We Are St Helens Borough Council
Located in the heart of the Northwest close to Liverpool, Manchester and Lancashire, St Helens is a transformational Council which is passionate and ambitious for the communities we support.
We provide a wide range of local authority services to the residents, businesses, schools, and visitors to the borough. We can only do this because of our highly valued, highly skilled workforce.
Working together, our workplace vision and values guide our organisation, and the contribution of our workforce is key to our culture journey. Employees with us receive a wide range of benefits including well-being in work, financial benefits, ways of working and learning and development support.
Making a Difference as a Senior Planning Officer in Place Services
The Council’s Development Plans Team is small, friendly and ambitious. We are dealing with an exciting range of planning challenges, balancing the need for major new development to deliver jobs, homes and infrastructure with the protection of the Borough’s greenspaces and other environmental assets, all linked to the Council’s growth agenda. In this context, we have recently adopted the St Helens Borough Local Plan (July 2022), and we are now working on its implementation.
In addition to this, we are also currently preparing new Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) to shape development and are engaged in a project to promote Neighbourhood Planning in the Borough.
You will play a lead role - working in partnership with others - in the above projects, amongst other relevant work areas, such as monitoring and strategic planning. You will play the lead on specific policy areas and gain experience of supervising your own projects.
You must have at least 2 years of experience and a degree in planning or a related discipline, and a good knowledge of relevant legislation, guidance, and procedures. You must also be able to communicate well, both orally and in writing, analyse information in a clear and logical manner and meet priorities and deadlines. You should also be able to work well as a team member and individually with minimum supervision, be enthusiastic and able to supervise and motivate others, and have good IT skills.
Interested to Find Out More?
You are welcome to contact us for a chat before applying by emailing Lucy O’Doherty, Development Plans Manager on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note we reserve the right to close the advert early should we receive a sufficient number of applications and encourage you to apply early, to avoid disappointment.
Equality & Diversity
St Helens Borough Council respects and values the individuality that every employee brings. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, who share our values, our commitment to inclusion, and who will help us on our journey to transform our organisation.
Further information about Equality & Diversity at St Helens Borough Council can be found here https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/equality
St Helens Borough Council is a Disability Confident Employer. Disability Confident Employers lead the way in helping to take action that changes attitudes, behaviours, and cultures for the better.
NOLAN Principles of Conduct in Public Life.
All Council employees are required to abide by the ethical standards embodied by the 7 Nolan Principles: Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty, and Leadership.