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Head of Planning - Development Management (maternity cover - 12 months)
(GLA 19) Grade 12 (£70,241)
Vacancy Description
Job reference no: OPDC-HDM
Contract type: Maternity Cover (12 month contract)
Closing Date: Sunday 16 February 2020
Interview Date: Interviews will be held week commencing 02 March 2020
Salary: £70,241 per annum
Grade: 12

Lead the OPDC’s Development Management team and help shape the future of Old Oak.


We have a fantastic opportunity for talented individual to join our team covering a period of maternity leave.


It’s an exciting time for Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation. With an emerging new strategy for delivering the ambitious homes and jobs targets for the area set out in the London Plan, this is your chance to help shape London’s largest and most exciting regeneration project.  As Head of Development Management, you will help to promote the physical, social, economic and environmental regeneration of the area by encouraging high quality development that capitalises on the opportunity presented by the planned High Speed 2, Elizabeth line and London Overground transport interchange at Old Oak Common.


Leading the Development Management service for this period of maternity cover, you will take responsibility for managing a small team of planners and overseeing the processing and determination of planning applications, including the negotiation of associated legal agreements and conditions, and delivering an efficient, effective and proactive pre-application advice service. You will ensure potential breaches of planning control are investigated and enforced as necessary and that OPDC’s statutory planning obligations are met and exceeded where possible. Alongside advising the CEO, OPDC Board, Planning Committee, Director of Planning and the Chair of the Planning Committee on development management issues, you will represent the OPDC’s strategic vision with external partners including the boroughs, TfL, the GLA and HS2 Ltd.


Known for your expertise in development management and your ability to deal with complex strategic planning issues, you will bring experience of leading teams of planners in a senior planning role, whilst reporting to and deputising for the Director of Planning.  Your clear understanding of the planning policy context and the political, social, environmental and economic issues relating to West London and the OPDC will be matched by a degree in town and country planning or equivalent. 


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This is a maternity cover position and the contract will be for up to 12 months. We are committed to being an inclusive employer and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements. We are also happy to consider secondments.

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.

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, childcare voucher scheme and a career average pension scheme.
Application closing date:         Sunday 16 February 2020 at 23:59 GMT
Interviews will take place at:   169 Union Street SE1 0LL on week commencing 02 March 2020


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