Principal Planning Officer
We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic Principal Planning Officer within our Development Management Team, based in Richmond. The main duties include dealing with complex applications, pre-application submissions, appeals as required, providing senior-level support, signing off reports and assisting the Team Manager in leading an area team.
With excellent communication skills, you’ll assume responsibility for effective negotiation and resolution, to ensure outcomes that reflect the Council’s wider positive objectives and policies of promoting high quality and innovative development, while conserving the historic character of the Borough.
Who are we
Richmond is arguably London’s most attractive borough with the River Thames running for over 10 miles through the borough, linking Hampton Court Palace, Richmond and Twickenham Town Centres and Kew Gardens with London. Richmond boasts Royal Parks and open spaces, historic houses, vibrant town centres bursting with life, as well as being the home of English rugby. With major developments on the horizon, there are exciting opportunities to broaden your experience in such a unique environment.
The London Boroughs of Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth also present a unique opportunity to be part of a sociable and supportive team who are working together to create an effective shared staffing arrangement across both boroughs.
Who are you
If you are a highly motivated individual with a creative approach to problem-solving alongside a “can-do” attitude to improvements in service delivery this could be the role for you!
The ideal person for the role will hold an RTPI accredited planning qualification and be able to demonstrate significant knowledge and experience of Development Management. You will have excellent time management and communication skills and be a team player, who can motivate people within a busy and high performing team. While we will provide you with opportunities to undertake relevant training to help you develop in your role and further progress your career.
For further information or an informal discussion about the post please call Robert Angus, Head of Development Management (Richmond) – 020 8891 7271
In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance. These include, flexible and home working (dependent on service need), part-time working and a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays.
In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops, and other establishments. A wide range of developmental opportunities is also offered.
Richmond and Wandsworth are currently reviewing our pay, reward and benefits framework, in partnership with Trade Union colleagues. We are developing different options that make sure we have a fair and transparent system in place.
Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.
Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.