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Principal Planning Officer (Development Management)

LB Tower Hamlets
London (Greater)
£41,466 - £47,274
Closing date
8 Dec 2019

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Role Purpose

This is an exciting time to join the council's Development Management service and have a major influence on the shape and form of future development in Tower Hamlets.  We have opportunities for experienced Principal Planners to join our east and west area teams to manage large scale development projects through pre-application stage, to application and decision. 

The Council has ambitious plans for regeneration, growth and the delivery of new homes and infrastructure.  Our new local plan "Managing Growth and Sharing the Benefits" has been through examination and is heading towards adoption in early 2020.  We are investing in new ways of working and optimising the use of digital technology to deliver our services.

Covering the vibrant east end, Canary Wharf and parts of the Olympic legacy area, Tower Hamlets is an incredibly diverse and dynamic place.  Add in an extensive river frontage, three London Plan opportunity areas and an impressive built heritage Tower Hamlets is an exciting place to take the next step in your planning career.

We are passionate about what we do and we are committed to creating great places that make our communities proud to live in and that can be enjoyed, now and long into the future.  To help us achieve this we are looking for professional planners who have experience of working on major planning applications, who understand local authority policies and procedures and can deliver positive outcomes. 

The Council has a modern working environment and offers a range of flexible working options.  There is support for staff to develop and progress in their career including management and leadership programmes. 

Key Responsibilities

Successful applicants will be responsible for leading on all aspects of a range of major development proposals, from pre-application stage, to application, determination and decision.   Principal Planners will have the opportunity to mentor and supervise other members of the team and determine applications using delegated powers.


Experience of dealing with major planning development proposals including good negotiation and communication skills.  Candidates must be eligible for RTPI membership.

Application Details

This post is open to the following types of applicants: Internal/ External/ Agency

If this role is available to Internal employees only, this will include agency workers but does not include independent contractors or Skills Match trainees


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Tower Hamlets is one of London’s smallest yet most diverse boroughs. Home to some well-known places and landmarks, it has the Tower of London, Canary Wharf, parts of the 2012 Olympic Park, historic riverfront at Wapping and vibrant places like Brick Lane, Shoreditch and Whitechapel - all in just eight square miles. Tower Hamlets is growing fast. Our mission is to manage growth and share the benefits across all of our communities.

Read our latest article: Tower Hamlets: Working for “the best of London” in one borough

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