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Planning Assistant

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full Time, Limited Term
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 13/08/2018 23:59
£21,074 - £23,866
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Planning & Transportation
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
13 Aug

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

To deal with all general enquiries including pre-application advice relating to planning legislation, site histories, current applications and other planning matters made by members of the public in person, by telephone or through correspondence.

To examine, process and evaluate minor planning and related applications, including site inspections, negotiations and preparation of reports to the committee, or reports under the officer delegation arrangements.

Liaise and co-ordinate work activities with other sections and divisions of the directorate, and outside bodies including statutory undertakers and government departments in connection with all development control matters.

To liaise with the planning officers (enforcement) regarding unauthorised development.

To provide a support service to the planning officers.

To provide general assistance and cover for absent colleagues to ensure the efficient operation of the development control service.

To contribute to initiatives to achieve a customer focused service, designed to be proactive and add community value to the development control process.

This is a limited term contract for 12 months.

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.

Essential Criteria:

Educated to degree level or equivalent preferably in Town Planning. If not in Town Planning, knowledge/experience of development control objectives, procedures and planning law, plus willingness for further training.

Alternatively - Substantial equivalent practical experience of working in front line customer service delivery demonstrating the personal skills and competencies listed below.

Exemplifying the Council's values and behaviours.

Desirable Criteria:

The ability/skill to work methodically, logically, with precision and to deadlines.

Ability to be able to understand and use scaled drawings and maps.

Some relevant experience in the use of electronic mapping (GIS) and database systems would be desirable, or the demonstrable ability to learn these skills is essential.

Knowledge of legislation and current issues facing planning.

Well-developed communication, presentation and negotiation skills.

For further information contact Helen O'Connor (Helen.oconnor@southglos.gov.uk or 01454 863430)

Our Values

Our staff need to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. They must work well with others to reach a common goal and be willing to embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. They must use their initiative to deliver and take responsibility for their performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and must make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services. Our managers are also required to demonstrate effective leadership qualities, shape and manage team plans and motivate their staff to achieve.

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