Take this exciting opportunity to grow your planning experience while you make a lasting impact on one of London’s most vibrant and densely populated boroughs.
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.
You’ll investigate, consider and report on a full range of applications, development proposals and enforcement matters within a designated area of the Borough. This will involve you in negotiating planning applications, preparing appeal statements and appearing at public inquiries and hearings. You’ll also advise other Council department and answer enquiries from applicants.
Drafting reports and recommending whether applications are granted or refused, you’ll advise applicants and other customers on how schemes may be altered so permission may be granted. Your other responsibilities will include inspecting plans, making site visits and assessing development proposals and possible breaches of planning control.
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, some of which should have been gained in a development management (including planning enforcement) environment. You’ll also need an excellent working knowledge of current planning legislation and practice. And, with a methodical, thorough approach, you should be able to construct concise reports presenting clear and persuasive arguments and give both formal and informal presentations.
Ideally, you’ll also have a working knowledge of London planning issues and of historic buildings and conservation areas.
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