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Graduate Planning Officer

London Borough of Hillingdon
Hillingdon, Uxbridge
£32,418.00 - £34,209.00 per year
Closing date
1 Aug 2021

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About us

Hillingdon Council: Putting our Residents first.

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. 

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 has excellent transport links via the M4 and A40, the Metropolitan, Piccadilly, Central Lines and Heathrow Airport, promoting Hillingdon as a key gateway for the UK and central London.

About the role

Hillingdon Council are recruiting Graduate Planning Officers to work across 2 new Area Planning Teams that are being created as part of an exciting transformation of our Planning Service. 

This is an excellent opportunity for ambitious and capable individuals to start their planning career. The role will provide opportunities to develop your practical planning knowledge under the successful guidance and support of a team of experienced planners. The post holder will be responsible for determining a diverse portfolio of planning applications and appeal work, developing your knowledge of planning related legislation. 

As an essential part of a high performing Development Management team your focus will be on results, you will need to develop a good understanding of the planning system and a willingness to learn. Good communication skills and knowledge of standard IT packages will also be required.

Reporting to the Planning Team Leaders and Principal Planning Officers, you will need a positive and proactive approach to work. The role will provide an opportunity to gain experience across a range of projects and will involve networking and community engagement.

About you

As a Graduate Planning Officer, candidates should have relevant Town and Country Planning or equivalent qualifications.  You will be working towards membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute and have a sound theoretical understanding of development control/development management processes within a local government setting. This is a great opportunity to develop your planning knowledge and practical planning experience whilst working towards becoming a Planning Officer.

For more information about this opportunity, please contact Roz Johnson (Planning Service Manager) on

Working Arrangements

The response to COVID-19 is shaping that way many organisations work. The recent roll-out of Microsoft 365 within the organisation has transformed the ability of some of our staff to work remotely while continuing to maintain the same high level of service delivery to our residents; we also recognise the value of some working time spent in the office. 

Hillingdon has recently achieved ‘Timewise’ accreditation which endorses our ongoing commitment to flexible working. A refreshed flexible working policy along with wraparound wellbeing policies will be launched during the summer. 

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

Additional information

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Applicants should be aware that the post will only be offered to successful candidates subject to an Enhanced DBS check as well as other employment clearances.


Hillingdon’s Planning and Community Services Group is on the road to excellence. Involved in six Government sponsored pilot schemes; our Local Development Framework is one of the most advanced in Britain and our ‘e’ planning initiatives, amongst the best in the UK. Join us and together we’ll develop a better Hillingdon for years to come.

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