Senior Planning Officer
With interesting developments on the horizon, we are expanding the Strategic Applications Team at Richmond and have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic Senior Planning Officer to join the Team. The main duties include dealing with complex applications, pre-application submissions, appeals as required, screening and scoping opinion requests, providing senior level support, signing off reports and assisting the Principal and Team Manager in leading the 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.
The position will be based in Richmond, with opportunities for homeworking.
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.
If you would like to discuss the post, please contact Lucy Thatcher, firstname.lastname@example.org OR Robert Angus, Robert.Angus@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk
Why choose us?
In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance. These include home working (dependent on service need), and a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays.
In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.
At Richmond and Wandsworth Councils, we care more about how you work and what you achieve, rather than where you work on any given day. The difference you can make to our local communities is what really matters most to us, service delivery must always come first. We have carefully considered agile ways of working to provide the best experience for residents, stakeholders and our staff.
Our agile working strategy actively supports and encourages a dynamic work environment and daily working experience.
Agile working helps put the needs of our staff at the centre of everything we do, so if specific flexible working arrangements helps you with this, feel free to let us know. Your wellbeing and the flexible way in which you can work is and will remain a key priority for Richmond and Wandsworth Councils. We want you to thrive and feel empowered in your work!
Indicative Recruitment Timeline
Closing Date: 20th March 2023
Shortlisting Date: Week commencing 20th and 27th March 2023
Interview Date: Week commencing 3rd and 10th April 2023
Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change. The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
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.
The application process for this campaign will be anonymised.
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.