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Team Manager – Planning Enforcement and Appeals

Haringey Council
Haringey, London (Greater)
PO8 £55,980 – £59,262
Closing date
15 Aug 2022
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About Haringey


Haringey Council is one of 32 in London. Haringey is an extremely diverse borough and the Council has set clear ambitious objectives through its borough plan to make Haringey a better place to live, encourage investment and create opportunities that all can share. Haringey’s vision for the future is one of sustainable growth, in housing and jobs and on helping our residents and businesses take advantage of that growth.


We have got huge ambitions for Haringey. As the shape of local government continues to change, we are determined to rise to the challenge and find new ways to ensure that our residents enjoy the best opportunities in life. Working at Haringey gives you the opportunity to play a part in meeting those ambitions on behalf of everyone who calls the borough their home.


About the role


Leadership of a Development Management team providing a range of professional development management, planning and enforcement and appeals or major projects-based services for a designated area (or programme) within the Borough of Haringey.  


The post holder will be responsible for overseeing the delivery of all related services, including pre-application, validation/registration, determination, and the determination of planning applications and appeals and the enforcement of planning and related regulations.  


The post holder will be expected to make delegated planning decisions in line with the Council constitution and standing orders and act as lead officer in a series of complex development proposals or programmes.  


In line with the service’s commitment to excellence in service delivery, customer fulfilment and performance management, the post holder is expected to play a key role in the conception, development, implementation, and management of the service’s performance. This will include responsibility for reporting and presentation of the service performance at public meetings and with officers and members.  


Responsibility for the recruitment, development, and progression of staff within the area team, including all appraisals and management support to a team of planning professionals, in line with the Council workforce strategy and emergent proposals for the Haringey Academy.


Duties and Responsibilities

Manage and take day to day responsibility for the outcomes and performance of a team of professional and technical officers in the effective and efficient processing of a range of planning applications, enforcement complaints and appeals and take responsibility for the review and determination (in line with the scheme of delegation) of applications in accordance with the Council’s constitution and in accordance with agreed performance and outcome targets – from initial referral through to final decision and appeal, including the production of reports and appeal statements.

Maintain records, monitor, review, and report upon progress in line with the agreed Performance Indicators (PIs) of the Housing, Regeneration and Planning Directorate.

Take responsibility for the effective and active management and reporting of a number of complex planning projects and the team’s caseload of applications, appeals and enforcement complaints involving multiple stakeholders, and funding streams effectively dealing with competing priorities.

Take responsibility for the preparation and supervision of the production of Planning and related committee agendas including the preparation and publication of high quality reports  and briefings, communicating complex issues on planning and related performance matters clearly and succinctly.

Ensure the effective investigation of complaints and allegations of unauthorised developments, including visits to and interviews with members of the public and take decisions and make recommendations as appropriate in accordance with the Council delegations and constitution. 

Develop and lead on community engagement to support the outcomes of the team’s activities, including designing, leading, and taking responsibility for community and member engagement activities during and outside of office hours. 

Support the effective development, promotion, and implementation of the Haringey Design Charter, and associated initiatives that support the promotion of high-quality design across the Borough. 

Present at Committee meetings and other high level public meetings and Act as the Council expert witness in support of planning arguments to support all planning and related appeals, prosecutions and proceedings in the Court in respect of  planning  and  related  provisions (Including action to support CPO).  

Develop and lead the implementation and delivery of Council transformation programmes, alongside the corporate plan commitment to ensuring efficient, cost-effective service delivery and continuous improvement.

Take responsibility for the effective operation and delivery of the workforce strategy within the team, including ensuring that staff appraisals and career planning are undertaken regularly, in line with the strategy.

Knowledge and Experience

The enforcement team manager must have substantial enforcement experience.

Ability to lead and line manage individuals or teams of people in delivering complex projects.

Awareness of current issues and a working knowledge of legislation relevant to the team’s work to enable provision of high-quality advice.

Ability to successfully work under pressure and meet deadlines, performance targets and produce a regular consistent output to work.

Evidence of sound understanding of the regulations and processes of the service and able to demonstrate how they are equipped to succeed in the delivery of one or more of the following service areas:

  • Development management Planning policy Urban design Conservation Planning enforcement Developing of funding bids and delivery programmes Transport planning


We offer a local authority pension and a healthy work-life balance, with flexible working hours, work from home days, generous annual leave, and an interest free travel loan. The team is currently working remotely, but plan to return to some office based work in the coming months. We are committed to our employees and offer many opportunities for professional development. This includes training, shadowing and mentoring. You will be part of a wide professional network, across London and the UK.



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