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Principal Planning Officer

London Borough of Croydon
Croydon (City/Town), London (Greater)
Grade 14 (£44,790 - £46,839pa plus a Market Supplement of £6971)
Closing date
27 Jul 2021

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About Croydon

As one of London’s largest and most diverse boroughs, Croydon is a fantastic place to live, work and spend time, with all the benefits of close proximity to the rest of London and the south east.

Over the past decade we have seen huge investment, regeneration and growth in our Borough. Croydon remains an attractive and important part of London for ongoing growth and investment – growth from which we want to see all our communities benefit.

However, as a council the impacts of the pandemic, austerity and our current financial challenges has brought significant changes to the way we operate and the resources available. We must change to focus on the needs our residents are facing today, while making sure we are a financially sustainable council by 2024.

This brings though, opportunities for those who want to work in a fast moving environment, focused on improvement and delivering better services. With a newly appointed Chief Executive bringing stability and inclusive leadership, Croydon is an exciting place to work, however, it isn’t for the faint hearted. You will need to be ambitious, passionate about planning, demonstrate strong personal responsibility and a desire to deliver great places.

We have a great planning management team, who lead, inspire and believe in Croydon.  If you want a challenge with great job satisfaction, there is no better opportunity than Croydon.

About the Roles
Principal Planning Officer and 1 x 1 year Fixed term contract £44,790 - £46,839 (plus a Market Supplement of £6971)

As a result of the ambitions for the Borough we are looking to increase our permanent staff complement to allow us to further enhance service delivery for our customers and to focus specifically on the realisation of sustainable growth, firmly embedded in high standards of design and the maximisation of social, economic and environmental benefits.

You will work in a vibrant and busy Development Management Service. The post holders will project manage some of the largest developments that Croydon has to offer from pre application, to planning applications and through to post decision matters. Dealing with schemes which are high profile, sensitive and complex in nature. You will also have direct line management responsibilities, delegated decision making powers and be involved in identifying and implementing service improvements.

Croydon is a varied Borough and Officers have the opportunity to we deal with a whole spectrum of Planning Applications from green belt proposals to large mixed use urban developments.  On a day to day basis you will be responsible for managing your own case load of planning applications, pre applications and appeals whilst providing support to the officers you manage. The successful candidate will need to be a talented, politically astute, enthusiastic, motivated, experienced and knowledgeable individual who demonstrates practical experience of comprehensively assessing all aspects of development proposals with a sound understanding of planning policy and legislation. Moreover, you will need to be solution focussed and resilient in a pressurised environment and will need to be exceptionally skilled in the various negotiation and communication techniques (across all mediums).

We run regular training and development sessions on a wide range of planning and development matters, bringing in external speakers as well as in house experts and we encourage staff to take part in the organisation and topic selection. Each and every one of our staff play a vital role in delivering a planning service, if you enjoy making a difference, being part of a team and love planning, - Croydon delivers

Please state clearly in your application which of the two posts you are applying for.

Working for Croydon

Up to 31 Days annual leave (depending on length of service) plus Bank Holidays
Pension – Local Government Pension Scheme
Flexible working arrangements available
Career development/learning/training opportunities
We also promote professional membership of the RTPI and cover the associated costs
Employee Assistance Programme – Providing advice and Counselling
Career development/learning/training opportunities

Closing date:  Tuesday 27 July 2021

Equal Opportunities and Safeguarding Statement

Croydon Council is an inclusive employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We will be pleased to consider applications from candidates seeking flexible working arrangements.

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the advertised role.



Croydon Council's planning and strategic transport division is well-respected and recognised as having a vital role in delivering growth and regeneration in this busy outer London borough, where we look after circa 5,500 applications every year. 

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We pride ourselves on delivering quality development in partnership with applicants and are committed to placemaking to regenerate our borough for our communities and businesses. By providing a supportive environment for our staff through mutual respect, training and development, we retain and grow people to reach their potential. 

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We provide a strong package of benefits and flexible working opportunities. Take a look at our latest vacancies below to find out more and apply.

Read our latest article: Why I love working at Croydon Council

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