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About the job

Salary: £39,880 - £42,821 a year plus £3203 car benefit
Hours per week: 37
Contract type: Permanent 

This is a unique opportunity to lead within the Council’s Transport and planning division providing planning enforcement support to the development management and control function. Assisting the Head of Planning in enhancing the delivery of Development Management and Control servicers in respect of planning enforcement, compliance and the delivery of s106 and signing of delegated applications.

You’ll manage and supervise the enforcement team in processing cases using appropriate software and investigatory tools to identify appropriate action up to and including enforcement action and provide professional and technical guidance as appropriate.

Monitoring of agreements effectively will ensure timely receipt and release of monies. Provision of advice to developers at pre-application and application stages of the development process in conjunction with other officers.

You will play a key role in accessing developer contribution either via Section 106 agreements or Community Infrastructure Levy, so strong negotiation with developers and internal stakeholders is vital.

Lone working plays a big part when interviewing complainants and you may have to deal directly with potentially hostile offenders. It is important therefore that you’re able to deal with people in a tactful and diplomatic manner.

About you

As a strong competent leader, you’ll have Knowledge of Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in relation to breaches of Planning Control as well as full or corporate membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute, or working towards this.

Applicants for this public-facing post will need to demonstrate the ability to converse, and provide effective help or advice, fluently in spoken English.

Benefits

We offer a range of excellent staff benefits which include:

- generous holiday entitlement with the option to buy up to 20 days
- flexible working arrangements - we welcome requests for flexible working arrangements including part-time hours and alternative working patterns
- 24/7 independent Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
- local government pension with generous employer contribution of 17.3%
- excellent support and development
- relocation package available up to £8,500 (subject to meeting eligibility criteria)
- half price season ticket on Thameslink train line
- discounted shopping including gym membership and Vauxhall cars
- Luton Council is proud to offer a Housing Brokerage Service for Key Workers to help and support eligible employees in finding suitable housing

Application process

Because of the nature of this job, it will be necessary for the appropriate level of criminal record disclosure to be undertaken. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants are required to declare all unspent cautions and convictions; and also any adult cautions (simple or conditional), and spent convictions that are not protected as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2020). A person’s criminal record will not in itself prevent a person from being appointed to this post. Applicants will not be refused posts because of offences which are not relevant to, and do not place them at or make them a risk in, the role for which they are applying. However in the event of the employment being taken up, any failure to disclose such offence, as detailed above, will result in dismissal or disciplinary action by the Authority.

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