Principal Planning Officer

On the fringe of London, my pro-development client seeks the help of a Principal Planning Officer...

About the role

In response to a gap in the structure, this Local Authority are looking for an experienced hand to play an integral role in their Development Management team.

As the successful candidate, you will be tasked with handling a caseload of major and strategic development proposals whilst holding delegating powers and signing off reports. This will involve negotiating Section 106 agreements, liaison with key stakeholders (developers, architects, external consultants etc.) and, drafting and presenting delegated reports at committee.

The temporary contract will be for an initial 3-6 months, however, further extension may be likely dependent on performance - previous contracts have been known to run beyond 12 months. There may also be potential for the successful candidate to transition from a temporary contract to a permanent one.

The Successful Candidate

You will ideally have Membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), be qualified to degree level in Town Planning or a relevant discipline and have proficiency in dealing with complex major development proposals.

You will have a desire to upkeep excellent knowledge of the planning process, legislation and policies (including S106 and Environmental Impact Assessments) and have demonstrated an ability to effectively prioritise work-loads and manage projects within timescales.


It is essential that you hold a valid UK driving licence in order to conduct site visits and business-related mileage shall be expensed at £0.45 per mile. Pool cars are available.

What’s next?

My client are looking to review applicants and hold interviews imminently, with the view to start shortly after.

If you’d be interested in this role, please click apply and include a brief cover message highlighting your current situation.

Still not sure? Feel free to give me a call on 020776609067 to discuss this role in more detail or chat about other opportunities Oyster have on. Alternatively, feel free to email me:

Best of luck and I look forward to hearing from you!

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