Planning Development Manager

Up to £22 per hour

Managing this Role


Nadine Abrahams

Account Manager 0207 759 7929

Nadine has worked with the team for over eight years. She is the team's administration support as well as an account manager for a leading client account. She prides herself on helping the team attract the best talent for their clients while ensuring all compliance checks are correct and up to date. 

In her spare time she enjoys reading and has a passion for supporting charities that focus on homelessness. 

Planning Development Manager

Pay - £21.55ph

Type - Temporary

Hours - 37.5pw

Duration - 4 months

Location - Central London

Our client is a looking for an experienced Planning and Development Manager to work within the Development Management team, reporting to and providing support to the Head of Development Management, the Deputy Head of Development Management, as well as the Director of PPDT and the Head of Planning Policy.

The successful applicant will be responsible for proactively evaluating planning proposals and providing professional planning advice. To liaise and negotiate effectively with applicants and agents, consultees, elected members, Government departments, residents, land owners and statutory and non-statutory bodies.

General responsibilities include:

  • To contribute to the implementation of a high-quality planning service which delivers a successful Olympic legacy by facilitating the physical, social, economic and environmental regeneration in the LLDC area.
  • To proactively evaluate applicants' proposals at the pre-application stage, advising on planning processes, planning policy compliance and the appropriate content of planning applications and other planning submissions.
  • To independently manage, assess, evaluate and process planning applications, appeals and enforcement cases, ensuring that these are dealt with in accordance with agreed performance targets including the preparation of high quality reports either for delegated determination or for consideration by the LLDC's Planning Decisions Committee.
  • To negotiate scheme amendments and mediate between different planning interests to ensure good planning and policy compliant outcomes and the LLDC's regeneration objectives.
  • To prepare appropriate planning conditions, and to lead negotiations on planning proposals and s.106 legal agreements.
  • To monitor planning permissions and s.106 agreements.
  • To attend and present reports and briefings to the LLDC Planning Decisions Committee and attend other LLDC meetings, panels and working groups.
  • To manage public consultation on planning proposals and applications, including attendance at events, exhibitions and public meetings. To attend technical meetings and working groups with statutory and non-statutory agencies on behalf of the LLDC PPDT.
  • To facilitate and contribute to joint working and the duty to cooperate with London Boroughs, the GLA and statutory and non-statutory consultees.
  • To contribute to the preparation and review of local supplementary planning documents as directed by the Head of Planning Policy, including the formulation of development management policies.
  • To prepare, review and monitor Development Management procedures and processes as directed by the Head of Development Management.
  • To prepare briefs for, instruct and manage specialist consultants to support the Development Management function.
  • To prepare evidence and submit statements of case for planning appeals. As appropriate appear at hearings and public inquiries, representing the Local Planning Authority.
  • To undertake site visits, including the investigation of alleged breaches of planning control.
  • To provide written and verbal advice including responding to general planning queries from members of the public and contribute to the efficient and effective operation of the Development Management Team by liaising with other team members on a day to day basis and assisting in providing Development Management cover (phone or drop-in queries) as required.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Significant experience of managing planning applications
  • Experience working within the town planning profession, with a demonstrable track record of working in development management, including the assessment of planning applications and preparation of reports to senior officers and Planning Decisions Committee
  • Demonstrable practical experience of all main aspects of the statutory planning processes
  • Experience of carrying out stakeholder and public consultation and engagement, and
  • Demonstrable experience of developing effective relationships and working in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders, including statutory and non-statutory organisations and elected representatives
  • Experience of coordinating work and liaising with other public and /or professional organisations
  • A good understanding of the political, policy, social, environmental and economic issues relating to East London and the delivery of the Olympic Park legacy and fringe areas
  • Experience of working within a team environment.

Hunter Merrifield, trading name of Huntress Search Ltd, acts as a Recruitment Agency in relation to all Permanent roles and as a Recruitment Business in relation to all Temporary roles.

PLEASE NOTE: We can only consider applications from candidates who have the right to work in the UK.