Overview

The Role

We have an exciting opportunity for a qualified Planning Officers within our Development Management Team based in Richmond, taking personal responsibility for dealing with planning applications, pre applications and appeals as required. 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 both Boroughs.

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 Centers 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 Borough of Richmond upon Thames presents 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 Richmond and Wandsworth boroughs.

Who are you

The ideal person for one of these roles will hold an RTPI accredited planning qualification and be able to demonstrate knowledge of Development Management although direct experience is not essential, it would be desirable. You will have the ability to read and assess plans, write accurate and concise reports, as well as meet tight deadlines. You’ll have good knowledge of planning legislation and policy at local, regional, and national levels.   You will have excellent communication and customer-care skills, the ability to work flexibly, as part of 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 posts, please contact Robert Angus, Robert.Angus@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk.

Please provide a supporting statement with your CV referring to how you feel you meet the person specifications attached to the Job Profile.

In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance.  These include 36 hour working week (Full Time), a mixture of home and working (depending on service needs) and a generous holiday allowance, 31 days plus bank holidays. 

In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits including membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

Closing Date:  Friday 12th August 2022

Shortlisting Date: Tuesday 16th August 2022

Interview Date: Tuesday 23rd August 2022

Useful Information:

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. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please note that the advertised dates for interviews may change due to the current Covid-19 situation. If they do, we will let you know as soon as possible.

Your health and wellbeing is our top priority. Should you become unwell due to Covid-19 during the recruitment process we would very much appreciate receiving an update from you as soon as possible.

Equality Statement

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. We are especially keen to welcome female candidates and those from underrepresented community.

The application process for this campaign will be anonymised.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

Important Information:

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.

Salary From £26,481-£39,294 Depending on Skills and Experience
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