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Planning Officer

London Borough of Hillingdon
Civic Centre, High Street Uxbridge, Middlesex, London, UB8 1UW
£39,951 - £44,019 per year
Closing date
29 Mar 2024

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Planning Officer

Job number: CRS00293

Location: Civic Centre, High Street Uxbridge, Middlesex, London, UB8 1UW

Salary range: £39,951 - £44,019 optional retention allowance of approximately 5% (subject to terms and conditions)

Closing date: 29 March 2024.

About us

At Hillingdon we’re proud of our commitment of ‘Putting our residents first’, ensuring they’re at the heart of everything we do! We want to attract talented individuals like yourself who share our aspirations for the borough and can support us to deliver exceptional services for Hillingdon.

With an ambitious strategy we pride ourselves on delivering services that improve the lives of all our residents, businesses, and partners. Embarking on a journey of continuous improvement, we’ve set an agenda to ensure the provision of; safer communities, a thriving local economy, a greener more sustainable environment, whilst increasing our digital capabilities.

Working at London’s second largest borough can be tough, particularly with government reforms, budget restrictions, and political attention – but it’s enough to keep us busy and ensures no two days are the same!

What does a Planning Officer do at Hillingdon?

This fantastic opportunity to join a high performing and friendly Development Management team as a Planning Officer, has arisen due to internal promotion within the team.

As a Planning Officer at Hillingdon, you will be responsible for managing your own caseload of planning and related applications, making a vital contribution to a Planning Service which processes over 4000 planning submissions every year. You will be dealing with a varied mix of applications, which will include householder applications, certificates of lawfulness, listed building consent applications, prior approvals through to complex minor applications.

In addition to the above, post holders will be required to process and case manage complex residential and commercial pre-application enquiries, prepare professional appeal statements and act as the Council’s lead witness in informal hearings where required.

For further information, or an informal discussion about the role, please contact Katie Crosbie - Area Planning Service Manager - North (

Retention Allowance

This role benefits from an optional retention allowance of approximately 5% (in addition to the advertised salary), subject to terms and conditions.

About you

Candidates should have a Diploma or Degree in a Town & Country Planning RTPI accredited course at graduate or post graduate level and be a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) or working towards membership of the RTPI.

Candidates will be expected to have prior experience working as a planner/planning assistant, ideally within a Local Government setting, and they must have a sound knowledge of current planning related legislation.

As an essential part of a high performing Development Management team, your focus will be on results. You will need excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to write reports clearly and concisely for a variety of audiences.

Candidates must have proven customer service skills, in addition to excellent ICT skills and the ability to learn and use service specific software.

A full driving licence is also an essential requirement for this role.

Please note that whilst this is a career graded post, due to the current needs of the Service, we are only looking to recruit candidates that already meet the requirements for Planning Officer grade (POA).

We strive to ensure that our recruitment process is free from discrimination and bias, and we are dedicated to providing reasonable adjustments to applicants with disabilities. We recognise the value of a diverse workforce and encourage applications from candidates from underrepresented groups.

Join us in building a workplace where diversity is not only embraced but also celebrated, and where every individual has the opportunity to thrive and contribute meaningfully to our organisation's success.

Additional Information

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Applicants should be aware that the post will only be offered to successful candidates subject to an Enhanced DBS check as well as other employment clearances.

Due to an expected high volume of applications, we could close this role early, we therefore recommend you apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


Hillingdon’s Planning and Community Services Group is on the road to excellence. Involved in six Government sponsored pilot schemes; our Local Development Framework is one of the most advanced in Britain and our ‘e’ planning initiatives, amongst the best in the UK. Join us and together we’ll develop a better Hillingdon for years to come.

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