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Principal Planning and Development Officers – Major Applications Team

Islington Council
Islington, London (Greater)
£45,594 - £48,576
Closing date
21 Aug 2021

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Principal Planning and Development Officers – Major Applications Team

Community Wealth Building, Planning & Development.

Grade: PO5

Permanent and Fixed Term positions

Salary Range: £45,594 - £48,576

The London Borough of Islington is one of the most vibrant, exciting and dynamic parts of London to live and work in and to visit, due to its unique heritage and urban character and its diverse arts, cultural and hospitality offer.

Islington is a busy inner London borough, and is one of the most densely populated local authorities in England, as such it contains some of the country’s most deprived neighbourhoods in close proximity to areas of very considerable wealth. This brings challenges however the Council has a clear vision to make Islington fairer and create a place where everyone, whatever their background, has the same opportunity to reach their potential and enjoy a good quality of life.

Islington has a rich and unique built environment. Historic buildings and spaces and well-designed new development contribute to local character and distinctiveness, the economy and community pride. The borough has 41 designated conservation areas (covering around 50% of the boroughs area), around 4,500 statutorily listed buildings and a high number of locally listed buildings.

The service has an expectation for careful consideration and attention to detail. The cheek-by-jowl development patterns of much of the borough make having a solid understanding of amenity issues very important.

Ambitious and progressive planning policies have been adopted and are being further developed (emerging Local Plan) that build on long established aims to maximise affordable housing delivery, secure sustainable and zero carbon development and deliver the highest quality built environment, whilst respecting, celebrating and protecting the borough’s unique character and heritage.

We are looking for passionate, experienced and enthusiastic planning, policy, conservation and business support professionals to join our fast paced, enthusiastic, varied and inherently interesting Planning Service to support the delivery of Islington Council’s key objectives.

The Planning and Development Department are dynamic and forward-thinking with a can-do approach. As a service we seek continual improvement to the service we provide, the quality of developments and the consistency of decisions.

If you have initiative, a positive attitude and problem-solving skills then we want to hear from you.

We are looking to strengthen our service delivery by recruiting permanent and fixed term Principal Planning and Development Officers to join the Major Applications Team. The team are friendly, hardworking, approach tasks with professionalism, with a focus on negotiating quality outcomes. The team has a good working relationship established with elected Members and key service partners within the council.

The role involves dealing with a range of major applications of a strategic and smaller scale, with a focus on managing PPA (Planning Performance Agreement) schemes through pre-application and application stages. Funding through PPAs is critical to the service and therefore delivery against agreed PPA milestones is critical to success in the role.

The role requires that written work of the highest quality be produced to ensure robust and accurate advice is given to all customers, particularly elected Members. The role involves presentation of schemes and officer recommendations to Planning Committees, advice and position/briefing papers to Members Pre-application Forum and active participation in the Design Review Panel process. Securing the trust of Members will be key in delivering strategic proprieties (Affordable Housing, Affordable Workspaces, Net Zero Carbon developments) for the Council.

To apply you must be a qualified town planner with a degree from a recognised course with eligibility for RTPI membership. You will also have the skills, knowledge and proven track record of:

  • In all application and appeal types, applying all relevant planning policies, appropriately applying emerging policies and material planning considerations and explaining complex matters verbally and in writing in a clear and concise manner
  • Look for and find creative solutions, pay attention to detail and take responsibility for delivering high quality work
  • Work well under pressure, manage competing priorities and meet tight deadlines
  • Work creatively and constructively with applicants and local communities, stakeholders, councillors, contractors and other partners.

If this is you then we want to hear from you.

The job specification provides useful details and information relating to the roles within the Major Applications Team. For an informal discussion about these roles, please contact Simon Greenwood, Major Applications Team Manager on 0207 527 5262 or Sarah Wilson, Head of Service on 0207 527 2364.

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