Oldham Council: Planning Officer – Conservation

£32,234 – £35,745 pa
Full time (36.66 hrs pw), permanent
Based: Civic Centre, West Street, Oldham, OL1 1UH
Ref: G7/OL-44925

Role Overview:
Working within the council’s Planning Service, you will work to conserve and enhance Oldham’s historic environment – through providing specialist conservation expertise on planning applications and contributing to the preparation and implementation of planning policies including Oldham’s Local Plan and Places for Everyone (Greater Manchester Joint Plan) as well as shaping regeneration aspirations for Oldham.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To provide appropriate advice or information as necessary regarding planning applications, enforcement cases, appeals, pre-applications and related matters that impact the boroughs heritage assets.
  • Determining planning applications with a conservation or heritage focus and listed building consents.
  • Helping prepare local planning policies, including supporting evidence, that will form part of the planning policy framework for the borough.
  • Implementing policies and recommendations relating to the historic environment, including those from management plans and strategies.
  • Undertaking planning related tasks such as planning briefs, design guidance, conservation character appraisals and the blue plaque scheme.

Key Requirements:

To succeed in this role you will need as a minimum:

  • A relevant degree (or equivalent) in at least one of the following areas: Historic Building Conservation, Town and Country Planning and / or Architecture. Membership (or eligibility for membership) of the Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) is necessary.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required to effectively advise and support senior officers, with confidence to challenge where appropriate based on evidence.
  • The ability to appraise the historic environment and any proposals which may affect its significance and to make recommendations on the suitability of proposals or ways to mitigate and / or enhance the historic environment.

About Us:
Oldham is committed to developing a Co-operative future; one where citizens, partners and staff work together to improve the borough.  Anyone joining the council is coming into an ambitious organisation with big plans. We are working hard to build a brighter future for our borough and we need people from a wide range of backgrounds to continue delivering the best for our communities.

Oldham offers a varied historic environment, including the villages of the Pennine edge and a rich industrial heritage. Alongside Historic England, the Council has commissioned a Mills Strategy to develop a positive strategy for the sustainable future of the remaining textile mill stock across the borough.

In 2019, the council also adopted the Oldham Town Centre Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan to address issues relating to the at-risk conservation area. The council is committed to regenerating Oldham Town Centre and the historic environment plays an important role in this.

The Council has a clear set of Values and Behaviours, our Values outline how we do business and we share these borough wide with our residents, partners and businesses.  Internally we have translated these values into five cooperative behaviours which outline the priority areas of focus for all staff at all levels. You can view the Values and Behaviours on our Greater. Jobs pages.

Please note that should a vacancy that has been released for internal or external recruitment be deemed suitable for an at risk employee, it can be pulled back at any point up to the post being formally offered to an external candidate or an internal candidate that is not at risk of redundancy.

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Closing Date: Sunday 18th April 2021

Shortlisting: w/c Monday 19th April 2021
Interviews: w/c Monday 26th April 2021

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