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Planning Enforcement Officer

About the team we are recruiting to

Development Management is a team within the Planning service area in Coventry City Council which supports the growth of the city and manages development from inception to delivery.

As a high performing planning department, we deal with a wide range of applications.  We are a dynamic and forward thinking team with a can-do approach and are always striving to improve our service.  We recognise the importance of developing a strong, robust and resilient team through learning and development.  The Enforcement team sits within the wider Development Management team and strives to proactively manage and monitor development in the city to ensure compliance is achieved.

Alongside Development Management within the Planning service area is the Planning Policy and Environment team which encompasses a number of individual but related specialisms all focussed on delivering a city for those wishing to live and work here.  Those specialisms include Strategic Planning, Ecology, Trees and Landscape, Urban Design, Conservation, Archaeology and Environmental Protection.

What is the job role?

We are looking to recruit Planning Enforcement Officers to deliver a high quality proactive Planning Enforcement service in a way that contributes to the achievement of the City Council’s vision and objectives for a growing and sustainable city. You will be enforcing all relevant legislation administered by the section under the general direction of the Planning Team Leader.

The main duties and responsibilities of the role include (but are not limited to):

  • Investigate planning enforcement complaints, identifying appropriate courses of action ensuring all relevant legislation is considered and followed.
  • Interpret technical / legal information, plans and legislation and make an initial assessment to progress each enquiry based upon the information and evidence received.
  • Support the Senior Officer in the supervision of works in default, including drafting schedules of work, site supervision and monitoring of payments.

Full list of duties and responsibilities are included in the Job Description & Person Specification attached below.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for someone with knowledge and understanding of Planning Enforcement and Planning Legislation. You will have the ability to interpret and implement legislation, understand and scale plans and produce detailed schedules of work.

You will be able to demonstrate effective communication at all levels both orally and in writing with people from a range of backgrounds. You will have good listening skills and the ability to convey information to customers clearly and sensitively.

To apply for this role you must have GCSE’s in English and Maths, Grade C and above. You will be proficient in the use of IT packages and have experience of using computer databases, and Microsoft packages such as PowerPoint, excel, word and outlook as this is essential.

When applying for this role you will be asked to write a personal statement, when writing your personal statement please include the following:

  • Where you have managed a workload with conflicting priorities
  • Where you have personally used influencing, persuading and negotiating skills to resolve an issue or conflict
  • Where you have interpreted and implemented legislation

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

All attachments for the job can be found here

Interview date(s): week commencing 09/11/2020

Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!
There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.
We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.
As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.
Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 

For full details on the application process please read the attached document labelled Coventry CC Application process.

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