Planning Officer

Croydon (City/Town), London (Greater)
Grade 6 to Grade 9 £25,746 - £34,113
05 Oct 2018
28 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Level
Officer, Planner

Croydon hasn’t seen expansion like we are currently experiencing since the 1960s. We’re already well underway with some £5bn of investment that will be completed over the next few years. New offices, new retail, and new homes will provide well-paid jobs and high-quality accommodation for our rapidly growing population.     

Croydon is a naturally ambitious council – so we’re looking for inspirational leaders who share our passion for supporting business growth and responding to local needs.

Strong partnerships are the foundation for the future. That’s why we’re constantly looking forward. We need to find creative new ways of working together with other agencies and the private sector to deal with the financial challenges ahead.

Because with growth comes increased demand – but also huge opportunity.

Chances like this only come along once in a generation, and our task, and maybe yours, is to shape a positive future for Croydon’s residents and businesses alike.

With the redevelopment of the Whiftgift Centre in Central Croydon, the Council has a clear vision to deliver significant growth and town centre renewal and to realise opportunities to intensify the suburbs as a method to deliver more housing. This significant development interest provides many exciting opportunities and challenges for motivated and enthusiastic town planners.

About the Role

Deputy Team Leader – Grade 14 (£42,734 - £44,691) Plus 15% Recruitment and Retention package and 6% Key worker bonus

Senior Planning Officers Grade 9 – 11 (£32,637 - £38,994) Plus 10% Recruitment and Retention Package

Planning Officers Grade 6-8 (£25,746 - £32,637) Plus 10% Recruitment and Retention Package

On the back of the Council being recently shortlisted as the RTPI Local Planning Authority of the Year and the 20% planning fee increases, we are increasing our permanent staff compliment to allow us to further enhance service delivery for our customers and to focus specifically on the realisation of sustainable growth, firmly embedded in high standards of design and the maximisation of social, economic and environmental benefits.  

We have an up to date development plan (adopted February 2018) and are focussed on scheme delivery, using a wide range of development management and negotiation techniques to ensure that development is truly sustainable and contributes positively to the growth agenda – with all sharing the opportunities of that growth.

You will work in a vibrant and busy Development Management Service and will have the opportunity to deal with a wide variety of planning applications, appeals and pre application enquiries. A successful candidate will have to be enthusiastic, motivated and demonstrate an understanding of planning policy and development management legislation, have good written and verbal communication skills and to be able to work to strict deadlines.

We would welcome applications from across our career grade from newly qualified planners to, those looking to expand on their experience. Due to a high number of major applications received across the Borough we are also keen to recruit staff with experience in dealing with major schemes.

In terms of the Deputy Team Leader opportunity, we are seeking a candidate who has the competencies to manage a strategic caseload whilst leading a team of up to 5 planning officers.

These are very exciting times for Croydon and if you are interested in joining us we would be pleased to hear from you. We also promote professional membership of the RTPI and cover the associated costs.   

For an informal discussion please call Nicola Townsend (North Team Leader) on 020 8726 6000 Ext. 62982, Ross Gentry (Strategic Applications Team Leader) on Ext. 64307 or Richard Freeman (South Team Leader) on 62258.

Equal Opportunities

Croydon Council is an inclusive employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We will be pleased to consider applications from candidates seeking flexible working arrangements.

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the advertised role.

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