Principal Planner

Sutton Council
Sutton, London (Greater)
£40,869 - £48,819 per annum
Closing date
1 Aug 2021

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Job Details

The Strategic Planning Team and Development Management Teams are managed by a joint Head of Service which creates a strong sense of cohesion through close working arrangements. The Strategic Planning Team is a small team which we are seeking to expand for the duration of the Local Plan review which we need to complete by 2023.

The team produces a considerable number of policy documents in house, and has the capacity to design its own documents. The team includes considerable all round experience and some specialisms in sustainability and transport policy, and we need to build further capacity to carry out our review of the LDS.

We are looking for someone with 5 or more years experience in Strategic Planning to join our team on a 2 year fixed term contract to support our review of the Local Plan and contribute to the work of the Strategic Planning Team. You will:-

  • Contribute to the review of the Council’s Local Development Scheme
  • Commision and manage studies as part of that review
  • Prepare high quality briefings in person and in writing
  • Represent the Council in key stakeholder meetings 
  • Write and present reports to the Housing, Economy and Business Committee
  • Prepare for and give evidence at Independent Examination, hearings and inquiries  
  • To deputise for the Strategic Planning Manager

About You  

You will:- 

  • Have an appropriate degree or equivalent qualification accredited by and giving eligibility for membership to the RTPI 
  • A minimum of 5 years experience directly related to planning policy and development plan preparation at a senior or principal level 
  • A proven track record of delivering key Planning Policy documents from inception to adoption, especially Development Plan Documents 
  • Be able to prepare written statements and giving evidence at Examination-in-public 
  • Be able to work collaboratively with with internal and external stakeholders to deliver objectives 
  • Be able to work successfully with elected Members and senior management and reporting to Committees
  • Proven track record of organising and leading on public consultation and public engagement events 

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