Senior Transportation Development Planning Officer

Employer
Surrey County Council
Location
Chard, UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
28 Sep 2020

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Sector
Engineering
Contract Type
Permanent
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An exciting opportunity has arisen within our Transport Development Planning Team at Surrey County Council. As Senior Transport Development Planning Officer you will be an experienced member of the team responsible for mentoring colleagues and contributing to the sustainable development of the County through the provision of timely and appropriate transport impact and infrastructure advice to local planning authorities and associated stake holders in a diverse and varied region.

You will be joining the County at a particularly exciting time, leading on medium to large scale development projects from the planning application stages through to delivery, whilst helping to train and mentor junior colleagues.

About the role

Your primary responsibilities will include assessing and providing advice on small, medium and large scale pre-planning and planning application consultations for new development proposals. The role will also include work on the drafting and coordination of Section 38 and Section 278 agreements relating to major development proposals to deliver planning related highways schemes. You will assess the impact of development on the highway and transport network throughout Surrey ensuring that development is compatible with the network, as well as securing and negotiating any mitigation measures that might be necessary.

You will have specific regard to promoting sustainable development, maintaining and improving road safety, minimising traffic generation and maximising modal split within the framework of transportation and land use planning policy and guidance.

Personal development and progression play a big part in the ethos of the Transport Development Planning Team and Surrey County Council as a whole. You will be part of a large, enthusiastic team who will support your continued development, whilst you will also be expected to manage and provide support to junior staff members.

This role would suit an enthusiastic and motivated individual with excellent experience of working in a transport planning role and a good knowledge of the UK Town Planning system. Good knowledge of transport planning and road adoption processes under the Highways Act 1980 is also required.

About you

You will be expected to have good written and verbal communication skills and be enthusiastic about the planning and delivery of high-quality development. You will have good problem-solving skills to contribute innovative solutions to a wide range of challenging issues. You will be able to engage with a number of stakeholders, including Borough Council colleagues and elected Members and negotiate with developers to deliver improvements to development schemes. You will require a full UK driving license and be willing to travel regularly within the county for site visits and meetings.

To be shortlisted for an interview for this position, your application and supporting statement will clearly evidence:
  • Relevant degree e.g. Planning, Transport Planning, Geography or Engineering, OR significant relevant experience in transport development planning.
  • Full UK driving licence.
  • Able to communicate effectively and maintain relationships with stake holders.
  • Demonstrate drive, commitment, enthusiasm and be able to work under pressure and prioritise work.
  • Expertise of the town planning system, planning policy and relevant technical guidance such as Manual for Streets and DMRB
  • Knowledge and experience of Transport Assessments including an understanding of inputs and Trip Generation and the outputs of transport models such as PICADY, ARCADY and LINSIG.
  • Knowledge and experience of planning and highway agreements (S.106, S.278 and S.38).

Desirable:
  • Professional membership of relevant body
  • Masters Degree

We can offer you:
  • A healthy work-life balance; Flexible working is supported where possible, including working from home or from one of the hot desking facilities at a number of County Council sites.
  • A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role.
  • 26 days annual leave (rising to 28 after the completion of 2 years' service)
  • A generous local government salary-related pension.
  • Option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of, please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Interested in finding out more?

For more information on this role please review the Job Description attached to the bottom of this advert before applying. For further discussion prior to applying please contact Andy Stokes on 07968 832 597 or by e-mail.

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This is a 24 month fixed term contract plus 24 month extension.

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How to apply?

Please apply via Surrey County Council's recruitment portal by completing a questionnaire, uploading your CV and a supporting statement outlining how you meet the requirement of this role.

Closing date for applications: 09/10/2020 at 23:59.

Interview: Week commencing 12/10/2020.

Please be aware that County Hall be closing at the end of December 2020, as it continues its agile journey and relocation to area based hubs within the County. Whilst the office base for the team is yet to be determined, the post holder will be required to embrace and share the Council's vision for agile working.

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

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