Senior Planning Officer

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Senior Planning Officer
Hackney, London
Interim Position

Hackney RQ810794

Posted: 16th February 2023 08:58
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  • Pay Rate:

    £24.89 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    36 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months

  • Hackney, London,

    E8 1DY

What's involved with this role:

Interim Senior Planning Officer

Reference no:  Hackney RQ810794

Pay Rate: £24.89 per hour PAYE 

Candidates must be willing to attend meetings or undertake work outside normal working hours

The purpose of the role is to be responsible for progressing a full range of Development Management matters within an area based team, including lead responsibility for the handling of pre-application advice, planning applications and appeals and taking a role in performance management, negotiations with developers and other interested parties, securing financial and other community benefits through legal agreements.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the mentoring of more junior staff, and contribute towards staff training and development.
  • Contribute to the efficient and effective performance management of the team, in developing, prioritising and reviewing its activities. Also establishing work programmes and targets, ensuring their achievement.
  • Take responsibility for ensuring that advice given and recommendations made have full and proper regard for the Council’s planning policies, standards and relevant Government legislation and guidance.
  • Contribute proactively towards the development of policies, programmes and systems to address the changing demand on the Service and in accordance with best practice.
  • Take the lead for specific Development Management projects including major applications and appeals, and be the senior member of an area based team working to agreed deadlines with identifiable outcomes.
  • Contribute towards the identification of IT needs to ensure the service area maximises the use of available resources.
  • Responsible for ensuring that the work of the team is customer focused and achieves appropriate changes and improvements.
  • Responsible for the management of the full range of development management case work, applications, advice and appeals within an area based and/or specific responsibility for dealing with planning appeals and ensure effective negotiation to secure through S.106 legal agreements, financial and other community benefits in line with the Council’s policies and objectives.
  • Be accountable to the Area Team Leader for achieving agreed service outcomes and personal appraisal targets, and in addition to the specific duties in this job profile, to also undertake specialist diverse projects of a Corporate nature and the lead on the implementation of innovative solutions.
  • Be responsible for managing diverse projects from conception through to implementation, monitoring and evaluating when required.



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



  1. Post Graduate qualification in Town Planning and membership of, or eligibility for the RTPI.


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 negotiation on complex applications to secure community benefits.
  3. Experience of effectively planning, managing and monitoring programmes of work.
  4. Experience of providing services to customers and being accountable for these services.
  5. Experience of developing and/or implementing service improvements projects including understanding of quality assurance systems.
  6. Experience of ensuring the delivery of planning projects and/or Development Management functions within agreed timescales and with quality outcomes.



  1. Extensive knowledge of up to date issues regarding the legislative, policy and procedural frameworks within which the Planning service operates.
  2. A working knowledge of IT systems relevant to the Service, such as Word processing, planning data bases, GIS.
  3. A knowledge and ability to implement equal opportunities in accordance with Council guidelines.
  4. Able to understand technical issues relevant to complex planning applications and projects.
  5. Awareness and understanding of current planning issues, as they relate to inner urban areas and their implications for the future of Development Management.


Skills & Abilities:

  1. Ability to mentor staff and provide guidance and direction to individuals, so as to gain commitment and ownership.
  2. Ability to plan, manage and monitor projects and programmes of work, including ability to act on own initiative and meet deadlines
  3. Ability to manage an extensive and demanding workload in order to meet performance targets.
  4. Ability to successfully organise and prioritise personal workload with minimal supervision.
  5. Ability to empower and motivate staff and to build and contribute to effective team working in a pro-active manner.


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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. 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.


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Senior Planning Officer
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