Darlington Borough Council: Conservation Officer

logo£34,788 – £37,849 pa (Band 11)
37 hrs pw, permanent
Vacancy ID: 009970

Darlington is an historic market town, located in the southernmost part of County Durham, on the border with North Yorkshire.  Darlington is part of the Tees Valley sub-region and is a Borough of 76 sq. km, one of the UK’s smallest Unitary Authorities.

We are looking to recruit a qualified Conservation Officer, ideally with full membership of the IHBC or working towards full membership, to provide support, guidance and advice to colleagues within the Planning Service, internal and external stakeholders and members of the public.

Darlington have a strong reputation for protecting their historic environment. As the Conservation Officer, you will be one of Darlington’s custodians of 17 conservation areas, over 550 listed buildings (8 Grade I & over 31 Grade II*) as well as 2 Registered Parks and Gardens many of them associated with the Darlington Quakers and Darlington’s railway heritage. You will have the opportunity to further develop a range of skills necessary for ensuring the best outcomes for the preservation and enhancement of the boroughs’ wide ranging heritage assets

You will be based within the Planning Policy, Economic Strategy and Environment team and responsibilities will include:

  • Assessing applications for Listed Building consent
  • Advising on Conservation and Urban Design issues for planning applications in Conservation Areas
  • Proactively addressing Heritage at Risk Working on heritage led regeneration schemes including the Stockton & Darlington Railway Heritage Action Zone.
  • Drafting and presenting reports to include Heritage Strategies, Statements of Significance, and Conservation Management Plans
  • Preparing, consulting and presenting Conservation Area Appraisals and their reviews
  • Act as an expert witness at Appeals
  • Listed building enforcement?

This is an excellent platform for you to progress a professional career in the historic environment.

In return, the rewards for working at the Council will go beyond the salary you will receive with numerous additional benefits such as:

– 31 days annual leave, plus public holidays
– Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme
– Enhanced Maternity/Paternity and Adoption Leave Payments
– Additional Leave Purchase Scheme
– Flexi Time Scheme
– Cycle to Work Scheme in partnership with Halfords
– Access to Occupational Health, Physiotherapy and Counselling Services
– Regular health and wellbeing initiatives
– Reduced membership to the Dolphin Centre’s ‘Fit 4 Life’ package

For detailed information on this role, please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification.

For a further informal discussion, please contact David Hand, Head of Planning Policy, Economic Strategy and Environment, on 01642 406294.

An online application form and further information are available from www.darlington.gov.uk/job-vacancies.

Alternatively, you can contact Xentrall Recruitment Services, Tel: (01642) 526992 or email: recruitment@xentrall.org.uk

Closing Date: 28/04/2019

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