Interim Senior Urban Design Officer – Conservation

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Interim Senior Urban Design Officer - Conservation
Wandsworth, London
Interim Position

Richmond & Wandsworth 6207

Posted: 8th June 2022 12:16
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  • Pay Rate:

    up to £35.00 per hour PAYE, depending on experience TBC

  • Hours per Week:

    36 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months

  • Wandsworth, London,

    SW18 2PU

What's involved with this role:

Interim Senior Urban Design Officer -

Job Ref: Richmond & Wandsworth 6207

Note: the pay rate is provisional only and the ad will be amended with the confirmed rate, once received.

To deliver high quality, robust and transparent decision making within tight time frames on conservation and/or urban design matters. The Senior Urban Design Officer will independently manage an area of conservation and/or urban design, providing comprehensive and detailed advice on high profile planning applications, pre-application advice requests and correspondence.

Key responsibilities:

  • Deliver a high-quality conservation and urban design service in line with national and regional planning policy guidance.
  • Application of conservation and urban design expert advice on a full range of development management case work including complex and/or high-profile planning applications and pre-application advice in response to planning best practice, procedure or policy within a legal/organisational policy framework.
  • Work independently and take personal responsibility for a full range of conservation and urban design work including the development and review of specialist conservation and urban design areas, pre-application advice, the input of conservation and urban design advice to complex and high profile planning applications.
  • Collaborate with other service providers to produce expert urban design advice on public realm proposals prepared by the Councils as well as those forming part of major applications.
  • Work independently to assess, engage and set out clear and robust conservation and urban design guidance in an accurate and well written officer report based on an up to date and relevant evidence base.
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of national and regional planning policy and relevant legislation and to take a proactive approach to relevant changes in legislation and update junior staff on those changes.
  • Lead on the preparation of specialist evidence in respect of appeals including presenting evidence at Public Inquiries, Hearings and written representation.


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



  • Fully qualified in planning, urban design or building conservation, and member of the RTPI, IHBC, RIBA or equivalent professional body or eligible for full membership.



  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Planning legislation, policy guidance and circulars, practice and case law and the ability to apply that knowledge to delivering a responsive, high quality service to a diverse case work in Conservation and Urban Design.
  • Knowledge and understanding of performance management and staff development and the ability to apply that knowledge to setting challenging targets for yourself and team members to ensure optimum service delivery.
  • Knowledge and understanding of how to implement effective customer relations and customer care practices.


Experience & Skills:

  • Proven experience of providing creative solutions to problem solving and demonstrating a “can-do” attitude to improvements in service delivery including solutions involving the web and IT systems.
  • Ability to balance the demands of the development sector with the need to safeguard the boroughs heritage assets, while improving the urban realm.
  • Ability to organise own workload and work within agreed timeframes to maintain high quality decision making at speed and to achieve set deadlines and targets.
  • Effective supervisory skills and the ability to coach junior staff so that they can become self-reliant in dealing with technical and people issues.
  • Articulate in written and oral communication skills with particular reference to report and letter writing, public speaking, presentation skills and communicating with Members, the public, staff and other professionals.
  • Flexible approach to working hours, location and getting the job done and the ability to attend meetings and other events outside normal working hours, occasionally at short notice.


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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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