Service Care Solutions Ltd

Heritage Officer

Heritage Officer Enforcement

3 months, Inside IR35

Stoke on Trent

About the role

To work closely with a range of stakeholders, notably the Building Preservation Trust, to promote and facilitate the conservation of the city's historic environment.

This will be achieved by fostering a relationship with property and land owners to improve and secure their heritage assets and, where necessary, undertake enforcement action under the planning acts.


  • Liaise with Building Preservation Trust, Ward Councillors, members of the public and other stakeholders to identify buildings and other Heritage Assets that may require support/enforcement.

  • Signpost heritage asset owners to potential sources of support and funding.

  • To provide sound advice in respect of enforcement and planning law, policy and guidance, following standard procedures, best practice and corporate objectives.

  • To critically appraise and recommend decisions on formal applications and enforcement complaints under planning and associated legislation (including those relating to listed buildings, conservation areas, tree preservation orders, advertisements, hazardous substances etc), together with any plans or supporting documentation supplied, to ensure compliance with appropriate legislation and approved policies.

  • To support and where instructed, undertake the necessary enforcement actions, including but not limited to, the serving of Section 215 Notices, Planning Contravention Notices, Stop Notices, Enforcement Notices, Breach of Condition Notices and Injunctions

  • To provide sound professional planning input to the design and delivery of sustainable site and area based regeneration priorities, all in accordance with the corporate business plan and development programmes.

  • To deliver programmes of monitoring, research or investigation necessary to support planning and enforcement decisions.

  • To be a professional witness in planning and enforcement matters including preparing and giving evidence to public or private local inquiries, hearings, examinations or the Courts.

  • To write and present reports to committees and other meetings as required.

  • To support the monitoring of planning conditions, planning obligations and development in progress.

  • To help businesses in Stoke-on-Trent to develop and grow by giving practical advice about planning and other Council services and putting businesses in touch with others who can help.

  • To help identify opportunities for the Council to invest in regeneration projects.

  • To take a proactive and collaborative approach to work quality as part of a quality system.


  • Relevant degree (or equivalent).

  • Eligibility for chartered membership of the RTPI OR holds a recognised qualification in planning enforcement and can demonstrate substantial experience in dealing with planning enforcement related matters.

  • Assessing or preparing applications for planning permission or enforcement.

  • Demonstrate experience in planning enforcement work, including responsibility for dealing with a heritage matters.

  • Working with and negotiating with elected Members, developers, agents or council development management teams, customers, the public and other stakeholders.

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