Senior Strategic Planner (Urban Design) - Greater London Authority

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Salary: £44,388 

Grade: Grade 8

Contract type: Permanent

Reference: GLA0279

Interview date: Wednesday 16 June 2021 

Application closing date: Sunday 23 May 2021 at 23:59 

The Mayor’s new London Plan is an ambitious and far-reaching strategy for the future development of London, setting out how Good Growth will enable London to develop in a sustainable way. The role of Senior Strategic Planner – Urban Design will be central to implementing the London Plan policies through considering referred planning applications and preparing Opportunity Area Planning Frameworks (OAPFs).

This is a key role within the Growth Strategies and Urban Design team which has a core dual function of providing design comments on strategic referrals, including leading on providing design advice at pre-application meetings , project managing the production of OAPFs, and leading on masterplanning and urban design approaches. For this reason a relevant design qualification and expertise in software packages such as GIS/Adobe CS/Sketch Up is a must for this role.

OAPFs interpret planning policy as strategic urban design guidance, and help to steer the development of areas with significant growth potential. The successful candidate will have responsibility for leading a small project team to work with boroughs to prepare and develop concepts for change at a strategic level, iterate growth scenarios, and produce compelling and deliverable spatial plans as OAPFs.

You’ll need to be committed to good planning and design in London with a track record of achievement in a comparable role, and have the skills to deal with complex strategic planning issues.  You should have a degree/post graduate qualification in planning or equivalent with eligibility for RTPI membership.  An additional urban design/architectural qualification is desirable.

The role will also involve providing design advice for planning applications that are referred to the Mayor against the London Plan. You will be responsible for ensuring applications demonstrate high standards of design quality, so you’ll need to understand how to apply the London Plan in a pragmatic and sensible way that encourages development and delivers the Mayor’s objectives.  You will need negotiation skills, with the capability to work with applicants to positively influence the design of schemes.  You should have a detailed knowledge and understanding of national and regional planning and development issues, legal processes and policy trends.

You will be expected to present reports to the Mayor and Deputy Mayor directly, so you will need excellent written and verbal communication skills.  You will also need good negotiation skills and ability to work successfully with a range of internal and external stakeholders. While the job description covers a broad range of activities across the Planning service, this role will be based in the Growth Strategies and Urban Design team. In their application, candidates should demonstrate how they meet the Grade 8 technical requirements and behavioural competencies set out in the Person Specification.

This role will be based at City Hall, 1 The Queens Way, London  

Further information about the relocation of City Hall can be found here; https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/mayoral/mayor-confirms-relocation-of-city-hall

London's diversity is its biggest asset and we strive to ensure our workforce reflects London's diversity at all levels. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements. We would welcome applications from candidates who are seeking part time work as this role is open to job share. 

In addition to a good salary package, we offer an attractive range of benefits including 30 days’ annual leave, interest free season ticket loan, interest free bicycle loan and a career average pension scheme.

If you have a question about the role or the recruitment process then please contact a member of the recruitment team via email on glajobs@london.gov.uk quoting reference GLA0279.

Application closing date:  Sunday 23 May 2021 at 23:59 GMT 

Interviews will take place at: via MS Teams on Wednesday 16 June 2021

Please note we do not accept CV’s for this role. All applications for this vacancy must be submitted via our online recruitment system.

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