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Neighbourhood Planning Officer

Job Description

The main purpose of this role is to deliver services under Locality’s neighbourhood planning (NP) support services contract with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

1. Work with colleagues to support groups to pursue neighbourhood development orders (NDOs) in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (NP) support service contract.

• Assessing applications for Technical Support to deliver a NDO.

• Delivering Technical Support to groups to help them decide whether a NDO is the best option and route for bringing development forward, and if so, help them to scope the work required reporting on the following key issues:

• Links to any neighbourhood development plan preparation;

• The proposed development;

• The likely site being considered including a review of constraints and barriers to the proposed development;

• Consideration of the site acquisition and land deal;

• Consideration of the likely means of development;

• Issues relating to viability and financing options.

• Assessing if the group is likely to succeed with preparing and delivering a NDO and where that is the case helping them develop a clear project plan and application for grant funding and for further Technical Support to help them achieve their NDO.

2. Work with colleagues to deliver other aspects of the NP support services contract

• Responding to enquiries, e.g. through the NP advice service, including those requiring detailed technical knowledge of planning. Providing support to colleagues to handle frequently asked questions.

• Reviewing the Technical Support work reports produced by AECOM and other subcontractors, making recommendations for changes or further work.

• Producing resources and copy for the website to provide advice and support for groups developing neighbourhood plans and NDOs.

• Promoting the support available through the neighbourhood planning support programme by producing copy for the website and neighbourhood planning newsletter and speaking at conferences etc, as well as working with communication colleagues to produce social media and other external content.

• Assessing neighbourhood planning grant applications and attending grant panels (where decisions are made)

• Organising and administering contractual meetings with MHCLG, AECOM and other subcontractors, including co-ordinating diaries, organising meeting rooms and taking minutes. Also contributing to the discussion at those meetings drawing on own work experience.

• To support the neighbourhood planning programme manager and grant manager in other ways from time to time to help ensure Locality can deliver peak demand for its neighbourhood planning support services.

3. Contribute to business development and meeting income targets

• Helping to ensure Locality staff (beyond the neighbourhood planning team) are kept up to date of planning initiatives and developments, so that they can deliver excellent support services to neighbourhood planning groups.

• Helping Locality identify and pursue new business opportunities to work with neighbourhood planning groups and others to realise the aspirations set out in their neighbourhood plan, for example for more affordable housing, community assets or environmental improvements. Including, developing and submitting tenders and grant applications and directly delivering advice where planning knowledge is required.

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Personal Specification

You should be able to demonstrate the following attributes, skills and experience. If you don’t feel able to demonstrate these in full straightaway, please let us know (in your personal statement) how you think you would quickly get to this level. We are as much concerned with your personal qualities as with your current skill levels. People who are team focused, friendly and genuinely driven by our work mission is really important to us. • A track record of successful delivery in the field of spatial planning, preferably including neighbourhood planning. • Working with community organisations to find solutions. • Chartered (or working towards) member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. • Ability to problem solve and find the most appropriate solutions for customers. • Excellent organisational skills. • Professional and warm communication manner, both on the phone and via email. • Excellent numeracy skills and attention to technical planning detail. • Excellent administration and IT skills, including proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Packages and preferable proficient in the use of customer relationship managements systems, such as salesforce. • Able to prioritise and stay calm in the face of pressure. • A belief in the power of local community. • A desire to create a fairer society. • To be flexible and able to respond to change. • To be solutions focused with a can-do attitude. • To be a good communicator.

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