Planner – Infrastructure
Salary range: £27,978 - £37,722 (based on experience)
2 perm posts
1 Fixed Term 2 years
Newham Council will offer you a working environment and involvement in some of Europe’s most exciting regeneration and development projects. Our work is contributing to building thousands of new homes and creating thousands of new jobs, creating opportunities and benefits for the Borough as a whole.
Over the last two years, the Council has adopted a number of key corporate strategies – these include a declaration of climate emergency, underpinned by the objective to make Newham Council carbon neutral by 2030 and carbon zero by 2050; a Covid Recovery Plan focusing on how the Council can help support residents and businesses to not just recover from Covid-19 but build a stronger Newham for the future; and Community Wealth Building: an inclusive economic approach that aims to address poverty in the borough as well ensure that investment coming into Newham benefits all residents.
Newham offers many career-defining opportunities to work at pace, at scale, and on innovative responses to complex issues. We are evolving in how we deliver services to our residents and businesses, with investment in new ICT to enable our staff to work remotely and be closer to the communities we serve.
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.
About the Job(s)
The London Borough of Newham is recruiting to three posts in the Developer Contributions Team.
In keeping with the Council's Local Plan, delivering housing and supporting employment opportunities for our local residents and enabling infrastructure investment is critical in contributing towards the Council's priorities; these posts are important in enabling developments to make a meaningful contribution as the borough grows.
These posts are funded by developer contributions and require knowledge and/or experience of the development sector, planning, financial controls or processes driven by legislative requirements.
Planner – Infrastructure (two posts) focusing on planning obligations
Primarily these relate to the monitoring of compliance and enforcement of S106 Deeds of Planning Obligation. The primary function of the post is to deal with all of the Planning Obligations which have been secured where Newham is the Local Planning Authority including small scale development up to major regeneration schemes.
These posts will focus on enhancing our internal controls. We will migrate all of our records from one system to another and use this as an opportunity to review historical compliance as well as ensuring that development currently under construction are enabling the benefits our community deserve.
These posts will have a close working relationship with colleagues across the Council, including Finance, Planners in Policy, Development Management and the CIL part of the Developer Contributions Teams; Environmental Control experts; Highways; and the Local Land Charges team.
These posts will consider compliance with financial and non-financial planning obligations, negotiate outcomes with developers and progress enforcement action if necessary. The role requires report writing based on assessment of details submitted, financial reconciliation and accurate record keeping.
Planner – Infrastructure focusing on CIL (fixed term contract)
We have a progressive CIL collection team who are robust at providing advice to third parties and promptly issuing liability notices and keeping the local land charges register up to date.
However, we are seeking an officer to lead on the enforcement of the CIL Regulations, particularly as it relates to debt collection. This post will lead on a 2 year project to negotiate the payment of monies from developments which have commenced without making payments to the Council.
The intention of this post would be to achieve the payment of debts by avoiding formal court proceedings, but it is inevitable that some cases will progress to this route. This post will co-ordinate or lead on this project to recover debts outstanding to the Council.
As capacity allows this post will also be the primary person to lead on S106 enforcement matters too.
We are looking for a candidate with a keen eye for detail but who sees how their role contributes to the Council's wider priorities.
You should be familiar of working within and thriving in a busy working environment often with conflicting priorities and expectations of prompt responses to enquiries from a range of stakeholders.
You will feel empowered to ask for support when needed and also to follow instructions to complete tasks in the most efficient manner. You will be keen to be a team-player and contribute towards both your individual tasks and the output of the team.
You will be confident at bringing together a wide range of information held by the Council and making assessments as to whether matters comply with legislation or contractual obligations and making recommendations based on your judgment.