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Job Reference: 56421

Development and Flood Risk Officer

  • ChelmsfordEssex
  • £150 - £200 per day
  • Temporary / Full Time

Seven Resourcing are looking for a temporary Development and Flood Risk Officer to work in Chelmsford. This position is initially for a period of 3 months and is paying from £150.00 – £200.00 per day (PAYE and umbrella payment options available).

The role:

The Development and Flood Risk Officer will log applications, assessing, deciding and informing the Planning Authority whether proposals are supported or objected to, on the basis of flood risk and inclusion of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS). This is part of the Lead Local Flood Authority’s statutory consultee role for major planning applications.

The role is required to work across and understand the policies/processes in highways, water companies and the Environment Agency, maintaining knowledge of recent developments in the field of SuDS including flood risk, water quality, biodiversity, viability, water supply, construction and building regulations. Knowledge and understanding of drainage design and analysis software systems is key to success in this role.

Key Responsibilities:


  • Responsible for responding to major planning application consultations and chargeable pre-application enquiries within required timescales, updating the applications database/case management system.
  • Work collaboratively with partners to address technical issues arising, to resolve quickly with no impact on response times.
  • Responsible for maintaining up-to-date knowledge of leading edge practice national legislation and guidance, determining effective practical application across the Council.
  • Deliver follow-up process to planning consultations e.g. logging assets on the asset register.
  • Attend engagement events as required and update partners/interested groups of the team’s activities on a regular basis if appropriate.
  • Screening out sites that do not require a response

Applicant Requirements:

  • Qualifications: Educated to degree level.
  • Experience: Working knowledge of water and drainage asset management, including:-general knowledge of SuDS guidance and legislation, principles of sustainable development and best practice in the application of SuDS, basics of water-related law, regulation and policy, statutory planning and SuDS Approval processes.
  • Compliance: Proof of right to work in the UK and references covering the last 5 years.
  • Travel: Clean UK driving license with the ability to commute to and from work independently.
  • Hours: 37.5 hours p/w.

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