Principal Planner/ Area Team Manager

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Principal Planner/ Area Team Manager
Interim Position

Bexley TCL 0008 39F2 / 1

Posted: 21st November 2023 10:48
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  • Pay Rate:

    Up to £50.00 per hour PAYE depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    36 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3-4 months


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Interim Principal Planner/Area Team Manager

Reference no: Bexley TCL 0008 39F2 / 1

Pay rate: Up to £50.00 per hour PAYE depending on experience

Hours per week: 36 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for 3-4 months 


Hybrid working

Through the application of high level Development Management and leadership skills, the purpose of this role is to make a significant contribution to the regeneration of the borough through the innovative and practical development of proposals for planning permission, to ensure that growth and regeneration in the borough is delivered in line with the Local Plan.

Key responsibilities:

  • Responsible for setting the tactical operation of your team and contribute to the strategic direction of the Development Management Service.
  • Responsible for producing and delivering on the team plan for your team and monitoring its delivery to align with both corporate and departmental aims and priorities.
  • Manage staff in a Development Management team, participate in the Development Management team and in the delivery of service plan objectives and other service improvements and deputise for the Head of Development Management when necessary.
  • Responsible for ensuring that Development Management services provided by your team are delivered within allocated budgets and opportunities for increasing resources are identified and optimised.
  • Lead in the promotion of customer satisfaction when delivering Development Management services.
  • Responsible for establishing, developing and keeping under review the structures, procedures and working methods for your team and wider DM service to ensure an integrated, effective and efficient approach to the delivery of services and to maximise the use of new technology to both improve services and generate efficiency savings.
  • Judge the merits of development proposals, determine planning applications and related matters within delegated powers, and evaluate and make sound recommendations on applications particularly those of a complex and controversial nature, including presentation at Planning Committee.
  • Responsible for the provision of high-quality pre-application advice services on development proposals within your team.
  • Responsible for the efficient processing of appeals to the Planning Inspectorate within your team and defend the Council’s decisions for your own appeals.


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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.

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:


  • RTPI accredited postgraduate degree.
  • Eligible for Membership of RTPI or RICS (Planning & Development).
  • Evidence of relevant Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
  • Management qualification (eg Certificate, Diploma or MBA) (desirable) or Management training (essential).



  • Track record of achievement at supervisory level in a similarly large and complex organisation.
  • Proficient management experience at team level within Development Management.
  • Substantial development management experience relating to all casework types in a large, complex organisation.
  • Extensive experience of public meetings, member level meetings or committees, plus working to complex constitutional procedures, including public hearings and legal challenges.



  • Comprehensive understanding of current issues and developments affecting planning, regeneration and local government in London.
  • Comprehensive understanding of central government and development plan policy issues.
  • Comprehensive understanding of planning legislation and good understanding of related legislation including local government legislation.
  • High level of political awareness and comprehensive knowledge of the operation of local government.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the dynamics of team working.


Skills & Abilities:

  • Planning and urban design skills, high level of proficiency.
  • Customer care innovator.
  • Effective accountancy skills.
  • Good understanding of employment legislation.
  • Proficient team management skills: organisation, crisis management and change management.
  • Time/priority management: proficient understanding of Project Management techniques.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and handle stress.
  • Results orientated,  innovative  thinker and ability to analyse and weigh very complex issues with a demonstrable ability to  take tactical decisions and achieve high quality and high level outputs through the practical    application of project management techniques.
  • Wide range of sophisticated letter writing styles; clear reports on complex or controversial issues and exhibit a clear and comprehensible writing style in line with Plain English principles.
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills.
  • Prepared to attend evening and weekend meetings on occasions.
  • Ability to travel around the Borough.
  • Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).


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Principal Planner/ Area Team Manager
Client Category: Local Authority

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