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Principal Planner - Policy
  • Employer: London Borough of Newham.
  • Reference: LBN02283-37405
  • 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 - Policy

The Planning Policy Team work alongside Development Management and the Investment Teams to ensure development is encouraged and facilitated to grow the business and residential capacity in the borough, whilst steered to best effect, particularly for local residents. The team is responsible for the preparation, adoption, implementation, monitoring and review of the Council’s Local Plan in an environment where development big and small has the potential to make a real difference.

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 the second highest housing delivery target in London and 31 Strategic Sites, an Enterprise Zone and large scale and distinctive employment-generating schemes, plus major infrastructure projects underway including new river crossings and Crossrail, Newham offers many career-defining opportunities to work at pace, at scale and on innovative responses to complex issues to create quality, distinctive places.

The planning department is friendly and cohesive, with an active social life should you wish to join in! We work in a bright, modern open plan office and facilitate flexible and remote working.

Principal Planner - Policy

£39,774 - £47,511 pa

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

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.

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 knowledgeable and experienced across a range of Policy areas, as well as confident in tackling new challenges and deputising as necessary for the Policy Manager. You should be able to lead, innovate and organise, while also inspiring and nurturing the talent and interest of other team members and those in the wider planning service.

We are particularly looking for people with significant knowledge/experience in any of the following: SEA/HRA/ IIA; community engagement and neighbourhood planning; geospatial analysis; sustainability, notably energy policy; design notably heritage and tall buildings; viability, housing and physical and social infrastructure delivery.

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 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 call Jennifer Bishop on 02033731168.