Interim Planning Officer – Development Management

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Interim Planning Officer – Development Management
Catford, London
Interim Position

Lewisham 0006 8AA9 / 1

Posted: 23rd September 2022 13:36
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  • Pay Rate:

    Up to £25 per hour PAYE, depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    35, Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months

  • Catford, London,

    SE6 4RU

What's involved with this role:

Interim Planning Officer – Development Management

Reference no: Lewisham 0006 8AA9 / 1

Pay Rate: Up to £25 per hour PAYE, depending on experience

Hybrid role - minimum of two days in the office

Rate is negotiable for the right candidates – please state pay expectation clearly on your CV

A Planning Officer is required to contribute to the regeneration of the borough through the innovative and practical development of proposals for planning permission to ensure that growth and regeneration in the borough is delivered in line with the Development Plan and achieves a high-quality design and placemaking.

Duties will include providing planning information and advice, including Pre-application advice, assisting with technical validation, registering and consultation on planning applications as required, and managing/processing all planning applications and other related development control work. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Manage and process all householder applications and conversions, Lawful Development Certificates, minor commercial applications, advertisements applications, applications within conservation areas and listed building consents, and simple changes of use with limited assistance from senior planning officers.
  • Assessing development proposals against the client’s Development Plans and London Plan policies and considering material considerations.
  • Manage and process complex minor applications, with support from senior planning officers, assessing development proposals against the client’s Development Plans and London Plan policies and considering material considerations.
  • Produce accurate and timely Committee and Delegated reports with minimal supervision, in accordance with the organisations planning policy guidelines and procedures.
  • Assisting the appropriate Planning Manager and Enforcement Officers to investigate complaints and reports of breaches/infringements of planning control.
  • Provide applicants and residents with specific pre-application advice on proposed developments (of a level of complexity commensurate with Item 1) above that may be followed up by a planning application to be dealt with in accordance with that advice.
  • Attend Planning Committee Meetings and accurately record the proceedings.
  • Give advice to customers on development management matters, including the need for planning permission, planning legislation and policy, planning processes and procedures, interpreting drawings and liaising with pressure groups, neighbours, businesses, and Councillors.
  • Register and undertake consultation on planning and related applications as required including validating and determining consultation on complex applications, to ensure opportunities for customer care are maximized with a responsive, courteous, and fully accessible service to the public.
  • Produce on behalf of the Head of Planning decision notices to the highest professional standard, ensuring their accuracy and accordance with the decisions made by senior planning officers.
  • Assemble all relevant case files, paperwork, case copy drawings, plans, documents, reports, background papers etc together with all third-party responses and statutory representations and ensure they are made available for Member and public inspection and all respondents/interested parties are invited in a timely manner to the meeting.
  • Greet developers and the public attending Planning Committee meetings giving advice on procedures etc. and taking details of those wishing to make presentations noting any special needs.
  • Negotiate with multiple objectors, including MPs, Ward Councillors, and local organisations, to determine who is to represent them and address the Committee.


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


  • Town planning degree or recognised degree (e.g., Geography, Economics, Environmental Studies etc.) leading to membership of the RTPI.
  • Extensive knowledge of:
    • Town and Country Planning Acts
    • Development Management procedures, Central Government Policy Guidance, and associated regulations.
    • The London Plan and Local Development Plans
    • Broader Council-wide Corporate and Planning issues


  • Experience of Development Management work, dealing with all householder applications, Lawful Development Certificates, and simple changes of use with limited supervision.
  • Experience of dealing with complex Minor planning applications with support from senior planning officers.
  • Experience of representing organisations at written representation appeals.

Skills/Technical skills:

  • Ability to give limited advice to Planning Support Officers and more junior members of the team as appropriate.
  • Ability to liaise closely with Planning Support Officers and other staff.
  • Ability to coach and motivate junior members of staff.
  • Ability to accurately assess a range of proposals and produce accurate reports with minimal checking/alteration.
  • Ability to produce high quality work, whilst maintaining performance targets.
  • Ability to provide advice and to interpret and apply policy.
  • Good writing skills to enable the preparation of clear and accurate reports and to deal efficiently with general correspondence.
  • Clear verbal communications, including explaining technical planning information and giving advice to non-technical people.
  • Carry out straight forward negotiations with the public, developers, builders, architects etc.
  • Prioritising own work to respond successfully to frequent changes in work whilst maintaining performance.


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  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. 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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Interim Planning Officer – Development Management
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