Principal Planning Officer

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Principal Planning Officer
Interim Position

Enfield RQ834089

Posted: 8th March 2023 09:29
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  • Pay Rate:

    £40.24 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 2 months


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What's involved with this role:

Interim Principal Planning Officer   

Reference no: Enfield RQ834089   

Pay rate £40.24 per hour PAYE  

This opening assignment is for 2 months 

To take a lead role for the Council, in its role as Local Planning Authority, with its statutory duties in respect of the control of development 

Key responsibilities: 


  • To act as lead officer in multi-disciplinary and cross functional development teams bringing forward major development schemes on behalf of the Council and external applicants ensuring seamless approach and delivery of projects to agreed deadlines.  
  • To promote the use of Planning Performance Agreements to manage development proposals through the planning process in line with agreed targets and outcomes  
  • Conducting negotiations with other Council Services and applicants regarding their development proposals and planning issues including dealing with negotiations at a high level within the Council 
  • Responsibility for negotiating substantial financial contributions for strategic infrastructure with applicants/agents to ensure acceptability of proposals where appropriate  
  • Negotiation of agreements under S.106 of the Town and Country Planning Act where appropriate to secure wider environmental and community benefit from development.  
  • Responsible for dealing with major planning appeals in their area and acting as the Council's expert witness at Public Inquiries, Informal Hearings and Court Hearings, particularly where complex planning issues require a high level of experience and expertise. 
  • Attending, presenting and supporting/deputising the Planning Decisions Manager and/or Head of Development Management role at Pre-Agenda, Briefing and Members Site Visit meetings and Planning Committee meetings as required advising on any planning issues arising from major development projects. 
  • Providing the Council’s expertise when giving pre application advice to prospective developers and dealing with planning enquiries from agents, applicants and the public.  
  • Provide expertise in all issues related to land use planning to other officers in their particular area which includes advice to professional officers on interpretation, consultation with interested parties and incorporation of their views in the assessment process involving implementing procedural change in line with legislation and other service improvements 

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

  • A planning or land use related degree and/or planning diploma 
  • Member of the RTPI 
  • Good understanding of planning legislation 
  • Proven experience in dealing with planning appeals including public inquiries 
  • Minimum 5 years relevant and recent post qualification experience in a similar working environment 
  • Experience of dealing with more complex planning applications within a local authority or private sector environment 
  • Ability to draw upon a sound understanding of planning knowledge and experience of planning matters and casework 

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. 

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. 

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: 

  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: Enfield RQ834089
Principal Planning Officer
Client Category: Local Authority

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Principal Planning Officer
Client Category: Local Authority

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