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AONB Landscape Planning Officer (Dorchester) (Internal Applicants Only)

Salary details: £31371 - £36876

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Dorset Council
Occupational group
Natural Environment
Salary details
£31,371 - £36,876
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
Fixed Term
Tom Munro
Contact email
Contact telephone
01305 228237
Closing Date
09 August 2020 11:30 PM
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Internal Applicants Only

AONB Landscape Planning Officer

Fixed term until August 2021 - Full time 37 hours per week

£31,371 - £38,876

County Hall, Dorchester

This role helps conserve the natural beauty of the nationally-important landscape of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The vacancy is backfilling a career break and is available until August 2021.

The Dorset AONB team comprises 11 officers working on a range of projects and initiatives in the interest of this stunning place, its wildlife, residents, rural businesses and visitors.

What you will be doing

About the role:

The Landscape Planning Officer leads on providing landscape advice to Local Planning Authorities and Natural England maintaining and developing good working relationships with the relevant departments and officers.

Specifically, this advice encompasses:

  • Ensuring strategic policy documents, including neighbourhood plans, local plans, minerals and waste plans, are consistent with national policy and the AONB designation.
  • Development management, particularly landscape and visual impact assessment of proposed development affecting the AONB.

The post also leads on assessment and monitoring of AONB landscape character and condition. Key to this is re-photography of the AONB's monitoring viewpoints using Gigapan technology.

You will promote and facilitate the sharing of experience in landscape planning matters at national, regional and local levels, leading groups &/or representing the AONB Partnership.

The job is normally largely office-based (County Hall) although requires significant site visits and off-site meetings with partners and others. The team is currently working remotely from home following Dorset Council’s Covid-19 workplace advice.

About you

You will have a good understanding of landscape, as defined under the European Landscape Convention and the role of landscape character in the positive planning and management of protected landscapes.

Essential skills and experience include landscape & visual impact assessment (to GLVIA 3rd Edition) and the promotion of high quality landscape design and mitigation.

You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and are able to relate to and influence diverse audiences.

Ideally, you will also have had experience of partnerships and partnership working.

Membership of a relevant professional body (e.g. the Landscape Institute) and GIS skills are essential.

The role would be suitable for a planning officer with an understanding of landscape, or a landscape architect / ecologist with experience of the planning system.

Working at Dorset Council

This is a unique opportunity to join a brand new council in Dorset – home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast and thriving market towns and villages with a strong sense of community and identity.

On 1 April 2019, five district and borough councils and the county council were replaced by the new Dorset Council which will deliver more efficient, accessible and modern public services. 

You will have the opportunity to build your career in a modern, flexible and inclusive organisation, and this is an exciting time to join – at the start of our journey together.

For more information about our new council visit www.DorsetCouncil.gov.uk/about

Dorset Council provides a framework to explain the behaviours expected from everyone who works, or volunteers, for Dorset Council regardless of their role or grade within the organisation, find more information about this here. The behaviours will form part of the selection process, where you will be asked to evidence when you have demonstrated them.

Additional Information

The post requires you to have a full driving licence and access to a vehicle for work use.

Find out more about the Dorset AONB here http://www.dorsetaonb.org.uk/

For more information contact Tom Munro, Dorset AONB Team Manager on 01305 228237 / tom.munro@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

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