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Senior Principal Planning Officer

Royal Borough of Greenwich
Greenwich, London (Greater)
£40.869 - £43.860
Closing date
7 Dec 2021

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Regeneration and Local Economies, Planning, Regeneration
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Full time
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2 Vacancies 

The Royal Borough of Greenwich faces an unprecedented growth agenda in terms of its position in London, the strategic expectations of the Mayor and its pivotal role in City in the East.  It is a significant growth hub where the expectation for delivery is high.  It is an attractive borough, on the international map but not without its challenges.   

Be part of Greenwich's vision to successfully accommodate a high level of sustainable growth, which will have a positive and enhancing impact on the existing environment and community.   We are looking for key members of the team that will be instrumental in transforming the Borough and opportunities available for residents. 

1 x Permanent (part time) 21 Hours a week

The Royal Borough is seeking a dynamic and motivated Development Management Planner with a broad range of experience that is looking to take a step into a role with management responsibility. Greenwich is one of London’s high growth boroughs and this post in the Major Developments Team would suit a DM Planner with the capability to work on a range of applications of varying complexity including strategically important ones.


Prepare and present Committee reports for development proposals including major proposals of strategic importance, complex development issues, area development initiatives, or in areas of policy innovation.

Advise and make recommendations to the Major Applications Manager, Senior Managers and Members of the Council on matters relating to policy, regeneration and development issues associated with planning applications of significant importance.

Prepare statements, proofs of evidence for public inquiries and act as expert witness.

Prepare reports and make recommendations for decisions on planning applications to be determined by the Major Applications Manager, Chief Planning Officer or Director under delegated powers.

Lead negotiations on legal agreements associated with planning applications, in particular strategic applications, to ensure community benefits are secured and the Council’s regeneration objectives are met.


Assist in the management, and direction of the Major Developments Team including the co-ordination of work and setting of priorities.

Deputise for the Major Applications Manager when necessary.

Assist in the recruitment and training of staff, allocation of work, and help agree targets, monitor progress, assess and implement training programmes and generally develop and motivate staff to perform effectively.

Take an active part in the management of Development Planning and undertake projects or functions at the request of the Major Applications Manager and senior managers.

1 x Fixed Term (Housing - full-time ) 2 Years  

The Royal Borough is developing a number of sites within its ownership predominantly for housing, and the planning team is looking for a Senior Principal Planning Officer to manage this process from pre-application discussions through to application submission and decision.

The position is within the Major Applications Team and the role would be supported by a dedicated planning officer whom the Senior Principal Planning Officer would be responsible for supervising to ensure a professional, cost-effective and high quality development management service is delivered.

You will be an experienced Development Management Planner; ideally you will have some experience of managing or mentoring staff.  You must be able to form strong collaborative working relationships with a range of public and private sector stakeholders and have excellent writing skills. Ideally you will have presented to committees and have some experience with reviewing junior officers work.  You will have a relevant professional qualification.

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Alex Smith ;     0208 921 5892  

If you require any assistance in viewing or accessing this opportunity, please contact or call 020-8921-8977  

Diversity Statement: Royal Borough of Greenwich values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this. We therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community.

High Volume Applications: Royal Borough of Greenwich reserves the right to close any vacancy earlier than the advertised closing date should there be a high volume of applications received.

Advert Close: All vacancies close at midnight unless otherwise stated.

How Applications are Scored: Each application is scored according to how well the supporting statement addresses each point on the Person Specification for the role. Candidates will be short-listed for interview on the extent to which they meet the specific points within the Person Specification. The Person Specification is supplied with the job advert. When completing your application, please use the supporting statement section to tell us how you meet each of the points on the Person Specification. We need to have this information in order to consider your application. If you have a disability and are unable to meet some of the job requirements specifically because of your disability, please address this in your application. If you meet all the other criteria, you will be shortlisted and we will explore jointly with you if there are ways in which the job can be changed to enable you to meet the requirements.

Internal Only Advert: This vacancy is being advertised internally only – this means it is only open to applications from existing employees, agency workers, apprentices and GSP/GSS employees.

Interview Arrangements: During this time, our priority for all of our recruitment activity is to make sure our applicants, hiring departments and new starters are informed, safe and supported. Careful and thorough consideration will be given to interview arrangements and for any essential in-person recruitment, we will ensure this is held in a suitable, secure setting with additional arrangements to ensure any current safety requirements are fully adhered to.

Salary: Salaries advertised are for a standard working week of 35 hours unless otherwise stated. Please use this 'Salary Calculator to help you calculate a pro rata salary.

Our Staff Values: Our Staff Values are important to us. Candidates will be continuously assessed against our staff values throughout the recruitment process. Where candidates demonstrate views and behaviours that do not meet the standards of our staff values, we reserve the right to reject their application/ registration.


Why work for the Royal Borough of Greenwich?

The Royal Borough Of Greenwich supports equality and diversity in the workplace. The borough has a clear commitment to the LGBT community, mental health issues, race equality and disability.

Greenwich offers a diverse range of roles, from junior to senior positions, spanning service sectors from children’s services to engineering.

With the main council offices based in the heart of Woolwich, employees also benefit from an excellent transport links, while central London is just 20 minutes away.

Excellent benefits

  • Up to 31 days leave per year.
  • Flexible working hours.
  • Developing opportunities to maximise employee’s potential.
  • Annual season ticket loan.
  • Greenwich One Card which entitles employees to discounts at local businesses.
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