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Planner (Development Management)

The Role

We have new opportunities for qualified Planning Officers to  join our Development Management teams at Wandsworth Borough Council.

The planning service is a busy forward-looking and proactive department We have a number of vacancies for planners in both development management teams covering the West and East of the borough including the areas of Wandsworth Town, Battersea, Putney, Tooting, Roehampton and Balham.  We are looking for planners with a positive attitude towards offering a high quality service for sustainable change and growth for our communities and historic built environments, and a commitment to excellence in standards of design and place making.

We want to hear from planning officers who are enthusiastic, well organised and self-motivated in their approach to work and who want the opportunity to work as part of busy, diverse and interesting inner London borough, working on a range of planning applications, pre-application enquiries and appeals.  

You could be recently qualified with an RTPI recognised qualification looking for your first job in planning or you may be looking to build on your existing experience and deal with the challenges and opportunities of a high performing inner London planning authority. 

Working for Wandsworth will offer you opportunities to learn and to deal with larger and more complex applications on smaller sites for housing, commercial and community developments, working alongside and with the guidance of our experienced team of planning officers and others in the Directorate.  We also offer support and opportunity for internal and external training and towards attaining membership of RTPI.   

If you think you would be suited to these roles, then we would be interested to hear from you.

Our agile working strategy actively supports and encourages a dynamic work environment and daily working experience. Agile working helps put the needs of our staff at the centre of everything we do, so if specific flexible working arrangements helps you with this, feel free to let us know. Your wellbeing and the flexible way in which you can work is and will remain a key priority for Richmond and Wandsworth Councils. We want you to thrive and feel empowered in your work! We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we accommodate flexible working including working from home (dependent on service need).

We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus 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: 13th February 2023 (midnight)

Shortlisting Date: Week commencing 20th February 2023

Interview Date: Week commencing 27 February 2023

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.

The application process for this campaign will be anonymised.

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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