Director of Planning

The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC)

Just minutes away from the heart of London to the east and Heathrow and the Thames Valley to the west, Old Oak and Park Royal is London’s largest Opportunity Area and one of only two statutory Mayoral Development Corporations. Spanning three boroughs, the Park Royal business park and the planned new HS2 and Crossrail station at Old Oak, OPDC has ambitions to deliver 25,500 new homes and 65,000 new jobs, supported by a recent award of £250m of Housing Infrastructure Funding.

We are now looking for a Director of Planning who shares our ambitions and can lead the Corporation’s statutory planning functions.

The candidate

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer you will be a member of the OPDC’s senior management team with responsibility for leading our dynamic planning team. You will provide strategic leadership on the development and implementation of our statutory Local Plan, oversee the delivery of an efficient and responsive development management service and convene and report to the Board and its Planning Committee and main board.

You will work closely with planning colleagues at the Greater London Authority and our three borough partners (Ealing, Brent and Hammersmith & Fulham) and will bring experience of leading a skilled development control and planning policy team to manage major urban regeneration applications.  You will have the resilience and skills to thrive in a highly visible, accountable and pressured environment with the confidence and experience to negotiate with project partners at the most senior levels.

This job is ‘politically restricted’ under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

In addition to an attractive salary package, we offer a wide range of benefits including 30 days’ annual leave, interest free season ticket loan, interest free bicycle loan and a career average pension scheme.

If you have a question about the role or the recruitment process then please contact a member of the recruitment team via email on quoting reference OPDC-DOP.

For an informal conversation regarding this role, please contact David Lunts (interim CEO)

This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate. If that sounds like you, please apply.

Application closing date: Sunday 22 September 2019 at 23:59 GMT.

London's diversity is its biggest asset and we strive to ensure our workforce reflects London's diversity at all levels. You will be able to demonstrate a clear commitment to promoting diversity, equality and inclusion. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.

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