Principal Planning Officer
Your new organisation
The London Borough of Ealing is currently engaged in over £5bn of large developments and regeneration schemes including significant transport development that would greatly enhance travel across different parts of London. Ealing is one of ten “Metropolitan Town Centres” and currently processes over 6000 applications including growth being generated by not one but five Cross Rail stations due to be going live in the next few years. The Borough is heavily involved in a variety of planning applications including large residential developments currently on-going as part of its regeneration programme and multiple employment developments which are set to provide numerous career progression opportunities.
Your new role
Ealing currently has a wide range of significant regeneration schemes in the pipeline, at both pre-application and application stages. These range for 2000+ residential led, mixed use schemes in Southall, strategic office, residential and leisure schemes in Ealing Town Centre, residential scheme of significant height in North Acton and a variety of ‘smaller schemes’ (many above 100 residential units) across the Borough. As a Principal Officer you will be involved in the case management of some of these planning applications and be a key person in discussion and negotiating improvement’s to schemes with the applicants, and a wide range of internal and external partners. You will also assist the team in the processing of applications across the spectrum, (basic to strategic) covering a variety of complex planning issues, including consideration of heritage, urban design, sustainability and other related matters. At the same time your skills will enable you to balance conflicting interests, particularly in relation to very involved communities and interest and place. Your work with development partners and their consultant teams will be essential so you will have an understanding of the entire development process. The role will include the full range of development management skills in providing pre-application advice and appraising relevant applications associated with different aspects of the development and will involve you assuming some responsibility for making delegated decisions on applications.
What you'll need to succeed
You will ideally be degree qualified in town planning or a RTPI equivalent subject and with a proven track record of dealing with a range of development management or Strategic Planning applications. Your knowledge and understanding of the statutory processes involved will be crucial to the development succeeding. You should also have a track record in a supervisory/team leadership role, ideally within Local Government, although other experience may be considered. You will have previously performed an expert witness role for a previous employer or demonstrate transferable skills in this respect. You will have excellent knowledge and understanding of planning policy and practice and good IT skills with excellent verbal and written communication.
What you'll get in return
You will earn a competitive salary, with a £3,000 market supplement (subject to yearly review) and with additional benefits that include a generous holiday allowance and access to the Local Government Pension Scheme. In addition, you may access to voluntary benefit options including holiday buy, child care vouchers, share save scheme and life assurance. In line with the London Borough of Ealing’s policy for flexible working you will be encouraged to complete work from home as appropriate to improve the work life balance for Council Employees. You will also be working as part of a team that promotes from within and will push for employees to be involved with a wide variety of applications to gain experience in many areas.
The Borough has a strong retail, restaurant and cultural offer all within walking distance of the Council offices, which have excellent accessibility by rail, tube and road with central London and the western fringe.
What you need to do now
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