Senior Policy Planner

  • Location
    Wimbledon, Greater London
  • Salary
  • Category
    Public Sector - Policy, Research & Strategy
  • Job type
  • Industry
    Public Sector
  • External Reference

Adecco are currently recruiting for a SENIOR POLICY PLANNER to work for a Local Authority in WANDSWORTH.






Job Purpose

To deliver a high quality, robust and transparent Planning Policy service and planning information ensuring decision making within tight time frames and to ensure that the Planning and Transport Strategy Division is recognised as delivering an excellent planning service for all of our customers. To independently manage the provision of a comprehensive and detailed data and statistical support for the production of planning policies and the provision of monitoring information for the planning service. The Senior Planner (Policy) will independently manage an area of planning policy, providing comprehensive and detailed policy advice on planning applications, pre-application advice requests and correspondence to agreed and identifiable timescales. To independently manage key specialist projects related to planning policy and the monitoring of planning policy and its broader implementation within the borough, as allocated by the Principal Planner - Policy and Policy and Design Manager.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • To work independently and take personal responsibility for a full range of planning policy work and data/information to support planning policy work including the development and review of planning specialist policy areas, pre-application advice, the input of policy advice to complex and high profile planning applications, working to identifiable deadlines in a manner that is consistent with meeting corporate targets and objectives.

  • Responsible for collection and analysis of planning related data for submission to regional and national government as required. To assist in the application of planning policy to decisions on a full range of development management case work including complex and/or high profile planning applications and pre-application advice.

  • To use a wide range of computer software to collate, query, analyse, interpret and present development monitoring, demographic and socio-economic data to facilitate the development of clear and robust policy formulation and the production of annual monitoring reports.

  • Responsible for supporting the delivery of high quality planning policy in line with national and regional planning policy guidance. Ensuring a strong evidence base exists and supporting the requirement for community and stakeholder engagement and meeting the requirements set out in the prevailing legislation.

  • To work independently to assess, engage and set out clear and robust policy formulation in an accurate, well written officer report based on an up-to-date and relevant evidence base.

  • To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of national and regional planning policy and relevant legislation and to take a proactive approach to relevant changes in legislation, briefing, updating and training Officers as required in key areas of work.

  • To be proactive in identifying issues and proposing improvements and creative solutions within the context of current and future service requirements in order to continually deliver high quality, customer focused planning services to managers and our full range of customers including developments in information technology systems, customer service and other processes and procedures.

  • To ensure that all policy formulation is undertaken with due regard to the Local Development Scheme and Statement of Community Involvement.

  • Implement self-contained projects or components of larger projects in order to deliver organisational objectives as well as enabling agreed changes in planning practice and processes to take place, taking personal responsibility for detailed project management as required.

  • On occasion to present your own recommendations to the Strategic Planning and Transportation Overview and Scrutiny Committee or other appropriate committees, and other internal and public meetings on complex and/or controversial planning issues in a clear and concise manner including providing expert professional advice to Members and the public, including evening meetings as required.

  • Provide advice and guidance in response to planning best practice, procedure or policy within a legal/organisational policy framework.

  • To ensure that you meet service-wide and corporate performance indicators, targets and customer service standards for the full range of your own workload, also any work of junior officers that you are supervising.

  • To lead on the preparation of specialist evidence in respect of appeals including presenting evidence at Public Inquiries, Hearings and written representations.

  • To initiate and participate in matters relating to policy compliance and enforcement matters and conflict resolution to ensure high quality innovative outcomes that reflect Council-wide objectives and policies.

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Please apply with your CV to: Sadie Nunn