PLANNING ASSISTANT

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Salary: Competitive

Planning Officer Purpose of the job * The Planning Officer will be responsible for the processing of Development Management matters including within a function based team including responsibility for the handling of pre-application advice, major and minor planning applications, conditions, appeals including negotiations with developers and other interested parties, securing financial and other community benefits through legal agreements. * The Planning Officer will ensure, in conjunction with colleagues, that statutory and legal obligations are delivered and communicated in a customer-focussed manner, optimising available resources, ensuring the best achievable outcome. * The Planning Officer will be accountable to the Major Applications Team Leader and Deputy for achieving agreed Service outcomes and personal appraisal targets which uphold the Council’s Core Values and meet the challenges of best practice. * To provide advice and support to junior colleagues within the service as required * To represent the Council at appropriate Public Inquiries and Informal hearings Person Specification SKILLS AND ABILITIES Communication * Ability to write complex planning reports and a wide range of correspondence relating to Development Management and other planning issues. * Ability to communicate effectively with service users and stakeholders e.g. negotiations, presenting evidence or advice in a public forum within Hackney’s diverse community. Managing Projects and Resources * Ability to handle an extensive workload, including ability to act on own initiative, prioritise and meet strict deadlines. * Ability to use new technology to assist in improving service delivery and personal performance. * Managing Services and Delivery * Ability to contribute effectively to team working. Knowledge * Ability to promote and implement equal opportunities in accordance with Council guidelines. * Ability to understand plans and drawings and other relevant technical information related to planning applications and projects. * Ability to operate IT systems and equipment. * A good understanding of planning legislation and the plan-led system. * Knowledge of planning issues as they affect the inner city. * Knowledge of Best Practice. apply by sending your CV

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