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Full-time Planner

at Capita Symonds in London

We have a great opportunity for a Planner to join our team in Barnet at an excitng time.
The succesful candidate will positively contribute to planning services in accordance with the aims, objectives and priorities of the Council to an agreed quality, performance standards and in a cost effective manner.

Principal Duties
• These posts are generic within the Planning Service. Senior Planners will lead on more complex areas of work requiring particular professional experience and skills; Planners will be expected too assist in the more general areas of work. The responsibilities of each post will be those listed below which are relevant to the particular unit in which the post holder is working.

Development Control
• Determine planning applications within specified targets
• Provide advice on planning applications
• Negotiate improvements to development proposals, added value and Section 106 planning obligations
• Undertake related planning matters
• Present development proposals to members, committees or external stakeholders as appropriate.
• Process mapping of planning application processes and decisions within a best value framework.

•Investigate complaints regarding alleged breaches of planning control.
• Consider the planning merits of complaints and take appropriate action.
• Prepare and give evidence on enforcement appeals and prosecutions.
• Undertake related planning/enforcement matters within agreed targets.

• Determine Tree Preservation Order (TPO) applications.
• Provide advice on matters relating to trees, landscaping and the natural environment.
• Undertake site surveys and make TPOs.
• Prepare and give evidence on TPO appeals and prosecutions.
• Undertake planning and other matters related to trees, landscaping and/or the natural environment.
• Provide advice, recommendations and prepare reports on Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations (EIA) and assess in respect of development proposals.

Strategic Policy & Local Development Documents (LDD)
• Draft planning policies, strategies, supplementary planning guidance and briefs.
• Provide advice on planning policy: national, regional, strategic and local.
• Undertake and develop surveys, maintain and develop monitoring systems.
•Develop and take part in consultation with stakeholders on Council’s policies, strategies and proposals relating to planning and development plan documents (DPD’s).
• Contribute to the preparation of Local Development Frameworks and Documents (LDD’s) and Action Area Plans.
•Undertake related planning policy matters.

Urban Design and Heritage
• Provide advice on matters relating to urban design, masterplanning and heritage/conservation.
• Prepare and give evidence on design and heritage/conservation matters in appeals and prosecutions.
• Prepare urban design guidance, conservation guidance, conservation area character appraisal statements, project briefs, development frameworks and other advisory documents.
• Undertake planning and other matters related to urban design and heritage.

Common to all Posts
• Prepare letters, committee and other reports to a high corporate standard.
• Negotiate with applicants/agents and other stakeholders.
• Prepare and give evidence on appeals.
• Perform work within the scope of the post at the appropriate grade, not specifically referred to above, in order to provide efficiency in delivering an effective planning service.
•  Operate and accord with legislative, corporate procedures and Council’s standing orders at all times.
• Contribute to service development and performance improvements within a best value framework.

Financial and Asset Responsibilities
• Manage budgets as appropriate to the level of the post.

Promotion of Corporate Values
• To ensure that customer care is maintained to the agreed standards according to the Re’s values
• To ensure that a high level of confidentiality is maintained in all aspects of work.
• To encourage and develop optimum performance from staff and underline the corporate approach to customer needs as reflected in the council’s structure and style.

• In order to deliver the service effectively, a degree of flexibility is needed and the post holder may be required to perform work not specifically referred to above.  Such duties, however, will fall within the scope of the post, at the appropriate grade.

Re's Commitment to Equality
• To deliver the Re's commitment to equality of opportunity both in the provision of services and as an employer.  All staff are expected to promote equality in the work place and in the services the council delivers.

• Previous experience in a Planning or related technical department
• Proven ability to read plans and maps to a good standard and interpret information spatially
• Ability to successfully work under pressure and meet deadlines, performance targets and produce regular consistent output of work
•Good numerical skills
• Good IT skills including successful experience in the application of planning related and geographical information systems (GIS), Microsoft Windows, Word, spreadsheets and databases
• Ability to make quality planning decisions
• Successful experience and demonstration of investigating, analysing, recommending and presenting solutions to planning problems
• Proven ability to successfully manage own caseload and planning related projects
• Some expertise at Senior Planner level in at least one of the following areas of planning work and a broad appreciation of the other specialist areas: -
- Policy, development plans, local development documents and spatial planning;
- Urban Design, architecture, heritage and conservation, masterplanning;
- Projects, strategic development, and regeneration, development frameworks, corporate initiatives;
- Transport planning and policy;
- Development Control
- Enforcement or Appeals
- Environmental Management/Trees
• Successful demonstration of delivering corporate objectives and being an effective corporate and team player
• Good knowledge of planning legislation, procedures and issues relevant to the post
• Driving licence
• Understanding of and commitment to Barnet’s equal Opportunities policy statement

• Experience of successfully preparing and giving evidence at appeals
• Ability to demonstrate project management skills
• Broad knowledge and understanding of London or metropolitan/regional and local government planning issues, policy trends and development/legal processes
• Eligibility for Member of relevant professional body
• Personal transport

• Good verbal, written communication and presentation skills and ability to prepare clear and concise reports, briefings and correspondence
• Ability to work on own initiative and prioritising between conflicting demands

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