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Planning Compliance Apprentice - NR7 0WF



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Other Information: 2 year fixed term contract 

Join a growing team to deliver a growing place!

South Norfolk and Broadland Council have an ambitious growth agenda with some significant projects to deliver including large scale residential schemes and urban extensions, key employment sites including enterprise zones, and an emerging local plan for Greater Norwich to deliver against. We recognise that the key to our success is our multi-disciplinary team and we are seeking to grow and expand our existing team.

This is a unique opportunity to work within a team and help shape, influence and be at the forefront of creating high quality places and sustainable new communities. 

What you could be part of…                

We are an ambitious organisation and a dynamic, forward thinking, and proactive multi-disciplinary Development Management team; seeking to deliver against the growth agenda, shaping and creating sustainable communities and protecting and enhancing our rich cultural heritage and landscape.

Covering two council areas around the city of Norwich we have a large growth agenda to deliver against.  The two Councils receive circa 4000 planning applications year, covering a diverse area including urban areas, rural areas and vibrant market towns, and serve approximately 260,000 residents and 10,000 businesses across 161 parishes.  Our work therefore encompasses both urban and rural planning, residential, retail, commercial and agricultural development.

We also have a significant number of large-scale sites and projects to deliver across the two council areas including:

  • Local Development Orders for employment areas to stimulate further economic growth;
  • A number of Development Consent Orders for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) including renewable energy, power distribution and highways projects;
  • Large urban extensions at various stages of the planning process;
  • A number of growing and high profile employment areas and sites

Role Snapshot:

  • Assisting the planning team in the investigations of alleged breaches of planning control.
  • Assisting with tasks related to the collection of evidence and progression of enforcement action.
  • Ensuring that records of all complaints into alleged breaches of planning control are maintained in accordance with the highest professional and legal standards.
  • Assisting the compliance officers and compliance manager in drafting the necessary documentation /notices in liaison with the councils’ legal advisors.
  • Monitoring compliance with planning conditions as deemed appropriate by the compliance manager.
  • Assist in the preparation of evidence on behalf of the councils for any court hearing related to an enforcement matter.

Essential requirements

  • Numeracy and literacy skills, minimum GCSE or equivalent in Maths and English
  • Ability and willingness to study for the Regulatory and Compliance level 4 qualification including off the job training opportunities (20%) or Level 3 Public Sector Compliance Investigation qualification
  • A full UK driving licence
  • IT skills.
  • Accurate and organised record keeping skills..
  • Good observation and information gathering skills, able to identify and gather relevant and necessary evidence.
  • Ability to make decisions within defined procedures/legislation.
  • Ability to remain calm and focussed during confrontational and pressured situations.

Please refer to the attached Role Profiles for further insights and job specifications.

Why Work For Us?

Do you want to know more about why our staff work for us? Our website has a fantastic why work for us section where our staff tell us what makes working for the Councils so special.

What Flexible and Agile Working Arrangements do we Offer?

The Councils understand the importance of operating a work life balance in the modern world. The Councils operate a flexible working policy and agile working options available for employees where operationally possible.

What Roles Do the Councils Offer?

The Councils operate a vast and diverse number of services for our residents, so with this comes a vast and diverse amount of job roles within the Councils. Our website has a great graphic showing all our job families and roles within the Councils. From here you can plan your career with the Councils or get some ideas on other roles that you may be interested in.

What Benefits do our Employees Receive?

View all our amazing staff benefits on offer for our employees. Our website has a brilliant benefits section allowing you to see the range of discounts, exclusive offers and total rewards our employees receive. Make sure you stop by to find out more information.

What Employer Accreditations do we Hold?

The Councils have a range of employer accreditations that we have worked very hard to achieve. Our website has a full descriptive list of all our current accreditations and what this means for our employees.

What Wellbeing Support do our Staff Have Access to?

The Councils want to ensure all our employees have a safe comfortable place to work, ensuring that employees feel empowered to actively manage their own wellbeing both at work and at home. The Councils have a large wellbeing section available on the website outlining our commitment to the wellbeing of the employees of the Council.

Where are we advertising?

Internally and Externally

If external, please apply via our website. If internal, please apply via submitting your expression of interest to the relevant recruiting manager; a template for an expression of interest can be found on Connect.

Key Information:

If you any questions about the role, then please don’t hesitate to contact the recruiting manager or the HR Team, who will be happy to answer any questions on the role or the Councils.

Closing date: 04 June 2023 at 11:30 pm

The Councils reserve the right to close any and all vacancies at any time if there is judged to be a sufficient number of applications received.

Interview date: To be confirmed

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