Principal Growth & Infrastructure Planner

Tower Hamlets
Tower Hamlets, London (Greater)
Grade L £48,252 - £51,162
02 Sep 2020
25 Sep 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Level
Planner, Principal

Benefits & Allowances

  • Annual Leave – Starting at 30 days, a 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 the option to work from home (when appropriate);
  • Learning & development – the Council promotes continuous development of staff members at all times and supports a wide range of internal and external training programmes including project management, leadership development and technical training.
  • 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 travel 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.

SO - are you up to the challenge?!

If you are keen to learn and are ready for something new and exciting, then this new area of planning – Infrastructure Planning – could be just the place for you.

As the RTPI Local Authority Planning Team of the Year 2020, our Infrastructure Planning (IP) Service is an industry leader at the cutting edge of infrastructure planning centred at the heart of great place making, spatial planning and delivery. We provide a core planning function to the Council coordinating the strategic planning, funding, development and delivery of infrastructure with expertise in infrastructure planning, CIL, S106, project and programme management. This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced planner to further develop their career in one of the most exciting areas of London.

As part of the Growth & Infrastructure Team, you will lead on a varied work programme primarily focussed on facilitating the delivery of high quality infrastructure initiatives, strategies and analysis for the Isle of Dogs & South Poplar OA including the expansion of Canary Wharf. This involves building relationships and working with the GLA’s Infrastructure Coordination Service, TfL, infrastructure providers, key land owners/developers, and relevant Services Areas within the Council. You will also gain exposure to other key areas of infrastructure planning, including how the Council plans for, funds and programmes infrastructure delivery.

About You

As an experienced planner, you will have:

· eligibility to apply for RTPI membership

· a passion for placemaking

· a willingness to learn and to try new things

· an analytical mind with the technical skills to distil, communicate and extract key messages from data to present to others.

You will also exhibit the ‘TOWER’ values and behaviours of the Council including working Together, being Open, Willing, striving for Excellence and having Respect.

If you think this could be you then APPLY NOW! 


This post is open to candidates with the appropriate knowledge, skills and experience to fulfil the job description and person specification attached to the role.

About the London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets is one of the most diverse, fastest growing boroughs in London with an expected population increase of 80,000 people and 110,000 new jobs over the next two decades - that’s a 25% population increase and a doubling of jobs in 20 years!

We are home to one of the most ambitious Opportunity Areas (OA) for growth in London (Isle of Dogs & South Poplar, including Canary Wharf) with substantial growth also planned for the Poplar Riverside and City Fringe areas. This requires a planned and coordinated approach for delivering housing, infrastructure and placemaking which will be essential to making this growth a success. 

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