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Deputy Area Planning Manager (West)

  • Employer: London Borough of Sutton
  • Reference: SUT/22/202494
  • Published: Tue 28/06/2022, 18:15 PM
  • Closing on: Fri 08/07/2022, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week
  • Salary: £41,586 - £49,674 (£51,717 unconsolidated maximum) plus a market supplement of £2500 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Sutton

About the Borough  

In Sutton, there is much for us to be proud of both as a council and as a borough. This includes high levels of resident satisfaction, the quality of our services, our success in addressing our financial challenges to date, the way that we involve and engage with residents on key issues facing the borough, and the enthusiastic and motivated staff that we employ. 

Looking ahead, there are plans for the delivery of new homes and new schools and the London Cancer Hub is being developed, while the Council is also seen as a driving force within the South London Partnership of five outer south west London boroughs focused on strategic growth, regeneration and investment.

All of this demonstrates a good track record and an authority that is ambitious and set to deliver more improvements for the borough. We've set out our vision for the future of Sutton in our corporate plan - Ambitious for Sutton. This strategic plan will shape the outcomes we achieve, the services we provide, and the impact we have on residents, to make Sutton a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Situated in Zone 5, Sutton is less than 30 minutes by train from central London, and south and south west London are easily accessible by public transport. There are 10 train stations which serve key neighbourhoods within the borough providing direct connections to London Victoria, London Bridge, London Blackfriars and St Pancras International. Sutton also has direct rail connections with Epsom, Dorking, Guildford and Horsham, as well as Wimbledon for an interchange with the London Underground and West Croydon for the London Overground. There’s also an extensive road network which provides close and easy access to the M25 and M23.

About the Role  

This is an exciting opportunity for a planner with substantial years of experience at Senior level or above to work on major/strategic planning applications. The role also offers an ideal opportunity for you to develop your management skills. The role will involve:-

  • Dealing with major and strategic planning applications and pre-application proposals
  • Assisting the Area Planning Manager in the management of the team
  • Being part of the Senior Development Management Team working on performance management and service emhancements
  • Coaching and mentoring of junior officers
  • Presenting to Planning Committee and giving evidence at appeals

About Us  

The Development Management team comprises two Area teams and an enforcement team supported by a business support and technical support team. Each area team comprises 5 members of staff and you would report to the Area Planning Manager.

Our approach is one of enabling development and early pre-application engagement to achieve good outcomes. The team regularly deals with all more than 90% of types of applications within statutory periods and we have a strong performance management ethic aligned to staff development through our annual appraisal process. The team was piloted to develop a Team Charter for how we will work well through the challenges presented by covid and there is a strong sense of togetherness and collaborative working. We operate a flexible approach to working with the team mainly home based, with attendance required in person for team days, meetings and Planning Committee.

We work very closely with our Strategic Planning and Building Control Teams which all fall under the management responsibilities of the Head of Service, and there are opportunities for collaborating on policy development.

About You  

To be successful in this role you will have :-

  • An appropriate degree or equivalent qualification accredited by the RTPI, as giving eligibility for membership of the RTPI and substantial post qualification experience of development management at a senior level.
  • Previous experience of managing and mentoring staff in a Development Management team.
  • Proven experience in negotiating successful outcomes on major and strategic planning applications.
  • Proven knowledge and understanding of planning legislation, policy and procedures in the relation to development management.
  • A sound knowledge of development management including design, viability testing and sustainability and the ability to understand complex drawings and translate them into built form on site.
  • Proven ability to write clear, concise and accurate reports on complex applications and be able to make clear recommendations under delegated business and Committee cases. 
  • Ideally experience in making and agreeing decisions under delegated authority. 
  • Ability to manage and prioritise the team’s workload in order to meet deadlines with minimum supervision. 
  • Proven ability to communicate clearly and courteously to a wide range of audiences both orally and in writing and to be able to deal confidently with members of the public, Councillors, applicants and their agents.
  • Ability to present cases at Planning Committee and at appeal through the written representation, informal hearings and public inquiry procedures. 
  • Good political awareness.

Our Offer To You  

As an organisation that values and nurtures talent, we’re committed to helping you fulfil your potential and will offer you a supportive, friendly and collaborative environment to grow and develop your career and skills. We’re constantly striving to improve our ways of working so putting your ideas across - however big or small - will be fully encouraged and supported by your colleagues and our dynamic and experienced management team.

In addition, we offer a modern and flexible working environment for our staff, supported by our IT infrastructure, including Google Chromebooks and Google Apps.

Employees have access to a wide range of benefits, some of which include:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement of 27 days plus bank holidays (pro-rata if part-time working hours apply)
  • Flexi-time (Please note, this applies to roles at grades 1-9 only)
  • Comprehensive learning and development programme
  • Local and national discounts for shopping, eating out and leisure activities
  • Interest free season ticket loans
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Car parking scheme
  • Bicycle loan facilities and cycle to work scheme
  • Zip car scheme
  • Free eye tests and contribution towards glasses
  • Confidential wellbeing and counselling support
  • Subsidised gym membership

    Anticipated Interview Date(s)  

    Week beginning 18 July 2022

  • Employer: London Borough of Sutton
  • Reference: SUT/22/202494
  • Published: Tue 28/06/2022, 18:15 PM
  • Closing on: Fri 08/07/2022, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week
  • Salary: £41,586 - £49,674 (£51,717 unconsolidated maximum) plus a market supplement of £2500 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Sutton

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