Vacancy Type



South London

Our reference



£34-35 p/h (Ltd)

Start date


Role Description

Principal Planning Officer required for ongoing contract role, working for the Planning, Regeneration and Enterprise Department of our client, a Local Council in London.

Main Purpose of the job:

To take a leading role in providing a high quality, customer-focused service by dealing efficiently and effectively with all aspects of the full range of planning applications and planning inquiries, by assisting the team leader in the management of the team, undertaking work of a strategic nature, and making a full contribution to the achievement of relevant performance targets. 

Principal Accountabilities:

1.To deal with major and complex planning applications and development control issues, including undertaking negotiations with applicants/prospective developers and representatives of other Council departments.

2.To work independently of the Team Leader on complex applications, developments proposals or projects, carrying out research and preparing and presenting all types of report on own initiative to senior stakeholders (including councillors and council meetings), liaising with the Team Leader as appropriate.

3.To be responsible for negotiating complex S106 legal agreements. 

4.To prepare planning and site briefs for major development sites as required.

5.To take responsibility for providing area-focused development control advice and information for a specific area of the Borough, establishing a close working relationship with the appropriate Town Centre Manager. 

6.To contribute to the review of the Local Development Framework, other local planning policy documents and the formulation of new strategic policies and site proposals, as required.

7.To produce briefing information, advice and reports on very complex and/or contentious policy issues to appropriate individuals and bodies at all levels of the council's governance arrangements (including Planning Applications Committee) and to external organisations, developers / applicants, site visits and public meetings as required.

8.To provide authorisation / final clearance of the full range of delegated and committee reports. 

9.To ensure robust and inclusive community engagement, give advice and assistance to the public and other customers as and when necessary, and represent the Planning Service at public meetings and site visits to discuss development proposals.

10.To represent the Council by preparing and presenting expert and professional evidence at public inquiries, informal hearings and in court for the full range of applications. 

11.To contribute to the development of a strategic planning function, which promotes the Council’s regeneration framework and provides an integrated approach to planning, regeneration and development issues.

12.To provide professional advice to Council members, senior officers, applicants and the public on planning applications, development proposals and related matters.

13.To maintain a thorough up-to-date knowledge of relevant law, policies, working practices and procedures.

14.To scope, commission and project manage consultants to deliver projects / work programmes, including the management of allocated budgets.

15.To deputise for the Team Leader and Head of Development Management, provide them with necessary support and advice across cases / projects, and deal with chief officers, senior members and external contacts on the full range of matters relating to management issues and all types of major and complex applications.

16.To represent the council at a local, regional and national level regarding spatial development and wider regeneration, playing an active role in partnership development and joint working, to promote the Council as an ambitious, improving authority. 

17.To plan, programme and prioritise work / projects and actively contribute to the day-to-day management of the team, including providing advice, guidance training and supervision to team members and developing and co-ordinating specific programmes and activities within the team, as agreed with the Team Leader.


Qualifications, skills and experience required:

  • An RTPI-recognised degree level qualification in Town Planning or equivalent
  • Eligible for Membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
  • Thorough knowledge of all relevant planning legislation, policies and procedures.
  • Extensive experience of Town Planning work, including significant experience of development control work with responsibility for dealing with a planning application caseload that includes major and complex applications.
  • Experience of providing advice to Councillors, senior officers, developers and the public on all aspects of planning applications.
  • Experience of negotiating planning obligations in respect of complex development proposals.
  • Experience of dealing with all types of planning appeals, including giving evidence at public inquiries.
  • Experience of work at a high level of advocacy and sensitivity in dealing with contentious information, combined with a particular awareness of political sensitivities.


Start date: ASAP

Location: SW London

Rate: £34.89 p/h (Limited Company rate)

Working hours: 36 hrs p/w (Standard hours are 0900 - 1700, Monday - Friday).  However, you should be prepared to work outside of normal hours if required, including attending evening meetings, site visits, and occasional weekend working.


All applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK, and be able to provide references covering the past 3 years of employment. 

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