Senior & Principal Planning Officers

Brent Council
Up to £46,656 - See below
01 Sep 2017
26 Sep 2017
Full Time
Contract Type

The Posts

Principal Planning Officer (TE6)          Development Management Team       £43,548 - £46,656

Provides a commercial, customer focused and cost-effective service to internal or external customers. You will strive to exceed customer expectations; analyse, manage and take calculated risks based on technical expertise; build and maintain effective working relationships with customers; and actively develop and support initiatives that improve services and commercial advantage.

To provide a technical, professional or expert service including providing advice, guidance and commercial services to customers in a specialised field.

You will provide a range of complex services and advice and/or guidance to customers. This will include interpretation of situations or problems and adapting and developing innovative solutions in order to provide the service within a commercial environment. Roles will have a wider focus and responsibility for the longer term service and commercial development and planning of the function based on customer insight, financial data, professional developments and the corporate vision.

Direction of team members may be required (either direct supervision or within a multi-professional team). You will need to have a detailed grasp of involved practices and procedures and be able to work out problems or devise new commercial approaches from first principles. This knowledge will be gained through formal technical or professional training and extensive practical work experience – usually leading to a professional qualification.


Senior Planning Officer (TE5) (x3)       Development Management        Major Team       £37,116 - £40,164

You will work within a multi-disciplinary development team and act as one of the Council’s principal technical experts on statutory planning and development matters, providing an efficient high quality planning service to applicants.

You will assist the Development Team Leaders and other managers to understand the impacts of Government legislation in these areas and inform local decision making. They will contribute to the review, development and implementation of strategy and policy and the delivery of the Council’s statutory duties with regard to planning and development. They will be responsible for the oversight of complex delegated planning decisions.

In addition you will implement overall performance standards for these service areas and provide proper monitoring of objectives and standards using benchmarks as necessary to improve service delivery. You will assist with identifying training needs for staff delivering these services, and will ensure that staff are sufficiently trained and competent to deliver effective and dependable investigations and outcomes.

You will be expected to provide expert advice, guidance and information to internal and external stakeholders on planning schemes and proposals and research, evaluate and prepare delegated and committee reports as well as attending complex appeals, inquiries and hearings. You will support officers in the development team with more complex decision making and the development of skills associated with their role.


The Person

We are looking for a Principal Planning Officer and a Senior Planning Officer to join a dynamic team. . We need someone who can work well as part of a team and with colleagues around the council. You will also need a commitment to customer focus, and getting the best results for communities. Most of all, you will be someone who likes to help make things happen.


For an informal and confidential discussion on this role, please call us now on 020 3475 5347. Our dedicated and manned hotline is open between 8AM - 8PM. Please do not hesitate to get in touch, we are looking forward to hearing from you. Email enquiries can be sent to

Lewis Davey is a specialist Town Planning Consultancy and has been appointed to manage the application process for all candidates. With over 15 years of Planning Recruitment experience and our ability to obtain direct answers to your queries means that you can get the information you need to start your application immediately.

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Closing Date:  1st October 2017

Interview Date: tbc


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