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Plan Making Team Leader

LB Tower Hamlets
London (Central), London (Greater)
Grade M: £ £53,574-£ £56,754
Closing date
31 Oct 2021

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Salary Band
£50,000 - £59,999
Contract Type
Full Time
Local Authority
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Role Purpose

Reporting to the Strategic Planning manager, you will take a lead on the preparation of the plans that will shape the future of Tower Hamlets, engaging with, and reflecting the needs of Tower Hamlets’ diverse communities. You will be leading the Team who are responsible for the provision of high quality, specialised plan making, specifically the development, production, endorsement, monitoring and review of the Tower Hamlets Council Local Plan, supplementary planning documents and any other relevant spatial and/or specific strategies, evidence base documents, assessments and research studies.

Key Responsibilities

Key responsibilities include:

* Managerial responsibility for leading a team of professional planning officers, ensuring effective team working and a culture of continuous performance improvements

Leading in designing and guiding the overall strategic spatial policy direction for land use, development promotion and regeneration within the Borough and ensuring the timely completion

* Leading on a programme of plan making and related technical, monitoring and consultation documents, allocating resources effectively and efficiently

* Ensuring appropriate consultation and engagement with Tower Hamlets’ diverse communities

* Leading initiatives and forming relationships with other governmental bodies and local authorities

* Leading the co-ordination, preparation and presentation of consistent, clear and effective input and responses related to changes to the planning system including the effective implementation of these changes, ensuring the best approach for Tower Hamlets

The successful candidate will also assist the Service Head and Deputy Service Head in the management of the section (Strategic Planning) and in their absence or as delegated, take on additional responsibilities within the post-holder’s area of expertise.

You will also represent the Council at meetings, including Examinations in Public, Court Hearings and Public Inquiries, as the Council’s expert witness, and to prepare and present detailed advice and reports ensuring that the advice given is in accordance with the best professional standard.

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


This post will require eligibility for chartered membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Additional Employee Information

The Council is looking to fill this position on a permanent basis with the successful candidate needing to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of all matters relating to planning in an inner city context, experience in preparing plans and strategies to manage growth, as well as detailed knowledge of management techniques and their appropriate use. You will need to possess excellent people-management skills, including the ability to deal collaboratively with colleagues across the organisation.

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 from 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.

Application Details

This post is open to the following types of applicants: Redeployees/ Internal/ External/ Agency

If this role is available to Internal employees only, this will include agency workers but does not include independent contractors or Skills Match trainees

All applications should be made via our online application system, no CV’s or alternative forms of applications are accepted. Internal employees should apply via the council's Intranet. External applicants apply via the Council's website 


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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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