Planning and Policy Officer

BBL Technical Limited
Harrow Weald, Greater London
£24/hour Umbrella
12 Jul 2017
10 Aug 2017
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time
Senior Planning Policy Officer required for our local authority client based in West London.


Support the effective renewal and regeneration of Council
•Planning policy and research tasks that enable the successful delivery of the Local Plan and associated Area Action Plans and Supplementary Planning Documents
•Ensure timely and meaningful engagement of other Council Divisions, elected members, statutory and non-statutory bodies, developers and public stakeholders in the above processes
•Management of discrete research and policy development / drafting and projects, including management of consultants
•Cross-Council working to deliver corporate objectives, including infrastructure funding and delivery
•The provision of specialist planning policy advice


To ensure compliance with your responsibilities as laid out in the council’s equal opportunity policy and take an active role in promoting equality and diversity to councils diverse community.
To ensure compliance with your responsibilities as laid out in the council's equal opportunity policy and take an active role in promoting and enabling equality of opportunity, promoting the diverse needs and aspirations of the council's community, ensuring equality and diversity is mainstreamed in all service/directorate activities.

To ensure compliance your responsibilities as laid out in the council's health and safety policy and take an active role in promoting a positive health and safety culture.

To promote and participate in the council's Investors in People (liP) and individual performance appraisal and development (IPAD) initiatives and support the implementation of management best practice.

To ensure compliance with the council’s information security policies and maintain confidentiality.

To interpret the implications of other service area activities and make them known within the Regeneration and Planning service.

To be aware and act upon cross-service and corporate aims and procedures, contribute to initiatives which are intended to enhance service delivery, foster partnerships and liaison with external agencies and organisations, and attend working parties/meetings which pursue closer working arrangements, both within and outside the Council.

Networking, consultation and liaison with other Council staff and other organisations to seek appropriate alignment of Planning Policy with other Council policies.

To monitor the emergence of all new policy and programme initiatives by central Government and by the Mayor for London, to advise on these and where requested, to ensure that timely and effective representations are made on the Council’s behalf.

To manage the preparation of evidence base research to support the development of planning policy and to contribute to making data and analyses widely accessible, and approachably presented.

To be aware of, and actively seek within the team, the observance of local and statutory procedures and good administrative practice in relation to the preparation and implementation of planning policy.

To play a senior role on the development of the Council’s Local Plan, Area Action Plans and other guidance and policies and ensure that they comply with legislative requirements, are consistent with the requirements of the NPPF and London Plan, and support the Council’s overall priorities and objectives.

To ensure that public consultation and engagement is undertaken in accordance with the Council’s policies and procedures and legislative requirements and that the principles of equality are incorporated into the process.

Liaison with elected Members, members of the public, Resident’s Associations and other interested parties, in connection with planning policy development, and preparation of relevant correspondence.

Dealing with general enquiries from elected Members, prospective developers and members of the public, on all planning policy and related matters in person or in writing.

To ensure joint working with other teams within the Regeneration and Planning Division, particularly the Development Management, and Regeneration and Design sections, through strategic site delivery and participation in pre-application meetings and major sites meetings.

Represent the Planning Policy section in negotiations with developers to achieve satisfactory proposals within the context of national, strategic and local policies, standards and guidelines.

Prepare and give expert advice, both written and oral, in relation to the work undertaken, whether to Council committees, public meetings or planning inquiries and examinations in public amongst others.

Represent, as required, the Planning Policy section at meetings with other Services, Groups and Council Departments, Government Departments, statutory bodies, developers, community and other groups, and the general public.

Dealing with problems and other contentious issues as they arise.

Mentoring and training of junior staff.

To be responsible for delivering a high quality customer focussed service.

To be politically aware and able to recognise and deal with a range of sensitive issues that impact on the service area.

Such other duties which may be required, reasonably, from time to time.


Knowledge of current Town and Country planning, practice, procedures and legislation, in one or more areas; within planning, enforcement, policy or development control.

Ability to demonstrate initiative in organizing workload and establishing priorities for action, and to carry out the necessary work to the required quality within given deadlines in the context of a busy working environment.

Ability to obtain, record and process information in a manner which is technically, factually and grammatically accurate.

Experience of delivery of major policy documents to agreed timetables and in line with agreed standards.

Experience of delivering an effective community engagement and consultation programmes.

Ability to prepare accurate and detailed reports on planning policy research and to draft planning policy documents.

Ability to examine and assess information relating to planning policy and to present a balanced analysis of competing issues and to provide recommendations.

Ability to negotiate with stakeholders in order to achieve improvements to the quality and outcome of planning policies and to secure stakeholder support.
Ability to present information, verbally and in writing, on planning policy matters in a manner which clearly demonstrates a thorough, structured, logical, and orderly approach.
Ability to operate effectively as part of a wider service structure, to manage conflicting priorities in a pressurised work environment subject to frequently changing circumstances, to acquire new skills and knowledge, and a commitment to learning.

Education, Qualifications and Training
Planning Degree or equivalent qualification accredited to the RTPI.

Kindly forward your updated CV in the first instance