Affordable Housing and Enabling Officer

Employer: Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Close date: Monday 24/01/2022

Are you interested in playing a vital role in the delivery of affordable housing for Tunbridge Wells Borough Council?

Could you bring knowledge about housing, planning and viability together to develop opportunities to deliver affordable housing?

If you answered yes, the post we’re seeking to fill could be for you.

We’re looking to recruit a full time Affordable Housing and Enabling Officer supporting and enabling the delivery of affordable housing for Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, and securing Section 106 funding in lieu of affordable housing when this is not viable.

Working with planning services, landowners, developers, registered providers and other charitable housing providers your focus will be to increase affordable housing delivery in the Borough through partnership working, through applying housing planning and policies and your own knowledge and experience.

About the role:

The Affordable Housing and Enabling Officer will work independently on key aspects of affordable housing delivery, including providing advice and assistance to the planning service, landowners, developers and housing providers to secure and increase affordable housing delivery.

You will represent the borough and be the key contact in negotiations with developers, landowners and Register Providers, as well as providing expert advice for enabling affordable housing on development sites in the borough and negotiating with key funding organisations such as the Homes England to support affordable housing delivery.

You will also be the key contact for external agencies and Councillors in dealing with issues pertaining to affordable housing and affordable housing providers. You will also provide reports and briefings for senior officers and Members on affordable housing matters.

In addition, you will make recommendations on the options available for the spending of S.106 commuted sums.

About you:

You should have a good understanding of national, regional, and local planning policy and associated legislative requirements and funding guidance and have a good understanding of viability matters.

You should be well organised, focussed, forward thinking, analytical, a team player, and should have a flexible approach to work.

We welcome applications from individuals from the public and/or private sector who have knowledge and background in planning and/or housing including knowledge of how financial viability impacts on delivery of affordable housing.

Additional benefits for this post include 26 days annual leave (increasing to 29 days after 5 years continuous Local Government service) plus an additional day in December and bank holidays.  Membership of the Local Government (CARE – Career Average (Revalued Earnings) Pension Scheme, as well as invaluable training opportunities for continuing professional development. Take a look here at the additional benefits that we offer.

To find out more take a look at the Job Description and Person Specification below.  For an informal discussion about this post, you can contact Stuart Clifton, Housing Services Manager, on 01892 554608 or stuart.clifton@tunbridgewells.gov.uk

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