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Senior Housing Enabling Officer (Garden Communities)

Chelmsford City Council
Chelmsford, Essex
Starting at £40,269 per annum, rising to £41,592
Closing date
30 May 2022

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Sustainability, Residential Development & Construction, Planning
Fixed Term Contract
Full Time
Organisation Type
Local authority
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As one of England’s newest cities, Chelmsford is already growing significantly and there are exciting plans for that to continue over the next 25 years and beyond. The City Council will be instrumental in this change by shaping new development through our development management and long-term strategic planning roles. With a high quality of life, a diverse and successful economy, a vibrant city centre with some of the best schools in the country all surrounded by attractive countryside, Chelmsford is a great place to live, work and enjoy.

Chelmsford Garden Community (CGC) allocated in our newly adopted Local Plan is already delivering with 1,500 homes, Essex’s first all-through school and community and commercial development built. Over the next 25 years, CGC will deliver over 10,000 new homes, significant new employment, mobility hubs, further secondary and primary schools and a wide range of community facilities. Inspired by the TCPA Garden City Principles. The award-winning Beaulieu and Channels neighbourhoods are the first phases of CGC under construction and Government funding has been secured and planning permissions in place for a new bypass and rail station, to also serve CGC.

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the City Council’s Sustainable Communities Directorate for a Senior Housing Enabling Officer to work within the new Garden Communities team to oversee negotiations on planning applications to ensure the delivery of the right mix of all sizes, types and tenures of housing e.g. market, affordable and specialist. Achieving the right mix of housing will be critical to the success of the garden community by creating inclusive and balanced communities meeting both local housing need and wider demand.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate experience of dealing with a wide range of housing and planning work including development work and analysing housing need and solutions. CGC will be a high-quality exemplar development and this role is within a new multi-disciplinary team of planners and other built environment professionals.

Educated with a relevant degree in housing or related discipline with membership, or eligibility to be a member of relevant professional body such the Chartered Institute of Housing or Royal Town Planning Institute is desirable. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills, flexibility and the ability to analysing housing and associated infrastructure needs and solutions, as well as implementation of development parcels.

The post is full-time, working 37 hours a week and based at the Civic Centre in Chelmsford with opportunities for hybrid and remote working.

If you wish to apply on a part time or job share basis, please note this on your application, along with the days/hours you are able to work. Please note that part time roles would need to be worked over full days and no shorter days can be offered.

Part time or job share employment offers would be subject to the Council being able to find sufficient numbers of suitable candidates to fill the role/s on a full-time basis.

Chelmsford City Council is committed to safeguarding vulnerable groups and expects all employees to share this commitment and have a range of policies and procedures in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practices across our services. The Council's Safer Recruitment process contains pre-employment vetting which includes safeguarding training, obtaining references and ensuring compliance with Disclosure and Barring Service process.

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