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Principal Planners - One role in Policy and One role in Development Management

London Borough of Newham
Newham, London (Greater)
£51,093 to £57,201 for the Policy role and £46,041 - £57,201 for the Development Management role
Closing date
17 Jun 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time
Local Authority


Newham will offer you a unique working environment within one of the fastest growing, youngest and most diverse boroughs in the country. We are home to international districts like the Royal Docks (the new location for the Mayor of London’s City Hall) and Stratford (where the London Legacy Development Corporation’s planning powers will shortly be returning to the borough). These areas amongst other parts of the borough are experiencing significant and exciting development. 

Newham Council is ambitious and has adopted a range of corporate priorities which at the core focus on the well-being of our residents. This includes the Building a Fairer Newham Corporate Plan including focus on community wealth building initiatives, tackling the housing crisis, inequality and racial disproportionality and achieving tangible outcomes in tackling the borough’s declared Climate Emergency through our new Just Transition Plan. 

Alongside these corporate priorities, the Planning Service is integral to the delivery and growth of c.2800 new homes targeted per year, 31 Strategic Sites, an Enterprise Zone, Opportunity Area Planning Framework, large scale and distinctive employment-generating schemes, and major infrastructure projects underway. Alongside delivering the current Local Plan, the policy team is in the midst of producing a new Local Plan – starting the process of shaping the borough for the next 15 years. The production of the new Local Plan is a corporate priority for the administration, who are focussed on using planning policy innovatively to deliver for Newham residents.

Newham offers many career-defining opportunities to work at pace, at scale, and on innovative responses to complex issues. We are evolving in how we deliver services to our residents and businesses, and we benefit from a hybrid approach to working (i.e. a mix of office based and home working). Newham has a flexible working policy and we are open to considering proposals as to the exact pattern of work, such that hours can be arranged around you and your family's needs, as well as our business needs.

We also have various benefits such as the Local Authority pension scheme, staff discounts, employee assistance and wellbeing programme, access to online learning and development resources, and a cycle to work scheme. 


As development and investment in the London moves steadily eastwards, Newham’s important strategic role continues to grow. The role is based in the Planning Policy Team, working alongside Development Management and the Investment Teams to shape development in the borough to ensure it meets our needs and aspirations.

This role will be joining the Policy team at an instrumental moment in the development of the Plan. We are about to start our regulation 19 consultation and are preparing for submission and examination in public. This role will be crucial in helping to ensure an innovative and ambitious plan succeeds at examination. 

As well as developing a new Plan, the Policy Team is also involved in the pre-application process for major and other complex sites and work closely with Regeneration colleagues, the GLA and other partners to realise our vision through master planning and other delivery-focused projects. The team also has close links with services across the Council, working on joint strategies and supporting delivery to ensure the Local Plan sits at the heart of the Council’s work. 

The post requires an appreciation and critical understanding of planning legislation and national and regional policy; a robust understanding of the importance of stakeholder and public engagement; and the ability to manage a complex and varied array of tasks and responsibilities to drive forward key projects individually and as part of a team. The role will also have line management responsibilities, providing an opportunity to support and develop more junior planners in the team. 

Please note, this role is a career graded post, however we are only seeking to recruit those who can meet the PO6 and above criteria. You will therefore be required to have had line management experience and experience of examination in public. The salary will therefore be from £51,093 to £57,201.


The successful candidate(s) will lead in contributing to the delivery of an efficient and effective Development Management service for the borough, including engagement with developers and other key stakeholders in enabling the delivery of quality developments within a robust planning policy framework.

Your role as Principal Planner will require you to lead on day to day management of a sub team of planners supporting and guiding them in progressing their own application caseloads and undertaking delegated signoff of applications. You will also contribute to and take a lead on service improvement and/or other project work as well as having a small caseload of more complex applications, pre-applications and related appeals to progress. 

The posts are career graded with appointment to a particular grade, and progression between grades dependant on experience and performance. 

If you want to help shape this part of east London and leave a lasting legacy for its residents, come and join the team!


We are looking for individuals with in-depth planning knowledge and extensive experience in the role you are applying for. You should be self motivated, enthusiastic, able to work as part of a team and have the ability to work at pace and under pressure in a positive and solutions led manner whilst supporting others in their own work.

You will be confident in tackling new challenges and flexible in your approach to your work to adapt and meet the needs of the service. You should be able to lead, innovate and organise, and inspire and nurture the talent and interest of other team members.

You will be politically astute with an appreciation of London and national politics and implications for planning and infrastructure delivery. You will be able to communicate complex and technical information accessibly to a range of audiences and build successful professional relationships both within the Council and with external stakeholders.

Please ensure you refer to the person specification section of the Job Descriptions for full understanding of the expectations for the roles and the below information in respect of what is required as part of your application. 


If you wish to informally discuss the role in the Policy team, please contact Ellie Kuper Thomas via email or call 020 3373 0828.

If you wish to informally discuss the role in the Development Management team, please contact Hannah Richardson via email or call 02033730456.

Please submit your application via the online portal, including providing details of your education, qualifications and work history. 

All applications must be accompanied by a supporting statement which outlines how you meet the requirements of the person specification within the job description. Your application needs to demonstrate clearly and concisely how you meet each of the criteria. Please give specific examples wherever possible. If you do not address these criteria fully, or if we do not consider that you meet them, you will not be shortlisted.

Applications that are not accompanied by the required supporting statement will not be accepted.  CVs without a detailed supporting statement will not suffice.

Closing date: 17th June 2024

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