Development and Flood Risk Officer - Working for Essex
Salary: £150 up to £200 per day, depending on experience
Closing date: 01 Jul 2022
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 7625
Role: Environments and Public Services
About the role

Development and Flood Risk Officer

Temporary, Full Time

£150 up to £200 per day, depending on experience

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Anywhere worker


Please note this is temporary assignment, with a view of an immediate start.

Job Purpose

Essex is committed to enabling inclusive economic growth, helping people get the best start and age well, helping create great places to grow up, live and work and transforming the Council to achieve more with less.

The Development and Flood Risk Officer will log applications, assessing, deciding and informing the Planning Authority whether proposals are supported or objected to, on the basis of flood risk and inclusion of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS). This is part of the Lead Local Flood Authority’s statutory consultee role for major planning applications.

The role is required to work across and understand the policies/processes in highways, water companies and the Environment Agency, maintaining knowledge of recent developments in the field of SuDS including flood risk, water quality, biodiversity, viability, water supply, construction and building regulations. Knowledge and understanding of drainage design and analysis software systems is key to success in this role.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for responding to major planning application consultations and chargeable pre-application enquiries within required timescales, updating the applications database/case management system.
  • Work collaboratively with partners to address technical issues arising, to resolve quickly with no impact on response times.
  • Responsible for maintaining up-to-date knowledge of leading edge practice national legislation and guidance, determining effective practical application across the Council.
  • Deliver follow-up process to planning consultations e.g. logging assets on the asset register.
  • Attend engagement events as required and update partners/interested groups of the team’s activities on a regular basis if appropriate.
  • Screening out sites that do not require a response

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent by experience.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area.
  • Working knowledge of water and drainage asset management, including:-general knowledge of SuDS guidance and legislation, principles of sustainable development and best practice in the application of SuDS, basics of water-related law, regulation and policy, statutory planning and SuDS Approval processes.
  • Knowledge of applying a risk-based approach to asset management.
  • Experience of SuDS, from an approval perspective is desirable.
  • Experience of drainage design and analysis software systems (e.g. Micro Drainage), together with knowledge of data management.
  • Ability to build networks of contacts and maintain effective relationships across the Council and partners in both the public and private sector.
  • Proven track record of delivering excellent customer service skills.

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Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

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What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

Please note that Essex County Council has determined that the off-payroll working rules will apply to this assignment and where a worker elects to provide their services through an intermediary (such as a personal services company) then income tax and primary national insurance contributions will be deducted at source from any payments made to the intermediary. 

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