Hillingdon Council: Putting our Residents first.
Located in outer west London, the borough of Hillingdon has over 300,000 residents and covers an area of 44 square miles making it the second largest London borough. Hillingdon is a borough of contrasts, the area to the north of the A40 is semi-rural with the smaller centres of Northwood, Ruislip and Harefield, whereas the south of the borough is a dense urban area comprising the metropolitan town centre of Uxbridge as well as the district centres of Hayes and West Drayton which will soon benefit from the Elizabeth Line. Hillingdon has excellent transport links via the M4 and A40, the Metropolitan, Piccadilly, Central Lines and Heathrow Airport. This makes Hillingdon a key gateway for the UK and central London.
About the service
This is a fantastic time to join the London Borough of Hillingdon, an exciting place to develop your career in town planning that offers a wide range of varied and engaging planning opportunities as part of an ambitious agenda for the future of the Planning Service. We are looking for dedicated, dynamic, enthusiastic and passionate individuals to work across two new Area Planning Teams that are being created as part of an exciting transformation of our Planning Service. We are at the heart of regeneration and change in West London and Hillingdon is planning for unprecedented growth and development with a strong emphasis on high quality and sustainable development.
About the role
Hillingdon Council have exciting opportunities for Planning Officers who have the drive to deliver an efficient, effective and customer focussed Planning Service. The successful applicants will be responsible for determining a diverse portfolio of planning applications and appeal work, utilising your knowledge of planning related legislation. The role will require good negotiation skills, the ability to resolve conflicts and the ability to work under pressure to deadlines within one of the most diverse boroughs in West London.
Reporting to the Planning Team Leader, you will need a positive and proactive approach to work. You should have a sound knowledge of the planning application process with practical experience of planning and development control processes.
As part of the role you will be required to ensure that the service meets performance targets, provide high standards of customer service and ensures good quality development is delivered.
We are focused on delivering an excellent service to our residents and community. This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to join our team.
The ideal candidate should have relevant Town and Country Planning or equivalent qualifications; be a member (or be eligible for membership) of the RTPI or equivalent body; be able to demonstrate good experience and knowledge of the development management process with knowledge of dealing with planning applications; IT literate; highly organised and an effective team worker.
What we offer
We offer a range of Company benefits. These vary according to the business area and role but may include:
- local government average salary pension scheme
- free parking (4 days a week) if based at the Civic Centre
- a 36-hour week for all full-time staff
- generous holiday entitlement: a minimum 25 days a year (plus bank holidays), rising to 28 days after five years' service. For more senior positions holiday entitlements can rise to a maximum of 36 days
- career breaks
- flexible working hours
- season ticket loan
- access to a Credit Union
- on-site staff restaurant at Civic Centre
- access to a wide range of training and courses
- discount on a variety of Adult Education courses run by the Council
- payment of professional fees where these are required
- discounts at council-owned leisure centres and swimming pools at Hillingdon (Uxbridge), Queensmead (South Ruislip), Highgrove (Ruislip) and Botwell Green (Hayes)
- cycle purchase scheme
- car sharing scheme
- 30% discount on green fees at council-owned golf courses
Applicants should be aware that the post will only be offered to successful candidates subject to satisfactory employment clearances.