Planning Officer

  • Full Time
  • London (Greater)
  • Applications have closed
  • Salary: £26,025 - £38,616 depending on skills

Website LBRUT London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

The Role

  • Are you looking for working arrangements that enhance your work-life balance?
  • Do you want to broaden your experience in a unique environment?
  • Do you hold an RTPI accredited planning qualification?

If you answered yes, we want to hear from you!

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a permanent Planning Officer in our Development Management East Team.

As a Development Management Planning Officer, you will take personal responsibility for dealing with planning applications, pre-applications, and appeals as required. With excellent communication skills, you will 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 Wandsworth.

You will hold an RTPI accredited planning qualification and have demonstrable knowledge of Development Management. You will have the ability to read and assess plans, write accurate and concise reports, as well as meet tight deadlines. Good knowledge of planning legislation and policy at local, regional, and national levels alongside excellent communication and customer care skills are required. Although direct experience is desirable it is not essential.

Who we are:

Wandsworth is a thriving Inner London Borough on the southern banks of the River Thames that is steeped in a diverse history. The borough features landmarks such as the iconic Battersea Power Station, Ram Brewery, and Clapham Junction Station, and is acknowledged for its famous green spaces such as Wandsworth and Clapham Commons, Putney Heath, and the Grade II* listed Battersea Park. The borough is also comprised of a rich mix of vibrant and diverse neighbourhoods including Battersea, Tooting, Putney, and Balham. The planning team has a reputation for working proactively with developers and the local community to bring forward innovative, high-quality developments, including in the Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area, Wandsworth Town, Battersea Riverside, and the Le Corbusier inspired Alton Estate.

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 Wandsworth and Richmond upon Thames 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.

How to apply:

Please register, submit your CV and supporting statement highlighting how your skills and experience meet those in the Job Profile. If you are having difficulty in applying online, please contact the Recruitment Team at to see if we can offer alternative arrangements for you to apply.

We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working including and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore. We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities.

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.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

Closing Date: Sunday 28th February 2021

Shortlisting Date: Week Commencing 1st March 2021

Interview Date: Week Commencing 8th March 2021

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.

We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our teams.

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 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.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

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