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Planning Officer - Plan Making

LB Tower Hamlets
London (Central), London (Greater)
Grade G-J: £30,879 - £43,404
Closing date
31 Oct 2021

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Role Purpose

The purpose of the role is to contribute to the continuous improvement of the Plan Making team in its role of creating a positive policy framework to manage and shape growth in the borough and secure benefits for our communities. This includes leading on and contributing to the preparation and monitoring of the new Local Plan and other planning policy documents, including supplementary planning guidance, Article 4 directions, and neighbourhood planning; while providing quality advice on planning policy matters to internal and external stakeholders. In this role, you will play a key role in supporting the embedding of the new Local Plan with internal colleagues and external stakeholders

Key Responsibilities

Key responsibilities for this role will include leading on developing effective planning policy, providing support on allocated planning work with an appropriate caseload, providing advice and support in relation to planning applications as part of the application process and supporting negotiations on planning work as appropriate.

Officers will also provide support to all planning service public consultation exercises including the preparation of all materials and other documentation.

You will be required to communicate effectively and confidently with internal and external colleagues, and engage with senior officers of the Council and Members, and Tower Hamlets communities, as and when required. 


This post will require a Royal Town Planning Institute accredited post-graduate planning degree or an equivalent accredited planning qualification.

Additional Employee Information

The Council is looking to fill this position permanently with the successful candidate needing to demonstrate experience in spatial planning and policy making, and a proven ability to support the delivery of plan-making documents and initiatives and establishing strong partnerships within and outside the Council. You will need to be ambitious, motivated and willing to learn. 

For an informal discussion please contact the Strategic Planning manager, Marissa Ryan-Hernandez on

Applications close Sunday 31 October 2021 and it is intended that interviews will take place between Monday 8 November to 19 November 2021

Tower Hamlets is a modern, forward thinking local authority, offering flexible working arrangements, generous annual leave, local government pension scheme and other staff benefits.


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Tower Hamlets is one of London’s smallest yet most diverse boroughs. Home to some well-known places and landmarks, it has the Tower of London, Canary Wharf, parts of the 2012 Olympic Park, historic riverfront at Wapping and vibrant places like Brick Lane, Shoreditch and Whitechapel - all in just eight square miles. Tower Hamlets is growing fast. Our mission is to manage growth and share the benefits across all of our communities.

Read our latest article: Tower Hamlets: Working for “the best of London” in one borough

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