Would you like to be a part of The London Borough of Hounslow, whose diverse workforce are committed to making a positive difference for our residents and visitors by ensuring the quality of our services are maintained to a high standard?
Hounslow Council is an outstanding council serving an outstanding borough. With brilliant, visionary leadership, a dynamic Cabinet and a can-do culture, we’ve built strong partnerships across the borough which have transformed how we serve one of London’s most diverse boroughs. Hounslow is the world in one place, full of potential, but a borough hit hard-socially and economically -by Covid-19. We have stepped up for our residents and businesses like never before.
Hounslow are looking for Career Grade Planners to join their award-winning Development Management Team. The team are currently working on a wealth of planning applications critical to the social and economic wellbeing of the borough. We have high housing targets to achieve, new schools to place children in and need to create opportunities for employers who want to be in our well located borough. This must be balanced against acting on the boroughs Climate Emergency and with Green Belt, listed buildings, conservation areas and River Thames frontage that need protecting. All this needs to be delivered while playing a crucial supporting role in delivering the boroughs partnerships and values
About The Roles:
A Senior Planner will help with the delivery of major sites; leading on complex and major planning applications, liaising with developers, applicants and senior officers, conducting negotiations and presenting applications to Planning Committee. The appointment will be commensurate with experience.
We would also consider a planner at the beginning of their career and offer a fantastic opportunity to gain practical experience and to develop a strong foundation for a career within the Built Environment, determining a large number of householder and minor applications, as well as contributing to the overall work of the teams.
The posts require candidates who have a vision for developing the built environment to achieve the council’s aspirations, who have the confidence and capability to engage with developers, carry a caseload of major applications, and the ability and experience to work with less supervision in delivering the service.
- To carry a caseload of planning applications at varying levels of complexity, to process them within a predetermined timeframe and to assist in the presentation of schemes to a planning committee or defend at appeal.
- To maintain an up to date technical knowledge of planning related legislation, principles and practice including knowledge of climate science and planning law.
- To give clear, concise and empathetic advice to Councillors, residents and developers on matters of planning and Council processes
- To identify and assist in service improvements and at a senior level to assist with mentoring junior staff.
- Able to carry a caseload of planning applications and appeals and determine these within set deadlines and in accordance with quality indicators. Able to work flexibly in a changing environment responding quickly to conflicting workloads and changing priorities. Able to identify the need for guidance from more senior staff
- Able to communicate in a sensitive and effective manner both orally and in writing and able to deal effectively with Members, the public, officers in other departments and outside organisations
- Able to demonstrate effective negotiation skills both inside and outside the authority, eg experience of negotiating major planning gain, complex enforcement matters
- Ability to interpret legislation, and to impart knowledge to a team. Able to assess existing work practices and make recommendations for improvements
We value diversity in its broadest sense. We're committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone is able to be themselves, give of their best and reach their full potential. We believe that a diverse workforce helps us to better understand our communities and deliver the best services for our residents. We want to receive applications from all regardless of age, gender identity, disability, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief, race or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status or social economic background. We want to harness the mix and ensure that everybody can apply and be part of our recruitment processes. We will therefore make reasonable adjustments to accommodate our candidates.
For an informal discussion about these posts please contact Matthew Rees on 020 8583 6623.
Interviews will be held in the week commencing 27 June 2022 and they will take place virtually via Microsoft Teams.