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Development Plans Manager

Camden London Borough Council
Camden, London (Greater)
Closing date
20 Feb 2022

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Regeneration and Local Economies
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Full time
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About us

In Camden we are committed to working together to make our borough the best place to live, work, study and visit. Partnership with our communities is central to the way we work, so that everyone can access opportunities and nobody gets left behind. This is an exciting role taking the lead on preparing and reviewing Camden's local development plans and planning guidance.

The Role

This is an exciting role taking the lead on preparing and reviewing Camden's local development plans and planning guidance. Our planning documents have a key role in the delivery of Camden 2025 – our shared vision for the future of the borough.   The postholder will manage and lead on aspects of plan preparation to produce a sound, effective and robust planning policy framework to ensure development meet the borough’s need for homes and jobs, provides benefits to the community, responds to climate change and contributes to reducing inequalities

The role will also involve leading on Planning input into the development of relevant Council and other stakeholder strategies, and on the provision of high-quality planning policy advice.  The postholder will supervise and support team members to produce high quality outcomes. and deputise for the Strategic Lead - Planning Policy and Implementation as necessary.

The post is within the Planning Policy team, which has responsibility for preparing the Council’s development plans and supplementary guidance and supporting neighbourhoods with neighbourhood planning. The team forms part of Camden’s Planning Service within the Economy, Regeneration, and Investment Directorate.

You will be an enthusiastic individual with the drive and ability to manage a team to deliver successful and effective outcomes.

The post holder will have a degree level qualification in Planning or a related discipline, with eligibility for Membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute. They will also have a number of years’ experience of working in a Planning role, in particular on planning policy. Experience working in a local authority environment would be an advantage. The post holder will also have the ability to develop and lead complex projects including through project management, allocation of resources and management of staff and/or consultants to deliver high quality outputs and organisational objectives. They will also have strong communication, presentation and influencing skills that can be used at a range of levels including with Council members, senior managers, service providers, private sector partners, and service users.  A thorough awareness of planning legislation and policy at local, London regional and national levels, as well as, the ability to take think strategically, deal with complex issues relating to planning policy and the built environment, and approach and solve problems in innovative ways. You will also have the ability to work proactively, creatively and flexibly, anticipating and responding to internal and external changes. Additionally, the ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with a wide variety of people and political sensitivity and judgement.

Work Environment:

This is an agile working post with a main office base in Camden’s offices at 5 Pancras Square, and with working from home supported subject to service requirements.  The work will involve attending some external meetings and site visits. A willingness to work outside of normal office hours is essential.

The post holder is expected to develop a strong working knowledge of the urban environment and public realm across Camden, taking a keen interest in the character of the places and spaces that make up the Place and communities we support. 

Working for Camden

We’re ready to welcome your ideas, your views, and your rebellious spirit. Help us redefine how we’re supporting our communities, and we’ll redefine what a career can be. If that sounds good to you, we’d love to talk.

At Camden, you’ll receive a host of benefits as well as joining a flexible working employer. Click HERE to see full details of our benefits.

Additional information

To view the Job Profile, please click HERE

To apply for this job please follow the "Apply" link. In the ‘Why you?’ section of the application you will be required to demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria listed in the Job Profile.

To discover more about Camden and our commitment towards diversity, equality and safeguarding, please visit our recruitment website

Asking for Adjustments

Camden is committed to making our recruitment practices barrier-free and as accessible as possible for everyone. This includes making adjustments or changes for disabled people, neurodiverse people or people with long-term health conditions. If you would like us to do anything differently during the application, interview or assessment process, including providing information in an alternative format, please contact us on 020 7974 6655, at or post to 5 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG.


Camden: A diverse and vibrant borough
What makes us different?

Camden London Borough Council offers the opportunity to create a place for everyone. The council is committed to excellence and aims to recruit vibrant and talented people to develop and cultivate highly competent work teams. 
Camden Council promotes culture, innovation and excellence by celebrating awards such as the Camden Business Awards, Community Support Awards and Camden Design Awards. 

Great values

Based in the heart of the capital, Camden has much to offer its dedicated staff. The council is committed to excellence, and dedicated to safeguard and support the welfare of vulnerable adults, young people and children. Camden aims to work hand to hand with the communities it serves to find new and better ways to increase quality of life.
Why work for Camden?

  • Camden is committed to providing high quality services
  • Competent and skilled work teams.
  • A trusting, supportive working environment
  • Strong focus on innovation
  • Competitive salary.
  • Free season ticket / travelcard loan scheme. 

Would you like to work in an innovative, multicultural, vibrant and transforming environment?

Camden may offer the opportunity you are looking for.

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020 7974 4444
Town Hall
Judd Street
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