Senior Planning Officer / Planning Specialist (Town and Country Planning)

Contract Type
Brampton , Ipswich
Expiry Date
This is an opportunity to work with customers and partners across East Anglia, to create a positive legacy as the region continues to undergo significant growth and regeneration.

Job Description

This is an opportunity to work with customers and partners across East Anglia, to create a positive legacy as the region continues to undergo significant growth and regeneration. As a Planning Specialist you will use your knowledge of the planning system to ensure it is delivered in a sustainable way that protects our unique but vulnerable environment.

Working closely with our technical teams, you will address some of the biggest challenges facing the area including future water resources and continued protection of communities impacted by flooding. The role offers opportunities to deepen your professional planning knowledge and develop your project management, innovation and leadership skills.

Your work will also involve:

• seeking opportunities to expand our strategic planning and early engagement service so that we can influence early stages of development;

• leading on the team’s high profile work-streams including major projects and strategic planning matters;

• providing technical leadership which inspires and motivates the team and other colleagues;

• working collaboratively and developing excellent relationships with customers and stakeholders at all levels, within and outside the organisation;

• leading or participating in internal projects and working groups, locally and nationally, to achieve integrated solutions that progress continuous improvement.

The team  
The Sustainable Places team is part of a cross cutting department that works in partnership with internal and external stakeholders to deliver EA2025 goals.

We use a place-based approach to influence strategic plans, planning applications and Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects, working closely with technical teams to evaluate environmental data, evidence and assessments.

We are a positive, friendly and hardworking team who take pride in protecting and enhancing the environment for future generations.

Experience/skills required  
You will be able to demonstrate the following.
• Knowledge of the UK planning system and relevant legislation, particularly relating to local plans/supporting evidence and development management workstreams
• Dealing with and advising on development issues and/or on complex environmental problems;
• Excellent interpersonal skills to provide exceptional technical leadership and maintain relationships with customers and stakeholders;
• Demonstrable successful influencing of organisations and people;
• Communicating strategic and technical issues to a range of audiences;
• A proven ability to achieve results and proactively identify and solve problems.

It would be helpful, but not essential, if you had:
• An understanding of the political framework we work within;
• Project management skills to assist your ability to work flexibly and respond to contesting demands in a challenging but rewarding workload environment;
• Membership or demonstration of progression towards membership of a relevant professional body.

Contact and additional information  
In East Anglia we want to create a diverse workplace where individuals are respected, valued and listened to. We’re all different, and by embracing Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) we can become an equal opportunity employer where we grow and learn together.

It is our ambition to champion diversity through building a workforce as diverse as the communities we serve.

We will accommodate working from home but you'll be required to attend your base location on a regular basis, either Ipswich or Brampton.

For further details about this role please contact either:
Jo Firth (Sustainable Places Team Leader, Ipswich) on 0207 714 0801
Adam Ireland (Sustainable Places Team Leader, Brampton) on 0203 025 1777

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