Our Latest Jobs

Below, are our current live vacancies for you to browse and consider.

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  • Neighbourhood Management Officer

    South West - £350 - £700 per day

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    • To ensure the advertisement and allocation of empty dwellings are undertaken within the prescribed timescales ensuring visits such as pre- tenancies/ termination and void management are instigated and completed.
    • To be aware and make the best use of tools, mechanisms, authority and processes to most effectively and efficiently address and resolve issues identified in all breaches of the tenancy conditions.
    • To effectively maintain the conditions of the external environment of the managed area, managing service contracts and encouraging tenant involvement within in the managed patch, being innovative and creative in sustaining this interaction. .
    • To monitor, identify and action any cases of tenancy fraud and safeguarding by establishing effective partnerships and following recommended policies and guidelines
    • To make sure effective liaison with internal services and external agencies to ensure appropriate care and support packages are being delivered to vulnerable tenants
    • To support and achieve the service and performance and service targets set within the housing management service
    • To effectively manage and administrate the requests for transfers and Mutual Exchanges, Homeswapper and tenancy inspections
    • To be aware of the need and to initiate, direct and lead on estate plans and profiling information, which contribute to the priorities for improvement in services, estates and communities by the housing service
  • Planning Officer

    South East - £20 - £30 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    We are working with a Local Authority based in Berkshire who are looking to welcome a Planning Officer to the team, to assist in dealing with an influx of work. The contract is initially 6 months, likely to be extended.

    Your caseload will generally consist of householder applications, therefore, experience with these applications is required. They are looking for someone to come in and hit the ground running with processing applications.

    Rates for this position are negotiable. There is also the opportunity of flexible home working and compressed hours.

    If you're interested in this role, please do not hesitate to give Amy a call. The council are looking for the right Planning Officer to start ASAP.

    Amy has experience working with Local Authorities within the South West/Central England. Should you be looking for other positions in these areas, please get in touch so we can discuss further!

  • Planning Officer

    North East - £20 - £25 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    We are working with a local authority based in Durham, who are looking to take on a Planning Officer on a contract basis, to assist in dealing with an influx of work in the absence of permanent members of staff.

    Your caseload will generally consist of householder and minor applications. The region is a mix of rural and urban, so experience in both would be beneficial.

    The contract will initially run for 3 months, but should everything go well for both parties, will be highly likely to extend beyond this. The hourly rate is negotiable to an extent and will depend on your level of relevant experience.

    This local authority can accommodate flexible working arrangements and home working for a number of days a week, given that work is completed in a timely manner and to a high standard.

    If you would like any further information on this role and the local authority you would be working for, do give me a call or drop me an email, alex@park-avenue.co.uk, 020 3795 4835.

  • Planning Officer

    West Midlands - £30 - £35 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    Park Avenue has been instructed to source candidates for a Local Planning Authority in the West Midlands, for an initial 3-month contract with a view to extend.

    This role will be include working on a caseload of varying types of Planning Applications, from householders and changes of use, up to single and multiple dwellings.

    The hourly rate for this position is dependent on your level of relevant experience; ideally you will have at least 2 years working experience in development management. Rates are dependable on your experience. You would also be able to work a compressed week (37 hours into 4 days).

    If you have any questions regarding this position, please do get in touch. It is with a local authority I have been working with for a while now and know well. Should you be looking for positions more generally in the UK, I would love to hear from you, and be happy to advise on the market at present.

    If you would like more information on the rate of pay you can expect, or location of this role, please don't hesitate to contact me on 020 3795 4835 or via email at alex@park-avenue.co.uk

  • Housing Options Officer

    South West - Up to £25 per hour

    Contract Type: Permanent

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    Homelessness Prevention Officer

    About the job

    As a Homelessness Prevention Officer, you will be expected to manage your own portfolio of cases with clients to measure and evaluate their housing needs and the options available to them. You will provide housing advice with the intention of preventing homelessness and supporting clients through the entire process from prevention to relief.

    About the person


    The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic, highly driven, compassionate individual with exceptional communication skills, someone who holds extensive experience within the housing options/homelessness prevention sector and who wants to make a difference to the homeless epidemic we are currently facing.

    We are looking for someone who is able to exhibit a sense of responsibility towards a constantly changing sector, a willingness to learn and someone with superb customer service skills.


    Additional Information

    We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Applicants should be aware that the post will only be offered to successful candidate's subject to an Enhanced DBS check as well as other employment clearances.

  • Principal Planning Officer

    South West - £35 - £45 per hour + Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A Local Authority in the beautiful area of Gloucestershire are looking to recruit an experienced Principal Planning Officer with experience of dealing with major sites.

    The council are offering a 12 month contract on a part time basis, around 3 days a week.

    Successful candidates for this role will have acquired practical experience as a Principal Planning Officer within a major's applications team.

    This position has the opportunity of flexible home working. The rate is currently under negotiation; if you have a rate in mind please do let me know and I will try my best to achieve this for you.

    You will need to have a full driver's licence and access to a car for site visits.

    The manager is looking to collect CV's, with a view to conduct telephone interviews as soon as possible. If you're interested in this role, please do not hesitate to give Amy a call on 02037954828 for more details. Alternatively, you can send your CV to amy@park-avenue.co.uk and she can give you more

    Amy has experience working with Local Authorities within the South West of England and Central England. Should you be looking for other positions in these regions please get in touch so we can discuss further!

  • Planning Enforcement Officer

    South East - £30 - £35 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    As an Enforcement Officer within the team, your main duties will be

    • To handle enforcement cases, and particularly to monitor progress of these cases following the issue of formal notices or action
    • To investigate cases of alleged unauthorised development and contraventions of planning control reported to the Council and to report on the facts established
    • To prepare and issue Requisitions for information and Planning Contravention Notices; preparing site plans and to draft Enforcement and all other planning enforcement related Notices
    • To prepare written evidence in connection with Planning Enforcement Appeals and related matters and to present expert evidence at planning Hearings, Public Inquiries and in Court proceedings

    This position will last for an initial 3-4 months and will be extended beyond this period should all go well. The rate of pay will be dependent upon your level and amount of relevant experience, and the hiring manager has asked that candidates be put forward with a suggested desired pay rate, which we will be happy to advise on.

    The council are happy to offer flexible working arrangements; a compressed week or home working is available.

  • Senior Enforcement Officer

    South East - £35 - £40 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    As a Senior Enforcement Officer within the team, your main duties will be

    • To handle the more complex enforcement cases, and particularly to monitor progress of these cases following the issue of formal notices or action
    • To investigate cases of alleged unauthorised development and contraventions of planning control reported to the Council and to report on the facts established
    • To prepare and issue Requisitions for information and Planning Contravention Notices; preparing site plans and to draft Enforcement and all other planning enforcement related Notices
    • To prepare written evidence in connection with Planning Enforcement Appeals and related matters and to present expert evidence at planning Hearings, Public Inquiries and in Court proceedings
    • To monitor progress on the implementation of Section 106 Agreements and undertakings

    This role will also have you taking the lead on the complete review of the enforcement plan within the Local Authority. The authority is incredibly busy with a wide range of cases to undertake.

    This position will last for an initial 3 months and is likely to be extended beyond this period. The rate of pay will be dependent upon your level and amount of relevant experience.

    The council are happy to offer flexible working arrangements; a compressed week or home working is available.

  • Deputy Manager

    South East - £45 - £55 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    This is an exciting opportunity to take a step into management, or further your current skills in this area, and make your mark on a borough which is experiencing increasing growth. Your position will involve:

    • Managing and leading the borough wide Development Management team, including allocations of workload in relation to planning applications of all types, together with negotiations, correspondence, appeal and informal enquiries from the public and developers.
    • Deputising for the Group Manager (DM and Building Control) as necessary.
    • Dealing with appeals and supporting others in dealing with appeals.
    • Managing the customer interface of the borough-wide team.
  • Exclusive role: Senior Planning Officer

    South East - £30 - £35 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    The contract would be for an initial 3-6 months, with the possibility of an extension dependant upon performance. Flexible hours and home working arrangements can be negotiated, however, there will probably be an initial 2-3 days.

    The council are looking for a Planner with recent experience working in a local authority on planning applications, and who can join the team and very quickly pick up the work. The area is rural with some urban pockets, and there will need to be able to drive for site visits.

  • Principal Planning Officer **OUTSIDE IR35**

    South East - £35 - £40 per hour + Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A Local Authority in Buckinghamshire are looking to welcome an experienced Principal Planning Officer to their team. This is on an initial 3 month rolling contract, with scope to be extended, should everything go well. This position will fall OUTSIDE IR35.

    The council are looking to recruit an individual who can hit the ground running, processing complex major applications on a large scale. A Town Planning related degree or diploma, and exceptional written and communication skills are essential.

    The rate is dependent on previous experience. This role has opportunity for flexible home working and compressed hours.

    You will need to have a full driver's licence and access to a car for site visits.

    If you're interested in this role, please do not hesitate to give Amy a call on 02037954828 for more details. Alternatively, you can send your CV to amy@park-avenue.co.uk and she can give you more information.

    Amy has experience working with Local Authorities within the South West and Central England, should you be looking for other positions in this region please get in touch so we can discuss further!

  • Housing Options Officer

    South West - £16 - £24 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    Position: Interim Housing Options Officer

    If you have vast previous experience in Housing Options/Needs, providing advice and solutions for the homeless then we've got the job for you.

    You will be providing customers with housing advice with a strong focus on homelessness prevention; seeing customers through all stages of the process including personalised housing plans and a decision on their homeless application if prevention or relief has not been possible.

    The role is full-time, working 40 hours per week.

    Do you have…

    • Background in homelessness prevention casework
    • Knowledge and understanding of the Housing Law and Section 184 of the Housing Act
    • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
    • Experience of case management systems

    Application Deadline: 7th June 2019

    Interviews: TBC

  • Regeneration Manager

    South West - £300 - £400 per day + Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am working with a Local Authority in the West Country who are looking to recruit an Interim Regeneration Manager. This position is initially 9 months, likely to be extended, should everything go well.

    They are looking for someone who can come in and be responsible for the planning, co- ordination, direct implementation and delivery of the area's Regeneration Schemes. The appropriate person will have experience developing a project plan and managing planning processes. As well as experience planning and managing budgets associated with relevant programmes.

    The contract is initially 9 months, likely to be extended. The council can offer a degree of compressed working hours/flexible working. Rates are to be negotiated, depending on relevant experience.

    If you are interested in this post, do not hesitate to send your CV or give Amy and call/email and she can give you more information!

  • Development Management Planning Officer

    East Anglia - £30 - £33 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with a Local Authority in Essex who are looking for a Planning Officer to join the team on an initial 3-month basis. The council is situated in a beautiful, rural part of the county, with a range of applications requiring attention.

    The role will have you working on householder and minor applications, as well as certificates of law amongst other issues. There is quite a high volume of applications within the authority at present and with that, they are looking at someone who is able to hit the ground running with little to no supervision.

    The council will be able to accommodate some home working, provided that the applications are being dealt with and the council are seeing results. They will be able to provide you with a laptop and headphones to allow you to make and receive phone calls when you are working remotely. Due to the rural nature of the authority, having access to your own car to perform site visits is necessary to this post.

    The council are able to pay between £30 - £33p/h for this position, however there may be scope for this to be increased for an exceptional contractor. If you wish to be considered for the post, please do apply below!

  • Principal Development Management Planner (Strategic Sites)

    South East - £43 - £46 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with a Cambridgeshire based Local Planning Authority, who are looking for a Principal Planning Officer to join the team during an exciting time for the area, with the creation of a new town. The scheme is for approximately 5000 dwellings, and requires someone with experience of working at this level before. The contract is for an initial 6-month period, and is highly likely to be extended.

    Your main purposes in this role are as follows:

    • To ensure all major growth sites and a range of strategic planning applications are developed in accordance with national policy, the Development Plans and local government strategies.
    • To provide professional advice regarding a range of planning matters associated with development control and new communities including pre-application enquiries/ planning performance agreements.
    • To work in partnership, and as part of joint planning arrangements, with other agencies and developers to deliver quality sustainable communities.
    • To manage the work carried out by a team of officers and consultants under the direction of the Team Manager to create and support sustainable communities .
    • To assist the Team Manager within the team with handling appeals and applications.
    • To process all planning applications assigned to the postholder in an efficient and time effective way.
    • To achieve the appropriate balance between customer focus, quality and timeliness.
    • To ensure that growth areas are quality developments, reflecting the spirit and purpose of the Planning Permissions, Master Plan, and design guidance.
    • To process all planning applications and project work assigned to the post holder in an efficient and time effective way, typically, these will tend to be medium-large applications.
    • Actively monitoring and reviewing decisions taken is an essential part of the job.
    • Providing general planning guidance to statutory, non-statutory, public bodies and the general public.
    • To assist/guide developers in the formulation of quality planning applications, master plans and design guidance.
    • To work flexibly in response to the priorities of the wider Planning Service.

    It is essential that you have experience working on strategic sites of large-scale outline applications, Environmental Impact Assessments, stakeholder management and community engagement. You must also be a capable project manager and be adept in negotiation. You must have a degree or diploma in Town Planning, or a related discipline and hold full or licentiate membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

    You must have access to your own car to carry out site visits for this role. Home working can be negotiated with the LPA once thorough the interview stage.

    The rate for this role will be commensurate with the successful contractors previous experience, but is expected to be in the £43 - £46 p/h range.

  • Senior Planning Officer

    South West - £30 - £40 per hour + Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with a Local Authority client in Somerset, who are recruiting for a Senior Planning Officer on an interim basis.

    Ideally, they are looking for an experienced Development Management Planner who is capable of taking on a mixed caseload of planning applications, including householder, low risk minor applications and small majors.

    The position will be a 6 month initial contract, but it is highly likely to roll on for longer than this provided both parties are happy. They are open to considering part-time working arrangements, home working and compressed hours. The rate is currently be negotiated, if you tell me a rate best suited for you, I will do my best to achieve this.

    The council are looking for a Planner with recent experience working in a Local Authority on planning applications, and who can join the team and very quickly pick up the work. You will need to be able to drive for site visits for this role.

    The managers are conducting interviews next week. If you are interested in this post or any other roles within the South West, do not hesitate to get in touch!

  • Principal Planning Officer

    South West - £30 - £40 per hour + Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A Local Authority in the beautiful area of Somerset are looking to recruit an experienced Planning Officer at Principal level with experience of dealing with major applications.

    The contract will initially run for 6 months, but should everything go well for both parties, will be highly likely to extend beyond this.

    Successful candidates for this role will have acquired practical experience as a Planner in development management with a proven track record processing applications, with a Town Planning related degree or diploma, and exceptional written and communication skills.

    This position has the opportunity of flexible home working. The rate is currently under negotiation; if you have a rate in mind please do let me know and I will try my best to achieve this for you.

    The manager is conducting telephone interviews this week. If you are interested, do not hesitate to be in touch.

  • Estates Surveyor - Buckinghamshire

    South East - £40 - £45 per hour + Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A local authority based in the Buckinghamshire area are currently seeking an experienced Estates Surveyor. The role will be to support the professional estate service and project team for the Council in undertaking their asset and estate management responsibilities. It will include undertaking a range of estate management, asset disposal and asset transfer related duties.

    About the role:

    • You will undertake various landlord and tenant matters associated with commercial and operational assets
    • Various estate management issues including negotiating and granting licences, way leavers, easements resolving land ownership
    • Asset Valuations & provide valuation advice
    • Manage property disposals contributing to the capital programme and seeking out opportunities for disposal and development which are economically beneficial

    About You:

    Ideally you will be MRICS with an educated degree within a relevant subject. You will be at an advantage if you can demonstrate a knowledge of rating and asset valuation and have experience of working in Local Government.

    The position will run until at least the end of August 2019 with a posibility of extension and the rate is upwards of £45 an hour.

    If you have any questions regarding this position, please do get in touch. It is with a local authority I have been working with for a while now and know well. Should you be looking for positions more generally in the home counties area, I would love to hear from you, and be happy to advise on the market at present.

  • Development Management Team Leader

    East Midlands - £45 - £50 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    Park Avenue are working in partnership with a local authority in Nottinghamshire, who are looking to bring on an experienced Planner to take the position of Development Management Team Leader.

    This is an exciting opportunity to take a step into management, or further your current skills in this area, and make your mark on a borough which is experiencing increasing growth. Your position will involve:

    • Managing and leading the borough wide Development Management team, including allocations of workload in relation to planning applications of all types, together with negotiations, correspondence, appeal and informal enquiries from the public and developers.
    • Deputising for the Group Manager (DM and Building Control) as necessary.
    • Dealing with appeals and supporting others in dealing with appeals.
    • Managing the customer interface of the borough-wide team.

    I appreciate that this is a brief summary; if you would like any further information on this role and the local authority you would be working for, do give me a call or drop me an email, alex@park-avenue.co.uk, 020 3795 4835.

    Our experienced consultants have been recruiting for local authorities nationwide for many years; we specialise only in Planning and are always keen to hear from Planners who would like advice about their next career move.

  • Senior Planning Officer

    South West - £30 - £40 per hour + Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    We are working with a Local Planning Authority in Devon who are seeking a Senior Planner to join their team, to assist during a busy period and cover in the absence of a permanent member of staff.

    This role will involve working on a mixed caseload of applications, from more minor proposals, up to submissions for residential sites of around 50 dwellings. The initial term of the contract will be 6-9 months, but it is highly likely to roll on beyond this dependent upon performance.

    This council is set up for home working, and flexible working arrangements can be discussed.

    Ideally you will have experience in Local Authority planning (DM) and be able to hit the ground running with a caseload of applications.

    The manager is looking to conduct telephone interviews and face to face interviews this week, for a start ideally ASAP, though they will wait for the right candidate.

    The council are looking for the right Planner to start asap, so do not hesitate to contact Amy on 02037954828. Alternatively, you can send your CV to amy@park-avenue.co.uk and she can give you more information.

    Amy has experience working with local authorities within the South West/Central England, should you be looking for other positions in this region please get in touch so we can discuss further!

  • Policy Planning Officer

    South East - £30 - £40 per hour + Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    We are working with a Local Authority in Oxfordshire who have a requirement for an experienced Planning Policy professional.

    The council can offer flexible home working, compressed or part time working arrangements for the duration of the contract which will be a minimum of 3 months, most likely rolling on after that.

    The councils require help in developing and progressing their Local Plans.

    Duties will include

    • Coordinating extensive consultation exercises through liaison with community groups and strategic partners etc.
    • Draft technical planning policy documents in conjunction with updating and revising existing documents.
    • Progress Local Plan policies through all relevant informal and statutory procedures
    • Review and update existing evidence base and policy documents to maximise the effectiveness of the councils Local Plan and emerging policies.
    • Prepare statutory and non-statutory supporting documents.
    • Conduct member briefings

    The manager is looking to collect CV'S as soon as possible. If you are interested, do not hesitate to get in touch. Amy has experience working with Local Authorities in the South West and Home Counties should you be looking for other positions in these regions please get in touch so we can discuss further!

  • Policy Planning Officer

    South East - £30 - £40 per hour + Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    We are working with a Local Authority in Oxfordshire who have a requirement for an experienced Planning Policy professional.

    The council can offer flexible home working, compressed or part time working arrangements for the duration of the contract which will be a minimum of 3 months, most likely rolling on after that.

    The councils require help in developing and progressing their Local Plans.

    Duties will include

    • Coordinating extensive consultation exercises through liaison with community groups and strategic partners etc.
    • Draft technical planning policy documents in conjunction with updating and revising existing documents.
    • Progress Local Plan policies through all relevant informal and statutory procedures
    • Review and update existing evidence base and policy documents to maximise the effectiveness of the councils Local Plan and emerging policies.
    • Prepare statutory and non-statutory supporting documents.
    • Conduct member briefings

    The manager is looking to collect CV'S as soon as possible. If you are interested, do not hesitate to get in touch. Amy has experience working with Local Authorities in the South West and Home Counties should you be looking for other positions in these regions please get in touch so we can discuss further!

  • Senior Policy Officer

    East Midlands - £35 - £36 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    Park Avenue has been tasked with sourcing a Senior Policy Officer to join a progressive Local Planning Authority based in the North West.

    This vacancy will be for an initial 6 months with potential for extension to 12 months and is paying up to £35 an hour.

    Duties of the role:

    • Carry out consultations on the local plan and other planning policy documents including attendance at exhibitions and meetings
    • Carry out research as part of your work on the preparation of the local plan and any other policy documents
    • Prepare draft sections of the local plan, supplementary planning documents and papers, and reports on them and other planning policy issues, including consultation documents for officers and members
    • Assist and oversee the production of documents making up the local plan
    • Provide professional advice and training on planning policy and development matters to the public, Members and other professionals
    • Prepare and present evidence supporting the council's cases at examinations
    • Assist in the supervision of the work of junior planning or technical officers
    • Prepare statutory and non-statutory supporting documents
    • Conduct member briefings

    I appreciate that this is a brief summary; if you would like any further information on this role and the local authority you would be working for, do give me a call or drop me an email, alex@park-avenue.co.uk, 020 3795 4835.

    Our experienced consultants have been recruiting for local authorities nationwide for many years; we specialise only in Planning and are always keen to hear from Planners who would like advice about their next career move.

  • Senior Planning Officer

    South East - £30 - £35 per annum

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with a Kent based Local Planning Authority, who are looking to bring on a Senior Development Management Planner to aide the council during a busy time of year. The contract would initially run for 3-6 months, though this has scope to be extended due to the scale of work to be undertaken.

    Your main responsibilities within this role are as follows:

    • Process and make recommendations on an individual caseload of planning and other applications; to ensure that decisions made and advice given accord with the Councils policies, Government advice and good planning practice.
    • To provide and offer advice and guidance to prospective applicants, consultants and members of the public prior to submission of applications and on general planning matters.
    • To prepare and provide written evidence and act as expert witness on the Council's behalf at public inquiries and hearings.
    • To advise/liaise with elected Members in relation to planning and enforcement matters in the area.
    • To attend and present applications to Development Committee and undertake Committee site visits.
    • To deal with all customers of the planning service in a positive and constructive manner
    • To attend meetings and site visits convened by other parties and organisations as necessary to advise on the planning matters, particularly through the giving of information and advice, some of which may be outside normal working hours.
    • To liaise and coordinate with other departments of the Council particularly Environmental Health and other sections within the Planning Service such as Conservation, Design and Landscape and Building Control (and outside authorities/agencies such as Highway Authority and Environment Agency).
    • To maintain an up to date knowledge of technical and administrative requirements arising from new legislation and of any development in the general field of planning practice.


    It is essential you have a minimum of 3 years' worth of experience working with 10+ dwellings per application, as well as working on commercial and industrial sites. There will be an element of supervision of junior staff within the department with this role; evidence of having done this previously will be looked upon favourably. You must have a degree or diploma in Town Planning, or a related discipline. RTPI membership is preferred but not essential for this role.

    You must have access to your own car to carry out site visits for this role. Home working can be negotiated with the LPA once thorough the interview stage.

    The rate for this role will be commensurate with the successful contractors previous experience, with an exceptional rate available for an exceptional contractor!

  • Senior Planning Officer

    South East - £30 - £35 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I'm working exclusively with a Local Authority in Sussex who are looking to recruit for a contract Senior Planner ASAP.

    Ideally they are looking for an experienced development management planner who is capable of taking on a mixed caseload of planning applications, which may comprise of small major applications and involve working on more complex developments.

    The position will be a 6 month initial contract, but it is highly likely to roll on for longer than this provided both parties are happy. The council can offer flexible home working and compressed hours.

    The rate is currently under negotiation; if you have a rate in mind please do let me know and I will try my best to achieve this for you.

  • Development Management Planning Officer

    East Anglia - £33 - £36 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with an East Anglia based Local Planning Authority, who are looking for an experienced planner to come in and aide the team during a very business time of year. The LPA are looking for someone with experience working with a varied caseload, ranging from complex minor applications, all the way up to major applications. The contract would be for an initial 3-month period, though is highly likely to be extended beyond this.

    Your main purpose within this role would be assisting the Planning Team Leader to lead on, co-ordinate and deliver a planning service which puts development plans and documents into action, complies with statutory and corporate requirements and policy and applies a professional and entrepreneurial approach to service delivery.

    Your main responsibilities in this role would be to:

    • Support the Planning Team Leader in the delivery of a planning service, through the provision of professional advice, guidance, interpretation and evaluation on all aspects of the work area to customers and colleagues to meet statutory and service requirements, so that it meets statutory targets and legislation and seeks to deliver quality outcomes.
    • Lead on the consideration and negotiation of complex planning applications to facilitate the implementation of the development plan.
    • Keep up to date with good practice and changes to legislation to inform the consideration of planning matters.
    • Provide professional expertise in Planning Appeal and Planning Enforcement and prosecution issues as a specialist expert planning witness in liaison with the Job Description for Senior Planning Officer planning and enforcement teams, including provision of written evidence and appearance at hearings and Planning (public) Inquiries and Court to support that evidence orally where necessary.
    • Implement a professional and entrepreneurial approach to the management of the team to optimise fee income and make the most efficient use of resources.
    • Ensure planning decisions are transparent, consistent and robust through clear communication of national and local policy and seek to reduce the amount of appeals through a proactive development management approach.
    • Support the Development Management team to ensure the ICT for the team is maintained at an appropriate level and is informed through new developments in e-planning delivery which facilitates the delivery of the Council's corporate vision, strategic objectives and agreed priorities as well as statutory requirements.

    It is essential you have a minimum of 3 years' worth of experience working with a varied caseload of residential applications, as well as working on commercial and industrial sites. You must have a degree or diploma in Town Planning, or a related discipline. RTPI membership is preferred but not essential for this role.

    You must have access to your own car to carry out site visits for this role. Home working can be negotiated with the LPA once thorough the interview stage.

  • Principal Planning Officer

    South East - £40 - £45 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    As a Principal Planner, you will get the chance to lend a hand in shaping the future of this rural part of England, which is in line to become a hub of residential and commercial activity. The role will involve working on strategic projects and large-scale applications, master-planning work, providing some management support and negotiating with large-scale developers. The contract will be 6 months initially, with a view to extend and a role which is likely to develop through projects.

    To take this forward, this local authority are looking for experienced and capable DM Planners. It is expected that you will have at least 3 years worth of experience on working on applications in a local authority, or a solid private sector background and sound knowledge of the UK planning system. This location is commutable from London, so please do not necessarily be discouraged from applying if you do not have a car.

  • Junior Enforcement Officer

    South East - £30 - £35 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    As a Junior Enforcement Officer within the team, your main duties will be

    • To handle enforcement cases, and particularly to monitor the progress of these cases following the issue of formal notices or action
    • To investigate cases of alleged unauthorised development and contraventions of planning control reported to the Council and to report on the facts established
    • To prepare and issue Requisitions for information and Planning Contravention Notices; preparing site plans and to draft Enforcement and all other planning enforcement related Notices
    • To prepare written evidence in connection with Planning Enforcement Appeals and related matters and to present expert evidence at planning Hearings, Public Inquiries and in Court proceedings
    • To monitor progress on the implementation of Section 106 Agreements and undertakings


    This position will last for an initial 3 months and will be extended beyond this period should all go well. The rate of pay will be dependent upon your level and amount of relevant experience, and the hiring manager has asked that candidates be put forward with a suggested desired pay rate, which we will be happy to advise on.

    The council are happy to offer flexible working arrangements; a compressed week or home working is available.

    If you are interested in this post, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

  • Development Management Team Leader

    East Midlands - Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with an East Midlands based Local Planning Authority, who are looking to bring on an experienced planner with leadership experience to alleviate a large amount of work across the Development Management department. The contract will run for an initial 5-month period, though it is extremely likely to run for longer than this.

    You would be responsible for a team that processes a full range of planning applications from larger home extension and prior notifications, through to large scale major applications, master planning for strategic development sites and negotiating s106 agreements and Planning Performance Agreements. You would be allocating work and advising, training and mentoring members of the team to enable them to work at their full potential.

    You would also be heading up and prioritising your own extensive workload, including major applications and representing the Council at appeal inquiries and hearings. This role is a great blend of hands on planning work, coupled with a 'management' approach.

    Rates have been left open at present, though the council are willing to go out at market rate for this role. To be considered for this role, you must have recent experience working as a Team Leader within a Local Planning Authority and have demonstrable experience of working on major planning applications.

    If you would like to be considered for this role, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Alex on 020 3795 4828, or at alex@park-avenue.co.uk

  • Principal Planning Officer

    South West - £35 - £45 per hour + Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A Local Authority in the beautiful area of Devon are looking to recruit an experienced Planning Officer at Principal level with experience of dealing with major applications to step in and join the Major Applications team.

    The contract will initially run for 6-9 months, but should everything go well for both parties, will be highly likely to extend beyond this.

    Successful candidates for this role will have acquired practical experience as a Planner in development management with a proven track record processing major residential applications, with a Town Planning related degree or diploma, and exceptional written and communication skills.

    This position has the opportunity of flexible home working. The rate is currently under negotiation; if you have a rate in mind please do let me know and I will try my best to achieve this for you.

    The council are looking for the right person to start asap, so do not hesitate to contact Amy on 02037954828. Alternatively, you can send your CV to amy@park-avenue.co.uk and she can give you more information.

    Amy has experience working with Local Authorities within the South West of England and Central England. Should you be looking for other positions in these regions please get in touch so we can discuss further!

  • Development Management Planning Officer

    East Anglia - £30 - £33 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A local authority based in Essex are looking to recruit a Planner to their Development Management team on a contract basis.

    The role will involve working on a range of applications, from householders up to small majors, consisting of 5-20 units. Your exact caseload will depend on your experience and preference. The contract will be 3-4 months initially, with a view to extend for a considerable period should both parties be happy.

    Once settled into the council there is the option to work from home a few days a week, and work compressed hours.

    Successful candidates will have acquired practical experience as a Planner in development management, and have proven track record processing applications, with a Town Planning related degree or diploma, and excellent written and communication skills. A car would be necessary for the post due to the rural make up of the authority.

    I appreciate that this is a brief summary; if you would like any further information on this role and the local authority you would be working for, please do apply below!

  • Estates Surveyor Kent

    South East - £38 - £42 per hour + Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A local authority based in Kent are currently seeking an experienced Estates Surveyor. The role will be to support the professional estate service and project team for the Council in undertaking their asset and estate management responsibilities. It will include undertaking a range of estate management, asset disposal and asset transfer related duties.

    About the role:

    * You will undertake various landlord and tenant matters associated with commercial and operational assets

    * Various estate management issues including negotiating and granting licences, way leavers, easements resolving land ownership

    * Asset Valuations & provide valuation advice

    * Manage property disposals contributing to the capital programme and seeking out opportunities for disposal and development which are economically beneficial

    About You:

    Ideally you will be MRICS with an educated degree within a relevant subject. You will be at an advantage if you can demonstrate a knowledge of rating and asset valuation and have experience of working in Local Government.

    The position will run until at least the end of October 2019 with a posibility of extension and the rate is upwards of £40 an hour.

    If you have any questions regarding this position, please do get in touch. It is with a local authority I have been working with for a while now and know well. Should you be looking for positions more generally in the South East area, I would love to hear from you, and be happy to advise on the market at present.

  • Senior Planning Officer **OUTSIDE IR35**

    South East - £25 - £35 per hour + Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with a Local Authority in Buckinghamshire who are recruiting for a Senior Planning Officer on an interim basis. This position will fall OUTSIDE IR35.

    They are looking for an experienced development management planner who is capable of taking on a mixed caseload of planning applications, which will comprise of complex minors and small major applications.

    The position will be a 3 month initial contract, but this is likely to be rolled on, provided both parties are happy. The council can offer flexible home working and compressed hours.

    The rate is currently under negotiation; if you have a rate in mind please do let me know and I will try my best to achieve this for you. The manager is looking to conduct telephone interviews this week, ideally for an ASAP start, though they will wait for the right candidate.

    If you are interested in this role, please do not hesitate to contact Amy on 02037954828.

    Amy has experience working with Local Authorities within the South West of England and the Home Counties, should you be looking for other positions in these regions please get in touch so we can discuss further!

  • Planning Officer

    South East - £23 - £33 per hour + Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    We are working with a Local Authority based in Berkshire who are looking to welcome a Planning Officer to the team, to assist in dealing with an influx of work.

    The contract will initially run for 3 months, with potential to be extended. Your caseload will generally consist of householders and minors, therefore, experience with these applications is required. They are looking for someone to come in and hit the ground running with processing applications.

    Rates for this position are negotiable. There is also the opportunity of flexible home working and part time hours.

    If you're interested in this role, please do not hesitate to give Amy a call on 02037954828 for more details.

    Amy has experience working with Local Authorities within the South West/Central England. Should you be looking for other positions in these areas, please get in touch so we can discuss further!

  • Development Management Planning Officer

    East Anglia - £33 - £36 per hour

    Contract Type: Permanent

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    We are working with a local authority in Hertfordshire, who require a contract planner to join their department and assist the team through a busy period.

    The role will involve working on a variety of applications, ranging from complex minors to major applications (between 20 and 30 units per app). The contract will initially be for a 6-month period, but it is likely to be extended beyond this.

    Hourly rates for this position will depend on your previous experience and ability to carry out the tasks necessary. The rate would be commensurate with ability and experience.

    The council offices are within easy reach of London, Hertfordshire and Essex, both by car and by public transport. Ideally, you will have access to a car to undertake site visits.

    The ideal candidate for this role will be a self-sufficient Planner and be able to work effectively independently, and must be able to work in an efficient and timely manner and be able to complete work to a high standard. A history of DM planning with a local authority is essential, as the council are hoping you can hit the ground running.

  • Development Control Manager

    South East - £55 - £70 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    Your responsilbities will include:

    • Being responsible for the effective and efficient operation of the development control function (including Planning Enforcement)
    • Leading and managing the work of the Development Control team to ensure the efficient operation of the team, in accordance with both statutory requirements and the corporate objectives of the Council.
    • To contribute to the overall management of the Service, in conjunction with the Directors of the Planning Service.
    • Ensuring consistency of decision making across the District in relation to planning applications, in accordance with statutory requirements, the Local Plan framework and relevant Corporate policies.


    You will need an in-depth knowledge of planning policies and legislation as well as experience of managing and developing staff required, a good understanding of development viability issues, experience of dealing with major and complex planning applications.

    The rate for this position is negotiable and will depend on your relevant experience.

  • Planning Officer

    South East - £30 - £35 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    This role will be include working on a caseload of varying types of Planning Applications, from householders and changes of use, up to single and multiple dwellings. They will ideally be looking to offer an initial three month contract, but this is very likely to roll on further, probably until the end of the year at the very least.

    The hourly rate for this position is dependant on your level of relevant experience; ideally you will have a few years working experience in development management.

    If you have any questions regarding this position, please do get in touch. It is with a local authority I have been working with for a while now and know well. Should you be looking for positions more generally in the South East area, I would love to hear from you, and be happy to advise on the market at present. I have been recruiting specifically for this area for a number of years, and am also working on a number of positions in Sussex and Kent.

  • Enforcement Officer

    South East - £35 - £40 per annum

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    As an Enforcement Officer within the team, your main duties will be

    • To handle the more complex enforcement cases, and particularly to monitor progress of these cases following the issue of formal notices or action
    • To investigate cases of alleged unauthorised development and contraventions of planning control reported to the Council and to report on the facts established
    • To prepare and issue Requisitions for information and Planning Contravention Notices; preparing site plans and to draft Enforcement and all other planning enforcement related Notices
    • To prepare written evidence in connection with Planning Enforcement Appeals and related matters and to present expert evidence at planning Hearings, Public Inquiries and in Court proceedings.


    This position will last for an initial 3 months and will extended beyond this period should all go well. The rate of pay will be dependent upon your level and amount of relevant experience, and the hiring manager has asked that candidates be put forward with a suggested desired pay rate, which we will be happy to advise on.

  • Principal Planning Officer

    South East - £40 - £45 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    This role will involve:

    • The processing of major planning applications, including speculative residential applications in the countryside (so some recent rural planning experience is essential)
    • Undertaking consultations in accordance with statutory and local requirements.
    • Carrying out site inspections.
    • Negotiating and communicating with applicants, agents and consultees.
    • Advising members of the public, parish councils and District Councillors.
    • Assessing proposals in line with national and local planning policies and guidance and all other material considerations (including representations made by consultees).
    • Preparing reports and making recommendations on delegated planning applications and to Planning Committees.
    • Issuing decision notices in accordance with the statutory and other procedures of the department including incorporating conditions and where necessary reasons for refusal.
    • Providing written and verbal advice on development management to members of the public, developers, Parish Councils, District Councillors and others.

    The council are looking for a Principal Planner with recent experience working in a local authority on major planning applications. The area is rural and therefore you will need to be able to drive for site visits.

    There is some flexibility with home working, and this can be negotiated. The council operate an 'adult' working arrangement, allowing for two days a week home working.

    The start date is flexible, but as they say, the sooner the better!

  • Senior Planning Officer

    South East - £35 - £40 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    Ideally they are looking for an experienced development management planner who is capable of taking on a mixed caseload of planning applications, which may commpromise of minor and major applications and involve working on more complex developments (should the planner they recruit have this experience).

    The position will be a 6 month initial contract, but it is highly likely to roll on for longer than this provided that both parties are happy. They are open to considering part-time working arrangements, home working and compressed hours.

  • Senior Enforcement Officer

    South East - £30 - £40 per hour + Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    We are currently working with a Local Planning Authority based in Oxfordshire, who are looking to bring on a contract Senior Enforcement Officer for an initial 3 month rolling contract.

    As an Enforcement Officer within the team, your main duties will be

    • To handle the more complex enforcement cases, and particularly to monitor progress of these cases following the issue of formal notices or action
    • To investigate cases of alleged unauthorised development and contraventions of planning control reported to the Council and to report on the facts established
    • To prepare and issue Requisitions for information and Planning Contravention Notices; preparing site plans and to draft Enforcement and all other planning enforcement related Notices
    • To prepare written evidence in connection with Planning Enforcement Appeals and related matters and to present expert evidence at planning Hearings, Public Inquiries and in Court proceedings
    • To monitor progress on the implementation of Section 106 Agreements and undertakings


    This position will last for an initial 3 months and will extended beyond this period should all go well. The rate of pay will be between £30-£40 per hour.

    This position is a part time role. The council are happy to offer flexible working arrangements; a compressed week or home working is available.

    If you are interested in this role, please do not hesitate to contact Amy on 02037954828.

    Alternatively, you can send your CV to amy@park-avenue.co.uk and she can give you more information.

    Amy has experience working with local authorities within the South West of England and the Home Counties. Should you be looking for other positions in these regions please get in touch so we can discuss further!

  • Housing Options Officer

    East Midlands - £20 - £25 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    Position: Interim Housing Options Officer

    If you have vast previous experience in Housing Options/Needs, providing advice and solutions for the homeless then here is the job for you.

    You will be providing customers with housing advice with a strong focus on homelessness prevention; seeing customers through all stages of the process including personalised housing plans and a decision on their homeless application if prevention or relief has not been possible.

    The role is full-time, working 40 hours per week.

    Do you have…

    • Background in homelessness prevention casework
    • Knowledge and understanding of the Housing Law and Section 184 of the Housing Act
    • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
    • Experience of case management systems
  • Principal Planning Officer

    West Midlands - £38 - £40 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I'm currently representing a Local Planning Authority based in Warwickshire who have a Principal Planning Officer requirement for a six-month basis.

    This role will involve working in Development Management on a mixed caseload of applications, from larger/complex minors up to large major proposals. It is anticipated that this contract will last 6 months, but it is likely to roll on beyond this dependent upon performance.

    The area is undergoing extensive development and regeneration and as a result it is receiving some very large and interesting work. This is a great opportunity to work on some big projects at a very competitive rate!

    It is possible to work compressed hours for this placement, and we can discuss further flexible working arrangements, such as home working.

    If you would like more information on this position, or others we are working on in the West and East Midlands area, please get in touch with Alex on 020 3795 4835, alex@park-avenue.co.uk

    We do not advertise all of our vacancies, especially if we have suitable candidates in mind to undertake the work we get in. To get the best chance at securing the perfect contract for you, let us know your preferences and we will be happy to call you when we find a position that you may be interested in. info@park-avenue.co.uk

  • Senior Planning Officer

    East Midlands - £35 - £38 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with a Lancashire based Local Planning Authority, who are looking to bring on a Senior Development Management Planner to aide the council during a busy time of year. The contract would initially run for 3-months, though this has scope to be extended due to the scale of work to be undertaken.

    Your main responsibilities within this role are as follows:

    • Process and make recommendations on an individual caseload of planning and other applications; to ensure that decisions made and advice given accord with the Councils policies, Government advice and good planning practice.
    • To provide and offer advice and guidance to prospective applicants, consultants and members of the public prior to submission of applications and on general planning matters.
    • To prepare and provide written evidence and act as expert witness on the Council's behalf at public inquiries and hearings.
    • To advise/liaise with elected Members in relation to planning and enforcement matters in the area.
    • To attend and present applications to Development Committee and undertake Committee site visits.
    • To deal with all customers of the planning service in a positive and constructive manner
    • To attend meetings and site visits convened by other parties and organisations as necessary to advise on the planning matters, particularly through the giving of information and advice, some of which may be outside normal working hours.
    • To liaise and coordinate with other departments of the Council particularly Environmental Health and other sections within the Planning Service such as Conservation, Design and Landscape and Building Control (and outside authorities/agencies such as Highway Authority and Environment Agency).
    • To maintain an up to date knowledge of technical and administrative requirements arising from new legislation and of any development in the general field of planning practice.

    It is essential you have a minimum of 3 years' worth of experience working with 10+ dwellings per application, as well as working on commercial and industrial sites. There will be an element of supervision of junior staff within the department with this role; evidence of having done this previously will be looked upon favourably. You must have a degree or diploma in Town Planning, or a related discipline. RTPI membership is preferred but not essential for this role.

    You must have access to your own car to carry out site visits for this role. Home working can be negotiated with the LPA once thorough the interview stage.

    The rate for this role will be commensurate with the successful contractors previous experience, with an exceptional rate available for an exceptional contractor!

    If you would like more information on this role, please get in touch with Alex, 020 3795 4835, alex@park-avenue.co.uk

  • Planning Policy Officer x2

    East Midlands - £30 - £35 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    We are working with a local authority in the Greater Manchester area, who have an urgent requirement for an experienced Planning Policy professional.

    The council can offer home working for the duration of the contract which will be a minimum of 3 months, most likely rolling on after that.

    The councils require help in developing and progressing their Local Plans.

    Duties will include

    • Coordinating extensive consultation exercises through liaison with community groups and strategic partners etc.
    • Draft technical planning policy documents in conjunction with updating and revising existing documents.
    • Progress Local Plan policies through all relevant informal and statutory procedures
    • Review and update existing evidence base and policy documents to maximise the effectiveness of the councils Local Plan and emerging policies.
    • Prepare statutory and non-statutory supporting documents.
    • Conduct member briefings.

    The rate will depend on the experience of the consultant appointed and the work undertaken. This contract will be initially 3 months but is likely to roll on beyond this.

    If you would like to discuss this position further, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Alex on 020 3795 4835.

    Alternatively, you can pop your CV over to us for this position, and we can let you know about others we are working on, at alex@park-avenue.co.uk.

  • Planning Officer

    West Midlands - £30 - £35 per annum

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    Park Avenue are working with a Warwickshire based local authority who are looking to bring on a contract Planning Officer.

    This position will largely involve dealing with householder applications, alongside other small applications. They are looking for a candidate with at least 1-2 years' worth of local authority development management experience, and the salary for this post will vary depending on your relevant experience.

    The contract will last for an initial 6 months but is likely to roll on from this point should the arrangement be working well. Home working can be discussed and negotiated.

    If you would like more information on this position, or others we are working on in the area, please get in touch with us on 020 3795 4835, or email alex@park-avenue.co.uk

  • Senior Planning Officer

    East Midlands - £30 - £38 per annum

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with a local authority in Northamptonshire, who are looking to bring on an experienced Senior DM Planner to work primarily on a caseload of householder, minor and small scale major applications.

    The contract would be for 3-6 months, with a view to keep the contract as an ongoing arrangement. Rates for this position would be commensurate with the successful contractor's experience. Flexible hours and home working arrangements can be negotiated.

    The council are looking for a Planner with recent experience working in a local authority on planning applications, and who can join the team and very quickly pick up the work. The area is urban with some rural pockets, so it may be necessary for you to be able to drive for some site visits.

    If you would like more information on this position, or others we are working on in the area, please get in touch with us on 020 3795 4835, or email alex@park-avenue.co.uk

    We do not advertise all of our vacancies. If this particular position does not interest or suit you, feel free to get in touch and I would be happy to inform you of other upcoming vacancies we are currently working on.

  • Senior Planning Officer - s.106 experience essential!

    East Anglia - £35 - £40 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with one of my best clients, who are presently looking for a Senior Planning Officer to join the team in what is an incredibly busy and exciting team for the authority. The area is experiencing huge growth demands, with proposals for new strategic growth locations across the county. As such, the new unit within the authority has been created, which is responsible for the interests in growth areas, economic development and strategic infrastructure.

    As a Senior Planning Officer, your main areas of responsibility will be (but are not limited to):

    • To engage with internal and external partners to feed into work around the main development schemes and development priorities in the geographic area covered by the team; and working with other teams in the Environment and Infrastructure Department and relevant service departments, to take a proactive approach to developing collective input to and requirements from these strategic developments.
    • To draft Heads of Terms agreements, S106 agreements and support the development management process with our local authority partners.
    • To collate information from internal service areas and draft responses to local plan consultations.
    • To represent the county council at partnership and other meetings within the area covered by the team, particularly ensuring consistency of messages and practices to external partners through close engagement with other members of the Growth and Infrastructure Unit.
    • To advise senior officers and elected Members on the county council's interests in growth, where required.
    • To support and mentor more junior members of the team.
    • To deputise for the Team Leaders as and when required.

    You will need to have demonstrable experience of working with s106 agreements to be considered for this post. The rate for the position is £40p/h, with scope for home working to be negotiated once successfully through the interview stage.

    Please apply to be considered, and please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any further queries.

  • Estates Surveyor - Staffordshire

    West Midlands - £35 - £40 per hour + Negotiable

    Contract Type: Permanent

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    A local authority based in Staffordshire are currently seeking an experienced Estates Surveyor. The role will be to support the professional estate service and project team for the Council in undertaking their asset and estate management responsibilities. It will include undertaking a range of estate management, asset disposal and asset transfer related duties.

    About the role:

    • You will undertake various landlord and tenant matters associated with commercial and operational assets
    • Various estate management issues including negotiating and granting licences, way leavers, easements resolving land ownership
    • Asset Valuations & provide valuation advice
    • Manage property disposals contributing to the capital programme and seeking out opportunities for disposal and development which are economically beneficial

    About You:

    Ideally you will be MRICS with an educated degree within a relevant subject. You will be at an advantage if you can demonstrate a knowledge of rating and asset valuation and have experience of working in Local Government.

    The position will run until at least the end of October 2019 with a posibility of extension and the rate is upwards of £40 an hour.

    If you have any questions regarding this position, please do get in touch. It is with a local authority I have been working with for a while now and know well. Should you be looking for positions more generally in the South West area, I would love to hear from you, and be happy to advise on the market at present.

  • Planning Officer

    West Midlands - £30 - £33 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I'm currently recruiting for a Local Authority based in a beautiful part of Worcestershire. They are looking to bring on a contract Development Management Planner, due to the soon departure of one of their current team members.

    This role will include working on a caseload of varying types of Planning Applications, from householders and changes of use, up to single and multiple dwellings. They will ideally be looking to offer an initial three-month contract, but this is very likely to roll on further into the new year.

    The hourly rate for this position is dependant on your level of relevant experience; ideally you will have 2-3 years working experience in development management.

    If you have any questions regarding this position, please do get in touch. It is with a local authority I have been working with for a while now and know well. Should you be looking for positions more generally in the West Midlands area, I would love to hear from you, and be happy to advise on the market at present.

    Please feel free to contact me via email alex@park-avenue.co.uk or 020 3795 4835.

  • Enforcement Officer

    South West - £25 - £35 per hour + Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    We are currently working with a Gloucestershire based LPA, who are looking to bring on a contract Planning Enforcement Officer.

    As an Enforcement Officer within the team, your main duties will be:

    • To handle the more complex enforcement cases, and particularly to monitor the progress of these cases following the issue of formal notices or action
    • To investigate cases of alleged unauthorised development and contraventions of planning control reported to the Council and to report on the facts established
    • To prepare and issue Requisitions for information and Planning Contravention Notices; preparing site plans and to draft Enforcement and all other planning enforcement related Notices
    • To prepare written evidence in connection with Planning Enforcement Appeals and related matters and to present expert evidence at planning Hearings, Public Inquiries and in Court proceedings
    • To monitor progress on the implementation of Section 106 Agreements and undertakings

    This position will last for an initial 3 months and will be extended beyond this period should all go well. The council are also happy to offer flexible working arrangements; a compressed week or home working is available.

    If you are interested in this post, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

  • Senior Enforcement Officer

    South West - £30 - £40 per day + Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    We are currently working with a Local Planning Authority based in Dorset, who are looking to bring on a contract Senior Enforcement Officer for an initial 6 month period.

    As an Enforcement Officer within the team, your main duties will be

    • To handle the more complex enforcement cases, and particularly to monitor progress of these cases following the issue of formal notices or action
    • To investigate cases of alleged unauthorised development and contraventions of planning control reported to the Council and to report on the facts established
    • To prepare and issue Requisitions for information and Planning Contravention Notices; preparing site plans and to draft Enforcement and all other planning enforcement related Notices
    • To prepare written evidence in connection with Planning Enforcement Appeals and related matters and to present expert evidence at planning Hearings, Public Inquiries and in Court proceedings
    • To monitor progress on the implementation of Section 106 Agreements and undertakings

    This position will last for an initial 6 months and will extended beyond this period should all go well. The rate of pay will be between £30-£40 per hour.

    This position is a part time role. The council are happy to offer flexible working arrangements; a compressed week or home working is available.

    If you are interested in this role, please do not hesitate to contact Amy on 02037954828.

    Alternatively, you can send your CV to amy@park-avenue.co.uk and she can give you more information.

    Amy has experience working with local authorities within the South West of England and the Home Counties. Should you be looking for other positions in these regions please get in touch so we can discuss further!

  • Principal Planning Officer

    South West - £35 - £45 per hour + Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A Local Authority in the beautiful area of Gloucestershire are looking to recruit a Principal Planning Officer. They need someone who has experience of dealing with major applications to step in and join the Major Applications team.

    The contract will initially run for 3 months, but should everything go well for both parties, will be highly likely to extend beyond this.

    Successful candidates for this role will have acquired practical experience as a Planner in development management with a proven track record processing applications, with a Town Planning related degree or diploma, and exceptional written and communication skills.

    This position has the opportunity of flexible home working. The rate is currently under negotiation; if you have a rate in mind please do let me know and I will try my best to achieve this for you.

    If you're interested in this role, please do not hesitate to give Amy a call on 02037954828 for more details. Alternatively, you can send your CV to amy@park-avenue.co.uk and she can give you more information.

    Amy has experience working with Local Authorities within the South West of England and Central England. Should you be looking for other positions in these regions please get in touch so we can discuss further!

  • Principal Planning Officer

    West Midlands - £35 - £40 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with a City based Planning Authority in the West Midlands, who are looking for a Principal Planning Officer to join the team during an exciting time for the area. The schemes vary approximately from around 500-1000 dwellings and requires someone with experience of working at this level before. The contract is for an initial 6-month period and is highly likely to be extended.

    Your main purposes in this role are as follows:

    • To ensure all major growth sites and a range of strategic planning applications are developed in accordance with national policy, the Development Plans and local government strategies.
    • To provide professional advice regarding a range of planning matters associated with development control and new communities including pre-application enquiries/ planning performance agreements.
    • To work in partnership, and as part of joint planning arrangements, with other agencies and developers to deliver quality sustainable communities.
    • To manage the work carried out by a team of officers and consultants under the direction of the Team Manager to create and support sustainable communities.
    • To assist the Team Manager within the team with handling appeals and applications.
    • To process all planning applications assigned to the postholder in an efficient and time effective way.
    • To achieve the appropriate balance between customer focus, quality and timeliness.
    • To ensure that growth areas are quality developments, reflecting the spirit and purpose of the Planning Permissions, Master Plan, and design guidance.
    • To process all planning applications and project work assigned to the post holder in an efficient and time effective way, typically, these will tend to be medium-large applications.
    • Actively monitoring and reviewing decisions taken is an essential part of the job.
    • Providing general planning guidance to statutory, non-statutory, public bodies and the general public.
    • To assist/guide developers in the formulation of quality planning applications, master plans and design guidance.
    • To work flexibly in response to the priorities of the wider Planning Service.

    It is essential that you have experience working on strategic sites of large-scale outline applications, Environmental Impact Assessments, stakeholder management and community engagement. You must also be a capable project manager and be adept in negotiation. You must have a degree or diploma in Town Planning, or a related discipline and hold full or licentiate membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

    You must have access to your own car, although pool cars are available to carry out site visits. Home working can be negotiated with the LPA once thorough the interview stage.

    The rate for this role will be commensurate with the successful contractor's previous experience but is expected to be in the £40p/h range.

    If you would like more information on this role, please get in touch with Alex, 020 3795 4835, alex@park-avenue.co.uk

  • Senior Planning Officer

    East Midlands - £30 - £40 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    Park Avenue has been instructed by a Northamptonshire based local authority, who have a requirement for a Senior Planning Officer for an initial 6-month basis. This role will involve:

    • The processing of minor to major planning applications (some will be very complicated), householder applications, prior notification applications, applications for advertisement consent and applications for works to protected trees.
    • Completing all stages of the registration and validation processes including ensuring that the fee is paid correctly in accordance with statutory requirements.
    • Assessing proposals against their conformity with national and local planning policies and guidance and all other material considerations (including representations made by consultees)
    • Preparing reports and making recommendations on delegated planning applications and to Planning Committee.
    • Issuing decision notices in accordance with the statutory and other procedures of the department including incorporating conditions and where necessary reasons for refusal.
    • Providing written and verbal advice on development management to members of the public, developers, Parish Councils, District Councillors and others.

    The council are looking for a Planner with recent experience working in a local authority on planning applications, and ideally some experience with the Uniform system. This role can either be set out as full-time, part-time, or compressed hours (37 hours in 4 days).

    If you would like more information, please get in touch with Alex at alex@park-avenue.co.uk, or 020 3795 4835.

    If this role is not quite right for you but you are considering contracting, or looking for a role anywhere nationwide, it would be great to hear from you. We do not advertise all of our posts.

  • Estates Surveyor - Birmingham

    West Midlands - £35 - £40 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A local authority based in the Birmingham area are currently seeking an experienced Estates Surveyor. The role will be to support the professional estate service and project team for the Council in undertaking their asset and estate management responsibilities. It will include undertaking a range of estate management, asset disposal and asset transfer related duties.

    About the role:

    • You will undertake various landlord and tenant matters associated with commercial and operational assets
    • Various estate management issues including negotiating and granting licences, way leavers, easements resolving land ownership
    • Asset Valuations & provide valuation advice
    • Manage property disposals contributing to the capital programme and seeking out opportunities for disposal and development which are economically beneficial

    About You:

    Ideally you will be MRICS with an educated degree within a relevant subject. You will be at an advantage if you can demonstrate a knowledge of rating and asset valuation and have experience of working in Local Government.

    The position will run until at least the end of Jully 2019 with a posibility of extension and the rate is upwards of £40 an hour.

    If you have any questions regarding this position, please do get in touch. It is with a local authority I have been working with for a while now and know well. Should you be looking for positions more generally in the South West area, I would love to hear from you, and be happy to advise on the market at present.

  • Senior Planning Officer

    South East - £35 - £40 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    Ideally they are looking for an experienced development management planner who is capable of taking on a mixed caseload of planning applications, which may comprise of small major applications and involve working on more complex developments.

    The position will be a 3 month initial contract, but it is highly likely to roll on for longer than this provided both parties are happy. The council can offer flexible home working and compressed hours.

    The rate is currently under negotiation; if you have a rate in mind please do let me know and I will try my best to achieve this for you.

  • Planning Officer

    South East - £30 - £35 per annum

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    This role will be include working on a caseload of varying types of Planning Applications, from householders and changes of use, up to single and multiple dwellings. They will ideally be looking to offer an initial three month contract, but this is very likely to roll on further, probably until the end of the year at the very least.

    The hourly rate for this position is dependant on your level of relevant experience; ideally you will have a few years working experience in development management.

    If you have any questions regarding this position, please do get in touch. It is with a local authority I have been working with for a while now and know well. Should you be looking for positions more generally in the South East area, I would love to hear from you, and be happy to advise on the market at present. I have been recruiting specifically for this area for a number of years.

  • Principal Policy Planner

    South East - £40 - £45 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    Your immediate focus will be to play a part in undertaking site selection appraisal work and preparing for the submission and subsequent examination of the Local Plan that accommodates significant housing growth and supporting neighbourhood plan groups to prepare the numerous Neighbourhood Development Plans the LPA have in preparation. You can expect to take responsibility for topics or sections of the plan and evidence base, be the planning liaison officer for one or more of the neighbourhood plans and work with neighbouring authorities on cross-boundary issues.

    Your main duties and responsibilities, if successful in securing this role are as follows:

    • Oversee, project manage and assist in the production of documents making up the local plan
    • Carry out research into a variety of topics as part of the work on the preparation of the local plan and other policy documents
    • Write briefs, employ consultants and manage contracts for specialist work and projects
    • Attend project meetings with internal and external stakeholders (including evening meetings when requested)
    • Prepare draft sections of the local plan and supplementary planning documents and papers and reports on them and other planning policy issues, including consultation documents for officers and Members
    • Carry out consultations on the local plan and other planning policy documents including attendance at exhibitions and meetings
    • Prepare and present evidence supporting the Council's case at the Examination
    • Provide advice on and assistance to town and parish councils preparing or wishing to prepare Neighbourhood Development Plans
    • Provide professional advice and training on planning policy and development matters to the public, Members and other professionals
    • Assist in the supervision of the work of junior planning or technical officers
    • Assist in other aspects of the team's work including input into county and other cross-authority planning arrangements, management of the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, nature conservation and transportation matters
    • Support development management colleagues in interpreting policy for planning applications
    • Assist in monitoring planning policies.

    It is essential that you a minimum of 5 years' experience of working in a planning office, including experience of planning policy work, with an excellent knowledge of both Planning Legislation and Planning Policy. You must have a degree or diploma in Town Planning, or a related discipline and hold full or licentiate membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

  • Income Recovery Officer

    West Midlands - £17 - £23 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    Main Activities (Service Related)

    To process Council Tax and Non Domestic Rate debt making a decision on the appropriate course of action in relation to the debt taking into account the individual circumstances of the debtor.

    Process Housing Benefit Overpayments and Sundry Debts making a decision on the appropriate course of action in relation to the debt taking into account the individual circumstances of the debtor.

    Process Housing Income debt from the issue of reminder (or equivalent notice) making a decision on the appropriate course of action in relation to the debt taking into account the individual circumstances of the debtor.

    Process and monitor arrangements, attachments to benefits and attachments to earnings taking the appropriate action where necessary.

    Assist the Revenues Team Leader - Recovery and Revenues Service Manager in establishing and implementing procedures, standards, targets and new initiatives.

    To take the necessary action to trace debtors that have left with no forwarding address and update accounts as appropriate. Where necessary arrange for any write off action to be processed.

    Refer cases to enforcement agent/debt collection agent as required.

    To carry out the appropriate checks and make referrals as necessary with regard to cases that will be sent to enforcement or collection agents.

    Deal with enquiries at both the counter and on the telephone as required and undertake private interviews at the Council offices as necessary.

    Take the necessary action to deal with complex enquiries and respond in writing, on the telephone or face to face as appropriate.

    Have a working knowledge of the computer system and be aware of the impact the inputting of information has on other systems.

    Liaise with other sections of the Council, enforcement/collection agents and other outside bodies as required.

    Take the appropriate action to prepare court cases for Housing Rent, Council Tax, Non Domestic Rate, Sundry Debt and Housing Benefit Overpayment.

    To have an awareness of issues and vulnerabilities of residents and make referrals as needed e.g. debt advice, child protection, drug & alcohol misuse, etc and to take an holistic view with regard to debt recovery.

    The post holder is expected to adapt to new methods, techniques and procedures as they are introduced.

    To undertake such other duties appropriate to the grading of the post.

  • Rent Arrears Officer

    West Midlands - £17 - £23 per hour

    Contract Type: Permanent

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    Main Activities (Service Related)

    Provide general administrative support to the Enforcement Team

    Deal with rent arrears enquiries from residents, internal teams and external organisations on the telephone or in writing

    Respond to letters and emails regarding rent arrears.

    Interview customers at the Council offices as necessary

    Produce, develop and maintain spreadsheets to record and monitor data

    Produce statistical data in accordance with the agreed timetable

    Assess financial statements and make payment arrangements for rent arrears.

    Process Housing Income debt from the issue of reminder (or equivalent notice) making a decision on the appropriate course of action in relation to the debt taking into account the individual circumstances of the debtor.

    Monitor payment arrangements and undertake the next course of recovery action where necessary.

    Provide assistance to prepare documentation as directed by the Enforcement Team leader.

    Have an understanding of partner organisations and their roles in order to enable customers to be signposted for support.

    Have a working knowledge of the Northgate (V5) computer system and be aware of the importance of data quality and confidentiality

    To have an awareness of issues and vulnerabilities of residents and make referrals as needed e.g. debt advice, child protection, drug & alcohol misuse, etc and to take an holistic view with regard to debt recovery.

    To undertake such other duties appropriate to the grading of the post.

  • Lettings Officer

    West Midlands - £19 - £20 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    Principal Responsibilities

    1 To proactively work with applicants on the Council's Housing Register to ensure they have the best possible opportunity of being re-housed. This will include providing comprehensive advice, information and assistance to housing applicants about their application and their housing options.

    2 To implement the Council's Letting Scheme for individual applicants and ensure their efficient and fair implementation. This will include actively managing the Housing Register by keeping in contact with applicants, verifying circumstances and assessing changes in accordance with policies and procedures and reviewing applications annually. Responsibilities also include acting to ensure the housing register information is maintained to high standards of accuracy and that applicants who no longer qualify have their application reviewed. Verifying documentation, acting to prevent fraudulent applications and contacting other professionals as appropriate will be part of these duties.

    3 To be the primary contact for applicants who are registered on then waiting list and have queries about their housing choices and possible offers of tenancy. This could be by telephone or face to face interviews and will include dealing with correspondence from customers and from professionals who make enquiries on their behalf.

    4 To work closely with partner agencies to provide support services for applicants as well as establishing a network of contacts to assist with providing a comprehensive advice and options service for customers. This will include providing information on the Council's service and legislation in order to assist them to find positive outcomes for their customers.

    5 To attend formal and informal liaison meetings with other professionals with regard to applicants, their circumstances and housing need.

    6 To be aware of and refer to support services provided for applicants by other agencies. This will include referring applicants to support services as appropriate.

    7 Under the guidance of the Housing Options and Lettings Team Leader act to confirm the circumstances of homeless applicants and where necessary, assist applicants with suitable housing options.

    8 To undertake the administrative duties for letting vacant properties to applicants in a way that helps applicants to be re-housed in suitable accommodation, makes best use of the Council's stock and promotes mixed and sustainable communities. These may be Council owned properties or those of Private Registered Providers. In the case of Council owned stock this will include liaising closely with the Tenancy and Neighbourhoods Team officers to ensure any housing management issues are taken into account.

    9 To work with and support applicants when they have been shortlisted for a vacancy or have been offered a tenancy. This will include accompanied viewings, providing comprehensive information to applicants about the property and the Council's tenancy services.

    10 To liaise with the Maintenance Section and Tenancy Services Team to undertake appropriate procedures when tenancies are ended and ensure seamless customer service and to understand and act on quality issues with regard to vacant properties.

    11 To collect and collate, review and report on relevant data on the housing register, vacant properties and lettings to inform the good management, improvement and development of the service.

    12 To carry out the administrative duties concerned with letting emergency accommodation to homeless applicants. This will include preparing tenancy agreements and providing general support to applicants who are in temporary accommodation as well as undertaking routine visits to the Council's hostels and ensuring people in temporary accommodation have access to support services and welfare benefits.

    13 To attend formal and informal liaison meetings with regard to applicants specifically and the service generally.

    14 To let the Council's stock of garages in accordance with the Council's policies and procedures. This will include keeping an up to date register of interested applicants.

    16 To act flexibly in addressing the needs of the service by supporting the Housing Options Officers in the implementation of their duties and provide cover in their absence as well as assistance at times of high demand.

    17 To provide the highest standards of customer care and equal opportunities in accordance with the Council's policies.

    18 Any other duties as directed by the Assistant Director (Housing) which are appropriate and commensurate with the grade of the post.

  • Development Management Planning Officer

    East Anglia - £28 - £32 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with an Essex based Local Planning Authority, who are looking to bring on a Development Management Planning Officer to aide the council during a busy time of year. The contract would initially run for 6-months, though this has scope to be extended due to the scale of work to be undertaken.

    Your main responsibilities within this role are as follows:

    • Process and make recommendations on an individual caseload of planning and other applications; to ensure that decisions made and advice given accord with the Councils policies, Government advice and good planning practice.
    • To provide and offer advice and guidance to prospective applicants, consultants and members of the public prior to submission of applications and on general planning matters.
    • To prepare and provide written evidence and act as expert witness on the Council's behalf at public inquiries and hearings.
    • To advise/liaise with elected Members in relation to planning and enforcement matters in the area.
    • To attend and present applications to Development Committee and undertake Committee site visits.
    • To deal with all customers of the planning service in a positive and constructive manner
    • To attend meetings and site visits convened by other parties and organisations as necessary to advise on the planning matters, particularly through the giving of information and advice, some of which may be outside normal working hours.
    • To liaise and coordinate with other departments of the Council particularly Environmental Health and other sections within the Planning Service such as Conservation, Design and Landscape and Building Control (and outside authorities/agencies such as Highway Authority and Environment Agency).
    • To maintain an up to date knowledge of technical and administrative requirements arising from new legislation and of any development in the general field of planning practice.


    It is essential you have a minimum of 3 years' worth of experience working with 10+ dwellings per application, as well as working on commercial and industrial sites. You must have a degree or diploma in Town Planning, or a related discipline. RTPI membership is preferred but not essential for this role.

    You must have access to your own car to carry out site visits for this role. Home working can be negotiated with the LPA once through the interview stage.

    The rate for this role will be commensurate with the successful contractors previous experience, with an exceptional rate available for an exceptional contractor!

  • Principal Development Management Planner

    South East - £35 - £40 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with a London based Local Planning Authority, who are looking to bring on a Principal Planning Officer to their Development Management team for an initial 3-month period, though this is highly likely to be extended. There is also scope for the right planner to project manage a number of large and controversial applications, including GLA referable applications.

    The main purpose of the role is to act as a planning specialist, providing definitive professional advice for the Council, creating and applying best practice and delivering successful planning outcomes across the full range of planning disciplines with the Planning Division, those disciplines being Development Management, Development Planning and Minerals & Waste Planning. Further duties are outlined below:

    • Taking responsibility for resolving highly complex strategic planning projects, planning applications and development consent orders, managing projects from conception to conclusion, including the supervision of planning and other staff in project teams.
    • Leading the preparation of evidence and act for the Council as the expert planning witness in planning appeals including public inquiries, hearings, public examinations and high court proceedings.
    • Leading and concluding negotiations on complex legal agreements which ensure the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with planning law, national and local planning policy, balance stakeholder and local community requirements and apply best practice.
    • Judging competing priorities, lead negotiations with and give definitive advice to all stakeholders in the planning process including, developers, professional agents, councillors, parish/town councils, service providers, other council officers, community organisations and members of the public on planning issues associated with highly complex development projects and proposals.
    • Preparing reports and delivering presentations to councillors, senior officers, stakeholders and public meetings on planning issues associated with highly complex development projects and proposals.
    • Developing, managing and maintaining excellent working relationships with developers, professional agents, councillors, parish/town councils, service providers, other council officers, community organisations and members of the public and apply high levels of customer care practice towards maintaining those relationships.
    • Please note this is not an exhaustive list of your responsibilities, should you be successful in securing the role.

    It is essential that you have a minimum of 5 years' worth of recent experience of dealing with major residential (100+ dwellings) and commercial developments within a Local Planning Authority, with a proven capability of handling a large case load of complex planning applications with minimal supervision. London experience will be looked upon favourably, but is not required.

    If you would like to be considered for this role, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me and I can get the ball rolling in terms of interview. Flexible working and rate of pay will be determined once through the interview stage, though it has been indicated to me that the rate will be between £35p/h and £40p/h.

  • Planning Policy Consultant

    East Midlands - £37 - £43 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with one of my best clients in the Hertfordshire area who are looking for interim support in their planning policy team. This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in some extremely interesting and varied work.

    In basic terms, your key responsibilities are to play a role in the development, monitoring and review of planning policy under the existing and emerging new town planning system with particular reference to the National Policy Guidance, Sub-Regional Strategies, Local Transport Plan, Local Development Framework, Community Strategy and the Council's other strategies/policies.

    Of course, this is a very basic summary- I have a much more detailed spec that I can send over, should you wish to apply or know more.

    The Council are prepared to be extremely flexible with regards to homeworking, and would only require you to be in the office for three days a week. The council are willing to go out to market rate for this post.

    The authority pride themselves on being a close-knit team with a challenging, fast-paced, and engaging environment.

  • Development Management Planner - Senior/Principal level

    East Midlands - £43 - £46 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with a local authority in the Cambridgeshire area, who are looking to bring on an experienced Development Management Planner to work primarily on a caseload of major applications, though there may be some more complex minor applications to tackle as well. There are a number of exciting applications currently being worked through, so it promises to be interesting work!

    The contract would be for 6 months, with a view to keeping the contract as an ongoing arrangement. Rates for this position would be commensurate with the successful contractor's experience. Flexible hours and home working arrangements can be negotiated.

    The council are looking for a Planner with recent experience working in a local authority on a mixed range of planning applications, and who can join the team and very quickly pick up the work. The area is rural with some urban pockets, and there will need to be able to drive for site visits.

  • Planning Enforcement Officer - OUTSIDE IR35

    East Midlands - £35 - £38 per hour + Outside IR35

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    We are currently working with an Essex based LPA, who are looking to bring on a contract Enforcement Officer.

    As an Enforcement Officer within the team, your main duties will be

    • To handle the more complex enforcement cases, and particularly to monitor the progress of these cases following the issue of formal notices or action
    • To investigate cases of alleged unauthorised development and contraventions of planning control reported to the Council and to report on the facts established
    • To prepare and issue Requisitions for information and Planning Contravention Notices; preparing site plans and to draft Enforcement and all other planning enforcement related Notices
    • To prepare written evidence in connection with Planning Enforcement Appeals and related matters and to present expert evidence at planning Hearings, Public Inquiries and in Court proceedings
    • To monitor progress on the implementation of Section 106 Agreements and undertakings

    This position will last for an initial 3 months and will be extended beyond this period should all go well. The rate of pay will be dependent upon your level and amount of relevant experience, and the hiring manager has asked that candidates be put forward with a suggested desired pay rate, which we will be happy to advise on.

    The council are happy to offer flexible working arrangements; a compressed week or home working is available. Due to the nature of the work to be undertaken, this contract has been deemed OUTSIDE of IR35.

  • Principal Development Management Planner

    East Anglia - £40 - £43 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    We are currently working with a local authority based in the Essex area, who are looking to take on a Principal Planner for an initial 6-month contract, but this is highly likely to roll on for a considerable length of time. The view would be to join the authority and work on the major applications within the district, and to later assume some Team Leader responsibilities once bedded into the council. This role will involve:

    • The processing of major planning applications, including speculative residential applications in the countryside (so some recent rural planning experience is essential)
    • Undertaking consultations in accordance with statutory and local requirements.
    • Carrying out site inspections.
    • Negotiating and communicating with applicants, agents and consultees.
    • Advising members of the public, parish councils and District Councillors.
    • Assessing proposals in line with national and local planning policies and guidance and all other material considerations (including representations made by consultees).
    • Preparing reports and making recommendations on delegated planning applications and to Planning Committees.
    • Issuing decision notices in accordance with the statutory and other procedures of the department including incorporating conditions and where necessary reasons for refusal.
    • Providing written and verbal advice on development management to members of the public, developers, Parish Councils, District Councillors and others.

    The council are looking for a Principal Planner with recent experience working in a local authority on major planning applications. The area is rural and therefore you will need to be able to drive for site visits.

    There is some flexibility with home working, and this can be negotiated once successfully through the interview stage.

    The start date is flexible, but as they say, the sooner the better!

  • Estates Surveyor

    East Midlands - £35 - £40 per hour + negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A local authority based in the East Midlands is currently seeking an experienced Estates Surveyor. The role will be to support the professional estate service and project team for the Council in undertaking their asset and estate management responsibilities. It will include undertaking a range of estate management, asset disposal and asset transfer related duties.

    The main role will be in preparing assets for disposal and transfer to the town council. This will include site inspections and assessments, looking at leasehold or freehold transfer issues, drafting heads of terms for leasehold transfer, instructing the legal teams and managing the transfer of these assets to completion.

    Other duties may include supporting provision of option reports and related development valuation and marketing advice, identifying best value opportunities, and instructing agents and others including legal teams and managing disposals through to completion.

    To safeguard the Council's property and land assets and to ensure that they are used efficiently as a corporate resource.

    The position will be for an initial 3 month contract and there has already been indication that an extension is likely.

    If you would like any further details about this position, please contact Charlotte Gipson at Park Avenue Recruitment.

    If this job isn't quite right for you but you are looking for a new position, please contact us for a confidential discussion on your career.

    We do not advertise all of our vacancies, especially if we have suitable candidates in mind to undertake the work we get in. To get the best chance at securing the perfect contract for you, let us know your preferences and we will be happy to call you when we find a position that you may be interested in.

  • Facilities and Contract Manager - Surrey

    South East - £30 - £40 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A Local Authority in Surrey are looking for an experienced Facilities and Contracts Manager to join their Asset Management and Property Services.

    The Job Role

    Working within the Asset Management and Property Services division reporting to the Head of Service you will be undertaking the day to day running and maintenance of the council property this includes tenant liaison, contract management, accommodation reviews, you will have the ability to cover both hard and soft FM issues.

    • Working and dealing with internal and external stakeholders at all levels, ensuring that processes are in place for communication, performance and assessment and customers are kept informed of developments
    • Proactively resolve issues to minimise risk
    • Leading on complex projects with a record of successful implementation
    • Project management tools and techniques
    • Planning and management of resources Experience of prioritising workload, time management and dealing with conflicting priorities
    • Experience of managing and developing teams and ability to inspire and motivate others to achieve vision and priorities

    Knowledge/Skills/Abilities

    • Able to demonstrate a political awareness
    • Good business support and analytical skills with the ability
    • Financial acumen and ability to analyse complex financial data
    • Comprehensive knowledge of Procurement policies, procedures and systems eg, Procurement Standards, SAP procurement tools etc
    • Knowledge of software programme and database management
    • Team player with good influencing skills, and able to bring teams together to work effectively

    If you have any questions regarding this position, please do get in touch. It is with a local authority I have been working with for a while now and know well. Should you be looking for positions more generally in the home counties area, I would love to hear from you, and be happy to advise on the market at present

  • Head of Housing

    South West - £400 - £600 per day

    Contract Type: Permanent

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    My client is immediately recruiting for an interim Head of Housing professional, to join their innovative team based within Central Bristol. This will be a 3-6-month contract with possibility of an extension.

    They are looking for a confident leader, who can deliver all aspects of a housing/landlord service across the large stock of 28,500 homes and associated land holdings across the city. This will include lettings, tenancy management, revenue management, older peoples' housing and caretaking.

    The key requirements are:

    * Proven experience leading in a large Housing Management environment (15,000-20,000+ housing stock)

    * Experience delivering services within strict budgets and timeframes

    * Management of direct reports (5+) and wider employees (250-300+)

    * Deliver services in accordance with relevant policy, strategies and plans.

    * Build and develop partnerships, share information and collaborate across the organisation and in partnership with the wider community, agencies and business sectors to deliver improved outcomes for service users and citizens.

    * To provide confident leadership and clear management across wide-ranging services so as to ensure the effective strategic development and operational delivery of those services.

    Desirables:

    * Experience in a senior housing role within a Local Authority setting

    * Strategic Programme management experience

    The key requirements are:

    * Interim to start asap - it's a 3-6 month assignment during recruitment to permanent post

    * Must have demonstrable track record in LARGE housing management environment and delivering services and managing multi-disciplinary teams - needs to be able to hit the ground running

    * Confident and established leader who works collaboratively and maintains good relationships

    I am looking to urgently interview and recruit into this post. Process will be two stages' 1 x telephone iv followed by a face to face.

    This role has been deemed to be inside IR35 therefore umbrella services required for duration of the contract.

    Rates up to approx. £600 per day but may be negotiable. Cost will be a factor upon shortlisting

  • Programme Manager - Health and Care Transformation

    East Midlands - Up to £450 per day

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    Work stream objectives:

    1. Improve support for people at home, helping to maintain or improve independence, particularly those at risk of hospital admission or placement into alternative long term care settings

    1. Improve support for people at home to enable people to be discharged home from hospital rather than to other long term care settings

    1. Improve integration and pathways across health and social care to improve independence and care for people at home

    1. Ensuring health and care services respond to best practice and innovation to improve health and care

    1. Deliver improved value to the system by reducing duplication and ensuring people are kept independent and at home for as long as possible

    Principal Accountabilities and Responsibilities:

    1. Lead the development of costed proposals for the development of assistive technology and telecare, resulting in a business case

    1. Lead the development of an implementation plan to roll-out the assistive technology strategy, including a pilot or several pilots if required to test and refine the strategy

    1. Work with leads from CCG, council, Trust and community providers to ensure clear information sharing systems and patient pathways which supports further integration across health and social care

    1. Lead the development of of a shared performance and monitoring approach to review performance and adapt operational delivcery as a result

    1. Work with the Director of Integration, other work stream leads, the Health and Care Transformation board, BCF Steering Group, Assistant Directors, Lead Commissioners, providers and service managers in both local authority and local authority NHS CCG to identify opportunities for further improvement

    1. Manage project steering groups and networks of key stakeholders to provide oversight, governance and support to the areas of work
  • Senior Planning Officer

    East Midlands - £30 - £38 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A North West based Local Authority has instructed Park Avenue to source a Senior Planning Officer for a 3-6-month period, to deal with a large influx of minor and small major applications.

    The work involves a varied caseload of mid-range applications consisting of primarily residential applications and large mixed use commercial applications.

    The area is undergoing extensive development and regeneration and as a result is receiving some very large and interesting work. This is a great opportunity to work on some big projects at a very competitive rate!

    Successful candidates for all roles will have acquired practical experience as a Planner in Development Management with a proven track record processing application, with a Town Planning related degree or diploma, and excellent written and communication skills.

    Rates are £30 - £48 an hour although the council may be prepared to pay for an exceptional candidate.

    If you would like more information on the rate of pay you can expect, or location of this role, please don't hesitate to contact Park Avenue on 020 3795 4835 or via email at info@park-avenue.co.uk

    More widely, if you an experienced or qualified planner considering a career change, or you would like some advice on your CV, or what your next best step would be, we are always happy to have a chat with you about this in the strictest confidence.

  • Senior Planning Officer

    North East - £30 - £38 per hour

    Contract Type: Permanent

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    A North West based Local Authority has instructed Park Avenue to source a Senior Planning Officer for a 3-6-month period, to deal with a large influx of minor and small major applications.

    The work involves a varied caseload of mid-range applications consisting of primarily residential applications and large mixed use commercial applications.

    The area is undergoing extensive development and regeneration and as a result is receiving some very large and interesting work. This is a great opportunity to work on some big projects at a very competitive rate!

    Successful candidates for all roles will have acquired practical experience as a Planner in Development Management with a proven track record processing application, with a Town Planning related degree or diploma, and excellent written and communication skills.

    Rates are £30 - £38 an hour although the council may be prepared to pay for an exceptional candidate.

    If you would like more information on the rate of pay you can expect, or location of this role, please don't hesitate to contact Alex on 020 3795 4835 or via email at alex@park-avenue.co.uk

    More widely, if you an experienced or qualified planner considering a career change, or you would like some advice on your CV, or what your next best step would be, we are always happy to have a chat with you about this in the strictest confidence.

  • Senior Planning Officer

    South East - £35 - £40 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    The contract would be for 6 months, with a view to keep the contract as an ongoing arrangement. Rates for this position would be commensurate with the successful contractor's experience. Flexible hours and home working arrangements can be negotiated.

    The council are looking for a Planner with recent experience working in a local authority on planning applications, and who can join the team and very quickly pick up the work. The area is rural with some urban pockets, and there will need to be able to drive for site visits.

  • Principal Policy Planner

    South East - £40 - £45 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in some extremely interesting and varied work. In basic terms, your key responsibilities are: To play a role in the development, monitoring and review of planning policy under the existing and emerging new town planning system with particular reference to the National Policy Guidance, Sub-Regional Strategies, Local Transport Plan, Local Development Framework, Community Strategy and the Council's other strategies/policies.

    Of course, this is a very basic summary- I have a much more detailed spec that I can send over, should you wish to apply or know more.

    The Council are prepared to be extremely flexible with regards to homeworking, and would only require you to be in the office for two days a week.

    The authority pride themselves on being a close- knit team with a challenging, fast paced, and engaging environment.

  • CIL Officer- Outside of IR35

    South East - £30 - £35 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    The post plays a significant role in ensuring the right infrastructure is secured and delivered in connection with new developments. The successful contractor will need to be adept at developing and managing systems. You will be involved in progressing a revised community infrastructure levy charging schedule for the district as well as working on developing guidance on developer contributions to ensure the district is well placed to deliver quality development supported by appropriate infrastructure. If you have experience in developing a community infrastructure levy and associated supplementary planning documents on s106 contributions you will have a distinct advantage when applying for this role.

    The successful contractor will be expected to progress a revised community infrastructure levy charging schedule and regulation 123 list and attend and give evidence at the CIL examination.

    Main duties and responsibilities

    • to deliver community infrastructure through the community infrastructure levy and section 106 obligations.
    • to prepare community infrastructure levy charging schedules for adoption including the preparation of supporting viability, infrastructure, funding and other appropriate evidence, draft regulation 123 list, section 106 data, to manage public consultation on the council's charging schedule in accordance with the community infrastructure levy regulations, and to appear on the council's behalf at the community infrastructure levy charging schedule examination.
    • to prepare supplementary planning documents on section 106 developer contributions including management of public consultation in accordance with the local plan regulations.
    • to provide advice on the liability of development to the community infrastructure levy and support development management officers in their section 106 negotiations ensuring consistency and justification/evidence is available.
    • to write reports, statements and proofs of evidence and present them/act as a witness at appeals and public inquiries.
    • to work with all levels of government, agencies and partners
    • to attend meetings and training, internal and external, to present reports and provide training; during and occasionally out of work hours.
    • to comment on other LPA's consultations on CIL documents and to keep up to date with Government announcements and statements on CIL and S106's.


    It is imperative that you have a degree in a related discipline, or equivalent level of qualification or experience. You must also hold a full and current driving license and have access to a vehicle insured for business use. Holding a full membership of a professional membership, such as the Royal Town Planning Institute, will be looked upon favourably.

    The contract is likely to run for an initial 3-6 month period, though there could be scope for this to be extended. The council also offer flexible home working.

  • Enforcement Officer (Outside IR35)

    East Midlands - £35 - £40 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    We are currently working with a Local Planning Authority based in Lancashire, who are looking to bring on a contract Enforcement Officer for an initial 3-6 month period.

    As an Enforcement Officer within the team, your main duties will be

    • To handle the more complex enforcement cases, and particularly to monitor progress of these cases following the issue of formal notices or action
    • To investigate cases of alleged unauthorised development and contraventions of planning control reported to the Council and to report on the facts established
    • To prepare and issue Requisitions for information and Planning Contravention Notices; preparing site plans and to draft Enforcement and all other planning enforcement related Notices
    • To prepare written evidence in connection with Planning Enforcement Appeals and related matters and to present expert evidence at planning Hearings, Public Inquiries and in Court proceedings
    • To monitor progress on the implementation of Section 106 Agreements and undertakings

    This position will last for an initial 3 months and will extended beyond this period should all go well. The rate of pay will be dependent upon your level and amount of relevant experience, and the hiring manager has asked that candidates be put forward with a suggested desired pay rate, which we will be happy to advise on.

    The council are happy to offer flexible working arrangements; a compressed week or home working is available.

    If you would like any further details about this position, please contact Sean as below:

    Email alex@park-avenue.co.uk 020 3795 4835

    We do not advertise all of our vacancies, especially if we have suitable candidates in mind to undertake the work we get in. To get the best chance at securing the perfect contract for you, let us know your preferences and we will be happy to call you when we find a position that you may be interested in. info@park-avenue.co.uk

  • Development Management Team Leader - East Anglia

    East Anglia - £50 - £60 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with a Local Authority in East Anglia who are looking to bring on an Interim Development Management Team Leader for an initial 6-months, with a view to extend beyond this should all go well. The authority is incredibly busy at the moment, with plenty of applications going through what is a beautiful, rural part of the country.

    Your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

    • Managing a team of 8 planners, from planning officers to principal planners
    • Liaising with external stakeholders and developers
    • Representing the Council at Committee meetings
    • Signing off work of more junior members of staff

    Previous Local Authority experience at Team Leader level and membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute would be looked upon favourably for this post however, they may consider an experienced Principal Planner who has had delegated authority for sign off of applications previously.

    The authority are able to offer a flexible home working arrangement once you are successfully through the interview stage. They are able to offer a rate of between £50 - £60p/h, however are happy to pay more for an outstanding contractor.

    Please do get in touch if this is a role that you wish to be considered for!

  • Housing Options Officer

    South West - £18 - £25 per hour

    Contract Type: Permanent

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    Position: Interim Housing Options Officer

    If you have vast previous experience in Housing Options/Needs, providing advice and solutions for the homeless then we've got the job for you.

    You will be providing customers with housing advice with a strong focus on homelessness prevention; seeing customers through all stages of the process including personalised housing plans and a decision on their homeless application if prevention or relief has not been possible.

    The role is full-time, working 40 hours per week.

    Do you have…

    * Background in homelessness prevention casework

    * Knowledge and understanding of the Housing Law and Section 184 of the Housing Act

    * Outstanding written and verbal communication skills

    * Experience of case management systems

    Application Deadline: 3rd April 2019

    Interviews: TBC

  • Senior Planning Officer

    South West - £30 - £40 per hour + Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with a Local Authority in Somerset who are recruiting for a Senior Planning Officer on an interim basis.

    Ideally they are looking for an experienced development management planner who is capable of taking on a mixed caseload of planning applications, which may comprise of small major applications and involve working on more complex developments.

    The position will be a 3 month initial contract, but it is highly likely to roll on for longer than this provided both parties are happy. The council can offer flexible home working and compressed hours.

    The rate is currently under negotiation; if you have a rate in mind please do let me know and I will try my best to achieve this for you.

    If you are interested in this role, please do not hesitate to contact Amy on 02037954828. Alternatively, you can send your CV to amy@park-avenue.co.uk and she can give you more information.

    Amy has experience working with Local Authorities within the South West of England and the Home Counties, should you be looking for other positions in these regions please get in touch so we can discuss further!

  • Principal Planning Officer **OUTSIDE IR35**

    South East - £30 - £40 per hour + Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A Local Authority in the beautiful area of Buckinghamshire are looking to recruit an experienced Planning Officer at Principal level with experience of dealing with major applications to step in and join the Major Applications team.

    The contract will initially run for 3 months, but should everything go well for both parties, will be highly likely to extend beyond this.

    The council are looking to recruit an individual who can hit the ground running, processing complex major applications on a large scale. A Town Planning related degree or diploma, and exceptional written and communication skills are essential.

    This position has the opportunity of flexible home working. The rate is currently under negotiation; if you have a rate in mind please do let me know and I will try my best to achieve this for you. The position also falls OUTSIDE IR35.

    The council offices are easily commutable by car from Berkshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire, as well as being commutable by train from London. For this role, you will need to have a full driver's licence and access to a car.

    If you're interested in this role, please do not hesitate to give Amy a call on 02037954828 for more details. The council are looking for the right person to start ASAP. Alternatively, you can send your CV to amy@park-avenue.co.uk and she can give you more information.

  • Building Surveyor - Warwickshire

    West Midlands - £22 - £27 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A local authority based in the Warwickshire area is currently seeking an experienced Building Surveyor to join their team.

    About the role:

    The successful candidate will be part of a team of building surveyors covering all aspects of professional and project building surveying across the private and public sector. The role will cover the full spectrum of building surveying services, including design and specification, contract administration, building surveys and pathology, party wall advice and dilapidations.

    Responsibilities:

    • Delivering projects
    • commissions and professional assignments
    • Assuming a leading role in setting objectives and priorities
    • working as a proactive team player
    • Maintaining effective communication to ensure all information is available for the successful completion of projects and liaising with other managers to ensure efficient financial control

    Qualifications:

    • BSc in building surveying or equivalent Membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)

    If you have any questions regarding this position, please do get in touch. It is with a local authority I have been working with for a while now and know well. Should you be looking for positions more generally in the home counties area, I would love to hear from you, and be happy to advise on the market at present.

  • Building Surveyor - Warwickshire

    West Midlands - £22 - £27 per hour

    Contract Type: Permanent

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    A local authority based in the Warwickshire area is currently seeking an experienced Building Surveyor to join their team.

    About the role:

    The successful candidate will be part of a team of building surveyors covering all aspects of professional and project building surveying across the private and public sector. The role will cover the full spectrum of building surveying services, including design and specification, contract administration, building surveys and pathology, party wall advice and dilapidations.

    Responsibilities:

    • Delivering projects
    • commissions and professional assignments
    • Assuming a leading role in setting objectives and priorities
    • working as a proactive team player
    • Maintaining effective communication to ensure all information is available for the successful completion of projects and liaising with other managers to ensure efficient financial control

    Qualifications:

    • BSc in building surveying or equivalent Membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)

    If you have any questions regarding this position, please do get in touch. It is with a local authority I have been working with for a while now and know well. Should you be looking for positions more generally in the home counties area, I would love to hear from you, and be happy to advise on the market at present.

  • Principal Building Control Surveyor - North London

    East Midlands - £45 - £55 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    Local Authority based in North London are looking for a highly experienced Principal Control Surveyor.

    Your new company

    This role is based in North London. This role requires you to be able to provide a range of professional and technical skills. To discharge the Council's delegated powers and duties as required under the Building Regulations, Building Act and associated legislation. Assist in the provision of service for the diverse range of activities.

    The Building Control team is made up of experienced and qualified Surveyors who work with homeowners, local builders, architects and agents to make sure that work carried out is safe, well-built and energy efficient. They have great local knowledge and provide practical advice and guidance at every step of the way.

    About the role

    To be responsible to the Manager of Building Control, or the Head of Planning when acting as proxy for the Manager, for ensuring that all the requirements relating to building control are carried out in an economic, effective, efficient and equitable manner by the Building Control team.

    To act as one of the Council's second most senior building control advisor for the professional matters which are the responsibility of Building Control.

    As a Principal Building Control Surveyor, you will also be ensuring that all works controlled under the Building Regulations and associated legislation are undertaken in such a manner as to comply with substantive provisions. You must also see to it that any unauthorised work is brought into compliance and lead on to any necessary enforcement action under the Building Regulations and Building Act.

    Prime responsibility for taking decisions on all aspects of Dangerous Structures and responding within 2-hour target time. When necessary to work in accordance with the emergency plan and liaise with other departments of the Council and outside bodies to achieve removal of the dangerous structure. Complete call out reports, record administration, and issue and serve any required notices.

    What you'll need to succeed

    You need to have a minimum of 2 years Principal Building Control experience in a local authority or similar organisation processing complex building regulation applications; enforcing and remedying breaches. Corporate Membership of either the RICS or the CABE is also required for this role.

    Ideal candidates will also need to be able to provide their own car and be IT capable as the office is paperless.

    What you'll get in return

    You will be offered an hourly rate of £45-55 per hour, depending on your experience, for a 6 month contract, comprising of 37 hours over 5 days per week. There will be an opportunity for flexible and home-working once you settle with them.

    What you need to do now

    If you're interested in this role, click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call us now.
    If this job isn't quite right for you but you are looking for a new position, please contact us for a confidential discussion on your career.

    If you would like any further details about this position, please contact Ben Brown at Park Avenue Recruitment.

    We do not advertise all of our vacancies, especially if we have suitable candidates in mind to undertake the work we get in. To get the best chance at securing the perfect contract for you, let us know your preferences and we will be happy to call you when we find a position that you may be interested in.

  • Senior Building Control Surveyor - North London

    East Midlands - £40 - £50 per hour

    Contract Type: Permanent

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    Local Authority based in London are looking for a highly experienced Building Control Surveyor. The candidate will ideally have experience of high rise buildings and fire safety.

    Your new company

    This role is based in North London. This role requires you to be able to provide a range of professional and technical skills. To discharge the Council's delegated powers and duties as required under the Building Regulations, Building Act and associated legislation. Assist in the provision of service for the diverse range of activities.

    The Building Control team is made up of experienced and qualified Surveyors who work with homeowners, local builders, architects and agents to make sure that work carried out is safe, well-built and energy efficient. They have great local knowledge and provide practical advice and guidance at every step of the way.

    About the role

    As a Building Control Surveyor, you will be ensuring that all works controlled under the Building Regulations and associated legislation are undertaken in such a manner as to comply with substantive provisions. You must also see to it that any unauthorised work is brought into compliance and lead on to any necessary enforcement action under the Building Regulations and Building Act.

    Prime responsibility for taking decisions on all aspects of Dangerous Structures and responding within 2-hour target time. When necessary to work in accordance with the emergency plan and liaise with other departments of the Council and outside bodies to achieve removal of the dangerous structure. Complete call out reports, record administration, and issue and serve any required notices.

    What you'll need to succeed

    You need to have a minimum of 5 years Building Control experience in a local authority or similar organisation processing complex building regulation applications; enforcing and remedying breaches. Corporate Membership of either the RICS or the CABE is also required for this role.

    Ideal candidates will also need to be able to provide their own car and be IT capable as the office is paperless.

    What you'll get in return

    You will be offered an hourly rate of £40-50 per hour, depending on your experience, for a 6 month contract, comprising of 37 hours over 5 days per week. There will be an opportunity for flexible and home-working once you settle with them.

    What you need to do now

    If you're interested in this role, click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call us now.
    If this job isn't quite right for you but you are looking for a new position, please contact us for a confidential discussion on your career.

    If you would like any further details about this position, please contact Ben Brown at Park Avenue Recruitment.

    We do not advertise all of our vacancies, especially if we have suitable candidates in mind to undertake the work we get in. To get the best chance at securing the perfect contract for you, let us know your preferences and we will be happy to call you when we find a position that you may be interested in.

  • Senior Planning Officer

    South East - £35 - £40 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    We are currently working with an LPA based in Hampshire, who are looking to bring on a contract Senior Enforcement Officer.

    As Senior Enforcement Officer within the team, your main duties will be

    • To handle the more complex enforcement cases, and particularly to monitor progress of these cases following the issue of formal notices or action
    • To investigate cases of alleged unauthorised development and contraventions of planning control reported to the Council and to report on the facts established
    • To prepare and issue Requisitions for information and Planning Contravention Notices; preparing site plans and to draft Enforcement and all other planning enforcement related Notices
    • To prepare written evidence in connection with Planning Enforcement Appeals and related matters and to present expert evidence at planning Hearings, Public Inquiries and in Court proceedings.

    This position will last for an initial 4 months and will extended beyond this period should all go well. The rate of pay will be dependent upon your level and amount of relevant experience, and the hiring manager has asked that candidates be put forward with a suggested desired pay rate, which we will be happy to advise on.

    The council are happy to offer flexible working arrangements; a compressed week or home working is available.

  • Principal Planning Officer

    South East - £35 - £3456 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with a Sussex based Local Planning Authority, who are looking for a Principal Planning Officer to join the team during an exciting time for the area. The scheme is for approximately 2000 dwellings and requires someone with experience of working at this level before. The contract is for an initial 6-month period and is highly likely to be extended.

    Your main purposes in this role are as follows:

    • To ensure all major growth sites and a range of strategic planning applications are developed in accordance with national policy, the Development Plans and local government strategies.
    • To provide professional advice regarding a range of planning matters associated with development control and new communities including pre-application enquiries/ planning performance agreements.
    • To work in partnership, and as part of joint planning arrangements, with other agencies and developers to deliver quality sustainable communities.
    • To manage the work carried out by a team of officers and consultants under the direction of the Team Manager to create and support sustainable communities .
    • To assist the Team Manager within the team with handling appeals and applications.
    • To process all planning applications assigned to the postholder in an efficient and time effective way.
    • To achieve the appropriate balance between customer focus, quality and timeliness.
    • To ensure that growth areas are quality developments, reflecting the spirit and purpose of the Planning Permissions, Master Plan, and design guidance.
    • To process all planning applications and project work assigned to the post holder in an efficient and time effective way, typically, these will tend to be medium-large applications.
    • Actively monitoring and reviewing decisions taken is an essential part of the job.
    • Providing general planning guidance to statutory, non-statutory, public bodies and the general public.
    • To assist/guide developers in the formulation of quality planning applications, master plans and design guidance.
    • To work flexibly in response to the priorities of the wider Planning Service.


    It is essential that you have experience working on strategic sites of large-scale outline applications, Environmental Impact Assessments, stakeholder management and community engagement. You must also be a capable project manager and be adept in negotiation. You must have a degree or diploma in Town Planning, or a related discipline and hold full or licentiate membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

    You must have access to your own car to carry out site visits for this role. Home working can be negotiated with the LPA once thorough the interview stage.

  • Planning Enforcement Officer

    East Anglia - £31 - £34 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    We are currently working with a Hertfordshire based LPA, who are looking to bring on a contract Planning Enforcement Officer.

    As an Enforcement Officer within the team, your main duties will be

    • To handle the more complex enforcement cases, and particularly to monitor the progress of these cases following the issue of formal notices or action
    • To investigate cases of alleged unauthorised development and contraventions of planning control reported to the Council and to report on the facts established
    • To prepare and issue Requisitions for information and Planning Contravention Notices; preparing site plans and to draft Enforcement and all other planning enforcement related Notices
    • To prepare written evidence in connection with Planning Enforcement Appeals and related matters and to present expert evidence at planning Hearings, Public Inquiries and in Court proceedings
    • To monitor progress on the implementation of Section 106 Agreements and undertakings

    This position will last for an initial 3 months and will be extended beyond this period should all go well. The rate of pay will be dependent upon your level and amount of relevant experience, and the hiring manager has asked that candidates be put forward with a suggested desired pay rate, which we will be happy to advise on.

    The council are happy to offer flexible working arrangements; a compressed week or home working is available.

    If you are interested in this post, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

  • Development Management Planning Consultant - OUTSIDE IR35

    East Midlands - £32 - £35 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    We are currently working with a local authority in Northamptonshire, who are looking to bring on a contract Planning Officer to work independently on a high volume of householder and minor applications, with some scope for work on small major applications.

    The contract would be for an initial 6 months, though this is likely to be extended depending on the standard of work provided. Rates for the position start at £32 per hour depending on experience. Due to the nature of the work, this contract has been deemed to fall outside of IR35. Flexible working arrangements and home working is available and encouraged. They are looking for somebody to start this position as soon as possible, but will consider waiting for the right person.

    The suitable candidate would need to have a working knowledge of the planning system and will have acquired practical experience as a Planner in development management. A proven track record processing applications, with a Town Planning related degree or diploma, and excellent written and communication skills are absolutely essential for this role.

    For more information, please do not hesitate to contact me!

  • Housing Options Officer

    South West - £18 - £25 per hour

    Contract Type: Permanent

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    PURPOSE OF THE JOB

    To prevent homelessness by providing housing information, advice and assistance to customers across all housing tenures.

    To develop links with partners in order to identify suitable accommodation for customers approaching the Housing Options Team.

    To increase housing options for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

    1. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    1.1 To interview, learn the housing need and provide tailored advice to all people that approach the Council for guidance on their housing situation.

    1.2 To correctly process all applications from people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness and offer advice and assistance in accordance with legislation and Council policy.

    1.3 To take all necessary steps to prevent homelessness occurring where possible, including carrying out home visits to landlords, families, mediation and conciliation wherever possible.

    1.4 To pursue enquiries as required by the Housing Acts to establish homelessness, priority need and local connections, in order to make decisions concerning the Council's duty towards individual households.

    1.5 To take appropriate action when dealing with complaints from customers in relation to unlawful eviction and harassment and liaise/take advice from the Council's Legal Department.

    1.6 To ensure that customers receive a high quality professional service that meets their needs, the purpose of the Service and the Council's corporate priorities

  • Housing Options Officer

    South West - £18 - £25 per hour

    Contract Type: Permanent

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    PURPOSE OF THE JOB

    To prevent homelessness by providing housing information, advice and assistance to customers across all housing tenures.

    To develop links with partners in order to identify suitable accommodation for customers approaching the Housing Options Team.

    To increase housing options for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

    1. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    1.1 To interview, learn the housing need and provide tailored advice to all people that approach the Council for guidance on their housing situation.

    1.2 To correctly process all applications from people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness and offer advice and assistance in accordance with legislation and Council policy.

    1.3 To take all necessary steps to prevent homelessness occurring where possible, including carrying out home visits to landlords, families, mediation and conciliation wherever possible.

    1.4 To pursue enquiries as required by the Housing Acts to establish homelessness, priority need and local connections, in order to make decisions concerning the Council's duty towards individual households.

    1.5 To take appropriate action when dealing with complaints from customers in relation to unlawful eviction and harassment and liaise/take advice from the Council's Legal Department.

    1.6 To ensure that customers receive a high quality professional service that meets their needs, the purpose of the Service and the Council's corporate priorities

  • Development Control Manager

    East Midlands - £55 - £75 per hour + depends on relevant experience.

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am working with a Local Authority in the Midlands who are looking to bring on an Interim Head of Development Management. The contract will run for an initial period of 6 months, with scope to be extended, should everything go well.

    Your responsilbities will include:

    • Being responsible for the effective and efficient operation of the development control function (including Planning Enforcement)
    • Leading and managing the work of the Development Control team to ensure the efficient operation of the team, in accordance with both statutory requirements and the corporate objectives of the Council.
    • To contribute to the overall management of the Service, in conjunction with the Directors of the Planning Service.
    • Ensuring consistency of decision making across the District in relation to planning applications, in accordance with statutory requirements, the Local Plan framework and relevant Corporate policies.

    You will need an in-depth knowledge of planning policies and legislation as well as experience of managing and developing staff required, a good understanding of development viability issues, experience of dealing with major and complex planning applications.

    The rate for this position is negotiable and will depend on your relevant experience.

    The council are collecting CV's ASAP, with a view to interview shortly. If you are interested in this exciting position, please do not hesitate to contact Ella at Park Avenue via email or phone, or apply via this advert.

  • Clerk of Works - Warwickshire

    West Midlands - £20 - £30 per hour

    Contract Type: Permanent

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    A Local Authority in Warwickshire are currently recruiting for; A full time Clerk of Works to work within their capital projects department, delivering major planned works.

    The role

    1. To provide site supervision of the capital projects team,. Co-ordinating contractors to ensure safe and efficient completion of projects in accordance with the design, estimates and programme.

    2. Complete detailed site diaries and records including undertaking material test

    3. Assist in the preparation of contract documents for highway and engineering schemes.

    4. Comply with health and safety regulations including CDM Regulations 2007

    5. Provide engineering advice and support to other services within the Council and to members of the public. NB The specific duties and responsibilities attached to posts are of necessity but in many cases difficult to define in detail,they may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the duties or the level of responsibility entailed.

    Skills and Experience

    • Construction related vocational training or equivalent Engineering qualification/experience Either a member of the Institute of Clerk of Works or working towards qualification Essential is the requirement to hold a relevant streetworks qualifications.
    • The successful applicant needs to have demonstrable skills and experience in a technical/engineering environment.
    • They must be able to accurately assess existing conditions relating to surfaces, drainage and ground conditions and to understand and draft technical specifications.
    • The knowledge to understand schematics and specifications relating to highway/civil engineering projects is essential.
    • The successful applicant must have the capability to raise contract specifications, supervise the work of contractors including site safety and social/environmental responsibilities, and have the presence to hold contractors to account for remedial works where work is sub-standard.

    The position will run until at least the end of July with a posibility of extension and the rate is upwards of £30 an hour.

    If you would like any further details about this position and full job description, please contact Ben Brown at Park Avenue Recruitment.

    If you have any questions regarding this position, please do get in touch. It is with a local authority I have been working with for a while now and know well. Should you be looking for positions more generally in the Midlands area, I would love to hear from you, and be happy to advise on the market at present.

  • Building Surveyor - Oxfordshire

    South East - £25 - £35 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A local authority based in the Oxfordshire area is currently seeking an experienced Building Surveyor to join their team.

    About the role:

    The successful candidate will be part of a team of building surveyors covering all aspects of professional and project building surveying across the private and public sector. The role will cover the full spectrum of building surveying services, including design and specification, contract administration, building surveys and pathology, party wall advice and dilapidations.

    Responsibilities:

    • Delivering projects
    • commissions and professional assignments
    • Assuming a leading role in setting objectives and priorities
    • working as a proactive team player
    • Maintaining effective communication to ensure all information is available for the successful completion of projects and liaising with other managers to ensure efficient financial control

    Qualifications:

    • BSc in building surveying or equivalent Membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)

    If you have any questions regarding this position, please do get in touch. It is with a local authority I have been working with for a while now and know well. Should you be looking for positions more generally in the home counties area, I would love to hear from you, and be happy to advise on the market at present.

  • Principal Planning Officer

    East Midlands - £35 - £45 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A Local Authority in Lincolnshire are looking to recruit an experienced Planning Officer at Principal level with experience of dealing with major applications to step in and join the Major Applications team.

    The contract will initially run for 3 months, but should everything go well for both parties, will be highly likely to extend beyond this.

    Successful candidates for this role will have acquired practical experience as a Planner in development management with a proven track record processing applications, with a Town Planning related degree or diploma, and exceptional written and communication skills.

    This position has the opportunity of flexible home working. The rate is currently under negotiation; if you have a rate in mind please do let me know and I will try my best to achieve this for you.

    If you're interested in this role, please do not hesitate to give Amy a call on 02037954828 for more details. The manager is looking for someone to start ASAP.

    Amy has experience working with Local Authorities within the South West of England and Central England. Should you be looking for other positions in these regions please get in touch so we can discuss further!

  • Principal Development Management Planner

    East Anglia - £43 - £47 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with a local authority in the Cambridgeshire area, who are looking to bring on an experienced Principal DM Planner to work primarily on a caseload of major applications, though there may be some more complex minor applications to tackle as well.

    The contract would be for 6 months, with a view to keeping the contract as an ongoing arrangement. Rates for this position would be commensurate with the successful contractor's experience. Flexible hours and home working arrangements can be negotiated.

    The council are looking for a Planner with recent experience working in a local authority on planning applications, and who can join the team and very quickly pick up the work. The area is rural with some urban pockets, and there will need to be able to drive for site visits.

  • Development Management Planning Officer

    East Midlands - £29 - £32 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with an Essex based Local Planning Authority, who are looking to bring on a Development Management Planning Officer to aide the council during a busy time of year. The contract would initially run for 6-months, though this has scope to be extended due to the scale of work to be undertaken.

    Your main responsibilities within this role are as follows:

    • Process and make recommendations on an individual caseload of planning and other applications; to ensure that decisions made and advice given accord with the Councils policies, Government advice and good planning practice.
    • To provide and offer advice and guidance to prospective applicants, consultants and members of the public prior to submission of applications and on general planning matters.
    • To prepare and provide written evidence and act as expert witness on the Council's behalf at public inquiries and hearings.
    • To advise/liaise with elected Members in relation to planning and enforcement matters in the area.
    • To attend and present applications to Development Committee and undertake Committee site visits.
    • To deal with all customers of the planning service in a positive and constructive manner
    • To attend meetings and site visits convened by other parties and organisations as necessary to advise on the planning matters, particularly through the giving of information and advice, some of which may be outside normal working hours.
    • To liaise and coordinate with other departments of the Council particularly Environmental Health and other sections within the Planning Service such as Conservation, Design and Landscape and Building Control (and outside authorities/agencies such as Highway Authority and Environment Agency).
    • To maintain an up to date knowledge of technical and administrative requirements arising from new legislation and of any development in the general field of planning practice.

    It is essential you have a minimum of 3 years' worth of experience working with 10+ dwellings per application, as well as working on commercial and industrial sites. You must have a degree or diploma in Town Planning, or a related discipline. RTPI membership is preferred but not essential for this role.

    You must have access to your own car to carry out site visits for this role. Home working can be negotiated with the LPA once through the interview stage.

    The rate for this role will be commensurate with the successful contractors previous experience, with an exceptional rate available for an exceptional contractor!

  • Principal Development Management Planner

    East Anglia - £42 - £45 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with an Essex based Local Planning Authority, who are looking to bring on a Principal Planning Officer to their Development Management team for an initial 6-month period, though this is highly likely to be extended.

    The main purpose of the role is to act as a planning specialist, providing definitive professional advice for the Council, creating and applying best practice and delivering successful planning outcomes across the full range of planning disciplines with the Planning Division, those disciplines being Development Management, Development Planning and Minerals & Waste Planning. Further duties are outlined below:

    • Taking responsibility for resolving highly complex strategic planning projects, planning applications and development consent orders, managing projects from conception to conclusion, including the supervision of planning and other staff in project teams.
    • Leading the preparation of evidence and act for the Council as the expert planning witness in planning appeals including public inquiries, hearings, public examinations and high court proceedings.
    • Leading and concluding negotiations on complex legal agreements which ensure the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with planning law, national and local planning policy, balance stakeholder and local community requirements and apply best practice.
    • Judging competing priorities, lead negotiations with and give definitive advice to all stakeholders in the planning process including, developers, professional agents, councillors, parish/town councils, service providers, other council officers, community organisations and members of the public on planning issues associated with highly complex development projects and proposals.
    • Preparing reports and delivering presentations to councillors, senior officers, stakeholders and public meetings on planning issues associated with highly complex development projects and proposals.
    • Developing, managing and maintaining excellent working relationships with developers, professional agents, councillors, parish/town councils, service providers, other council officers, community organisations and members of the public and apply high levels of customer care practice towards maintaining those relationships.

    Please note this is not an exhaustive list of your responsibilities, should you be successful in securing the role

    It is essential that you have a minimum of 5 years' worth of recent experience of dealing with major residential (100+ dwellings) and commercial developments within a Local Planning Authority, with a proven capability of handling a large case load of complex planning applications with minimal supervision.

    If you would like to be considered for this role, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me and I can get the ball rolling in terms of interview. Flexible working and rate of pay will be determined once through the interview stage, though it has been indicated to me that the rate will be between £42p/h and £45p/h.

  • Estates Manager - West Midlands

    West Midlands - £35 - £40 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A Local Authority in the West Midlands are looking for a highly experienced Estates Manager to join their growing property team.

    About the role

    On a practical day to day level, the Council are looking for GP surveyor(s) to undertake a cross section of duties dealing with day to day tenant relationships issues, repairs, assignments, consents for other purposes, service charges, valuations for marketing purposes, dilapidations, debt recovery/repossessions. The is a varied role and may also encourporate other duties that the team have to complete.

    The Council's portfolio is rich, varied and sometimes complex, with circa 5,500 interests which range from cable wayleaves through to shops, offices, workshops, municipal shops, farms, ground leases and industrial estates.

    About You:

    Ideally you will be MRICS with an educated degree within a relevant subject. You will be at an advantage if you can demonstrate a knowledge of rating and asset valuation and have experience of working in Local Government.

    The position will run until at least the end of June with a posibility of extension and the rate is upwards of £40 an hour.

    If you would like any further details about this position and full job description, please contact Ben Brown at Park Avenue Recruitment.

    If you have any questions regarding this position, please do get in touch. It is with a local authority I have been working with for a while now and know well. Should you be looking for positions more generally in the Midlands area, I would love to hear from you, and be happy to advise on the market at present.

  • Building Control Surveyor - Cumbria

    East Midlands - £40 - £45 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    Local Authority based in Cumbria are looking for a highly experienced Building Control Surveyor.

    Your new company

    This role is based in Cumbria. This role requires you to be able to provide a range of professional and technical skills. To discharge the Council's delegated powers and duties as required under the Building Regulations, Building Act and associated legislation. Assist in the provision of service for the diverse range of activities.

    The Building Control team is made up of experienced and qualified Surveyors who work with homeowners, local builders, architects and agents to make sure that work carried out is safe, well-built and energy efficient. They have great local knowledge and provide practical advice and guidance at every step of the way.

    About the role

    As a Building Control Surveyor, you will be ensuring that all works controlled under the Building Regulations and associated legislation are undertaken in such a manner as to comply with substantive provisions. You must also see to it that any unauthorised work is brought into compliance and lead on to any necessary enforcement action under the Building Regulations and Building Act.

    Prime responsibility for taking decisions on all aspects of Dangerous Structures and responding within 2-hour target time. When necessary to work in accordance with the emergency plan and liaise with other departments of the Council and outside bodies to achieve removal of the dangerous structure. Complete call out reports, record administration, and issue and serve any required notices.

    What you'll need to succeed

    You need to have a minimum of 5 years Building Control experience in a local authority or similar organisation processing complex building regulation applications; enforcing and remedying breaches. Corporate Membership of either the RICS or the CABE is also required for this role.

    Ideal candidates will also need to be able to provide their own car and be IT capable as the office is paperless.

    What you'll get in return

    You will be offered an hourly rate of £40-45 per hour, depending on your experience, for a 6 month contract, comprising of 37 hours over 5 days per week. There will be an opportunity for flexible and home-working once you settle with them.

    What you need to do now

    If you're interested in this role, click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call us now.
    If this job isn't quite right for you but you are looking for a new position, please contact us for a confidential discussion on your career.

    If you would like any further details about this position, please contact Ben Brown at Park Avenue Recruitment.

    We do not advertise all of our vacancies, especially if we have suitable candidates in mind to undertake the work we get in. To get the best chance at securing the perfect contract for you, let us know your preferences and we will be happy to call you when we find a position that you may be interested in.

  • Head Of Planning

    East Midlands - £500 - £700 per day + Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with a London Local Authority who are looking to bring in an Interim Head Of Planning. This position is an initial 6 month contract, likely to be extended should everything go well.

    They are looking for an exceptional candidate who has extensive experience at both managing and developing all fields of the Planning departments.

    Initial period of the contract is going to be for 6 months, however, there could be the potential for an extension. Despite the position being full time, there is also the potential for homeworking.

    Rates have been left negotiable- it will be based largely upon the experience, quality, and suitability of the candidate.

    The manager is collecting CV's, with a view to interview face to face. If you are interested in this position, do not hesitate to call Amy for more information.

  • Senior Planning Officer

    South East - £30 - £40 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with a Local Authority in Berkshire who are recruiting for a Senior Planning Officer on an interim basis.

    Ideally they are looking for an experienced development management planner who is capable of taking on a mixed caseload of planning applications, which may comprise of small major applications and involve working on more complex developments.

    The position will be a 3 month initial contract, but it is highly likely to roll on for longer than this provided both parties are happy. The council can offer flexible home working and compressed hours.

    The rate is currently under negotiation; if you have a rate in mind please do let me know and I will try my best to achieve this for you.

    If you are interested in this role, please do not hesitate to contact Amy as the manager is collecting CV'S ASAP.

    Amy has experience working with Local Authorities within the South West of England and the Home Counties, should you be looking for other positions in these regions please get in touch so we can discuss further!

  • Estates Surveyor - Oxfordshire

    South East - £40 - £45 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A local authority based in Oxfordshire is currently seeking an experienced Estates Surveyor. The role will be to support the professional estate service and project team for the Council in undertaking their asset and estate management responsibilities. It will include undertaking a range of estate management, asset disposal and asset transfer related duties.

    About the role:

    • You will undertake various landlord and tenant matters associated with commercial and operational assets
    • Various estate management issues including negotiating and granting licences, way leavers, easements resolving land ownership
    • Asset Valuations & provide valuation advice
    • Manage property disposals contributing to the capital programme and seeking out opportunities for disposal and development which are economically beneficial

    About You:

    Ideally you will be MRICS with an educated degree within a relevant subject. You will be at an advantage if you can demonstrate a knowledge of rating and asset valuation and have experience of working in Local Government.

    The position will run until at least the end of August 2019 with a posibility of extension and the rate is upwards of £45 an hour.

    If you have any questions regarding this position, please do get in touch. It is with a local authority I have been working with for a while now and know well. Should you be looking for positions more generally in the West Midlands area, I would love to hear from you, and be happy to advise on the market at present.

  • Senior Planning Enforcement Officer- Hampshire

    South East - £35 - £40 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    As Senior Enforcement Officer within the team, your main duties will be

    • To handle the more complex enforcement cases, and particularly to monitor progress of these cases following the issue of formal notices or action
    • To investigate cases of alleged unauthorised development and contraventions of planning control reported to the Council and to report on the facts established
    • To prepare and issue Requisitions for information and Planning Contravention Notices; preparing site plans and to draft Enforcement and all other planning enforcement related Notices
    • To prepare written evidence in connection with Planning Enforcement Appeals and related matters and to present expert evidence at planning Hearings, Public Inquiries and in Court proceedings.


    This position will last for an initial 4 months and will extended beyond this period should all go well. The rate of pay will be dependent upon your level and amount of relevant experience, and the hiring manager has asked that candidates be put forward with a suggested desired pay rate, which we will be happy to advise on.

    The council are happy to offer flexible working arrangements; a compressed week or home working is available.

  • Planning Officer- Kent

    South East - £30 - £35 per annum

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    This position will largely involve dealing with householder applications, alongside other small applications. They are looking for a candidate with at least 1-2 years worth of local authority development management experience, and the salary for this post will vary depending on your relevant experience.

    The contract will last for an initial 3-6 months, but is likely to roll on from this point should the arrangement be working well. Home working can be discussed and negotiated.

    The local authority you would be working with have offices based in an urban region, easily accessible from most of Kent, parts of Essex and London. It would be beneficial if you did have use of a car for site visits.

  • Building Control Surveyor - West Country

    South West - £40 - £50 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A Local Authority based in the South West are looking for a highly experienced Building Control Surveyor.

    Your new company

    This role is based in South West. It requires you to be able to provide a range of professional and technical skills. To discharge the Council's delegated powers and duties as required under the Building Regulations, Building Act and associated legislation. Assist in the provision of service for the diverse range of activities.

    The Building Control team is made up of experienced and qualified Surveyors who work with homeowners, local builders, architects and agents to make sure that work carried out is safe, well-built and energy efficient. They have great local knowledge and provide practical advice and guidance at every step of the way.

    About the role

    As a Building Control Surveyor, you will be ensuring that all works controlled under the Building Regulations and associated legislation are undertaken in such a manner as to comply with substantive provisions. You must also see to it that any unauthorised work is brought into compliance and lead on to any necessary enforcement action under the Building Regulations and Building Act.

    Prime responsibility for taking decisions on all aspects of Dangerous Structures and responding within 2-hour target time. When necessary to work in accordance with the emergency plan and liaise with other departments of the Council and outside bodies to achieve removal of the dangerous structure. Complete call out reports, record administration, and issue and serve any required notices.

    What you'll need to succeed

    You need to have a minimum of 5 years Building Control experience in a local authority or similar organisation processing complex building regulation applications; enforcing and remedying breaches. Corporate Membership of either the RICS or the CABE is also required for this role.

    Ideal candidates will also need to be able to provide their own car and be IT capable as the office is paperless.

    What you'll get in return

    You will be offered an hourly rate of £40-50 per hour, depending on your experience, for a 6 month contract, comprising of 37 hours over 5 days per week. There will be an opportunity for flexible and home-working once you settle with them.

    What you need to do now

    If you're interested in this role, click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call us now.
    If this job isn't quite right for you but you are looking for a new position, please contact us for a confidential discussion on your career.

    If you would like any further details about this position, please contact Ben Brown at Park Avenue Recruitment.

    We do not advertise all of our vacancies, especially if we have suitable candidates in mind to undertake the work we get in. To get the best chance at securing the perfect contract for you, let us know your preferences and we will be happy to call you when we find a position that you may be interested in.

  • Senior Policy Planner

    South East - £30 - £40 per hour + Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working on a Senior Planning Policy Officer position based in Buckinghamshire. The Local Authority are looking to bring someone on for a 3 month rolling contract. They officer compressed working hours and flexible home working.

    They council need the Senior Policy Planner to help take their Local Plan to examination.

    Duties will include

    • Coordinating extensive consultation exercises through liaison with community groups and strategic partners etc.
    • Draft technical planning policy documents in conjunction with updating and revising existing documents.
    • Progress Local Plan policies through all relevant informal and statutory procedures
    • Review and update existing evidence base and policy documents to maximise the effectiveness of the councils Local Plan and emerging policies.
    • Prepare statutory and non-statutory supporting documents.
    • Conduct member briefings.

    Successful candidates will have practical experience as a Policy Planner assisting with the delivery and implementation of Local Plans, managing external consultants and coordinating consultation exercises. You will have excellent written and communication skills with a degree in Town & Country Planning or an affiliated subject.

    The council are looking for the right person to start ASAP, however, they could wait for the right person. The manager is collecting CV's at present, therefore if this position is of interest to you, do not hesitate to contact Amy on 02037954828. Alternatively, you can send your CV to amy@park-avenue.co.uk and she can give you more information.

    Amy has experience working with Local Authorities in the South West/Central England. Should you be looking for other positions in these regions please get in touch so we can discuss further!

  • Estates Manager - West Midlands

    West Midlands - £35 - £40 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A Local Authority in the West Midlands are looking for a highly experienced Estates Manager to join their growing property team.

    About the role

    On a practical day to day level, the Council are looking for GP surveyor(s) to undertake a cross section of duties dealing with day to day tenant relationships issues, repairs, assignments, consents for other purposes, service charges, valuations for marketing purposes, dilapidations, debt recovery/repossessions. The is a varied role and may also encourporate other duties that the team have to complete.

    The Council's portfolio is rich, varied and sometimes complex, with circa 5,500 interests which range from cable wayleaves through to shops, offices, workshops, municipal shops, farms, ground leases and industrial estates.

    About You:

    Ideally you will be MRICS with an educated degree within a relevant subject. You will be at an advantage if you can demonstrate a knowledge of rating and asset valuation and have experience of working in Local Government.

    The position will run until at least the end of June with a posibility of extension and the rate is upwards of £40 an hour.

    If you would like any further details about this position and full job description, please contact Ben Brown at Park Avenue Recruitment.

    If you have any questions regarding this position, please do get in touch. It is with a local authority I have been working with for a while now and know well. Should you be looking for positions more generally in the Midlands area, I would love to hear from you, and be happy to advise on the market at present.

  • Enforcement Officer

    South West - £30 - £40 per hour + Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    We are currently working with a Local Planning Authority based in Dorset, who are looking to bring on a contract Enforcement Officer for an initial 6 month period on a part time basis.

    As an Enforcement Officer within the team, your main duties will be:

    • To handle the more complex enforcement cases, and particularly to monitor progress of these cases following the issue of formal notices or action
    • To investigate cases of alleged unauthorised development and contraventions of planning control reported to the Council and to report on the facts established
    • To prepare and issue Requisitions for information and Planning Contravention Notices; preparing site plans and to draft Enforcement and all other planning enforcement related Notices
    • To prepare written evidence in connection with Planning Enforcement Appeals and related matters and to present expert evidence at planning Hearings, Public Inquiries and in Court proceedings
    • To monitor progress on the implementation of Section 106 Agreements and undertakings

    This position will last for an initial 6 months and will extended beyond this period should all go well. The rate of pay will be between £30-£40 per hour. The council are looking for someone to go into the office 2 days a week.

    Amy has experience working with Local Authorities within the South West of England/Central England. Should you be looking for other positions in these regions please get in touch so we can discuss further!

  • Planning Enforcement Officer

    East Midlands - £35 - £39 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    We are currently working with an Essex based LPA, who are looking to bring on a contract Planning Enforcement Officer.

    As an Enforcement Officer within the team, your main duties will be

    • To handle the more complex enforcement cases, and particularly to monitor the progress of these cases following the issue of formal notices or action
    • To investigate cases of alleged unauthorised development and contraventions of planning control reported to the Council and to report on the facts established
    • To prepare and issue Requisitions for information and Planning Contravention Notices; preparing site plans and to draft Enforcement and all other planning enforcement related Notices
    • To prepare written evidence in connection with Planning Enforcement Appeals and related matters and to present expert evidence at planning Hearings, Public Inquiries and in Court proceedings
    • To monitor progress on the implementation of Section 106 Agreements and undertakings

    This position will last for an initial 3 months and will be extended beyond this period should all go well. The rate of pay will be dependent upon your level and amount of relevant experience, and the hiring manager has asked that candidates be put forward with a suggested desired pay rate, which we will be happy to advise on.

    The council are happy to offer flexible working arrangements; a compressed week or home working is available.

    If you are interested in this post, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

  • Estates Surveyor - Oxfordshire

    South East - £40 - £45 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A local authority based in Oxforshire is currently seeking an experienced Estates Surveyor. The role will be to support the professional estate service and project team for the Council in undertaking their asset and estate management responsibilities. It will include undertaking a range of estate management, asset disposal and asset transfer related duties.

    About the role:

    • You will undertake various landlord and tenant matters associated with commercial and operational assets
    • Various estate management issues including negotiating and granting licences, way leavers, easements resolving land ownership
    • Asset Valuations & provide valuation advice
    • Manage property disposals contributing to the capital programme and seeking out opportunities for disposal and development which are economically beneficial

    About You:

    Ideally you will be MRICS with an educated degree within a relevant subject. You will be at an advantage if you can demonstrate a knowledge of rating and asset valuation and have experience of working in Local Government.

    The position will run until at least the end of July 2019 with a posibility of extension and the rate is upwards of £45 an hour.

    If you have any questions regarding this position, please do get in touch. It is with a local authority I have been working with for a while now and know well. Should you be looking for positions more generally in the West Midlands area, I would love to hear from you, and be happy to advise on the market at present.

  • Targeted Enforcement Officer

    South West - £33 - £36 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A very busy local authority within Dorset is currently hiring for a Targeted Enforcement Officer to join their team on a 12-month interim basis.

    The ideal candidate will be thoroughly experienced within the Housing Health and Safety Rating System that is used within local authorities to identify and protect against potential risks and hazards to health and safety from any deficiencies identified in dwellings. The position will involve legislation around drainage and waste accumulations and so requires someone with significant experience in property inspections and the use of these legislations.

    If you fit this description and are currently looking for work within this discipline then please do not hesitate to contact me for more information.

  • Planning Officer

    East Midlands - Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A local authority based in the North West are looking to recruit a Planner to their Development Management team on a contract basis.

    The role will involve working on a range of applications, from householders up to small majors, consisting of 10-20 units. Your exact caseload will depend on your experience and preference. The contract will be 3-4 months initially, with a view to extend for a considerable period should both parties be happy.

    Once settled into the council there is the option to work from home a few days a week, and work compressed hours. The contract is deemed inside IR35.

    Successful candidates will have acquired practical experience as a Planner in development management, and have proven track record processing applications, with a Town Planning related degree or diploma, and excellent written and communication skills.

    I appreciate that this is a brief summary; if you would like any further information on this role and the local authority you would be working for, do give me a call or drop me an email, alex@park-avenue.co.uk, 020 3795 4835.

  • Planning Policy Officer

    East Midlands - Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    We are working with a local authority in Lancashire, who have an urgent requirement for an experienced Planning Policy professional.

    The council can offer home working for the duration of the contract which will be a minimum of 3 months, most likely rolling on after that.

    The councils require help in developing and progressing their Local Plans.

    Duties will include

    • Coordinating extensive consultation exercises through liaison with community groups and strategic partners etc.
    • Draft technical planning policy documents in conjunction with updating and revising existing documents.
    • Progress Local Plan policies through all relevant informal and statutory procedures
    • Review and update existing evidence base and policy documents to maximise the effectiveness of the councils Local Plan and emerging policies.
    • Prepare statutory and non-statutory supporting documents.
    • Conduct member briefings.

    The rate will depend on the experience of the consultant appointed and the work undertaken. This contract will be initially 3 months but is likely to roll on beyond this.

    If you would like to discuss this position further, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Alex on 020 3795 4835.

    Alternatively, you can pop your CV over to us for this position, and we can let you know about others we are working on, at alex@park-avenue.co.uk.

  • Senior Planning Officer

    West Midlands - Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    We are working with a Local Authority based in West Midlands who are urgently seeking a Senior Planner to join their team.

    You will play a crucial role processing and managing a caseload of minor to major residential schemes. You will also have an opportunity to work on controversial planning applications and appeal cases, covering all types of development issues and presenting at Committee.

    You will be liaising with other departments in the Council and Planning Consultancies and Developers whilst working on some large-scale planning applications in the area.

    It is anticipated that this contract will last 6 months, but it is likely to roll on beyond this dependent upon performance.

    Rates for this position are between £35-£40 an hour depending on your experience and this council are set up for and encourage home working, and flexible working arrangements can be discussed.

    Ideally you will have experience in local authority planning (DM) and be able to hit the ground running with a caseload of applications.

    If you would like more information on this position, or others we are working on in the area, please get in touch with us on 020 3795 4835, or email alex@park-avenue.co.uk

  • Senior Policy Planner

    South East - £38 - £43 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with a local authority in the Hertfordshire area who require a senior policy planner to come in for an initial 6 month contract, though there is scope for it to be extended beyond this.

    The role would require someone to deal with the master planning of strategic sites being brought forward through the new Local Plan in what is a busy, up and coming area of the country. You will also be aiding the delivery of infrastructure including a strategic Green Corridor; someone with experience of bringing a Local Plan through to examination is essential here.

    The successful contractor here will need a degree in planning and have had previous experience of working on major development projects from a regeneration/policy perspective for a local planning authority.

    Alongside this, the successful contractor will have good communication, negotiation and analytical skills.

    The council offices are easily commutable from Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and from London. I appreciate this is a brief summary; please get in contact for more information.

  • Development Management Planning Officer

    South East - £30 - £34 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with an Essex based Local Planning Authority, who are looking to bring on a Development Management Planning Officer to aide the council during a busy time of year. The contract would initially run for 3-months, though this has scope to be extended due to the scale of work to be undertaken.

    Your main responsibilities within this role are as follows:

    • Process and make recommendations on an individual caseload of planning and other applications; to ensure that decisions made and advice given accord with the Councils policies, Government advice and good planning practice.
    • To provide and offer advice and guidance to prospective applicants, consultants and members of the public prior to submission of applications and on general planning matters.
    • To prepare and provide written evidence and act as expert witness on the Council's behalf at public inquiries and hearings.
    • To advise/liaise with elected Members in relation to planning and enforcement matters in the area.
    • To attend and present applications to Development Committee and undertake Committee site visits.
    • To deal with all customers of the planning service in a positive and constructive manner
    • To attend meetings and site visits convened by other parties and organisations as necessary to advise on the planning matters, particularly through the giving of information and advice, some of which may be outside normal working hours.
    • To liaise and coordinate with other departments of the Council particularly Environmental Health and other sections within the Planning Service such as Conservation, Design and Landscape and Building Control (and outside authorities/agencies such as Highway Authority and Environment Agency).
    • To maintain an up to date knowledge of technical and administrative requirements arising from new legislation and of any development in the general field of planning practice.

    It is essential you have a minimum of 3 years' worth of experience working with 10+ dwellings per application, as well as working on commercial and industrial sites. You must have a degree or diploma in Town Planning, or a related discipline. RTPI membership is preferred but not essential for this role.

    You must have access to your own car to carry out site visits for this role. Home working can be negotiated with the LPA once through the interview stage.

    The rate for this role will be commensurate with the successful contractors previous experience, with an exceptional rate available for an exceptional contractor!

  • Housing Options Officer

    East Midlands - £18 - £22 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    Position: Interim Housing Options Officer

    If you have vast previous experience in Housing Options/Needs, providing advice and solutions for the homeless then we've got the job for you.

    You will be providing customers with housing advice with a strong focus on homelessness prevention; seeing customers through all stages of the process including personalised housing plans and a decision on their homeless application if prevention or relief has not been possible.

    The role is full-time, working 40 hours per week.

    Do you have…

    • Background in homelessness prevention casework
    • Knowledge and understanding of the Housing Law and Section 184 of the Housing Act
    • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
    • Experience of case management systems

    Application Deadline: 29th March 2019

    Interviews: TBC

  • Senior Planning Officer

    South East - £30 - £40 per hour + Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with a Local Authority client in Buckinghamshire, who are recruiting for a Senior Planning Officer on an interim basis.

    Ideally the Council are looking for an experienced Development Management Planner who is capable of taking on a mixed caseload of planning applications, including complex minor and small major applications.

    The position will be a 6-month initial contract. They are offering flexible home working/compressed working hours. The Local Authority need someone ASAP and the rate is to be negotiated depending on experience.

    The council are looking for a Planner with recent experience working in a Local Authority on planning applications, and who can join the team and very quickly pick up the work. You will need to be able to drive for site visits for this role.

    Amy has experience working with Local Authorities within the South West of England/Central England. Should you be looking for other positions in this region please get in touch so we can discuss further!

  • Principal Building Control Surveyor - London

    East Midlands - £40 - £50 per hour + Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A Local Authority based in London are looking for a highly experienced Principal Building Control Surveyor.

    Your new company

    This role is based in London. This role requires you to be able to provide a range of professional and technical skills. To discharge the Council's delegated powers and duties as required under the Building Regulations, Building Act and associated legislation. Assist in the provision of service for the diverse range of activities.

    The Building Control team is made up of experienced and qualified Surveyors who work with homeowners, local builders, architects and agents to make sure that work carried out is safe, well-built and energy efficient. They have great local knowledge and provide practical advice and guidance at every step of the way.

    About the role

    As a Building Control Surveyor, you will be ensuring that all works controlled under the Building Regulations and associated legislation are undertaken in such a manner as to comply with substantive provisions. You must also see to it that any unauthorised work is brought into compliance and lead on to any necessary enforcement action under the Building Regulations and Building Act.

    Prime responsibility for taking decisions on all aspects of Dangerous Structures and responding within 2-hour target time. When necessary to work in accordance with the emergency plan and liaise with other departments of the Council and outside bodies to achieve removal of the dangerous structure. Complete call out reports, record administration, and issue and serve any required notices.

    What you'll need to succeed

    You need to have a minimum of 5 years Building Control experience in a local authority or similar organisation processing complex building regulation applications; enforcing and remedying breaches. Corporate Membership of either the RICS or the CABE is also required for this role.

    Ideal candidates will also need to be able to provide their own car and be IT capable as the office is paperless.

    What you'll get in return

    You will be offered an hourly rate of £40-50 per hour, depending on your experience, for a 6 month contract, comprising of 37 hours over 5 days per week. There will be an opportunity for flexible and home-working once you settle with them.

    What you need to do now

    If you're interested in this role, click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call us now.
    If this job isn't quite right for you but you are looking for a new position, please contact us for a confidential discussion on your career.

    If you would like any further details about this position, please contact Ben Brown at Park Avenue Recruitment.

    We do not advertise all of our vacancies, especially if we have suitable candidates in mind to undertake the work we get in. To get the best chance at securing the perfect contract for you, let us know your preferences and we will be happy to call you when we find a position that you may be interested in.

  • Estates Manager - West Midlands

    West Midlands - £35 - £40 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A Local Authority in the West Midlands are looking for a highly experienced Estates Manager to join their growing property team.

    About the role

    On a practical day to day level, the Council are looking for GP surveyor(s) to undertake a cross section of duties dealing with day to day tenant relationships issues, repairs, assignments, consents for other purposes, service charges, valuations for marketing purposes, dilapidations, debt recovery/repossessions. The is a varied role and may also encourporate other duties that the team have to complete.

    The Council's portfolio is rich, varied and sometimes complex, with circa 5,500 interests which range from cable wayleaves through to shops, offices, workshops, municipal shops, farms, ground leases and industrial estates.

    About You:

    Ideally you will be MRICS with an educated degree within a relevant subject. You will be at an advantage if you can demonstrate a knowledge of rating and asset valuation and have experience of working in Local Government.

    The position will run until at least the end of June with a posibility of extension and the rate is upwards of £40 an hour.

    If you would like any further details about this position and full job description, please contact Ben Brown at Park Avenue Recruitment.

    If you have any questions regarding this position, please do get in touch. It is with a local authority I have been working with for a while now and know well. Should you be looking for positions more generally in the Midlands area, I would love to hear from you, and be happy to advise on the market at present.

  • Principal Planning Officer

    South East - £35 - £45 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    As a Senior/Principal Planner, you will get the chance to lend a hand in shaping the future of this rural part of England, which is in line to become a hub of residential and commercial activity. The role will involve working on strategic projects and large-scale applications, master-planning work, providing some management support and negotiating with large-scale developers. The contract will be 6 months initially, with a view to extend and a role which is likely to develop through projects.

    To take this forward, this local authority are looking for experienced and capable DM Planners. It is expected that you will have at least 3 years worth of experience on working on applications in a local authority, or a solid private sector background and sound knowledge of the UK planning system. This location is commutable from London, so please do not necessarily be discouraged from applying if you do not have a car.

  • Enforcement Officer Kent

    South East - £30 - £35 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    We are currently working with a Local Planning Authority based in Kent, who are looking to bring on a contract Enforcement Officer for an initial 3-month period.

    As a Enforcement Officer within the team, your main duties will be

    • To handle the more complex enforcement cases, and particularly to monitor progress of these cases following the issue of formal notices or action
    • To investigate cases of alleged unauthorised development and contraventions of planning control reported to the Council and to report on the facts established
    • To prepare and issue Requisitions for information and Planning Contravention Notices; preparing site plans and to draft Enforcement and all other planning enforcement related Notices
    • To prepare written evidence in connection with Planning Enforcement Appeals and related matters and to present expert evidence at planning Hearings, Public Inquiries and in Court proceedings


    This position will last for an initial 3 months and is highly likely to be extended beyond this period. The rate of pay will be dependent upon your level and amount of relevant experience, and the hiring manager has asked that candidates be put forward with a suggested desired pay rate, which we will be happy to advise on.

  • Senior Planning Officer

    South West - £25 - £35 per hour + Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with a Local Authority in Devon who are recruiting for a Senior Planning Officer on an interim basis.

    Ideally they are looking for an experienced development management planner who is capable of taking on a mixed caseload of planning applications, which may comprise of small major applications and involve working on more complex developments.

    The position will be a 3 month initial contract, but it is highly likely to roll on for longer than this provided both parties are happy. The council can offer flexible home working and compressed hours.

    The rate is currently under negotiation; if you have a rate in mind please do let me know and I will try my best to achieve this for you.

    If you are interested in this role, please do not hesitate to contact Amy on 02037954828. Alternatively, you can send your CV to amy@park-avenue.co.uk and she can give you more information.

    Amy has experience working with Local Authorities within the South West of England and Central England, should you be looking for other positions in these regions please get in touch so we can discuss further!

  • Property Surveyor - Surrey

    South East - £40000 - £46000 per annum

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A Local Authority is Surrey are looking for an experienced Valuation Surveyor to join their Asset management team.

    About the role:

    The role will look to support the Asset Manager (Investment) in the management of the Council's properties, the acquisition of new investment properties and all aspects of property management and valuation to maximise the value (both financial and strategic) of the Council's investment estate.

    As part of the professional team, you will have the opportunity to influence the Councils longer term investment and land use strategy. You will also have the opportunity to fully participate in a range of significant projects - such as assisting with the development of Industrial Estates.

    What you'll get in return

    • Full time, 15- month fixed term contract
    • Salary £ 40,000 - £46,000pa
    • Possible contract extension

    If you would like any further details about this position and full job description, please contact Ben Brown at Park Avenue Recruitment.

    We do not advertise all of our vacancies, especially if we have suitable candidates in mind to undertake the work we get in. To get the best chance at securing the perfect contract for you, let us know your preferences and we will be happy to call you when we find a position that you may be interested in

  • Senior Policy Planner

    South East - £38 - £43 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with a local authority in the Hertfordshire area who require a senior policy planner to come in for an initial 6 month contract, though there is scope for it to be extended beyond this.

    The role would require someone to deal with the master planning of strategic sites being brought forward through the new Local Plan in what is a busy, up and coming area of the country. You will also be aiding the delivery of infrastructure including a strategic Green Corridor; someone with experience of bringing a Local Plan through to examination is essential here.

    The successful contractor here will need a degree in planning and have had previous experience of working on major development projects from a regeneration/policy perspective for a local planning authority.

    Alongside this, the successful contractor will have good communication, negotiation and analytical skills.

    The council offices are easily commutable from Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and from London. I appreciate this is a brief summary; please get in contact for more information.

  • Development Management Planning Officer

    East Midlands - £30 - £33 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A local authority based in Essex are looking to recruit a Planner to their Development Management team on a contract basis.

    The role will involve working on a range of applications, from householders up to small majors, consisting of 5-20 units. Your exact caseload will depend on your experience and preference. The contract will be 3-4 months initially, with a view to extend for a considerable period should both parties be happy.

    Once settled into the council there is the option to work from home a few days a week, and work compressed hours.

    Successful candidates will have acquired practical experience as a Planner in development management, and have proven track record processing applications, with a Town Planning related degree or diploma, and excellent written and communication skills. You must have access to your own vehicle and a valid driving license to perform site visits.

  • Head of Revenues

    East Midlands - Up to £400 per day

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    Experience Required:

    • Track record of achievement at a management level in a similarly large and complex organisation including:
    • delivering customer focused services and service improvements, managing demands and pressures on the service and tight deadlines;
    • ensuring that the service is effectively resourced to deliver to the required standards;
    • service planning, anticipating priorities, changing landscape and predicting the shape and cost of delivering future service requirements;
    • leading and implementing complex change programmes;
    • management of budgets.

    Summary of job:

    1. To support an Operational Director in securing the continuous development, improvement, efficiency and success of the Department as a whole through effective leadership, budget management, strategic direction, planning, management and governance.
    1. To lead the development, planning and delivery of a service to meet the current and future needs of users within available resources.
    1. To lead on and support cross cutting corporate initiatives at the request of the Chief Executive.
    1. To lead on all aspects of the strategic development and operational management of Brent's Revenues services ( Council Tax , NNDR ) ensuring that the service meets the diverse needs of Brent residents.
    1. To lead on the effective provision and management all outsourced services relevant to Revenue's administration including NNDR, Civil Enforcement, Printing and legal services.
    1. To have overall accountability for robust and effective staff and budgetary management and overall performance management of the service.

    To develop and manage relationships with key stakeholders and customers with a particular emphasis on developing external partnerships and directing programmes of change as required.

    Fundamental Accountabilities:

    1. Work collegiately with colleagues on the Senior Management Team (SMT), and make a proactive contribution delivering departmental and corporate objectives.
    2. Lead and manage a portfolio of customer focused services in alignment with both corporate and departmental aims and priorities.
    3. Provide leadership and management to achieve high performance and effective operational delivery; which will include managing the effective use of resources and staff.
    4. Work closely with the Operational Director to support effective working relationships with relevant portfolio holders.
    5. Support and develop partnership working, including acting as an effective ambassador and advocate with external organisations.
    6. To take a lead role in leading and managing the Council Tax service and outsourced NNDR contract in order to maximize revenue income in the most efficient and effective way possible.
    7. To lead on the strategic development of Revenues services and the development and implementation of operational plans that support delivery of these.
    8. To take a lead role in the development and implementation of policies for Revenue services.
    9. Procurement and contract management of services necessary for the provision of Revenue services, including Civil Enforcement and legal services.
    10. To take a lead role in responding to changes in legislation including preparation of reports for the Corporate Management Team and Members.
    11. To ensure compliance with all legislative requirements and Corporate policies as related to the delivery of Revenue services.
    12. To be a Member of BCS Senior Management team, acting as a role model for staff and leading on cross unit initiatives as required.
    13. Manage, develop and motivate a highly skilled team of Revenues staff coaching them as required on procedures, service standards, allocating and delegating work and effectively managing performance.
    14. Ensure all aspects of the service are customer focused; including service literature, letters templates, web information, forms and leaflets.
    15. To be accountable for the effective management of the Revenues budget in line with Council standing orders and financial regulations.
    16. To promote and maintain effective working relationships, providing support and advice to Cabinet, Scrutiny and other Members.
    17. Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility and all employees are required to act in such a way that at all times safeguards the health and well-being of children and vulnerable adults.
    18. Carry out duties with due regard to the council's customer care; equal opportunities; information governance, data protection and health and safety policies and procedures.
    19. Undertake any other duties commensurate with the general level of responsibility of this post.

  • Senior Planning Officer (Outside IR35)

    East Midlands - Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    Park Avenue has been instructed by an East Midlands based local authority, who have a requirement for a Senior Planning Officer for an initial 3-month basis. This role will involve:

      • The processing of minor complex planning applications (some will be very complicated), householder applications, prior notification applications, applications for advertisement consent and applications for works to protected trees.
      • Completing all stages of the registration and validation processes including ensuring that the fee is paid correctly in accordance with statutory requirements.
    • Assessing proposals against their conformity with national and local planning policies and guidance and all other material considerations (including representations made by consultees)
    • Preparing reports and making recommendations on delegated planning applications and to Planning Committee.
    • Issuing decision notices in accordance with the statutory and other procedures of the department including incorporating conditions and where necessary reasons for refusal.
    • Providing written and verbal advice on development management to members of the public, developers, Parish Councils, District Councillors and others.

    The council are looking for a Planner with recent experience working in a local authority on planning applications, and ideally some experience with the Uniform system. This role can either be set out as full-time, part-time, or compressed hours (37 hours in 4 days).

    If you would like more information, please get in touch with Alex at alex@park-avenue.co.uk, or 020 3795 4835.

    If this role is not quite right for you but you are considering contracting, or looking for a role anywhere nationwide, it would be great to hear from you. We do not advertise all of our posts.

  • Housing Development Officer - Surrey

    South East - £26 - £45 per hour

    Contract Type: Permanent

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    A local Authority in Surrey are looking for an experienced Housing Development Officer.

    You will be responsible for delivering the Council's housing delivery targets through it's wholly owned housing company. The purpose of this role is to help deliver more homes of all tenures within the Councils area, to reduce the use of temporary accommodation and other types of short-term housing solutions.

    What you need to Succeed

    • Experience of working within the construction industry and/or experience of the affordable housing development process.
    • Experience of dealing with development and/or regeneration schemes with a gross development value in excess of £ 50 million to achieve identified outputs
    • Able to problem solve and find solutions to issues blocking scheme delivery.
    • Experience of managing capital budgets effectively in a financially constrained environment
    • Experience of challenging and defending affordable housing projects on financial viability and other planning grounds
    • Experience of collecting, collating and reporting on performance data and other complex information/statistics
    • Experience of developing partnerships and operating in liaison with other bodies and agencies
    • Practical experience and knowledge of Registered Providers development processes
    • Promotion of equality and diversity in relation to service delivery
    • Able to work under pressure and public scrutiny and deliver results to tight deadlines
    • A strong commitment to high quality customer service

    What you'll get in return

    You will be offered an hourly rate of £30-40 per hour, depending on your experience, for a 6 month contract, comprising of 37 hours over 5 days per week.

    What you need to do now

    If you're interested in this role, click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call us now.
    If this job isn't quite right for you but you are looking for a new position, please contact us for a confidential discussion on your career.

    If you would like any further details about this position, please contact Ben Brown at Park Avenue Recruitment.

    We do not advertise all of our vacancies, especially if we have suitable candidates in mind to undertake the work we get in. To get the best chance at securing the perfect contract for you, let us know your preferences and we will be happy to call you when we find a position that you may be interested in.

  • Senior Policy Planner

    South West - £35 - £45 per hour + Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    We are working with a Local Authority in Gloucestershire, who have a requirement for an experienced Planning Policy professional at Senior level.

    The councils require help in developing and progressing their Local Plans.

    Duties will include

    • Coordinating extensive consultation exercises through liaison with community groups and strategic partners etc.
    • Draft technical planning policy documents in conjunction with updating and revising existing documents.
    • Progress Local Plan policies through all relevant informal and statutory procedures
    • Review and update existing evidence base and policy documents to maximise the effectiveness of the councils Local Plan and emerging policies.
    • Prepare statutory and non-statutory supporting documents.
    • Conduct member briefings.

    The council can offer flexible home working/compressed working hours and the rate will depend on the experience of the Policy Officer appointed and the work undertaken.

    The manager is reviewing CV's this week, therefore if you wanted to be put forward for consideration, do not hesitate to contact Amy on 020 3795 4828.

    Alternatively, you can pop your CV over to us for this position, and we can let you know about other roles we are working on, at amy@park-avenue.co.uk.

  • Principal Planning Officer

    South East - £32 - £42 per hour + Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A Local Authority in Buckinghamshire are looking to welcome an experienced Principal Planning Officer to their team. This is on an initial 3 month contract, with scope to be extended, should everything go well.

    The council are looking to recruit an individual who can hit the ground running, processing complex major applications on a large scale. A Town Planning related degree or diploma, and exceptional written and communication skills are essential.

    The rate is between £32-£42 per hour, depending on previous experience. This role has opportunity for flexible home working and compressed hours.

    You will need to have a full driver's licence and access to a car for site visits.

    If you're interested in this role, please do not hesitate to give Amy a call on 02037954828 for more details. Alternatively, you can send your CV to amy@park-avenue.co.uk and she can give you more information.

    Amy has experience working with Local Authorities within the South West and Central England, should you be looking for other positions in this region please get in touch so we can discuss further!

  • Senior Planning Officer **OUTSIDE IR35**

    South East - £30 - £35 per hour + Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with a Local Authority client in Buckinghamshire, who are recruiting for a Senior Planning Officer on an interim basis.

    Ideally, they are looking for an experienced Development Management Planner who is capable of taking on a mixed caseload of planning applications, including complex minor and small major applications.

    The position will be a 3 month initial contract, but it is highly likely to roll on for longer than this provided both parties are happy. They are open to considering part-time working arrangements, home working and compressed hours. The rate is between £30-£35 per hour, with the scope of being put outside IR35.

    The council are looking for a Planner with recent experience working in a Local Authority on planning applications, and who can join the team and very quickly pick up the work. The area is predominantly rural. You will need to be able to drive for site visits for this role.

    The council are looking for the right Planner to start asap, so do not hesitate to contact Amy on 02037954828. Alternatively, you can send your CV to amy@park-avenue.co.uk and she can give you more information.

    Amy has experience working with Local Authorities within the South West of England/Central England should you be looking for other positions in this region please get in touch so we can discuss further!

  • Planning Officer

    South East - £30 - £35 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    This position will largely involve dealing with householder applications, alongside other small applications. They are looking for a candidate with at least 1-2 years worth of local authority development management experience, and the salary for this post will vary depending on your relevant experience.

    The contract will last for an initial 6 months, but is likely to roll on from this point should the arrangement be working well. Home working can be discussed and negotiated.

    The local authority you would be working with have offices based in an urban region, easily accessible from most of Kent, parts of Essex and London. It would be beneficial if you did have use of a car for site visits.

  • Principal Planning Officer

    South East - £40 - £50 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    This role will involve:

    • The processing of major planning applications, including speculative residential applications in the countryside (so some recent rural planning experience is essential)
    • Undertaking consultations in accordance with statutory and local requirements.
    • Carrying out site inspections.
    • Negotiating and communicating with applicants, agents and consultees.
    • Advising members of the public, parish councils and District Councillors.
    • Assessing proposals in line with national and local planning policies and guidance and all other material considerations (including representations made by consultees).
    • Preparing reports and making recommendations on delegated planning applications and to Planning Committees.
    • Issuing decision notices in accordance with the statutory and other procedures of the department including incorporating conditions and where necessary reasons for refusal.
    • Providing written and verbal advice on development management to members of the public, developers, Parish Councils, District Councillors and others.

    The council are looking for a Principal Planner with recent experience working in a local authority on major planning applications. The area is rural and therefore you will need to be able to drive for site visits.

    There is some flexibility with home working, and this can be negotiated. The council operate an 'adult' working arrangement, allowing for two days a week home working.

    The start date is flexible, but as they say, the sooner the better!

  • Planning Technician

    South East - £15 - £25 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    Initially the contract will run for 3- 6 months, with the likeliness to be extended should everything go well for both parties.

    The role will involve processing technical evaluations, validating applications, and over all assisting the Development Management department.

    Experience as a Planning Technician is desired but not essential. A degree in Town Planning is not necessary but would be helpful.

    The rate is under negotiation, if you have a rate in mind, I will do my best to achieve this for you.

  • Building Control Surveyor - West London

    East Midlands - £45 - £55 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A Local Authority based in West London are looking for a highly experienced Building Control Surveyor.

    Your new company

    This role is based in West London. This role requires you to be able to provide a range of professional and technical skills. To discharge the Council's delegated powers and duties as required under the Building Regulations, Building Act and associated legislation. Assist in the provision of service for the diverse range of activities.

    The Building Control team is made up of experienced and qualified Surveyors who work with homeowners, local builders, architects and agents to make sure that work carried out is safe, well-built and energy efficient. They have great local knowledge and provide practical advice and guidance at every step of the way.

    About the role

    As a Building Control Surveyor, you will be ensuring that all works controlled under the Building Regulations and associated legislation are undertaken in such a manner as to comply with substantive provisions. You must also see to it that any unauthorised work is brought into compliance and lead on to any necessary enforcement action under the Building Regulations and Building Act.

    Prime responsibility for taking decisions on all aspects of Dangerous Structures and responding within 2-hour target time. When necessary to work in accordance with the emergency plan and liaise with other departments of the Council and outside bodies to achieve removal of the dangerous structure. Complete call out reports, record administration, and issue and serve any required notices.

    What you'll need to succeed

    You need to have a minimum of 5 years Building Control experience in a local authority or similar organisation processing complex building regulation applications; enforcing and remedying breaches. Corporate Membership of either the RICS or the CABE is also required for this role.

    Ideal candidates will also need to be able to provide their own car and be IT capable as the office is paperless.

    What you'll get in return

    You will be offered an hourly rate of £45-55 per hour, depending on your experience, for a 6 month contract, comprising of 37 hours over 5 days per week. There will be an opportunity for flexible and home-working once you settle with them.

    What you need to do now

    If you're interested in this role, click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call us now.
    If this job isn't quite right for you but you are looking for a new position, please contact us for a confidential discussion on your career.

    If you would like any further details about this position, please contact Ben Brown at Park Avenue Recruitment.

    We do not advertise all of our vacancies, especially if we have suitable candidates in mind to undertake the work we get in. To get the best chance at securing the perfect contract for you, let us know your preferences and we will be happy to call you when we find a position that you may be interested in.

  • Building Control Structural Engineer - London

    East Midlands - Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A local Authority based in London are currently seeking a Building Control Structural Engineer.

    The succesful candidate will need to have strong exerperience within Building Control and a good knowlege and expereience of UK Building Regulations.

    About the role:

    • This role requires you to be able to provide a range of professional and technical skills.
    • To discharge the Council's delegated powers and duties as required under the Building Regulations, Building Act and associated legislation.
    • Assist in the provision of service for the diverse range of activities. Prepare reports and record inspections incorporating decisions made on site under delegated authority with regard to compliance with current and associated legislation.
    • Support the management team by exercising professional and managerial responsibilities, undertake Building Control duties in accordance with the policies and procedures to comply with Building Regulations and the quality assurance performance indicators to deliver a very high quality service
    • To examine plans and details submitted under the Building Regulations, check for compliance with the requirements of those Regulations and allied legislation.
    • Carry out regular site inspections in respect of works in progress to ensure that the works accord with the approved plans and are in conformity with the requirements of the Building Regulations.

    What you'll get in return

    • You will be offered a flexible pay rate, depending on your experience and a 6 month contract.

    If you would like any further details about this position, please contact Ben Brown at Park Avenue Recruitment.

    We do not advertise all of our vacancies, especially if we have suitable candidates in mind to undertake the work we get in. To get the best chance at securing the perfect contract for you, let us know your preferences and we will be happy to call you when we find a position that you may be interested in

  • Senior Policy Planner

    South East - £35 - £45 per hour + Negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working on a Senior Planning Policy Officer position based in Oxfordshire. The Local Authority are looking to bring someone on for a one year contract initially. They officer compressed working hours and flexible home working.

    They council need the Senior Policy Planner to help take their Local Plan to examination.

    Duties will include

    • Coordinating extensive consultation exercises through liaison with community groups and strategic partners etc.
    • Draft technical planning policy documents in conjunction with updating and revising existing documents.
    • Progress Local Plan policies through all relevant informal and statutory procedures
    • Review and update existing evidence base and policy documents to maximise the effectiveness of the councils Local Plan and emerging policies.
    • Prepare statutory and non-statutory supporting documents.
    • Conduct member briefings.

    Successful candidates will have practical experience as a Policy Planner assisting with the delivery and implementation of Local Plans, managing external consultants and coordinating consultation exercises. You will have excellent written and communication skills with a degree in Town & Country Planning or an affiliated subject.

    The council are looking for the right person to start ASAP, however, they could wait for the right person. The manager is collecting CV's at present, therefore if this position is of interest to you, do not hesitate to contact Amy on 02037954828. Alternatively, you can send your CV to amy@park-avenue.co.uk and she can give you more information.

    Amy has experience working with Local Authorities in the South West/Central England. Should you be looking for other positions in these regions please get in touch so we can discuss further!

  • System Support & Development Officer

    East Midlands - £13 - £18 per hour + negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    Job Purpose

    You will be part of the Estates team and report to the Corporate Property Manager who has responsibility for property systems. The post holder is required to have good business analysis skills and an ability to undertake complex configuration tasks.

    The main job purpose is to populate and manage the Estates module, Uniform within the IDOX systems software used by the Council and act as the intelligent 'superuser' within the Estates Team. You will be required to take individual responsibility for working within Estates and will require an understanding of business objectives and processes in the area.

    Main Requirements of the Role:

    • Ensuring that systems and business processes are properly aligned to maximise the benefits derived from the systems.
    • Recommending changes to business process where relevant.
    • Assessing the ability of staff to utilise systems effectively.
    • Developing training material and delivering end user training.
    • Supporting work to develop business cases for investment in new or improved technology.
    • Applying user security - adhering to GDPR requirements.
    • Resolving system problems
    • Upgrades & Testing

    Knowledge

    • You should have a knowledge of Estates Management and how IT and data systems support that
    • An in-depth knowledge and use of property management systems. Data input, management and implementation for users of the system

    Responsibility

    • The post holder has a responsibility to deliver formal training to users in respect of Estates IT and information management systems
    • The post holder will be expected to develop a range of options and different training approached to deliver training effectively to staff with different learning styles

    What you need to do now

    If you're interested in this role, click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call us now.
    If this job isn't quite right for you but you are looking for a new position, please contact us for a confidential discussion on your career.

    We do not advertise all of our vacancies, especially if we have suitable candidates in mind to undertake the work, we get in. To get the best chance at securing the perfect contract for you, let us know your preferences and we will be happy to call you when we find a position that you may be interested in.

  • Development Management Planning Officer

    East Midlands - £30 - £32 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    We are currently working with a Bedfordshire based Local Planning Authority to source a Planning Officer to join the department and assist the team through a busy period. The role will involve working on householder applications, extensions to schools and working on small scale minor applications (5-10 dwellings).

    The contract length is currently deemed to be 3-months, though there is scope for it to be extended beyond this, subject to quality of work. The rate for this position is £30 per hour, but the LPA will consider upping this for an exceptional contractor.

    The council offices are easily commutable by car from Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire, as well as being commutable by train from London. For this role, you will need to have a full driver's licence and access to a car.

    This role is ideal for someone looking to add a rural local authority to their repertoire, and is suitable for someone who is willing and able to hit the ground running, in terms of the workload! You must be able to work in an efficient and timely manner, as well as completing work to a high standard.

  • Planning Officer

    South West - £25 - £35 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with a Local Authority in Somerset, who are looking for a Planning Officer to join the team. The contract will run for an initial 3 months, with the view to be an ongoing contract.

    You will be expected to hit the ground running with low risk householder applications and small minors, at a high standard. The region is a mix of rural and urban, some experience in this area would preferred but not essential.

    The rate is between £25-£35 per hour. This job role also has the flexibility of home working and compressed working hours.

    If you are interested in this role, please do not hesitate to contact Amy on 02037954828.

    Alternatively, you can send your CV to amy@park-avenue.co.uk and she can give you more information.

    Amy has experience working with local authorities within the South West of England/Central England, should you be looking for other positions in this region please get in touch so we can discuss further!

  • Enforcement Officer

    South East - £30 - £35 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    As an Enforcement Officer within the team, your main duties will be

    • To handle the more complex enforcement cases, and particularly to monitor progress of these cases following the issue of formal notices or action
    • To investigate cases of alleged unauthorised development and contraventions of planning control reported to the Council and to report on the facts established
    • To prepare and issue Requisitions for information and Planning Contravention Notices; preparing site plans and to draft Enforcement and all other planning enforcement related Notices
    • To prepare written evidence in connection with Planning Enforcement Appeals and related matters and to present expert evidence at planning Hearings, Public Inquiries and in Court proceedings

    This position will last for an initial 3 months and is highly likely to be extended beyond this period. The rate of pay will be dependent upon your level and amount of relevant experience, and the hiring manager has asked that candidates be put forward with a suggested desired pay rate, which we will be happy to advise on.

    The council are happy to offer flexible working arrangements; a compressed week or home working is available.

  • Development Management Senior Planner

    East Anglia - £33 - £35 per hour

    Contract Type: Permanent

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    We are working with a local authority in Essex, who require a contract planner to join their department and assist the team through a busy period.

    The role will involve working on a variety of applications, ranging from complex minors to major applications (between 20 and 30 units per app). The contract will initially be for a 6-month period, but it is likely to be extended beyond this.

    Hourly rates for this position will depend on your previous experience and ability to carry out the tasks necessary. The rate would be commensurate with ability and experience.

    The council offices are within easy reach of London, Hertfordshire and Essex, both by car and by public transport. Ideally, you will have access to a car to undertake site visits.

    The ideal candidate for this role will be a self-sufficient Planner and be able to work effectively independently, and must be able to work in an efficient and timely manner and be able to complete work to a high standard. A history of DM planning with a local authority is essential, as the council are hoping you can hit the ground running.

  • DM Major Applications Officer/Team Leader

    East Anglia - £43 - £47 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    We are currently working with a local authority based in the Essex area, who are looking to take on a Principal Planner for an initial 6-month contract, but this is highly likely to roll on for a considerable length of time. The view would be to join the authority and work on the major applications within the district, and to later assume some Team Leader responsibilities once bedded into the council. This role will involve:

    • The processing of major planning applications, including speculative residential applications in the countryside (so some recent rural planning experience is essential)
    • Undertaking consultations in accordance with statutory and local requirements.
    • Carrying out site inspections.
    • Negotiating and communicating with applicants, agents and consultees.
    • Advising members of the public, parish councils and District Councillors.
    • Assessing proposals in line with national and local planning policies and guidance and all other material considerations (including representations made by consultees).
    • Preparing reports and making recommendations on delegated planning applications and to Planning Committees.
    • Issuing decision notices in accordance with the statutory and other procedures of the department including incorporating conditions and where necessary reasons for refusal.
    • Providing written and verbal advice on development management to members of the public, developers, Parish Councils, District Councillors and others.

    The council are looking for a Principal Planner with recent experience working in a local authority on major planning applications. The area is rural and therefore you will need to be able to drive for site visits.

    There is some flexibility with home working, and this can be negotiated once successfully through the interview stage.

    The start date is flexible, but as they say, the sooner the better!

  • Estates Surveyor - Berkshire

    South East - £30 - £40 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A local authority based in Berkshire is currently seeking an experienced Estates Surveyor. The role will be to support the professional estate service and project team for the Council in undertaking their asset and estate management responsibilities. It will include undertaking a range of estate management, asset disposal and asset transfer related duties.

    About the role:

    • You will undertake various landlord and tenant matters associated with commercial and operational assets
    • Various estate management issues including negotiating and granting licences, way leavers, easements resolving land ownership
    • Asset Valuations & provide valuation advice
    • Manage property disposals contributing to the capital programme and seeking out opportunities for disposal and development which are economically beneficial

    About You:

    Ideally you will be MRICS with an educated degree within a relevant subject. You will be at an advantage if you can demonstrate a knowledge of rating and asset valuation and have experience of working in Local Government.

    The position will run until at least the end of August with a posibility of extension and the rate is upwards of £40 an hour.

    If you have any questions regarding this position, please do get in touch. It is with a local authority I have been working with for a while now and know well. Should you be looking for positions more generally in the Berkshire or Southern area, I would love to hear from you, and be happy to advise on the market at present.

  • Estates Surveyor - West Midlands

    West Midlands - £35 - £45 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A local authority based in the West Midlands is currently seeking an experienced Estates Surveyor. The role will be to support the professional estate service and project team for the Council in undertaking their asset and estate management responsibilities. It will include undertaking a range of estate management, asset disposal and asset transfer related duties.

    About the role:

    • You will undertake various landlord and tenant matters associated with commercial and operational assets
    • Various estate management issues including negotiating and granting licences, way leavers, easements resolving land ownership
    • Asset Valuations & provide valuation advice
    • Manage property disposals contributing to the capital programme and seeking out opportunities for disposal and development which are economically beneficial

    About You:

    Ideally you will be MRICS with an educated degree within a relevant subject. You will be at an advantage if you can demonstrate a knowledge of rating and asset valuation and have experience of working in Local Government.

    The position will run until at least the end of March 2019 with a posibility of extension and the rate is upwards of £50 an hour.

    If you have any questions regarding this position, please do get in touch. It is with a local authority I have been working with for a while now and know well. Should you be looking for positions more generally in the West Midlands area, I would love to hear from you, and be happy to advise on the market at present.

  • Business Support Officer

    South East - £15 - £22 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A key Housing Association in Hampshire is offering an experienced Housing Options Business Support Officer an exciting opportunity to join their growing team.

    PRIMARY JOB FUNCTION

    To support the Head of Private Housing Partnerships in providing business and admin support to all the housing needs and strategy teams based Islington.

    The post holder will assist the Head of Private Housing Partnerships in providing a professional and effective administrative service. The post holder will undertake duties associated with the provision of basic financial duties, and assist with the day-to day organisation of the teams' work.

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    • To be responsible to the Head of Private Housing Partnerships, for the provision of administrative, financial and support services.

    • To schedule external training dates on behalf of the No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) Network under direction

    • Assist with the administration and distribution of incoming post for the services.

    • To assist with the administration of incoming emails to team inboxes.

    • To maintain proper systems to monitor mail and enquiries.

    • To scan post and documents onto electronic document management systems.

    • To communicate in person and in writing with other council departments and external agencies having regard to customer care standards and procedures and the 1998 Data Protection Act

    • To update the pro-time electronic timekeeping system when authorised.

    • To print copies of housing files under direction.

    • To organise and service local office meetings as required.

    • To provide administrative services to the teams, such as photocopying, distributing and filing documents, using electronic document management systems.

    • To be responsible for maintaining and ordering stationery supplies.

    • To assist in room bookings and meeting/training administration.

    • To undertake any minor or non- re-occurring duties as directed from time to time.

    • To use Islington's systems to set up suppliers and to process supplier invoices, journal transfers etc authorised for payment.

    • To process any cheques received from residents, solicitors etc in accordance with procedures.

    • To process payments to GPs for Doctors' letters.

    • To administer pre-paid cards, petty cash, and periodic payments to provide

    • subsistence payments to clients.

    • To generate regular transaction reports to team managers to support them to

    • accurately manage their spend and budget.

    • To administer invoicing for the provision of training through the No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) Network.

    • To ensure that contracts are sent and received for access to NRPF Connect.

    REQUIREMENTS -EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE

    • Experience of administrative and finance work.

    • Good numeracy and literacy skills

    • Experience of delivering services in a multi-racial and multi-cultural community

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITY

    • Ability to communicate with a diverse range of stakeholders, colleagues and service users in a professional and courteous manner.

    • Ability to take a flexible approach to team working, be self-motivated and be able to demonstrate an ability to work on your own initiative

    • Ability to process invoices for purchasing and payments for services and goods received.

    • Ability to work under pressure and prioritise and manage a demanding workload

    • Ability to maintain effective administrative systems to support the work of the teams.

    • Ability to make effective use of Information Technology, including word processing and extracting and inputting information, from council systems and the internet.

    • Ability to produce information and data, to enable financial and service monitoring of the service to be carried out

    • Ability to demonstrate a commitment to the provision of high quality services within the provisions of the Council's Equal Opportunities and Valuing Diversity frameworks
  • Housing Options Officer

    West Midlands - £20 - £24 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A key local authority in the West Midlands is offering an experienced Housing Options Officer an exciting opportunity to join their growing team. The successful candidate will be a vital member of a diligent team, offering front line services in homelessness prevention.

    This is a 3-month contract, with scope to extend.

    About the Role

    • Preventing homelessness and resolving housing difficulties by providing housing options advice.
    • Completing Section 184 decisions and developing PHP's.
    • Using up to date knowledge of existing case laws and housing legislation to make comprehensive decisions on cases.
    • Assisting the team in a variety of homelessness prevention initiatives.

    About You

    • Up to date with and have an in depth working knowledge of current housing law and legislation Experience using Housing Systems (such as Jigsaw and Locata)
    • Ideally have had 1 years' experience in a customer facing housing role
    • Proven experience managing a busy caseload
    • Adaptable in the face of new challenges If you have previous experience within Housing Options or Homelessness Prevention get in touch today on (phone number removed) or email me at.
  • Housing Options Officer

    East Midlands - £20 - £24 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    Position: Interim Housing Options Officer

    If you have vast previous experience in Housing Options/Needs, providing advice and solutions for the homeless then here is the job for you.

    You will be providing customers with housing advice with a strong focus on homelessness prevention; seeing customers through all stages of the process including personalised housing plans and a decision on their homeless application if prevention or relief has not been possible.

    The role is full-time, working 40 hours per week.

    Do you have…

    • Background in homelessness prevention casework
    • Knowledge and understanding of the Housing Law and Section 184 of the Housing Act
    • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
    • Experience of case management systems
  • Housing Standards and Enforcement Officer

    East Midlands - £30 - £40 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    Position: Housing Standards Enforcement Officer

    You will be:

    • Inspecting private rented properties using the Housing Health & Rating System
    • Carrying out any necessary enforcement action in line with the Housing Act 2004
    • Using the local authority's Private Sector Housing Policy Framework

    The role is full-time, working 40 hours per week.

    Do you have:

    • An ONC, OND or HNC, HND in Building Studies, or have a relevant housing related professional qualification/s.
    • Extensive knowledge and experience in the use and application of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System.
    • The ability to demonstrate up to date knowledge of housing and other legislations relevant to the post and specifically the Acts relating to grants, housing conditions, enforcement and the licensing of houses in multiple occupation within the private sector.
  • CIL Officer

    South West - £25 - £40 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with a Buckinghamshire based Local Planning Authority, who are looking to bring on a Senior Policy Planner to help with the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) review.

    The post plays a significant role in ensuring the right infrastructure is secured and delivered in connection with new developments. The successful contractor will need to be adept at developing and managing systems. You will be involved in progressing a revised community infrastructure levy charging schedule for the district as well as working on developing guidance on developer contributions to ensure the district is well placed to deliver quality development supported by appropriate infrastructure. If you have experience in developing a community infrastructure levy and associated supplementary planning documents on s106 contributions you will have a distinct advantage when applying for this role.

    The successful contractor will be expected to progress a revised community infrastructure levy charging schedule and regulation 123 list and attend and give evidence at the CIL examination.

    Main duties and responsibilities

    • to deliver community infrastructure through the community infrastructure levy and section 106 obligations.
    • to prepare community infrastructure levy charging schedules for adoption including the preparation of supporting viability, infrastructure, funding and other appropriate evidence, draft regulation 123 list, section 106 data, to manage public consultation on the council's charging schedule in accordance with the community infrastructure levy regulations, and to appear on the council's behalf at the community infrastructure levy charging schedule examination.
    • to prepare supplementary planning documents on section 106 developer contributions including management of public consultation in accordance with the local plan regulations.
    • to provide advice on the liability of development to the community infrastructure levy and support development management officers in their section 106 negotiations ensuring consistency and justification/evidence is available.
    • to write reports, statements and proofs of evidence and present them/act as a witness at appeals and public inquiries.
    • to work with all levels of government, agencies and partners
    • to attend meetings and training, internal and external, to present reports and provide training; during and occasionally out of work hours.
    • to comment on other LPA's consultations on CIL documents and to keep up to date with Government announcements and statements on CIL and S106's.

    It is imperative that you have a degree in a related discipline, or equivalent level of qualification or experience. You must also hold a full and current driving license and have access to a vehicle insured for business use. Holding a full membership of a professional membership, such as the Royal Town Planning Institute, will be looked upon favourably.

    The contract is likely to run for an initial 3-6 month period, though there could be scope for this to be extended. The council also offer flexible home working.

    If you would like more information on this role, please get in touch with Amy, 020 3795 4828, amy@park-avenue.co.uk

  • Development Surveyor - Lancashire

    East Midlands - £30 - £45 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    A local authority based in Lancashire is currently seeking an experienced Development Surveyor. It will include but not limited to undertaking a range of duties including disposals, acquisitions, viability assessments and regeneration.

    Your new role

    he role will be to undertake the valuation, negotiation and acquisition and disposal of all types of land and property as required including those by Compulsory Purchase Order either as part of a wider and more comprehensive regeneration scheme or for individual sites.

    In addition and to assist with the Council's regeneration and growth agenda and to respond to the growing need to provide more housing of all types and tenure, the postholder will assist in the identification, bringing forward and control of development projects throughout the area.

    About you:

    • Experience in the valuation, negotiation, acquisition or disposal of all types of land and property

    • A background in commercial property

    • A Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)

    What you need to do now

    If you're interested in this role, click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call us now.


    If this job isn't quite right for you but you are looking for a new position, please contact us for a confidential discussion on your career.

    If you would like any further details about this position, please contact Ben Brown at Park Avenue Recruitment.

    We do not advertise all of our vacancies, especially if we have suitable candidates in mind to undertake the work we get in. To get the best chance at securing the perfect contract for you, let us know your preferences and we will be happy to call you when we find a position that you may be interested in

  • Interim Building Control Manager

    East Midlands - £65 - £85 per hour + negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    Your New Company

    This role is based in Central London. This role requires you to be able to provide a range of professional and technical skills. The Building Control team is made up of experienced and qualified Surveyors who work with homeowners, local builders, architects and agents to make sure that work carried out is safe, well-built and energy efficient. They have great local knowledge and provide practical advice and guidance at every step of the way.

    About the Role

    As Building Control Manager, you will be helping to build the teams ever growing presence in their local borough. You must have a strong desire to lead a team and helping to develop a team further. You will be helping to develop strong client relationships, attend client meetings, help with commercial projects, carrying out site inspections and plan checking in compliance with the Building Regulations. You must also ensure that any unauthorised work is brought into compliance and any necessary enforcement action is recommended.

    What do you need to Succeed?

    The ideal candidate will be qualified to degree level, or equivalent, in Building Control/Building Surveying. You will also be a chartered member of RICS/CABE.

    Additionally, you will have the ability to show experience with commercial clients. As well as this, be hold excellent client-facing and relationship-development skills. You will also have business development experience and had previously held the post of Senior Building Control Surveyor previously, as well as, holding a post of Building Control Manager more recently.

    What you need to do now

    If you're interested in this role, click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call us now.


    If this job isn't quite right for you but you are looking for a new position, please contact us for a confidential discussion on your career.

    If you would like any further details about this position, please contact Charlotte Gipson at Park Avenue Recruitment.

    We do not advertise all of our vacancies, especially if we have suitable candidates in mind to undertake the work we get in. To get the best chance at securing the perfect contract for you, let us know your preferences and we will be happy to call you when we find a position that you may be interested in

  • Housing Options Officer

    West Midlands - £20 - £23 per hour

    Contract Type: Permanent

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    A key local authority in Warwickshire is offering an experienced Housing Options Officer an exciting opportunity to join their growing team. The successful candidate will be a fundamental member of a diligent team, offering front line services in homelessness prevention.

    This is a 3-month contract, with scope to extend.

    About the Role

    • Preventing homelessness and resolving housing difficulties by providing housing options advice.
    • Completing Section 184 decisions and developing PHP's.
    • Using up to date knowledge of existing case laws and housing legislation to make comprehensive decisions on cases.
    • Assisting the team in a variety of homelessness prevention initiatives.

    About You

    • Up to date with and have an in depth working knowledge of current housing law and legislation Experience using Housing Systems (such as Jigsaw and Locata)
    • Ideally have had 1 years' experience in a customer facing housing role
    • Proven experience managing a busy caseload
    • Adaptable in the face of new challenges

    If you have previous experience within Housing Options or Homelessness Prevention get in touch today.

  • Principal Planning Officer **OUTSIDE IR35**

    South East - £30 - £40 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with a Buckinghamshire based Local Planning Authority, who are looking to bring on a Principal Planning Officer to their Development Management team for an initial 3 month rolling contract.

    The main purpose of the role is to act as a planning specialist, providing definitive professional advice for the Council, creating and applying best practice and delivering successful planning outcomes across the full range of planning disciplines with the Planning Division, those disciplines being Development Management, Development Planning and Minerals & Waste Planning. Further duties are outlined below:

    • Taking responsibility for resolving highly complex strategic planning projects, planning applications and development consent orders, managing projects from conception to conclusion, including the supervision of planning and other staff in project teams.
    • Leading the preparation of evidence and act for the Council as the expert planning witness in planning appeals including public inquiries, hearings, public examinations and high court proceedings.
    • Leading and concluding negotiations on complex legal agreements which ensure the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with planning law, national and local planning policy, balance stakeholder and local community requirements and apply best practice.
    • Judging competing priorities, lead negotiations with and give definitive advice to all stakeholders in the planning process including, developers, professional agents, councillors, parish/town councils, service providers, other council officers, community organisations and members of the public on planning issues associated with highly complex development projects and proposals.
    • Preparing reports and delivering presentations to councillors, senior officers, stakeholders and public meetings on planning issues associated with highly complex development projects and proposals.
    • Developing, managing and maintaining excellent working relationships with developers, professional agents, councillors, parish/town councils, service providers, other council officers, community organisations and members of the public and apply high levels of customer care practice towards maintaining those relationships.


    Please note this is not an exhaustive list of your responsibilities, should you be successful in securing the role.

    It is essential that you experience of dealing with major residential (100+ dwellings) and commercial developments within a Local Planning Authority, with a proven capability of handling a large case load of complex planning applications with minimal supervision. Membership to the RTPI is favourable, but not required.

    If you would like to be considered for this role, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me and I can get the ball rolling in terms of interview. Flexible home working and compressed hours are offered.

    The council are looking for the right Planner to start asap, so do not hesitate to contact Amy on 02037954828. Alternatively, you can send your CV to amy@park-avenue.co.uk and she can give you more information.

    Amy has experience working with Local Authorities within the South West of England and Central England. Should you be looking for other positions in these regions please get in touch so we can discuss further!

  • Senior Planning Officer **OUTSIDE IR35**

    South East - £30 - £40 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with a Local Authority in Buckinghamshire who are recruiting for a Senior Planning Officer on an interim basis. The position will fall OUTSIDE IR35.

    Ideally they are looking for an experienced development management planner who is capable of taking on a mixed caseload of planning applications, which may comprise of small major applications and involve working on more complex developments (should the planner they recruit have this experience).

    The position will be a 3 month initial contract, but it is highly likely to roll on for longer than this provided both parties are happy. The council can offer flexible home working and compressed hours.

    The rate is currently under negotiation; if you have a rate in mind please do let me know and I will try my best to achieve this for you.

    If you are interested in this role, please do not hesitate to contact Amy on 02037954828. Alternatively, you can send your CV to amy@park-avenue.co.uk and she can give you more information.

    Amy has experience working with Local Authorities within the South West of England and the Home Counties, should you be looking for other positions in these regions please get in touch so we can discuss further!

  • Planning Policy Consultant

    South East - £40 - £45 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    We are currently working with a Hertfordshire based Local Planning Authority, who are looking to bring on a Principal Planning Officer, to take the lead on a number of projects and key work areas within the Planning Policy Team.


    The main requirements of the role are as follows:


    * To be involved in major aspects of all of the work associated with statutory and non-statutory plan documents and other forward planning policies, guidance and materials.
    * Provide an advisory and consultative service in respect of planning policy to other disciplines and council departments.
    * To manage project work, including the work of external consultants and public consultation exercises.
    * To draft reports and presentations for Council meetings, Committees, working parties and other meetings.
    * To review national, strategic and local land use planning issues affecting the Borough and to initiate changes in policies or make robust and active representations on the Council's behalf to relevant bodies.

    Some elements of this work will focus on mobility, working with stakeholder to promote active travel within the Borough and embedding sustainable transport into a wide range of corporate projects and objectives. The successful applicant will take the lead on maintaining strong relationships with local transport partners and bodies, to promote the interests of the Borough Council.


    With this, the Council are ideally looking for a town planner with expertise and/or an interest in sustainable transport, as well as plan-making more generally.


    The contract length is initially set at 3 - 6 months, though there is scope for it to be extended beyond this original contract. The hourly rate is negotiable, commensurate with the relevant experience of the successful applicant. Flexible working arrangements can also be negotiated.

  • Building Control Surveyor - Hampshire

    South East - £40 - £50 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    Building Control Surveyor within a local authority in Hampshire. Hourly rate of £40-50 per hour.

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    This role is based in Hampshire. This role requires you to be able to provide a range of professional and technical skills. To discharge the Council's delegated powers and duties as required under the Building Regulations, Building Act and associated legislation. Assist in the provision of service for the diverse range of activities.

    The Building Control team is made up of experienced and qualified Surveyors who work with homeowners, local builders, architects and agents to make sure that work carried out is safe, well-built and energy efficient. They have great local knowledge and provide practical advice and guidance at every step of the way.

    About the role

    As a Building Control Surveyor, you will be ensuring that all works controlled under the Building Regulations and associated legislation are undertaken in such a manner as to comply with substantive provisions. You must also see to it that any unauthorised work is brought into compliance and lead on to any necessary enforcement action under the Building Regulations and Building Act.

    Prime responsibility for taking decisions on all aspects of Dangerous Structures and responding within 2-hour target time. When necessary to work in accordance with the emergency plan and liaise with other departments of the Council and outside bodies to achieve removal of the dangerous structure. Complete call out reports, record administration, and issue and serve any required notices.

    What you'll need to succeed

    You need to have a minimum of 2 years Building Control experience in a local authority or similar organisation processing complex building regulation applications; enforcing and remedying breaches. Corporate Membership of either the RICS or the CABE is also required for this role.

    Ideal candidates will also need to be able to provide their own car and be IT capable as the office is paperless.

    What you'll get in return

    You will be offered an hourly rate of £40-50 per hour, depending on your experience, for a 6 month contract, comprising of 37 hours over 5 days per week. There will be an opportunity for flexible and home-working once you settle with them.

    What you need to do now

    If you're interested in this role, click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call us now.
    If this job isn't quite right for you but you are looking for a new position, please contact us for a confidential discussion on your career.

    If you would like any further details about this position, please contact Ben Brown at Park Avenue Recruitment.

    We do not advertise all of our vacancies, especially if we have suitable candidates in mind to undertake the work we get in. To get the best chance at securing the perfect contract for you, let us know your preferences and we will be happy to call you when we find a position that you may be interested in.

  • Principal Building Control Surveyor

    East Midlands - £50 - £55 per hour + negotiable

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    Your New Company

    This role requires you to be able to provide a range of professional and technical skills. The Building Control team is made up of experienced and qualified Surveyors who have great local knowledge and provide practical advice and guidance at every step of the way.

    About the Role

    As a Principal Building Control Surveyor, you will be highly-experienced dealing with commercial projects, carrying out site inspections and plan checking in compliance with the Building Regulations. You must also ensure that any unauthorised work is brought into compliance and any necessary enforcement action is recommended.

    In addition, as a Principal member of staff you will be expected to help lead and provide guidance for other members of the building control team.

    What do you need to Succeed?

    The ideal candidate will be qualified to degree level, or equivalent, in Building Control/Building Surveying. You will also be a chartered member of RICS/CABE.

    You must have 5 years previous Building Control experience, either within a local authority or private consultancy. Previously holding a Principal position would also be advantageous.

    What you need to do now

    If you're interested in this role, click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call us now.


    If you would like any further details about this position, please contact Charlotte Gipson at Park Avenue Recruitment.

    If this job isn't quite right for you but you are looking for a new position, please contact us for a confidential discussion on your career.

    We do not advertise all of our vacancies, especially if we have suitable candidates in mind to undertake the work we get in. To get the best chance at securing the perfect contract for you, let us know your preferences and we will be happy to call you when we find a position that you may be interested in.

  • Building Control Surveyor - Central London

    East Midlands - £45 - £55 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    Building Control Surveyor within a local authority in Central London. Hourly rate of £45-55 per hour for a 3 month rolling contract.

    Your new company

    This role is based in central London. This role requires you to be able to provide a range of professional and technical skills. To discharge the Council's delegated powers and duties as required under the Building Regulations, Building Act and associated legislation. Assist in the provision of service for the diverse range of activities.

    The Building Control team is made up of experienced and qualified Surveyors who work with homeowners, local builders, architects and agents to make sure that work carried out is safe, well-built and energy efficient. They have great local knowledge and provide practical advice and guidance at every step of the way.

    About the role

    As a Building Control Surveyor, you will be ensuring that all works controlled under the Building Regulations and associated legislation are undertaken in such a manner as to comply with substantive provisions. You must also see to it that any unauthorised work is brought into compliance and lead on to any necessary enforcement action under the Building Regulations and Building Act.

    Prime responsibility for taking decisions on all aspects of Dangerous Structures and responding within 2-hour target time. When necessary to work in accordance with the emergency plan and liaise with other departments of the Council and outside bodies to achieve removal of the dangerous structure. Complete call out reports, record administration, and issue and serve any required notices.

    What you'll need to succeed

    You need to have a minimum of 5 years Building Control experience in a local authority or similar organisation processing complex building regulation applications; enforcing and remedying breaches. Corporate Membership of either the RICS or the CABE is also required for this role.

    Ideal candidates will also need to be able to provide their own car and be IT capable as the office is paperless.

    What you'll get in return

    You will be offered an hourly rate of £45-55 per hour, depending on your experience, for a 6 month contract, comprising of 37 hours over 5 days per week. There will be an opportunity for flexible and home-working once you settle with them.

    What you need to do now

    If you're interested in this role, click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call us now.
    If this job isn't quite right for you but you are looking for a new position, please contact us for a confidential discussion on your career.

    If you would like any further details about this position, please contact Ben Brown at Park Avenue Recruitment.

    We do not advertise all of our vacancies, especially if we have suitable candidates in mind to undertake the work we get in. To get the best chance at securing the perfect contract for you, let us know your preferences and we will be happy to call you when we find a position that you may be interested in.

  • Senior Planning Officer

    South East - £30 - £35 per hour

    Contract Type: Permanent

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    I am currently working with one of my favourite local authority clients in Surrey, who are recruiting for a Senior Planning Officer to join their team.

    Ideally they are looking for an experienced development management planner who is capable of taking on a mixed caseload of planning applications, which may comprise of Minor and complex Minor applications and involve working on more complex developments (should the planner they recruit have this experience).

    The position will be a 6 month initial contract, but it is highly likely to roll on for longer than this provided that both parties are happy. They are open to considering part-time working arrangements, home working and compressed hours.

  • Group Leader Development Management

    West Midlands - £50 - £60 per hour

    Contract Type: Permanent

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    Head of Development Management

    An exciting opportunity has arisen with a local authority in Leicestershire, who are looking to bring on an Interim Head of Development Management.

    The contract will run for an initial period of 5 months, but it is likely to extend well beyond this.

    This position will involve the management of a team of 8 Planners, 2 technical support officers and the Planning Enforcement team. You will be in charge of ensuring the efficient operation of the team, meeting performance targets and focusing on customer service.

    The rate for this position is negotiable and will depend on your relevant experience.

    The council are looking for somebody to interview and start ASAP, if you are interested I would recommend that you pop over your CV via email, please get in touch with Alex on 020 3795 4835, alex@park-avenue.co.uk.

    We do not advertise all of our vacancies, especially if we have suitable candidates in mind to undertake the work we get in. To get the best chance at securing the perfect contract for you, let us know your preferences and we will be happy to call you when we find a position that you may be interested in. info@park-avenue.co.uk

  • Principal Planning Officer

    West Midlands - £35 - £40 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    I am currently working with a Leicestershire based Local Planning Authority, who are looking for a Principal Planning Officer to join the team during an exciting time for the area. The scheme is for approximately 2000 dwellings and requires someone with experience of working at this level before. The contract is for an initial 6-month period and is highly likely to be extended.

    Your main purposes in this role are as follows:

    • To ensure all major growth sites and a range of strategic planning applications are developed in accordance with national policy, the Development Plans and local government strategies.
    • To provide professional advice regarding a range of planning matters associated with development control and new communities including pre-application enquiries/ planning performance agreements.
    • To work in partnership, and as part of joint planning arrangements, with other agencies and developers to deliver quality sustainable communities.
    • To manage the work carried out by a team of officers and consultants under the direction of the Team Manager to create and support sustainable communities .
    • To assist the Team Manager within the team with handling appeals and applications.
    • To process all planning applications assigned to the postholder in an efficient and time effective way.
    • To achieve the appropriate balance between customer focus, quality and timeliness.
    • To ensure that growth areas are quality developments, reflecting the spirit and purpose of the Planning Permissions, Master Plan, and design guidance.
    • To process all planning applications and project work assigned to the post holder in an efficient and time effective way, typically, these will tend to be medium-large applications.
    • Actively monitoring and reviewing decisions taken is an essential part of the job.
    • Providing general planning guidance to statutory, non-statutory, public bodies and the general public.
    • To assist/guide developers in the formulation of quality planning applications, master plans and design guidance.
    • To work flexibly in response to the priorities of the wider Planning Service.

    It is essential that you have experience working on strategic sites of large-scale outline applications, Environmental Impact Assessments, stakeholder management and community engagement. You must also be a capable project manager and be adept in negotiation. You must have a degree or diploma in Town Planning, or a related discipline and hold full or licentiate membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

    You must have access to your own car to carry out site visits for this role. Home working can be negotiated with the LPA once thorough the interview stage.

    The rate for this role will be commensurate with the successful contractors previous experience but is expected to be in the £38 - £40 p/h range.

    If you would like more information on this role, please get in touch with Alex, 020 3795 4835, alex@park-avenue.co.uk

  • Building Control Surveyor - Hampshire

    South East - £45 - £50 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    Building Control Surveyor within a local authority in Hampshire. Hourly rate of £45-50 per hour for a 6 month contract.

    Your new company

    This role is based in Hampshire. This role requires you to be able to provide a range of professional and technical skills. To discharge the Council's delegated powers and duties as required under the Building Regulations, Building Act and associated legislation. Assist in the provision of service for the diverse range of activities.

    The Building Control team is made up of experienced and qualified Surveyors who work with homeowners, local builders, architects and agents to make sure that work carried out is safe, well-built and energy efficient. They have great local knowledge and provide practical advice and guidance at every step of the way.

    About the role

    As a Building Control Surveyor, you will be ensuring that all works controlled under the Building Regulations and associated legislation are undertaken in such a manner as to comply with substantive provisions. You must also see to it that any unauthorised work is brought into compliance and lead on to any necessary enforcement action under the Building Regulations and Building Act.

    Prime responsibility for taking decisions on all aspects of Dangerous Structures and responding within 2-hour target time. When necessary to work in accordance with the emergency plan and liaise with other departments of the Council and outside bodies to achieve removal of the dangerous structure. Complete call out reports, record administration, and issue and serve any required notices.

    What you'll need to succeed

    You need to have a minimum of 5 years Building Control experience in a local authority or similar organisation processing complex building regulation applications; enforcing and remedying breaches. Corporate Membership of either the RICS or the CABE is also required for this role.

    Ideal candidates will also need to be able to provide their own car and be IT capable as the office is paperless.

    What you'll get in return

    You will be offered an hourly rate of £45-50 per hour, depending on your experience, for a 6 month contract, comprising of 37 hours over 5 days per week. There will be an opportunity for flexible and home-working once you settle with them.

    What you need to do now

    If you're interested in this role, click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call us now.
    If this job isn't quite right for you but you are looking for a new position, please contact us for a confidential discussion on your career.

    If you would like any further details about this position, please contact Ben Brown at Park Avenue Recruitment.

    We do not advertise all of our vacancies, especially if we have suitable candidates in mind to undertake the work we get in. To get the best chance at securing the perfect contract for you, let us know your preferences and we will be happy to call you when we find a position that you may be interested in.

  • Senior Planning Officer - Surrey

    South East - £30 - £35 per hour

    Contract Type: Temporary

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    We are working with a Local Planning Authority in Surrey who are seeking a Senior Planner to join their team, to assist during a busy period and cover in the absence of a permanent member of staff.

    This role will involve working on a mixed caseload of applications, from more minor proposals, up to submissions for residential sites of around 50 dwellings. The initial term of the contract will be 3-4 months, but it is highly likely to roll on beyond this dependent upon performance.

    Ideally you will have experience in local authority planning (DM) and be able to hit the ground running with a caseload of applications. This is a great opportunity to join a friendly team of Planners on a contract basis, with the potential for it to turn into a more permanent solution.

    The manager is looking to conduct telephone interviews and face to face interviews this week, for a start ideally ASAP, though they will wait for the right candidate.

    If you would like more information on this position, or others we are working on in the Surrey area, please get in touch with Jack on 020 3795 4835, jack@park-avenue.co.uk

    We do not advertise all of our vacancies, especially if we have suitable candidates in mind to undertake the work we get in. To get the best chance at securing the perfect contract for you, let us know your preferences and we will be happy to call you when we find a position that you may be interested in. info@park-avenue.co.uk

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