Senior Planner

Senior Planner

  • Location

    South East London, London

  • Sector:

    Development, Design and Planning, Planning

  • Job type:


  • Salary:

    £22.00 - £24.00 per hour

  • Contact:

    James Huntly

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  • Published:

    over 1 year ago

  • Expiry date:


  • Consultant:


Our client, a local authority based in South East London are looking for an experienced Senior Planner to join their Growth, Planning and Employment team. This role is a 6 month contract role covering a secondment.

Job Title: Senior Planner (Policy)
Location: South East London
Pay Rate: £21.29 p/h, 35 hours per week

Main purpose of job:

  • To assist the strategic planning and regeneration process by: assisting with the formulation, monitoring and review of the Council's planning policies, associated research/evidence and carrying out any necessary consultation work; preparing supplementary planning documents and guidance; preparing Article 4 directions; supporting the preparation of neighbourhood plans; providing advice and support on development management and regeneration matters; inputting into development projects; and the preparation of site policies and development briefs.
  • To support the provision of a high quality, customer-focused planning service by providing specialist advice to Development Management in consideration of planning applications, and pre-application advice to potential developers.

Key Unit Accountabilities:

To contribute to all policy review work, including the development, monitoring and review of statutory planning policy, neighbourhood plans, planning policy guidance and other planning policy initiatives.
To conduct all types of planning policy work including formulation of the development plan; preparation of site policies and planning briefs; Article 4 directions, development of planning guidance and Supplementary Planning Documents; provision of advice to Development Management; and attending public meetings.
To ensure appropriate public participation in the development and review of the Council's planning policies, and to analyse the results thereof.
To assist in the formulation and development of systems to monitor and review the effectiveness of the Council's planning policies.
To assist in the promotion of the Council's planning policy objectives on London wide planning matters through liaison with the GLA and Mayor, other boroughs and external bodies and agencies.
To assist with the establishment, and development of the policies required to negotiate and implement effective S106 agreements / planning obligations and infrastructure levy/contributions
To prepare and present quality professional advice, briefing information and reports, to appropriate individuals and bodies at all levels of the council's governance arrangements and to external organisations, public meetings and site visits as required.
To prepare and present statements and evidence for public inquiries, including the examination of the Local Plan.
To take a lead role in providing planning advice and guidance for specific areas/issues as required. To be responsible for providing planning advice and support on policy, regeneration and development issues within that area.
To provide advice, as required, on all aspects of the planning process on the telephone, in writing, by email and face to face with visiting customers.
In conjunction with the Principal Planning Policy Officer and Planning Strategy and Policy Manager, prepare briefs for external consultants and undertake day to day supervision of appointed consultants' work.
To maintain a current knowledge of relevant law, policies, working practices and procedures.
To help ensure effective liaison and co-ordination with other parts of the department, and with other services as required on planning and other related matters.
To contribute to the development of a strategic planning function, which promotes the Council's regeneration framework and provides an integrated approach to policy, regeneration and development issues.
To provide advice and guidance to new starters and trainees in conjunction with the Principal Planning Policy Officer and Planning Strategy and Policy Manager.
To work flexibly in undertaking the duties and responsibilities of this job, and participate as required in multi-disciplinary cross-department and cross-organisational groups and task teams.
To take responsibility, relevant to the post, for ensuring that Council statutes and government legislation is upheld. This includes, amongst others; Management Compliance Charter, Environmental Policy, Data Protection Act, Race Equality Action Plan, Quality Assurance Plan, Health & Safety, Sustainable Construction and Recycling.
To take responsibility, appropriate to the post for tackling racism and promoting good race, ethnic and community relations.
To prepare detailed briefing reports and carry out negotiations with Members and objectors about changes to policies during the formulation of the development plan process.
To prepare expert evidence as part of the examination process of the Local Plan.
To be responsible for specific major project areas.
To provide advice, guidance and supervision to more junior officers and provide mentoring to junior officers.


  • You may be required to work outside of normal hours, including attending evening meetings, and occasional weekend working.
  • Your decision making authority is determined by Council policy and procedures.
  • You may be required to lead staff and consultants commissioned in relation to specific projects, appropriate to the level of the grade.

If you are an experienced planner living in or close to South East London and would like to secure a flexible new role for the next 6 months then please apply now for immediate consideration and further info.

Dove & Hawk is acting as an Employment Business in relation to this vacancy.