Principal Planning Officer

Employer
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Location
Kensington Town Hall, London, W8 7NX
Salary
£34,900 - £47,300 per annum
Closing date
20 Sep 2020

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Take your planning and leadership experience further by making one of London’s most vibrant and densely populated boroughs an even better place to live, work and visit.

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

Supervising a team of planning and planning enforcement officers, you’ll research, consider and report on a wide range of applications, major development proposals and enforcement matters. This will involve you in preparing appeal statements and appearing at public inquiries and hearings, as well as attending committees and advising other Council departments on planning matters. You’ll also deputise for the Development Management Team Leader and Planning Enforcement Lead in their absence.

Checking applications for validation, you’ll draft reports and recommend whether applications are granted or refused, and when enforcement action should be taken. Your other responsibilities will include inspecting plans, carrying out site visits and assessing development proposals and possible breaches of planning control. And, acting as a change champion, you’ll also have an opportunity to lead service improvement projects.

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 significant planning experience, some of which should have been gained in a development management (including planning enforcement) environment. With this, you should have an excellent working knowledge of current planning legislation and practice. And, with the ability to construct concise reports that present clear and persuasive arguments, you should be able to give both formal and informal presentations.

Ideally, you’ll also have a working knowledge of London planning issues and historic buildings and conservation areas, with some experience of arranging small scale contracts for consultancy advice.

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

Take your planning and leadership experience further by making one of London’s most vibrant and densely populated boroughs an even better place to live, work and visit.

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.

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.

We are a major employer in the area with over 2,000 employees and we aim to put local people at the heart of decision making in everything we do.

After the tragedy at Grenfell the Council’s focus is to make a strong, positive difference for the people and communities we serve.

Working in partnership, listening to and valuing the personal experiences of people in our communities, we will act with openness, honesty compassion and humility.

Your experience and expertise are important, however, we aren’t just recruiting according to qualifications. We want to recruit people who share our values.

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