£25,137 - £37,722 pa
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 (soon to be the new location for the Mayor of London’s City Hall) and Stratford - building thousands of new homes and creating thousands of new jobs, creating opportunities and benefits for the Borough as a whole.
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 2050; a Covid Recovery Plan focusing on how the Council can help support residents and businesses to not just recover from Covid-19 but build a stronger Newham for the future; 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, emerging Opportunity Area Planning Framework, large scale and distinctive employment-generating schemes, and major infrastructure projects underway.
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 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 business needs.
About the Jobs
Planner (Planning Officer) – Multiple roles across Development Management, Planning Policy and Planning Enforcement
If you have a preference as to which part(s) of the service you wish your application to be considered for, please detail this within your supporting statement.
Planning Policy roles
Planning Policy is entering an exciting phase in Newham: having adopted our Local Plan in 2018, the Council is embarking on an early review, focussing on high quality homes to meet residents’ needs as well as embedding the Council’s Covid Recovery Plan and community wealth building principals and responding to the climate emergency. This new Plan will be developed with our community, using co-production and innovative engagement methods.
As well as developing a new Plan, the Policy Team work closely with Regeneration colleagues, the GLA and other partners to realise our vision through masterplanning and other delivery-focused projects. The team is also involved in the pre-application process for major and other complex sites. We are known as a team for our responsive, pragmatic and positive approaches to the policy context, receiving national recognition for our cutting edge cumulative impact policy.
Development Management roles
As a Planner in Development Management, you will take ownership of the full application process from pre application discussions, through the application process, conditions discharge and defending the Council at appeals in the event of refusals.
We are looking for Planners with experience of a variety of planning applications and appeals and a proactive and collaborative approach to dealing with new development to join our high performing team.
Planning Enforcement roles
Planning Enforcement is integral in maintaining public confidence in the planning system. This is a hugely varied and exciting role where you will be responsible for managing a busy caseload of enforcement investigations, negotiating with property owners, determining planning applications, progressing unresolved breaches of planning control with formal action, defending the Council at appeal and initiating prosecution proceedings.
The team are nationally recognised for their forward thinking and proactive approach to enforcement, with a focus on securing transformational change within the borough to the benefit of our residents.
These posts requires an appreciation and understanding of planning legislation and national and regional policy; a knowledge and enthusiasm for stakeholder and public engagement; and the ability to manage tasks and responsibilities to drive forward projects individually and as part of a team.
These posts are career graded, with appointment to a particular grade, and progression between grades dependent on experience and performance.
You should be familiar with planning in urban environments and be able to work with a range of other Council service providers, as well as external public, private and community organisations. You will be able to undertake research, analyse complex information and present information in a range of formats targeted for difference audiences.
You will have a strong evidence-based approach to problem solving and an interest in learning about, and developing, best practice within the evolving planning landscape.
We are particularly looking for people who have a passion for how the planning system can understand, shape and improve the lives of those who currently and will soon live and work in the borough.
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Closing date 25.4.21
The London Borough of Newham is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.
Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Newham Redeployees.
The London Borough of Newham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
In addition, the Authority reserves the right to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check (Disclosure Scotland) where required for the role this includes anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).
Please attach your supporting statement, explaining in no more than x2 A4 sides why and how you meet the criteria for this role.