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Career Grade Planning Officer - Development Management LBHF36074

Job Details:

Salary range: £24,705 - £46,392 per annum

Work location: 3 Shortlands, Hammersmith, London W6 8DA

Hours per week: 36 

Contract type: Permanent  

Closing date: 1 June 2022

Contact details for an informal discussion: Roy Asagba-Power, Team Leader, on 07776 672344 or via email:

Advert Text:

Join the most dynamic and exciting planning department in the UK.  Based in Central London, Hammersmith & Fulham offers career opportunities that are difficult to find elsewhere. It’s a vibrant area with one of the highest-performing planning departments in the country. We deal with a wide range of planning applications from householders and changes of use to complex masterplans within our Opportunity Areas – we have a dense housing stock with rich heritage; a cultural and sporting presence including three major stadiums; and some of the country’s biggest developers very active in our regeneration areas.
This is a challenging and rewarding role working dynamically as part of an area team while working closely with residents and a range of stakeholders. You’ll support your manager and be a trusted member of the team with excellent interpersonal skills and a responsive sounding board with contributions to workloads, deadlines and new ideas. This role also includes a cross team role element which covers a variety of work across the Borough rather than always being based in just one team. 
As a career grade planner we will tailor the work to your experience but please be assured there will be opportunities to assist more experienced officers on major and strategic applications and as you develop through our career grade structure there will be opportunities at senior level to lead on more complex borough-wide sites; as well as supervise career grade officers; and sign-off cases under delegated authority. 
You will need good written and oral communication skills and be able work collaboratively both within the organisation and with external organisations. You should have an ability to handle conflicting pressured situations whilst putting forward cohesive logical planning arguments on behalf of the Council. You should be able to effectively manage a caseload with multiple deadlines. 
We have a supportive management team to help nurture our staff and this job presents an opportunity to develop a range of planning skills including enhancing negotiation as well as mentoring skills. It’s a great opportunity to develop your skills, experience and career. 


Please refer to the Job Description for more information. 

Role Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate and make sound recommendations on the planning merits of a range of interesting and challenging development proposals.
  • Assist other planning teams including validation and enforcement investigations as well as helping to prepare committee presentations. 
  • Responsibility for a caseload of development proposals and to meet your own performance management and quality. 
  • Responsibility for ensuring planning fees and other sources of income are correctly calculated and processed for your caseload. 
  • Progress to senior level to sign-off applications within delegated powers.
  • Promote resident and customer satisfaction when delivering services. 
  • Develop the full range of professional skills and knowledge to satisfy the requirements of the post. 

People Values:

How we act defines who we are.  At the heart of our organisation is a common approach to defining ‘who we are’.  We are looking for people who can build this into everything they do.


We are fair

We treat everyone with compassion, dignity and fairness. We value the views and opinion of others, and promote benefits and opportunities for all.


We are caring

We care about our borough and doing things well. We focus on standards and continuous improvement; learning from our mistakes and celebrating success.


We are collaborators

We work together for a better society. We work with our residents, businesses, schools, third sector and others for better outcomes for everyone.


We are driven

We will only settle for the very best. We seek to continually improve and put our residents, customers and businesses at the heart of everything we do.

Recruiting for Attitude:

Your skills and ability are important however, we recruit as much for attitude as we do experience. We are looking for people who have the following attributes: 


Complex problem-solving 
The ability to work within a complex system and find simple solutions and outcomes that deliver real change. 


Critical thinking 
The ability to challenge the norms through evidence-based approaches using both numerical and critical reasoning and thinking. You can rationalise decision-making and form views quickly and soundly from a range of sources. 


You take approaches that demonstrate how doing things differently and creatively changes the dynamic in situations. You can apply creative solutions that deliver hard outcomes. 


People management 
You can get the best out of people. You have a coaching-style and drive through a commitment to personal and professional development. You are clear in your expectations and have exceptional feedback from your team about their working environment. You recognise and support people as individuals. 


Coordinating with others 
You have the knack of working well with others. You have an appreciation of your own presence and approach and can demonstrate how you have developed and continue to develop how you work with others. You can also recognise how others work, think, and feel to get the most out of collaboration. 


Emotional intelligence 
You have a high degree of self-awareness and self-regulation in a wide range of situations from one-to-one conversations to team and group dynamics. You can recognise motivating factors and demonstrate empathy appropriately applying a wide range of adaptive social skills. 


Judgement and decision making 
You can take rational and evidence-based decisions and take responsibility for your decisions and actions. Where there is ambiguity or a lack of evidence you can demonstrate the ability to understand the environment and show flexibility in applying your judgement. 


You can demonstrate an understanding of the range of skills and techniques required to successfully negotiate with a range of other partners. This includes understanding how to structure and undertake successful negotiation on an organisational-wide level. 


Service orientation 
You must be unequivocal in your commitment and drive for outstanding service delivery. Both in terms of the quality of products and work delivered as well as the achievement of objectives. You and your team can demonstrate how your overall contribution to the organisation and service delivers to our organisational aims and objectives. 


Cognitive flexibility 
The ability to recognise the environment in which you work and adapt and shift to this environment to maximise your own personal achievement and lead others in the same approach. Applying cognitive flexibility to situations of significant change and transformation. 

Role Specific Qualifications:

  • RTPI accredited postgraduate degree Eligible for Membership of RTPI or RICS (Planning & Development)
  • Evidence of relevant Continuing Professional Development (CPD)



Hammersmith & Fulham Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.
Corporate Equalities Employment Policy: In order to combat discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied which could have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity, unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies.
We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.


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