively, with tact and diplomacy with diverse and challenging audiences.
– Advanced knowledge of planning law and policy and detailed knowledge of the operation of the systems governing Community Infrastructure Levy and planning obligations.
– Intermediate knowledge of computer spreadsheets, databases and other software.
– Negotiation skills and knowledge of the economics of the development process.
– Experience of the planning process such as analysing reports or data associated with planning applications, policy formulation and implementation.
– Experience of working collaboratively with a range of stakeholders to develop shared solutions to complex problems.
Desirable Skills:
– Member of Chartered Institute such as RTPI or RICS.
– Post-graduate qualification in a related discipline (e.g. economic development).
– Understanding of transport planning and the interaction of transport/highways legislation with planning processes.
– Direct experience of planning policy formulation.
–  Direct experience of County Matters (Minerals and Waste Planning)
– Experience of setting out and negotiating development contributions with developers and the local planning authority.
– Experience of programming or setting a strategy for delivery over more than a year.
– Experience of working effectively in a political environment and presenting reports to Committee.
– Operation of Geographic Information Systems.
– Mentoring/training junior team members
If you would like to hear more about this opportunity, please get in touch.

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Senior Planning Officer
Ipswich, Suffolk, East Anglia, England
£34.62 - £50 per hour -

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