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Strategic planner
at Greater London Authority

A vacancy for a strategic planner is available at Greater London Authority.

£31,263 per annum

Would you like to join one of the UK’s most exciting planning teams? Then come and join the GLA’s Planning Unit!

London is already larger than it has ever been and is projected to grow to 10.5 million people by 2041. You could be helping to shape London’s future, maintaining its global status as one of the greatest cities on the planet to work, live, play and study. The team works very closely with the Mayor and his team to achieve good growth that delivers genuinely affordable housing and all the tools that a thriving city needs.

We have two planning teams within the unit which work closely together. Our development management team deals with the city’s biggest and most high-profile planning applications which include large-scale, mixed-use schemes, schools and sports stadia. And our London Plan & Growth
strategies team plays a key role in shaping London’s growth through the crucial preparations for the upcoming examination in public of the Mayor’s new London plan and the development of growth strategies for London’s opportunity areas.

The strategic planner role sits within the development management team. In this role you would be managing a busy caseload of planning applications that are referred to the Mayor and assessing compliance against the London Plan. You’ll need to have excellent written, presentation and negotiation skills and ‎the ability to work with a range of stakeholders. You also need to understand how to apply the London plan and the draft new London plan in a pragmatic way to encourage development and deliver the Mayor’s key objectives for London. A good knowledge and understanding of national and regional planning and development issues, legal processes and policy trends is essential, as is a passion‎ for London as a city and a desire to contribute towards its continued success by delivering the principles of ‘good growth’ through planning.

You will need to be able to build effective relationships with key stakeholders to ensure borough plans are in conformity with the London plan and contribute towards the delivery of our emerging growth strategies workstreams. ‎Experience of preparing and implementing policy frameworks and masterplans would be‎ beneficial, as would experience of scrutinising architectural design at the site scale and preparing design comments say either with an understanding of architectural design at a
site scale.

To be successful, you’ll need to be passionate about planning in London with a track record of achievement in a comparable role and have the skills to deal with complex strategic planning and urban design issues. You should have a degree/postgraduate qualification in planning or equivalent
with eligibility for RTPI membership.

We are looking for flexible and adaptable planners with a can-do attitude and a track record of working on a range of policy areas who share our excitement for delivering the Mayor’s vision for London’s future. You will be presenting directly to the Mayor and deputy Mayors, so you will need
excellent written and verbal communication skills and some experience of operating within a political context would be beneficial.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements including remote working, compressed hours and flexibility on start and end times.

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.

To apply, please click here.

Application closing date: Sunday 24 June 2018 at 23:59 GMT.

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.