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Principal Planner
  • Employer: London Borough of Newham.
  • Reference: LBN01985-37263
  • Published: Fri 03/04/2020, 0:00 AM
  • Closing on: Tue 14/04/2020, 0:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: To be confirmed
  • Salary: £35,000 - £49,999
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Newham Dockside

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Principal Planner

Newham will offer you a unique working environment within a London borough that is at the centre of many of Europe’s most exciting regeneration projects - including the Royal Docks and Stratford - building thousands of new homes and creating thousands of new jobs, leading to a major uplift of the Borough as a whole. With c.2800 new homes targeted to be delivered per year, 31 Strategic Sites, an Enterprise Zone and large scale and distinctive employment-generating schemes, and major infrastructure projects underway, Newham offers many career-defining opportunities to work at pace, at scale, and on innovative responses to complex issues.

Principal Planner
£39,774 - £47,511 pa

As development and investment in the London moves steadily eastwards, Newham’s important strategic role continues to grow.

The role is initially based in the Planning Policy Team, working alongside Development Management and the Investment Teams to ensure development is encouraged and facilitated to grow business and residential capacity in the borough for the benefit of local residents.

Planning Policy is entering an exciting phase in Newham: having recently adopted our Local Plan we will be contributing to the review of the CIL charging schedule and are working closely with Regeneration colleagues, the GLA and other partners to realise our vision through masterplanning and other delivery-focused projects, as well as ensuring wider corporate, sub-regional and national policy coherence. In addition, the team is involved in pre-application advice concerning major and other complex sites. We are known as a team for our responsive, pragmatic and positive approaches to the policy context, receiving national recognition for our cutting edge cumulative impact policy.

Future workload may be focused on Development Management projects including pre-application requests, minor and major applications and responsibility for the work of Planners within the Development Management Team.

The post requires an appreciation and critical understanding of planning legislation and national and regional policy; a robust understanding of the importance of stakeholder and public engagement; and the ability to manage a complex and varied array of tasks and responsibilities to drive forward key projects individually and as part of a team.

If you want to help shape this part of London, turning our vision into reality – and leaving a lasting legacy for all its communities – come and join the team!

The post is career graded, with appointment to a particular grade, and progression between grades dependent on experience and performance.

You will be a knowledgeable and experienced Planner, confident in tackling new challenges and flexible in your approach to you work to allow you to adapt and meet the needs of the service. You should be able to lead, innovate and organise, while also inspiring and nurturing the talent and interest of other team members. We are particularly looking for people with experience in both Planning Policy and Development Management roles.

Please note that the qualifications section of the person specification will be used as a minimum short-listing criteria.

Newham has a flexible working policy and we are open to considering proposals as to the exact pattern of work, such that hours can be arranged around you and your family's needs, as well as our business needs.

The London Borough of Newham is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.

Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Newham Redeployees.

The London Borough of Newham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

In addition, the Authority reserves the right to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check (Disclosure Scotland) where required for the role this includes anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).

Should you require any help or advice with your online application, please contact the Recruitment Help Desk on: 0203 373 0909.

If you wish to informally discuss the role itself, please ring Mikyla Smith on 020 3373 6815