Principal Officer – Planning

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Principal Officer - Planning
Interim Position

Islington RQ707113

Posted: 18th October 2022 11:43
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  • Pay Rate:

    £23.41 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 2-3 months


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Principal Officer - Planning 

Job Ref: Islington RQ707113 

Pay Rate: £23.41 per hour PAYE   

To manage an application/enforcement/conservation & design caseload (principally comprising non-major work for applications) including making recommendations and handling any appeals, and giving compliance/pre-application and general planning advice in accordance with the Council’s corporate Core Principles, Key Aims, Service Plans, Financial Regulations and Standing Orders and agreed procedures. To ensure the provision of a first class service to customers   

Key Responsibilities: 


  • Possess the necessary knowledge and experience to undertake the duties assigned to the post within a specialist area. 
  • Process a variety of applications together with giving specialist observations and pre- application advice. Undertake consultations, site visits, evaluation and negotiation in order to generate high quality recommendations. 
  • Undertake enforcement investigations, appeals and submissions under the Planning Acts, Orders and Regulations, including consultations, site visits, evaluation and negotiation with applicants/transgressors and other interested parties. 
  • Provide advice on possible breaches of planning control, including obtaining evidence, negotiation with interested parties, making recommendations for action, following up decisions on recommendations and instigating and effecting necessary legal proceedings in order to pursue breaches in planning controls. 
  • Prepare written documentation to a high standard, including complex reports and legal documentation 

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

  • Hold a degree level qualification in an appropriate discipline and be able to complete a professional qualification related to the post held 
  • Knowledge and experience of current legislation and working practices relating to the post applied for 
  • Knowledge of planning enforcement procedures 
  • Two year’s post qualification experience and eligibility for membership of an appropriate professional body 
  • One year’s post qualification experience 
  • Good communication skills and have the ability to explain technical matters to service users 
  • Ability to write and present complex correspondence and reports on planning applications and/or enforcement investigations 
  • Ability to assess, evaluate and lead on pre-application negotiations 
  • Ability to carry out functions related to the processing of applications, including the validation of applications 

To help speed up the process of uploading your CV to the client we would suggest that you send us your CV in Word format (or equivalent) if possible, rather than as a PDF. 

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. 

If you have previously applied to one of our vacancies and have already sent the required supporting documentation to us, please make this clear when you re-apply as this will help speed up your application. 

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. 


Please note that clients invariably ask us to strip out contact details from CVs before we submit them for consideration. This is always quicker and easier to do if you send your CV to us in Word format, rather than as a PDF please

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Job Ref: Islington RQ707113
Principal Officer - Planning
Client Category: Local Authority

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Job Ref: Islington RQ707113
Principal Officer - Planning
Client Category: Local Authority

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