Planner / Senior Planner - Development Management
  • Employer: London Borough of Newham
  • Reference: 1448
  • Published: Fri 29/04/2022, 16:40 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 30/05/2022, 16:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: FULLTIME
  • Salary: £25,000 - £39,999
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Greater London

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Planner / Senior Planner - Development Management

Planner / Senior Planner (depending on experience) – Development Management
£25,578 - £38,385 per annum (SC5 – P02)


Newham will offer you a unique working environment within a diverse and growing east London borough that is at the centre of many of Europe’s most exciting regeneration projects - including the Royal Docks (the new location for the Mayor of London’s City Hall) and Stratford - 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 the London Borough of Newham 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.

Alongside these corporate priorities, the Planning Service is involved in the delivery of c.2800 new homes targeted per year, 31 Strategic Sites, an Enterprise Zone, emerging Opportunity Area Planning Framework, 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. We seek to optimise development opportunities in ways that benefit existing and new communities delivering good growth.

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.


Planner / Senior Planner (depending on experience) – Development Management
£25,578 - £38,385 per annum (SC5 – P02)

We are looking for Planners, either recent graduates or those already with experience, to join our high performing team. 

The successful candidates will contribute to the delivery of an efficient and effective Development Management service for the borough, including engagement with developers and other key stakeholders in enabling the delivery of quality developments within a robust planning policy framework.

You will be responsible for managing a varied caseload of planning applications, pre-applications requests and appeals. As a Planner / Senior Planner in Development Management, you will take ownership of the full application process from pre-application discussions, through the application process presenting at committee where applicable, undertaking conditions discharge and defending the Council at appeals in the event of refusals.

You will play an integral part in driving forward high quality development within the borough with a proactive and collaborative approach to dealing with new development.

These posts are career graded, with appointment to a particular grade, and progression between grades dependent on experience and performance.


We welcome applications from recent planning graduates and planners with existing experience within the development management service, who are seeking to further develop their career in Development Management.

You should be familiar with and have an appreciation and understanding of planning legislation and policy at a national and regional level. You should be able to manage tasks and responsibilities to drive forward projects individually and as part of a team; successfully negotiate outcomes with our residents and developers and be confident in providing technical and procedural advice.

You should be self-motivated, enthusiastic, able to work independently and also as part of a team and have the ability to progress a complex and varied caseload in a positive and solutions led manner.

You will be confident in tackling new challenges and flexible in your approach to your work to adapt and meet the needs of the service.


Please submit your application via the online portal, including providing details of your education and qualifications and work history. All applications must be accompanied by a supporting statement (no more than 2x A4 sides) which outlines how you meet the requirements of the person specification within the job description. Your application needs to demonstrate clearly and concisely how you meet each of the criteria. Please give specific examples wherever possible. If you do not address these criteria fully, or if we do not consider that you meet them, you will not be shortlisted.

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Closing date 29.5.22


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.

Newham is one of the youngest, most diverse, and vibrant boroughs in the UK. As an inclusive employer, we are committed to ensuring our workforce reflec

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