Interim Senior Planning Officer– Planning

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Interim Senior Planning Officer– Planning
Catford, London
Interim Position

Lewisham 0006 6FE4 / 1

Posted: 20th September 2022 11:41
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  • Pay Rate:

    up to £35 per hour, PAYE depending on experience (plus 34 days of paid holiday)

  • Hours per Week:

    35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months

  • Catford, London,

    SE6 4RU

What's involved with this role:


Interim Senior Planning Officer– Planning

Reference no: Lewisham 0006 6FE4 / 1

Pay rate: up to £35 per hour, PAYE depending on experience (plus 34 days of paid holiday)

Hybrid working arrangement with two days (currently Tuesday and Wednesday) in the office and working from home the remaining three days of a week.


The post-holder will be responsible for 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 achieve a high quality design and placemaking.


Key responsibilities:

  • Manage and process planning applications, including high risk, complex and major developments and other related development control work.
  • Ensure that development is in accordance with current planning legislation, the Council’s planning policies and sound planning principles.
  • Provide professional advice and professional support on all Planning matters.
  • Support the ongoing professional development of the junior career grade planners
  • Assist in the technical validation, registering and consultation on planning applications as required.
  • Approve planning applications under functions delegated by Executive Committee to the Head of Planning.
  • Manage and deliver an efficient enforcement function to the Planning Service, on behalf of the Planning Manager.


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


Experience & Knowledge / Technical skills:

  • Town planning degree or recognised degree (e.g. Geography, Economics, Environmental Studies etc.).
  • Membership of the RTPI or eligibility to be elected as a member.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Substantial experience in Development Management work with strong emphasis on handling planning applications of all kinds from initial discussions through to Committee decision.
  • Experience in dealing with sensitive issues of concern to elected Members and the public.
  • Experience in the supervision of staff.
  • Experience in preparing and giving evidence at public inquiries.
  • Presentation to Committee and/or other meetings.
  • Conversant with: 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, Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), Delivery of Schemes, Discharge of Conditions and Preparation and use of Planning Performance Agreements (PPAs)


Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to supervise the work of more junior members of the team and make recommendations of the performance of supervised officers as appropriate. assist in the setting and monitoring of performance targets.
  • Ability to respond positively to enquiries from the public, Members, MPs and others.
  • Ability to co-ordinate and liaise closely with Planning Support Officers and other staff.
  • Ability to assist career grade planners in ensuring Committee and Delegated reports are produced in a professional and timely manner.
  • High standard of report writing.
  • Clear verbal communicator, including explaining technical planning information and giving advice to non-technical people.
  • Good negotiating skills particularly with the public, developers, builders, architects etc.
  • Ability to prioritise own work to respond successfully to frequent changes in work whilst maintaining performance.


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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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Interim Senior Planning Officer– Planning
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