Infrastructure Planning Officer - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £36,779 per annum
Closing date: 11 Dec 2022
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 9338
Role: Economic Development
About the role

Infrastructure Planning Officer

Permanent, Full Time

Up to £36,779 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Closing Date: 11th December 2022

Essex is a diverse county with areas of high deprivation through to highly affluent communities. Working with the Essex growth agenda, the Planning Service will deliver a more consistent approach and better manage the complexity of relationships across City, District and Borough Councils and developers. Working with our City, District and Borough Councils and developers the service will strive to deliver well-balanced good quality development, which addresses the housing, economic, infrastructure and environmental needs of communities and creates great places to live, work in and enjoy.

The Opportunity

The Infrastructure Planning Officer ensures developers and local planning authorities understand the value of, and need for, community infrastructure in order to facilitate balanced communities and promote sustainable growth while minimising the impact of development on the local tax payer.

The role works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to collect evidence of Community Infrastructure need and assess the cost of appropriate mitigation measures. The role assists in the construction of business cases for Community Infrastructure enabling claims to be made from Community Infrastructure Levies.

Accountabilities

· Responsible for assessing housing and employment developments through the planning application process to identify the impact on community infrastructure requirements.

· Responsible for costing infrastructure and requesting appropriate developer contributions, via Local Planning Authorities, with a sound justification for each request in order to mitigate the impact of development within the local and wider community, including providing advice for the larger strategic sites.

· Responsible for identifying planning appeals made against refused applications and working collaboratively with stakeholders in order to produce and submit Appeal Statements and Statements of Common Ground to the Planning Inspectorate.

· In response to planning applications, negotiate detailed community infrastructure requirements and instruct Essex Legal Services to produce S106 agreements and unilateral undertakings requiring community infrastructure, to ensure that all legal documents protect ECC with regard to the payment and spend of developer funded contributions.

· Responsible for auditing all developer agreements in favour of ECC and recording them accurately on the relevant database to ensure that other users have accurate information available to enable decisions in respect of spend.

· Responsible for monitoring developments, including site visits where required, in order to estimate when developer contributions will fall due to enable timely collection of these and aid project planning.

· Responsible for calculating indexation, collecting contributions (including works and land transfers) and instigating enforcement action where appropriate in order to ensure that ECC receives payments in a timely manner to enable the provision of community infrastructure.

· Responsible for assisting in the construction of business cases for Community Infrastructure to enable claims to be made, and funding administered, from Community Infrastructure Levies, to enable funding to be assigned to projects that meet the purposes for which the monies were secured.

· Responsible for ensuring that contributions received are spent in accordance with ECC’s duties under the relevant legal agreements/legislation to maintain a clear audit trail of spending so evidence can be provided to developers and Local Planning Authorities as required.

· Responsible for monitoring all S106 agreements and unilateral undertakings to ensure all requirements are met in respect of ECC related developer contributions and works and liaise with Strategic Development (Highways Transportation and Development) as required in this respect.

· Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

The Experience You Will Bring

  • Educated to ‘A’ level or equivalent by experience.

· Evidence of continuing professional development and knowledge in relevant professional area.

· Demonstrable understanding of the planning system as it relates to developer contributions and community infrastructure.

· Ability to read and understand complex language contained in legal documents and perform calculations and manipulate data to make sound judgments.

· Proven experience in supporting planning, legal or financial processes and mechanisms.

· Proven record of taking responsibility for task completion and delivering work within agreed time-scales.

· Strong interpersonal and negotiation skills with the ability to deal with challenging situations and use effective influencing skills.

· Strong communication skills to ensure the effective delivery of consultation responses and in liaison with ECC officers, developers and other external bodies.

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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.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found here pay and reward

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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.

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