Interim Planning Officer – Area Planning Team

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Interim Planning Officer - Area Planning Team
Interim Position

Hillingdon RQ725223

Posted: 8th November 2022 16:01
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  • Pay Rate:

    £32.01 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    36 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 2-3 months

  • UXBRIDGE, London,

    UB8 1UW

What's involved with this role:

Full Job Title: Interim Planning Officer - Area Planning Team

Job Reference: Hillingdon RQ725223

Pay Rate: £32.01 per hour PAYE

To support the delivery of an efficient, effective and customer focussed Planning Service.

To take responsibility for the processing of a wide variety of planning submissions including Minor, Other and Householder Applications and any subsequent planning appeal work together with the processing of pre-application planning enquiries whilst acting within delegated responsibilities.

  • Processing and case management of Householder, Other and Minor planning applications, Certificate of Lawfulness applications, Listed Building applications and Prior Approvals from validation stage through to making recommendations to approve or refuse submissions. Undertaking site inspections and consultations as necessary, in accordance with agreed targets, timescales and priorities.
  • Processing and case management of pre-application submissions including preparing professional reports and making recommendations.
  • Preparing professional reports and making recommendations on planning applications for consideration by Team Leaders or the relevant Planning Committee.
  • Preparing professional appeal statements and act as the Council’s witness in appeal proceedings where required.
  • Dealing with post-decision matters such as discharge of conditions, advising on re-submissions and engagement in the Council’s complaint process.
  • Undertake consultations and liaise with other Services, statutory consultees, community groups, private groups and members of the public.
  • Dealing with planning related enquiries in person, by telephone, in writing or virtually through use of the Microsoft Teams and Outlook functions.
  • Dealing with general correspondence on planning related matters, including in consultation with Principal Planning Officers and/or the Team Leader, giving advice on the planning merits of proposed developments.
  • Use a document management system to manage caseload and assist in the operation and maintenance of the Service’s computer-based and associated data-based planning information systems.


Specific Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:

  1. Qualifications:
    1. A Diploma or Degree in Town & Country Planning, or equivalent discipline (such as geography, construction, architecture or design) at graduate or post graduate level
    2. Undertake on-going CPD (consistent with RTPI recommendations).
    3. Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute or working towards membership of the RTPI.
  2. Experience:
    1. Experience working as a planner/planning assistant
    2. Experience of working in a Local Authority
    3. Experience of working with the public
  3. Knowledge & Skills:
    1. Sound knowledge of current planning related legislation.
    2. An understanding of the statutory planning process in a Local authority setting
    3. Proven customer service skills
    4. Excellent ICT skills, including the ability to learn and use service specific systems
    5. Ability to communicate information effectively at all levels
    6. An understanding of the role of elected members
  4. ICT Skills: Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite)


NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly. SEE DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS AD.

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To help speed up the process of uploading your CV to the client we would suggest that you send us your CV in Word format (or equivalent) if possible, rather than as a PDF.

If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. *** Other Work-Related Requirements:
    1. Ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service, which will include some work outside of normal business hours
    2. Full Driving licence.
    3. Ability to undertake site visits as required
  5. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above – your CV must address the requirements listed

Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for


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Job Ref: Hillingdon RQ725223
Interim Planning Officer - Area Planning Team
Client Category: Local Authority

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Client Category: Local Authority

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