Infrastructure & Development Viability Officer
About the London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Tower Hamlets is one of the most diverse boroughs within London delivering significant economic growth alongside a rapidly expanding population, in locations such as Canary Wharf, Poplar Riverside and the City Fringe. Alongside this, the borough benefits from the amazingly rich history of East London and an abundance of heritage assets such as the Tower of London, Island Gardens and Victoria Park.
Tower Hamlets will see the most significant increase in population and jobs in the country over the next two decades. In a borough that is growing and changing so quickly, a planned and coordinated approach to delivering the right type of housing, infrastructure and placemaking is vital. To this end, the Council has an ambitious affordable housing programme and are planning for more health facilities, increasing primary and secondary school places and improving green spaces, transport connections, community facilities and other elements of the borough’s infrastructure.
The Council is committed to maximising the benefits that come with new development, such as affordable housing and infrastructure enhancements. The economic viability of development has become an important consideration as part of the planning system, both in terms of plan-making and when determining planning applications. To ensure Tower Hamlets is best placed to address matters relating to development viability, the Council has implemented a dedicated team to provide viability advice to the Planning and Building Control Service.
This is an ideal opportunity for an enthusiastic individual wishing to further their career within the Planning/Surveying profession. By joining the existing Development Viability Team, your input will help shape the future of Tower Hamlets and will play a vital role in maximising the delivery of affordable housing in the Borough. Working in one of London’s most diverse Planning Department, you will engage in a variety of important, interesting development projects and programmes with your Colleagues, Managers and external viability expertise.
We are passionate about what we do. We are committed to creating great places that make our communities proud to live in and that can be enjoyed, now and long into the future. To help us achieve this we are ideally looking for someone who will be able to demonstrate practical knowledge of Development Viability in a plan making or surveying environment who is keen to further develop their skillset within a supported team, diligently applying themselves whilst being thorough and critical, maintaining a professional & positive working ethos.
This post is open to candidates with appropriate knowledge, skills and experience to fulfil the job description and person specification attached to the role.
Benefits and Allowances
Annual Leave – generous leave allowance with continuous service provisions, granting additional leave to be achieved;
Pensions - You will automatically become a member of the Council's rewarding pension scheme;
Flexible working - the council seeks to ensure that employees achieve improved work life balance and offer flexibility to staff members such as flexi-time as well as the option to work from home (when appropriate);
Learning & development – the Council promotes continuous development of staff members at all times and support a wide range of internal and external training including project management, leadership development framework & technical training (including Argus Developer).
You will receive support and guidance from qualified members of staff (RICS Registered Valuers) if you are commencing/progressing on to certain routes within the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to gain Associate/Chartered status;
You will receive support and guidance from qualified members of staff (RTPI Accredited Planners) if you are commencing/progressing on to certain routes within the RTPI Licentiate Assessment of Professional Competence (L-APC) to gain Associate/Chartered status.
Staff loan scheme for annual season ticket - The council gives interest-free season ticket loans to staff who have successfully completed their probationary period;
Travel schemes/allowances – this includes: cycle to work scheme, pool bike scheme and expenses covered with all travel related to working task;
Employee Assistance Programme - the council offers an employee assistance programme that provides confidential counselling support services for both personal and work-related issues to staff.
To discuss the role further, please contact Joshim Uddin - [email protected] (0207 364 1666).
This post is open to the following types of applicants: Redeployees/ Internal/ External/ Agency
If this role is available to Internal employees only, this will include agency workers but does not include independent contractors or Skills Match trainees
All applications should be made via our online application system, no CV’s or alternative forms of applications are accepted.
Internal employees should apply via the council's Intranet. External applicants apply via the Council's website by clicking on the 'Apply Button' www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/careers