Planning Enforcement Officer

Choice Recruitment Group
Watford, UK
19 Jul 2019
25 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Purpose of Role

·The post holder works under the direction of the Development Management Section Head as a member of a team that provides planning enforcement services for the Council as Local Planning Authority in line with the objectives of best value and the Service's improvement plan.

·The post holder provides advice and support to Councillors, officers within and outside the service and to developers, their agents and members of the public.

Key Accountabilities

·Providing excellent customer service


·People and Organisation Management

The post holder has no direct supervisory responsibilities, but some support and supervision may be required to planning support and administrative staff in relation to planning enquiries and service related matters.

The post holder has frequent contact with the public on a daily basis and will be required to liaise with officers in other parts of the Council, the County Council and other District Councils in relation to a range of planning enforcement and other planning related issues.

Responsibilities include:
·Handling a personal caseload of enforcement investigations and enquiries, including making site visits, meetings, advising and negotiating with developers, Councillors and third party interests, drafting reports, dealing with all correspondence and making written recommendations to the Development Management Section Head.·Negotiating with applicants and third parties on enforcement and related planning matters to secure the achievement of the Council's Planning Polices and community plan objectives.·Preparing questionnaires, statements and evidence for planning appeals and proceedings and presenting evidence at hearings and inquiries, and in the Magistrates', County or Crown Courts in connection with enforcement and related planning matters.·Collecting, preparing and giving evidence in court in connection with prosecutions arising from planning enforcement and related investigations.
·Supporting the provision of the duty planner service within the Customer Service Centre, including "on call" attendance in office hours and the provision of telephone advice to callers on enforcement, planning and related matters.

·Providing pre-application advice to applicants and their agents orally and in writing arising principally in relation to enforcement cases in accordance with Council procedures and the pre application advisory service.
·Serving statutory notices relating to breaches of planning control and related matters.·Co-ordinating and undertaking joint enforcement exercises with other statutory agencies and co-ordinating enforcement activities across other service areas.·Taking part in direct actions associated with remedying breaches of planning control.


Basic level of theoretical, practical and procedural knowledge in the enforcement of local authority town planning control together with knowledge of the associated organisational policies, practices and procedures of the Council and National Government in respect of planning enforcement and related areas of operation.


Experience in working with a range of customers in person, via email and telephone calls.

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