Principal Planner (Policy)
£43,815 - £54,975 per annum (FTE).
Newham will offer you a unique working environment within a London borough that is at the centre of many of Europe’s most exciting regeneration projects - including the Royal Docks (the new location for the Mayor of London’s City Hall) and Stratford (where the London Legacy Development Corporation’s planning powers will shortly be returning to the borough).
Over the last two years, the Council has adopted a number of key corporate strategies – these include a declaration of climate emergency, underpinned by the objective to make the London Borough of Newham carbon neutral by 2030 and carbon zero by 2045 and Community Wealth Building: an inclusive economic approach that aims to address poverty in the borough as well ensure that investment coming into Newham benefits all residents
Alongside these corporate priorities, the Planning Service is involved in the delivery of c.2800 new homes targeted per year, 31 Strategic Sites, an Enterprise Zone, large scale and distinctive employment-generating schemes, and major infrastructure projects underway. Alongside delivering the current Local Plan, the policy team is in the midst of producing a new Local Plan – starting the process of shaping the borough for the next 15 years. The production of the new Local Plan is a corporate priority for the administration, who are focussed on using planning policy innovatively to deliver for Newham residents.
Newham offers many career-defining opportunities to work at pace, at scale, and on innovative responses to complex issues. We are evolving in how we deliver services to our residents and businesses, with investment in new ICT to enable our staff to work remotely and be closer to the communities we serve.
Newham is one of the youngest, most diverse, and vibrant boroughs in the UK. As an inclusive employer, we are committed to ensuring our workforce reflects our local population. We welcome and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, including applicants who are ethnically diverse and/or applicants who have a disability.
Newham has a flexible working policy and we are open to considering proposals as to the exact pattern of work, such that hours can be arranged around you and your family's needs, as well as our service needs.
About the Job
As development and investment in the London moves steadily eastwards, Newham’s important strategic role continues to grow. The role is based in the Planning Policy Team, working alongside Development Management and the Investment Teams to shape development in the borough to ensure it meets our needs and aspirations.
Planning Policy is entering an exciting phase in Newham: we are undertaking our Regulation 18 consultation on a document which has been informed by the Council’s new corporate priorities, a host of up to date evidence base and the outcome of our extensive Issues and Options consultation. You will be joining the team at a point when strong analytical skills and the ability to negotiate and balance different priorities will be required in order to produce and defend a submission Plan with sound policies which deliver the borough’s needs.
As well as developing a new Plan, the Policy Team is also involved in the pre-application process for major and other complex sites and work closely with Regeneration colleagues, the GLA and other partners to realise our vision through masterplanning and other delivery-focused projects. The team also has close links with services across the Council, working on joint strategies and supporting delivery to ensure the Local Plan sits at the heart of the Council’s work.
The post requires an appreciation and critical understanding of planning legislation and national and regional policy; a robust understanding of the importance of stakeholder and public engagement; and the ability to manage a complex and varied array of tasks and responsibilities to drive forward key projects individually and as part of a team.
If you want to help shape this part of London, turning our vision into reality – and leaving a lasting legacy for all its communities – come and join the team!
The post is career graded, with appointment to a particular grade, and progression between grades dependent on experience and performance.
You will be a knowledgeable and experienced Planner, confident in tackling new challenges and flexible in your approach to your work to allow you to adapt and meet the needs of the service. You should be able to lead, innovate and organise, while also inspiring and nurturing the talent and interest of other team members.
You will be politically astute with an appreciation of London and national politics and implications for planning and infrastructure delivery. You will be able to communicate complex and technical information accessibly to a range of audiences and build successful professional relationships both within the Council and with external stakeholders.
We are looking for people with experience in Planning Policy teams, particularly on planning for employment land and an interest in using planning policy to ensure economic regeneration brings local benefits.
Please note that the qualifications section of the person specification will be used as a minimum short-listing criteria.
If you wish to informally discuss the role itself, please contact Ellie Kuper Thomas on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 3373 0828.
Closing date: 13^th February 2023
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Applying for this role
Please submit your application via the online portal, including providing details of your education and qualifications and work history. All applications should be accompanied by a supporting statement which outlines how you meet the requirements of the person specification. Your application needs to demonstrate clearly and concisely how you meet each of the criteria. Please give specific examples wherever possible. CVs are not accepted.
We are committed to creating an inclusive, anti-racist environment for all. When you apply for a job at Newham, your application is considered on its merits regardless of your age, disability, ethnicity, faith, gender identity or sexual orientation. If you share our vision and values, and you bring the experience and skills we need, that’s all that matters to us.
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