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Gypsy and Traveller Compliance Officer
  • Employer: Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Reference: CBED/21/10058
  • Published: Mon 12/07/2021, 13:50 PM
  • Closing on: Wed 28/07/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £30,000 - £39,999
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Dunstable, Bedfordshire

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Gypsy and Traveller Compliance Officer

Team: Place & Communities - Leisure, Libraries & Countryside

Job Family: Directing - CBG11
Salary: £34,033 - £37,132 per annum pro rata
Hours: Full-time, 37 hours per week

Base Location: Thorn Turn Depot, Dunstable

Contract Type: Permanent
Closing Date: 28th July 2021
Interview Date: 20th August 2021


More about the role:

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Councils new Gypsy and Traveller Unit playing a critical role in ensuring Gypsy and Traveller sites across Central Bedfordshire comply with planning legislation. The Unit is a dedicated front-line resource covering a broad range of Gypsy and Traveller taking a balanced approach to engagement, support, compliance and enforcement.  This area of work is both challenging and complex, but success delivers tangible, positive rewards and outcomes.


The role involves managing and coordinating the investigation and, as appropriate, the enforcement of alleged breaches of planning control on Gypsy and Traveller sites in Central Bedfordshire and support the Gypsy and Traveller Unauthorised Encampment Officer to reduce the number of unauthorised encampments in Central Bedfordshire.  You will ensure that investigations and assessments are undertaken in a timely manner and you will help to resolve breaches of planning control and when this is not possible you will guide decisions on enforcement action, advise internal and external colleagues and represent the Council when required

You will have demonstrable experience of planning enforcement, ideally in a Local Authority, and the preparation of reports and statements for formal action and serving notices.

You will have demonstrable experience of planning enforcement, ideally in a Local Authority, and the preparation of reports and statements for formal action and serving notices.  You will also have experience of working with the Gypsy and Traveller community.  Some of the issues you will face will need tenacity, empathy, patience and understanding.

You will need excellent communication, partnership and collaboration skills to work to resolve what can often be very challenging issues.  You will be committed to delivering high standards and delivering excellent customer service and enjoy working in a team focused on delivering tangible outcomes.


The Council has set out its vision for Central Bedfordshire to be a great place to live and work.  The vision is about providing opportunities, tackling inequalities, increasing access to services and support, allowing people to feel safe and providing places to live for all our residents.  Often these issues are more complex for our Gypsy and Traveller residents. 


Join us, and take advantage of our rewards package, flexible working and the chance to learn and progress. Find your greatness by helping us to enhance our existing Gypsy and Traveller work.


Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work'.


For an informal discussion about this position, please contact: Helen Heanes at or on 0300 300 5344.



Central Bedfordshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees, volunteers and contractors to share this commitment. This post is subject to the disclosure of criminal records.  


Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in the workplace. We are a Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.