Planning Officer – Environment, Neighbourhoods & Growth

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Planning Officer - Environment, Neighbourhoods & Growth
Southwark, London
Contract / Temporary

Southwark 5224982

Posted: 6th March 2023 14:25
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  • Pay Rate:

    £25.70 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    3 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 5-6 months

  • Southwark, London,

    SE1 2QH

What's involved with this role:

Interim Planning Officer - Environment, Neighbourhoods & Growth

Reference no:  Southwark 5224982

Pay Rate: £25.70 per hour PAYE 

This opening assignment is for 5-6 months

Hybrid working – 3 days a week in the office

The purpose of the role is to work with teams of professional officers in the delivery of projects to support the functions of the planning service and be responsible for the provision of highest quality, outcomes focused on the needs of clients including the Cabinet, committees, steering groups, other council bodies and elected members.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Deliver complex and specialised programmes of physical improvements and other investment in the economic, environmental and social well-being of the borough to support the town planning services including development management, the preparation of planning policy and delivery of planning related projects in accordance with recognised performance standards and delivery plans.
  • Contribute to decisions and recommendations regarding planning projects and activities that will have lasting effects on the development of the borough and significant impacts on the local environment, including the delivery and monitoring of projects associated with the need to address the climate emergency, economy and community. The post holder will provide advice with the potential to impact on the development value of land in the borough, the amount of development that can take place, the delivery of council priorities and have major environmental impacts.
  • Ensure that all investment programmes relating to the planning process reaching high standards of project management, public involvement and accountability, and financial accuracy to ensure that the impacts of planning policy and decisions are properly monitored and reported to demonstrate that they are effective in achieving the council’s aims. The post holder will delivery projects with the potential to impact on the legal, reputational and financial risks faced by the council.
  • Support team working with other professional staff on projects demonstrating an understanding of project management fully cooperating with all relevant colleagues and partner organisations and in accordance with all relevant procedures.
  • Contribute to innovation and promotion of service excellence so that all aspects of the service are delivered in the most effective way.
  • Demonstrate political awareness in the provision of information and advice to colleagues within the council on projects that are the responsibility of the postholder.
  • Attend and support senior officers at formal meetings, to include committees and sub-committees, members, chief officers, steering groups and departments on matters relating to the work of the Planning and Sustainable Growth Division.
  • Communicate with authority and clarity, supporting senior officers acting on behalf of the council in negotiations with outside organisations on matters with long lasting financial consequences.
  • Carry out of research to support planning decisions, the development of planning policy and the implementation of projects. Ensure continuous improvements within the area of expertise, and that the service is responsive to the changing environment.


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



  1. The post holder must hold a degree in a relevant subject or a relevant professional qualification and provide evidence of continuing professional development.


Skills & Experience:

  1. Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
  2. Experience of programme management and project delivery in a major city context.
  3. Achievement of results to planned deadlines requiring complex technical work.
  4. Preparation of reports to committee and/or senior council officers and external organisations.
  5. Planning and carrying out public consultation exercises.
  6. An understanding of how services are provided in a Local Government context and political awareness.
  7. An understanding of the issues and financial constraints facing local government and, in particular, the services provided by the units under the post holder’s direction.
  8. An in-depth understanding of town planning and urban regeneration issues in a major city context.
  9. ICT Skills: Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).


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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.

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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. 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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Planning Officer - Environment, Neighbourhoods & Growth
Client Category: Local Authority

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