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Planning Policy Officer

Posted 4 January by Key Employment Ended

Job Purpose:

• Support the effective renewal and regeneration of Harrow 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.

Main Duties:

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

2. 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.

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

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. Dealing with problems and other contentious issues as they arise.


• Experience in planning policy, planning enforcement or development management is essential

Education, Qualifications and Training:

• Planning Degree or equivalent qualification accredited to the RTPI.

Other Essential Factors:

• Physically able to undertake site visits out of office and to inspect developed and underdeveloped sites safely.

• Full UK driving licence holder.

• Ability to use the council's computer databases, software packages and mobile communications to input, update and investigate records and files and to prepare reports for publication.

• Knowledge of the relevant health and safety procedures, in relation to the working office environment and to site visits, whether in or out of buildings.

• Able to attend evening meetings and Member briefings.

Reference: 31327864

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