Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Planning Policy Officer

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Kensington Town Hall, London, W8 7NX
£31,434 to £34,986 per annum
24 Aug 2020
20 Sep 2020
Full Time
Contract Type

Enjoy new challenges and opportunities to grow your planning policy experience while you make a lasting impact on one of London’s most vibrant and densely populated boroughs.

About Us

At Kensington and Chelsea, we have unmatched built heritage sitting alongside iconic retail centres, a vibrant specialist employment market, an international medical quarter and world class cultural attractions. We also have many challenges facing us. We’re not only home to the wealthy but also to some of the most deprived wards in London. So, we’re committed to delivering growth in the Borough, with homes for all, and have started our own ambitious housing programme. We’re developing new ways of engaging with all our residents and providing high-quality accessible infrastructure for now and future generations.

We’re looking for experienced and confident planners to help us make this happen.

As a high-performing planning department we deal with a wide range of applications, making us one of the busiest planning authorities in the country. We’re a dynamic forward-thinking team with a can-do approach and are always striving to improve our service. We’re also proud of our learning and development commitment and take pride in growing our own to create a strong and resilient spatial planning team.

Putting communities first and working together with respect and integrity are our values, and we want people who share these to come and work with us.

The Role

Playing a key role in developing and updating borough-wide policy, you’ll also be involved in implementing policies and guidance in practice. You’ll do this by planning and participating in specific projects such as the brownfield register and streetscape improvements. You’ll take projects and work streams through the milestones to external examination where necessary, ensuring seamless working across the Spatial Planning service.  

Making site visits and recommendations on nominations for Assets of Community Value, you’ll advise and support communities considering or preparing neighbourhood plans. You’ll also facilitate community engagement events. And, as well as maintaining a broad, up-to-date knowledge of policy issues in the Borough and London, you’ll develop specialist knowledge according to business needs, and use this to prepare briefings for senior officers, managers and Councillors.

About You

With a Planning degree or equivalent, you’ll also need licentiate membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute (or equivalent), and evidence of relevant continuous professional development.

You’ll bring planning experience, ideally some of which should have been gained in a planning policy environment. With this, you should have a working knowledge of current planning legislation and practice, especially in relation to local plans and neighbourhood planning. You’ll also need a methodical, thorough approach and the ability to construct concise reports that present clear and persuasive arguments.

Ideally, you’ll also have a sound knowledge of London planning issues, and the ability to give both formal and informal presentations.

In return, you can look forward to a package that includes a competitive salary, a high-quality pension scheme and generous annual leave plus bank holidays.

To apply, please visit our website.

We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible

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