Interim Senior Planning Officer

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Interim Senior Planning Officer
Interim Position

Lewisham 0006 5934 / 1

Posted: 5th August 2022 14:10
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  • Pay Rate:

    £30.00 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months


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What's involved with this role:

Interim Senior Planning Officer   

Job Ref: Lewisham 0006 5934 / 1   


Hybrid working 

An experienced planning enforcement officer to undertake all relevant duties - serving notices, carrying out site visits, taking care of a caseload, investigating breaches of planning regulation   

Key Responsibilities: 


  • Dealing with applications for planning permission from developers, members of the public and their agents, including more complex schemes and/or major developments 
  • Undertaking a detailed assessment of applications; meeting applicants or their agents to discuss applications or draft proposals and providing advice in respect of the Council’s policies; undertaking negotiations to ensure schemes accord with policy 
  • Preparation of appeal statements, responses to appellants statements, proofs of evidence and attendance at Public Inquiries and hearings as the Local Planning Authority’s planning witness 
  • Preparation of delegated reports and reports to planning committee 
  • To negotiate necessary developer contributions in line with council policies through Section 106 legal agreements 
  • To attend Planning Committee, Working Parties, or other relevant meetings to present reports/recommendations and represent the service 
  • Providing pre-application advice to agents, architects, developers and applicants on all forms of planning proposals 
  • To adhere to all corporate and service based policies, including GDPR, Health and Safety and equal opportunities 
  • Positively demonstrate awareness and support to the Council’s responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people and to protect adults at risk 

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

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in Planning or a relevant subject 
  • Excellent knowledge of planning legislation, regulations, policy and practice 
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of social, economic and environmental issues facing rural areas and market towns 
  • Experience of managing a complex and high volume planning caseload 
  • Good experience of leading planning negotiations 
  • Ability to plan, project manage and prioritise workload to meet deadlines and to manage changing and conflicting priorities as necessary 
  • Ability to seek, evaluate and organise information to aid decision making 


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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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. 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: Lewisham 0006 5934 / 1
Interim Senior Planning Officer
Client Category: Local Authority

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Job Ref: Lewisham 0006 5934 / 1
Interim Senior Planning Officer
Client Category: Local Authority

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