Job Vacancy Details

Conservation and Urban Design Officer
East Herts Council

Salary: Grade 8 up to £34,703 (inclusive of local weighting)
Contract: Permanent
Hours: 37 per week (part-time working and job share considered)
Location: Hertford
Closing date: 5pm Monday 17 December 2018

About the role

In this post you would be providing expert advice to the Development Management team in relation to pre-application and formal applications for development which have an impact on the heritage environment.

The historic environment of the District is cherished by its residents, with over 3,000 listed buildings and 42 Conservation Areas.  You would ensure that the Council’s planning decisions are well informed and you will be looking for solutions that meet the needs of applicants and the aspirations of the Council, where you can.

A new Local Plan is setting an exciting and ambitious policy agenda for our communities. We have big plans for growth including a range of strategic sites across the district, together with the investment and development of key locations in our town centres. We are also working in partnership with Epping Forest and Harlow Councils on the ‘Harlow and Gilston Garden Town’, which will set the benchmark for place shaping and delivering housing growth.  There will be opportunities for involvement in all of these areas of work in this post.

We also undertake a range of pro-active conservation and heritage work including Conservation Area Assessment work and delivery of a programme of Article 4 Directions.

Some of the key responsibilities include:

  • Providing independent, expert advice to the development management service, and other areas of the Council as necessary, with regard to the implications of development and other proposals for change on all heritage assets (conservation advice) and on the urban realm of the district (urban design advice)
  • Delivering a programme of proactive work which will include (amongst other matters) Conservation Area Assessments, the delivery, monitoring and updating of Heritage at Risk Register, the production, monitoring and updating of generic guidance and advice and the delivery of a programme of grant aid for the improvement of heritage assets including those at risk
  • Providing advice and input into planning appeal and enforcement processes as appropriate including the provision of statements and the preparation and presentation of expert evidence at informal hearings and public inquiries
  • Working to deliver outcomes, in relation to proactive work, in accordance with an agreed work programme. 

About you

This role will suit a candidate with an investigating and inquisitive mind, with a strong interest in design and keen to explore design solutions.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A degree in a planning or related discipline;
  • Have, or be studying for a post graduate qualification in a heritage, conservation, urban design or a similar discipline;
  • Be able to clearly articulate design issues;
  • Be able to demonstrate experience of similar work;
  • Be able to deliver work programmes within agreed timescales.

If you do not meet all of the above criteria, we would still be keen to explore with you the potential for appointment to a more junior role, for which training and development support will be provided.  Please call us to discuss on the number given below.

About us

We are consistently rated as amongst the best areas in the country to live, with excellent schools and healthcare, a huge array of green space, beautiful waterways, unique market towns and picturesque villages.  We also enjoy high levels of employment and a diverse local economy.

The vision of the Council is to provide East Hertfordshire residents and businesses with a future that is prosperous and sustainable. In order to achieve this, a number of strategic objectives have been developed, which allow the Council in conjunction with its many partners to focus on the key issues that concern the residents of East Hertfordshire.

Whatever their role, everyone contributes to delivering great services to our local community. Our vision is to preserve the unique character of East Herts and ensure it remains one of the best places to live and work. To accomplish this, our focus is to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities, enhance the quality of people's lives and enable a flourishing local economy.

Our team is at the very heart of our council – we recognise that together with our elected members, we make the difference to our local communities. We are dedicated to staff development and individual success within a team framework. To help our staff deliver, we provide a supportive work environment, development opportunities and work to help everyone achieve their potential, whilst enjoying a positive work-life balance. 

Benefits of working for us

  • A variety of flexible working options available, including part-time working, job share, compressed hours and home working
  • Flexi-time scheme
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Local Government pension scheme
  • Generous  annual leave
  • A range of discounts including high street retailers and local leisure centres
  • Professional environment where your career path really matters and your development is supported by the organisation
  • Flexible and supportive team

    As part of our Green Travel agenda we actively encourage employees to explore more economical and eco-friendly means of travel to work, e.g. public transport, cycle, walk or car share, and support this through a number of initiatives such as Liftshare.


Hw to apply

For an informal discussion regarding this role, please contact: Mike Brown, Senior Conservation and Urban Design Officer, on 01992 53155.  To apply please go the authority's website.

CVs will not be accepted.

If you do not hear from us within 2 weeks of the closing date please assume that your application has not been successful.

If your application has been successful, the recruiting manager will contact you to invite you to an interview.  We hope you enjoy the process and look forward to making contact with you very soon.

EHC is an equal opportunity employer committed to embracing a diverse and inclusive work environment. We aim to attract and retain the best people regardless of their gender, marital/parental status, ethnic origin, nationality, age, background, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity



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