- Pay Rate:
up to £36.85 per hour PAYE, depending on experience
- Hours per Week:
37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours
This opening assignment is for 6 months
- Southwark, London,
Interim Planning Officer – Major Planning Applications, Special Projects Team
Job Ref: GLA 0006 81B1 / 1
Pay rate (plus 38 days paid holiday)
Hybrid role: 2/3 days per week in the office (including Monday)
An experienced planning officer is needed to support the Special Projects Team Leader to work on and manage planning applications. This role has oversight of all Representation Hearings (for called-In planning applications), Planning Appeals/Public Inquiries where there is direct refusal of a referable planning application and the developer appeals to the Secretary of State and Judicial Review proceedings (where Directions are challenged through the Courts).
Candidates must have worked on a number of major planning applications and be confident dealing with complex strategic planning issues and planning appeals. They must have working knowledge of London’s planning powers particularly in relation to stage 1 and stage 2 referrals.
- Deal with complex strategic planning issues, planning appeals and Judicial Reviews.
- Deal with a huge variety of high-profile applications and competing priorities.
- Prepare briefings on potential directions to refuse and matters relating to current appeals and directions to refuse.
- Apply the London Plan in a pragmatic and sensible way that encourages development and delivers objectives.
- Understand national and regional planning and development issues, legal processes and policy trends.
- Provide assistance to the planning applications team.
- Supervise case officers (2/3) – regular 1-1s, caseload management and ensure that deadlines are met.
- Potential to be involved in policy development.
“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:
Qualifications & Experience:
- A qualified town planner.
- Experience working on a number of major planning applications.
- Confident in dealing with complex strategic planning issues, planning appeals/Judicial Review’s and dealing with a huge variety of applications and competing priorities.
- Worked at a local planning authority in London (desirable).
- Experience giving evidence at/participated in planning appeal public inquiries.
Knowledge & Skills:
- Working knowledge of London’s planning powers particularly in relation to stage 1 and stage 2 referrals.
- Understand how to apply the London Plan in a pragmatic and sensible way that encourages development and objectives.
- Detailed knowledge and understanding of national and regional planning and development issues, legal processes and policy trends.
- Excellent, written and verbal communication skills.
- Exceptional negotiation skills.
- Politically astute.
- Ability to work successfully with a range of internal and external stakeholder.
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Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:
- 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.
- 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.
- Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
- 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:
- Any local authority/public sector experience
- Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.
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Planning Officer – Major Planning Applications
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