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Lead Officer, Planning Policy

Royal Borough of Kingston
Kingston Upon Thames (London Borough), London (Greater)
£50,826 - £57,171 per annum 
Closing date
7 Mar 2021

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Lead Officer, Planning Policy
Grade: K - £50,826 - £57,171 per annum 
Hours: Full-time, 36 hours per week 
Contract: Fixed-term contract for up to 12 months (maternity leave cover)
Location: Kingston, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames is an ambitious, forward thinking London Borough with a substantial growth and regeneration agenda. Our ambition is matched by our strong desire to work with our communities to deliver these improvements whilst continuing to preserve and enhance our historical buildings, parks and gardens and remain one of the best shopping destinations to visit in the UK.  Our offices are located in the town centre just a few steps from the ancient market, thriving town centre and the waterfront.

About the role
Kingston is at a key stage in the preparation of the new Local Plan, having carried out Reg 18 early engagement an ambitious further engagement programme is planned for next year.  The role requires an experienced policy planner to lead the team and work closely with Members to orchestrate an effective engagement process to inform the preparation of the draft plan for consultation.

About you
Candidates should have a degree in Town Planning, a similar/ relevant degree e.g geography, or a good standard of secondary education with a demonstrable interest in town planning. You should be able to demonstrate competence in plan reading and a capability to understand and apply technical guidance and legislation, be self-motivated and be prepared to work as part of a team.

You will be expected to work under your own initiative, meet tight deadlines and be computer literate, with an aptitude to learn and promote new system technologies.

In return, Kingston will support your professional development with access to a range of course and learning opportunities. 

Benefits we offer
Kingston Council has good access to central London and our offices are a short walk from the station based in the middle of the historic and vibrant high street next to the open spaces of the river Thames, offering a wide range of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities; all making for a desirable place to live and work.

The successful candidate will have access to a wide range of staff benefits, some of which include:

  • 29 days annual leave - In addition you will receive 8 statutory bank holidays
  • Local government pension scheme
  • Interest free season loan ticket
  • Cycle to work and Zip Car Scheme
  • Discounts on a range of local shops, restaurants, gyms and leisure centres
  • Comprehensive Learning and Development programme
  • A forward thinking and networked organisation where employee’s views are valued.
  • Modern and flexible working environment allowing employees to benefit from agile working practices.

To apply
Before applying please refer to the Role Profile and ensure you meet the essential criteria. You will then need to complete the online application, adding a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria outlined the role profile.

If you want to have an informal discussion about the role, please contact Hannah Harris, Lead Officer, at

The Royal Borough of Kingston is Disability Confident Committed.  We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the advertised role and ensure that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible. 

Royal Borough of Kingston is now an accredited London Living Wage Employer
The real Living Wage is higher than the government’s minimum, or National Living Wage, and is an independently calculated hourly rate of pay that is based on the actual cost of living.
Our Living Wage commitment means that everyone working at the Royal Borough of Kingston, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers receive the London Living Wage.

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under represented within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

Closing date: 7th March 2021
Interview date: to be confirmed

We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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