East Herts Council: Conservation and Urban Design Officer

logo£30,506 – £34,703, Grade 8  (inclusive of local weighting)
Full-time – 37 hrs pw (part-time working and job share considered)
Based in Wallfields, Hertford
Ref: DC012

An opportunity for a Conservation and Urban Design Officer has become available to work at our Wallfields as part of the Planning Service team

There couldn’t be a better time to join us. A new Local Plan is setting an exciting and ambitious policy agenda for our communities. We have big plans for growth including a range of strategic sites across the district, together with the investment and development of key locations in our town centres. We are also working in partnership with Epping Forest and Harlow Councils on the ‘Harlow and Gilston Garden Town’, which will set the benchmark for place shaping and delivering housing growth.

This is an exciting time to join us, with a busy programme of challenging work ahead.  There isn’t a better place to work on a varied and interesting Urban Design and Conservation caseload.

We are looking particularly for an individual who is passionate about the Urban Design agenda and who will be expanding their knowledge and experience whilst at the same time achieving our objective of achieving excellently designed new places.

The key responsibilities of the post holder will be the provision of expert advice to the development management service with regard to emerging development proposals.

About you
This role will suit a candidate with an investigating and inquisitive mind, challenging emerging designs and looking to secure innovative solutions to design issues.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A degree in a planning or related discipline;
  • Have, or be studying for a post graduate qualification in urban design or a similar discipline;
  • Be able to clearly articulate design issues;
  • Be able to demonstrate experience of similar work;
  • Be able to deliver work programmes within agreed timescales.

About us
East Herts is consistently rated as amongst the best areas in the country to live, with excellent schools and healthcare, a huge array of green space, beautiful waterways, unique market towns and picturesque villages.  We also enjoy high levels of employment and a diverse local economy.

The vision of the Council is to provide East Hertfordshire residents and businesses with a future that is prosperous and sustainable. In order to achieve this, a number of strategic objectives have been developed, which allow the Council in conjunction with its many partners to focus on the key issues that concern the residents of East Hertfordshire.

Whatever their role, everyone contributes to delivering great services to our local community. Our vision is to preserve the unique character of East Herts and ensure it remains one of the best places to live and work. To accomplish this, our focus is to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities, enhance the quality of people’s lives and enable a flourishing local economy.

Our team is at the very heart of our council – we recognise that together with our elected members, we make the difference to our local communities. We are dedicated to staff development and individual success within a team framework. To help our staff deliver, we provide a supportive work environment, development opportunities and work to help everyone achieve their potential, whilst enjoying a positive work-life balance.

Benefits of working for us
A variety of flexible working options available, including part-time working, job share, compressed hours and home working

  • Flexi-time scheme
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Local Government pension scheme
  • Generous annual leave
  • A range of discounts including high street retailers and local leisure centres
  • Professional environment where your career path really matters and your development is supported by the organisation
  • Flexible and supportive team

As part of our Green Travel agenda we actively encourage employees to explore more economical and eco-friendly means of travel to work, e.g. public transport, cycle, walk or car share, and support this through a number of initiatives such as Liftshare.

For a confidential and informal discussion about these roles, please contact the following:

  • Kevin Steptoe, Head of Planning & Building Control on 01992 531407
  • Mike Brown, Senior Conservation & Urban Design Officer on 01992 531551

For full details and how to apply please APPLY ONLINE

Closing date:  Tuesday 28 August at 5pm

If you do not hear from us within 2 weeks of the closing date please assume that your application has not been successful.

If your application has been successful, the recruiting manager will contact you to invite you to an interview.  We hope you enjoy the process and look forward to making contact with you very soon.

EHC is an equal opportunity employer committed to embracing a diverse and inclusive work environment. We aim to attract and retain the best people regardless of their gender, marital/parental status, ethnic origin, nationality, age, background, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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