Located at the heart of England’s Northwest and with a varied mix of cultural and leisure facilities and unique industrial heritage, St Helens offers great opportunities as a place to live and work. St Helens Borough Council plays a key role in the Liverpool City Region and wider area and has an acknowledged reputation as providing excellent planning services.
We are dealing with an exciting range of planning challenges, balancing needs for major new development linked to the Council’s growth agenda, against the protection of the Borough’s greenspaces and other environmental assets. We have recently adopted our ambitious new Local Plan.
We are looking for a Planning Assistant (Policy) who will play a key role - working with other team members – to undertake a wide range of planning policy work. This will include undertaking research, drafting and refining policies, and monitoring their effectiveness over time, while working collaboratively with colleagues, and liaising with members of the public. A key priority in the short term will be supporting the preparation of a number of Supplementary Planning Documents and the implementation of the new Local Plan.
You must have knowledge of current planning legislation, guidance and procedures, excellent communication skills, and the ability to negotiate, analyse, interpret and make judgements. You will be able to work independently to tight deadlines and be an effective team player with proficient IT skills. Ideally, you will also have experience of working in a town planning team and a recognised planning or similar qualification.
In line with our new ways of working, this role is hybrid and will involve working from home with occasional working in our agile hub at Atlas House in St Helens Town Centre.
Interested to Find Out More?
You can review our full job description details, and person specification information here.
You are also welcome to contact us for a chat before applying by contacting Lucy O'Doherty, Development Plans Manager at Lucyofirstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note we reserve the right to close the advert early should we receive a sufficient number of applications and encourage you to apply early, to avoid disappointment.
Equality & Diversity
St Helens Council respects and values the individuality that every employee brings. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, who share our values, our commitment to inclusion, and who will help us on our journey to transform our organisation. Further information about Equality & Diversity at St Helens Council can be found here https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/equality.
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