Our client is looking for an experienced Principal Planner to work on a 37 hour per week contract role to start on the 11-02-18 until the 14-06-18 with a likely extension to the contract role.Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday.The Duties of the Post include: The examination and processing of major planning applications as required by legislation. This will include:- a) Initiating appropriate consultations and notifications, to ensure that appropriate procedures have been pursued. b) Negotiating with the applicant or agent to overcome any difficulties or deficiencies in the proposals, and the preparation of appropriate correspondence pertaining to such matters. c) Determining what recommendation to make taking into account planning policy, consultation replies, legal advice, background history, site investigation, the environmental implications of the proposal, and observations received. The recommendation will include conditions of approval, s106 agreements or reasons for refusal. d) Preparation of Board reports setting out the proposal background, relevant planning policies, comments of consultees and interested parties, observations on the merits of the proposal, and the recommendation. e) Keeping detailed and accurate records of site inspections, as well as of relevant telephone calls and meetings. f) Liaison with officers of other departments and sections, elected members, relevant professions, and external authorities wherever appropriate. Representing the authority in negotiations with applicants, at public meetings and at meetings with public and private agencies. g) Preparing written representations and proofs of evidence setting out the considerations which led the Client to its decision, and giving evidence as a professional witness at planning and enforcement inquiries. Managing the enforcement work of the Development Control service through supervision of the Senior Enforcement Planner, Senior Site Investigation Officer, Site Investigation Officer and Case Officer in respect of enforcement work and systems to ensure effective use of resources in the distribution of case work and adequate recording of complaints, investigations and actions taken. Where major and significant breeches are concerned to work with and manage other Planning Control staff in dealing with all parties to ensure satisfactory outcomes from Council activity, including:- a) Initiating and preparing surveys for Tree Preservation Orders, preparing observations on Vehicle Operators’ Licences and other matters related to planning control. b) Providing information and advice in relation to planning control input into the statutory plan making process, Conservation Areas, Listed Buildings and environmental improvement generally. c) Keeping informed of changes in legislation and developments in the planning fields, which are relevant to the duties of the post. d) Action as Authorised and Delegated Officer in respect of the Client enforcement duties. e) Issuing of instructions to legal and other staff in respect of the service of notices and the preparation of cases for court action. f) Ensuring the Council’s case is effectively presented in appeals and hearings on enforcement work. Managing the householder and minor application work through the supervision of the Planning Technical Officer and the Planning Technician to ensure the effective administration of the Client's Planning duties in respect of minor householder applications including:- a) The recording and monitoring of applications and their progression. b) Acting as Authorised and Delegated Officer in respect of decisions and actions. SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE Relevant and proven track record within a Planning Control environment including at a Senior level. A record of successful involvement with major applications. Acting as a Cient witness. Involvement with Section 106 matters. Analysis of complex issues surrounding applications. Ability to make decisions on complex issues Knowledge and/or engagement in BVPI’s, Service Improvements Plans and PDG allocations QUALIFICATIONS Degree in Planning or related subject. MRTPI Professional qualification. Related Professional Training.