Job of the Week

This week's job of the week is:

Senior Development Officer x 2 - 000007SG

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  • Full Time (37 hours per week)
  • Permanent
  • £28,608 - £35,933 per year
  • Closing Date - 16 June 2019

We currently have two Senior Development Officer posts available within the Affordable Housing Section. The posts are responsible for both the delivery of affordable housing, and the administration of our Affordable Homeownership Service to support local residents.

Cornwall Council has set itself a target to regularly become the top Local Authority for affordable housing delivery in England.  This was achieved for the first time in 2015/16, and again in 2017/18, and the challenge is to maintain this performance in the long term.

Officers within the Affordable Housing Section undertake a range of tasks including: securing affordable homes through the planning system; working in partnership with Registered Providers to deliver grant funded programmes; supporting the delivery of the Council's '1,000 Homes Programme', and the delivery of our Affordable Homeownership Service.

Officers manage a complex pipline of schemes and projects, and are tasked with finding innovative ways to increase growth and unlock stalled sites, including supporting Registered Provider partners to acquire sites and bring them forward using subsidy. Officers use expert negotiation skills, and undertake detailed assessments of housing need to secure an appropriate mix of affordable housing on each site. Affordable Housing Officers provide expert advice on development viability and economics to the wider Local Planning Authority, and provide essential support and advice to existing homeowners, and those looking to buy an affordable home.

We are passionate about supporting our residents and wider communities, and as part of the role, will encourage you to work proactively with town and parish councils, community groups and other local stakeholders to help increase the provision of affordable housing.  We also believe in empowering communities to provide their own housing through local CLTs, as well as our recently relaunched CLT Revolving Loan and Land Remediation funds.

Cornwall Council believes that the provision of high quality of housing, of all tenures, is essential to the long term sustainability of the Duchy.

Providing homes to meet the local need has been a top priority for the Council since its creation in 2009. Recently, the Council has decided to take a more active role in the overall growth agenda by setting an ambitious target to directly provide 1,000 new homes, including affordable and open market housing, by June 2021.

Significant resources have been committed to achieve this, including:

  • committing to the delivery of at least 3,000 homes per year (of all tenures) through the Cornwall Local Plan
  • a rolling 3-year investment programme with Registered Provider partners of £15.906m, to fund new affordable housing;
  • loan and grant funding for community-led housing organisations;
  • commercial development partnerships with major house-builders to bring forward under-utilised public land;
  • the creation of a new ‘council housing’ development programme totalling some £65m, within the Housing Revenue Account (HRA); 
  • the direct development of new extra care housing schemes;
  • establishing our Housing Development Programme of some £200m to provide private rented, open market sale and affordable homes; and,
  • creation of a new wholly-owned development company (Treveth Holdings LLP) to help us deliver the homes we need throughout Cornwall most effectively.

To achieve such an ambitious programme of growth, we need to recruit additional people to ensure that the housing needs of our communities are met.

 

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