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Principal Planning Officer

Employer
The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
Location
Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Salary
£44,370 - £50,964 per annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2021

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Sector
Regeneration and Local Economies, Planning
Job role
Officer
Contract Type
Full time
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About Us:

Take your planning and leadership experience further by making one of London’s most vibrant and densely populated boroughs an even better place to live, work and visit. 

Kensington and Chelsea is a unique place, home to places of great cultural importance and diverse communities. We have unmatched built heritage sitting alongside iconic retail centres, a vibrant specialist employment market, an international medical quarter and world class cultural attractions. We also have many challenges facing us. We’re not only home to the wealthy but also to some of the most deprived wards in London. So, we’re committed to delivering growth in the Borough, with homes for all, and have started our own ambitious house building programme. We’re developing new ways of engaging with all our residents and providing high-quality accessible infrastructure for now and future generations. 

We’re looking for experienced and confident planners to help us make this happen. 

As a high-performing planning department we deal with a wide range of applications, making us one of the busiest planning authorities in the country. We’re a dynamic forward-thinking team with a can-do approach and are always striving to improve our service. We’re also proud of our learning and development commitment and take pride in growing our own to create a strong and resilient spatial planning team. 

Putting communities first and working together with respect and integrity are our values, and we want people who share these to come and work with us.

The Role:

Sitting within the Strategic Developments team, you will be part of a team primarily responsible for the two Opportunity Areas in the borough, our site allocations, mayor referrable applications and the Council’s own house building programme. You will also play a role in assisting with all major applications and mentoring other officers dealing with complex schemes. You will deputise for the Development Management Team Leader and supervise planning officers. You will deal with a range of applications, including Planning Performance Agreements and prepare appeal statements and appear at public inquiries and hearings, as well as attending committees and advising other Council departments on planning matters. You’ll also have an opportunity to lead service improvement projects.

Please refer to the Job Description for more information.

About You:

With a Planning degree or equivalent, you’ll also need to be eligible for licentiate membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute (or equivalent), and evidence of relevant continuous professional development. 

You’ll bring considerable planning experience, some of which should have been gained in a development management environment dealing with large and complex proposals. With this, you should have an excellent working knowledge of current planning legislation and practice. And, with the ability to construct concise reports that present clear and persuasive arguments, you should be able to give both formal and informal presentations. You will be able to deal with a wide range of people including very engaged and informed residents, Councillors, and fellow professionals.

Ideally, you’ll also have a working knowledge of London planning issues and historic buildings and conservation areas, with some experience of arranging small scale contracts for consultancy advice. 

In return, you can look forward to a package that includes a competitive salary, a high-quality pension scheme and generous annual leave plus bank holidays.

Please apply online explaining how you meet the requirements set out in the person specification and job description. CV’s alone will not be considered for this role. 

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive a high volume of suitable applicants.

Additional information

We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.

We engage our staff with a variety of learning types including face-to-face and virtual learning because we want to ensure our staff understand our values and behaviours, grow their skills and develop their careers.

This post is covered by the Fluency Duty, as outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers.

We do not accept speculative CVs from any source.

Please note, we will primarily contact candidates by e-mail throughout the recruitment process, please monitor your email junk / spam folder as our system generated emails may be allocated to these folders by your email settings.

If you experience difficulties with the recruitment application process, please contact the recruitment team by email: recruitment@rbkc.gov.uk

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