Interim Principal Planning Office – Environment

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Interim Principal Planning Office - Environment
Enfield, London
Interim Position

Enfield RQ757206

Posted: 23rd January 2023 14:25
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  • Pay Rate:

    £288.00 per day PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    36 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 2 months

  • Enfield, London,

    EN1 3XA

What's involved with this role:

Interim Principal Planning Office - Environment   

Reference no:  Enfield RQ757206

Pay Rate: £288.00 per day PAYE

Basic DBS disclosure is listed as a requirement for this role

To take a lead role for the Council, in its role as Local Planning Authority, with its statutory duties in respect of the control of development.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Taking decisions for the Council under the Assistant Director’s delegated powers, as outlined at point 3 of section 1 above including authorising refusal on Lawful development certificates, householder applications, advertisement consent or any other applications directed by the Planning Decisions Manager and/or Head of Development Management
  • To assess all type of planning and associated applications including site visits, consultation, negotiation, written report and negotiation, to agreed timescales and in particular, to take a lead role in processing major planning application in the specific area including dealing with negotiations on behalf of the Local Planning Authority and preparing reports
  • Provide direction, training and management to a team of two planning officers in their specific area and taking responsibility and accountability of all performance related issues within the area team
  • Advising enforcement officers to carry out any required action to regularise breaches of planning control
  • Responsible for acting as lead officer in multi disciplinary and cross functional development teams bringing forward major development schemes on behalf of the Council and external applicants ensuring seamless approach and delivery of projects to agreed deadlines
  • Provide expertise in all issues related to land use planning in their particular area which includes leading consultation with interested parties and incorporation of their views in the assessment process
  • Seek and manage consultancy input with applications
  • Negotiation of agreements under S.106 of the Town and Country Planning Act where appropriate to secure wider environmental and community benefit from development
  • Responsible for dealing with major planning appeals in their area and acting as the Council's expert witness at Public Inquiries, Informal Hearings and Court Hearings, particularly where complex planning issues require a high level of experience and expertise
  • Attending and supporting/deputising the Planning Decisions Manager and/or Head of Development Management role at Pre-Agenda, Briefing and Members Site Visit meetings and Planning Committee meetings as required advising on any planning issues arising from major development projects within their team.
  • Providing the Council’s expertise when giving pre-application advice to prospective developers and dealing with planning enquiries from agents, applicants and the public
  • Representing the Authority in external meetings, public inquiries and defending the Authority against cost applications as well as informing Councillors and MP’s on planning matters.


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



  1. A planning or land use related degree and/or planning diploma.
  2. Member of the RTPI.


Skills & Experience:

  1. Minimum 5 years relevant and recent post qualification experience in a similar working environment.
  2. Good understanding of planning legislation.
  3. Experience dealing with more complex planning applications within a local authority or the private sector.
  4. Proven experience in dealing with planning appeals including public inquiries.
  5. Ability to draw upon a sound understanding of planning knowledge and experience of planning matters and casework.
  6. Experience of dealing with more complex planning applications within a local authority or private sector environment together with an ability to carry a complex workload and produce complex reports and appeal statements.
  7. Ability to lead and support individuals within the team and work as an individual showing appropriate initiative.
  8. Capable of establishing and managing effective and positive relationships within the Council and wider community.
  9. Ability to organise and prioritise a wide range of tasks with conflicting pressures for completion.
  10. Experience of leading or handling the full range of planning and enforcement appeals including those determined by pubic inquiry.
  11. 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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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. Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.
  5. Full UK driving licence.
  6. 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 Principal Planning Office - Environment
Client Category: Local Authority

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Client Category: Local Authority

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