Community Infrastructure and Planning Officer

Location
Rutland
Salary
£29,636 to £31,371 per annum
Posted
04 Jun 2019
Closes
27 Jun 2019
Ref
00328712
Contact
Candidate Services
Category
Public Sector
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Community Infrastructure and Planning Officer 

Rutland County Council is the smallest Unitary Authority in England, but just because we are a small team does not mean we cannot make a big difference, multum-in parvo is our motto! Rutland offers fantastic opportunities to make a real difference to the lives of residents in our local community – we really are one of the best places to live, learn, work, play and visit. This is your chance to become part of an amazing team, delivering great services throughout the county. 

We care passionately about planning positively for the sustainable growth of Rutland, and are looking to enhance our Planning Policy team to deliver our Local and Neighbourhood Plans. You will be joining the team at a crucial time in the delivery of our ambitious plans for growth, giving you the opportunity to further your knowledge and experience supporting development that will bring significant change to the County. 

Position: Community Infrastructure and Planning Obligations Officer 
Location: Rutland 
Job type: Full Time, Permanent 
Hours: 37 hours per week, undertake occasional evening and weekend meetings 
Salary: £29,636 to £31,371 per annum 

The closing date for applications is: Thursday 27 June 2019 
Interviews will take place on: Friday 12 July and Tuesday 16 July 2019 

About the role: 

As the Community Infrastructure and Planning Obligations Officer you will manage and administer the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) arising from development in Rutland, providing effective and efficient collection, monitoring and spending of associated monies. 

You will effectively manage and monitor the Section 106 (S106) process, particularly triggers for invoicing, payment and distribution, and supporting the timely spend of these contributions. 

Additionally, you will ensure that planning obligations are effectively delivered, monitored and enforced, enabling the Council to maximise the efficient and effective spend of CIL and S106 contributions, demonstrating successful outcomes from this money. 

Responsibilities: 

- Administer the Council’s CIL policy, validating and verifying forms, ensuring the correct mechanisms are in place for invoicing and payment, monitoring development in line with agreed liability and monitoring spend and enforcement 
- Process applications for exemptions and relief in accordance with Regulations and the Council Policy 
- Work closely across planning teams to ensure the correct implementation of policies, and with other service areas to support payment, spending and development commencement monitoring 
- Fully utilise IT systems to support CIL and S106 work, maintaining data integrity, liaising with system suppliers, and supporting employee training 
- Prepare reports on monies raised, spend profiles, projects and outcome of spend, as well as the identification of the infrastructure delivered. Present these reports to managers and Member Committees 
- Review processes and procedures used regarding CIL and S106 agreements both within the team and across a range of Council services. Make recommendations for further developments to improve the efficiency of the administration, quality and overall cost effectiveness of the service 
- Co-ordinate and manage a One Council approach to ensure that satisfactory internal IT, revenue collection, enforcement and other technical systems are in place to secure and utilise Community Infrastructure Levy and Planning Obligations receipts 
- Support the partnership based activities of the team (internally / externally) in Rutland, in the region and across the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to ensure that infrastructure projects to be funded through developer contributions are developed in a consistent, timely and cost effective manner 
- Assist with responses to consultation documents from government, other planning agencies and bodies and neighbouring planning authorities on CIL and planning obligations, and other strategies as appropriate 

This job description indicates the main areas of activity of this post. From time to time, however, other tasks / duties may be required but these will fall within the general areas of responsibility and grade of the post. 

About you: 

- Educated to A level standard (or equivalent), with GCSE Grade A-C, or equivalent in English and Maths 
- Experience of administering or developing systems supporting CIL and Planning Obligations, and Corporate / Financial monitoring systems 
- Demonstrable knowledge of planning legislation, government advice (policy, circulars and guidance notes), and awareness of general planning issues 
- Knowledge of the development management and planning policy process 
- Knowledge and understanding of CIL Regulations, statutory guidance and Section 106 agreements 
- Able to accurately collate, analyse and present complex information and data in a clear and concise way 
- Able to use a range of IT systems, email, word and excel 
- Mobile and able to work from various locations 

What we need from you: 

With knowledge of planning legislation, CIL regulations and Section 106 agreements, you will understand when monies need to be collected and how they can then be used to support further development. With experience of administering or developing systems to support these activities you know what’s needed to make this process efficient. Accurate in collating and presenting information, and with strong presentation and interpersonal skills, you will be able to engage with the community and other stakeholders. 

What we offer in return: 

Work that makes a difference to people’s lives within this beautiful county, in addition to structured salary reviews, local government pension scheme, discounted access to ‘Active Rutland’ keep fit activities and Flexi-Time to name just a few! 

We act as ‘One Council’ in all we do, with each of us working together in the most effective way to meet the needs of our customers every day – if you share this ethos then we really want to hear from you… 

Rutland County Council is committed to Equality and Diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. 

Everyone at Rutland County Council has a responsibility for, and is committed to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults and for ensuring that they are protected from harm. 

You may have experience of the following: Planning Officer, Town Planner, , Infrastructure Planner, Community Infrastructure Officer, Town Planning, Policy Officer, Development Control Planner, Urban Planning, Planning Officer, CIL, etc.

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