Career Grade Planning Officer (Design and Conservation)
Closed for applications on: 16-Aug-2021 00:01
Vacancy status: Closed
Closed for applications on: 16-Aug-2021 00:01
- Islington Town Hall, Upper Street, London
- N1 2UD
- Major / Minor Region
Contract type & working pattern
- Fixed term: 2 years
- 35 hours per week (Full time - 35 hours per week)
- S01/P04, £32,301 - £45,594
- Main area
- Design & Conservation
We're determined to make Islington fairer. To create a place where everyone, whatever their background, has the opportunity to reach their potential and enjoy a good quality of life.
We also have an ambitious goal – to be the best council in the country – with every employee clear about the part they play and inspired, focused and supported to give their very best.
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We ask our employees to ‘Be Islington’ – playing their part in working together for a fairer borough and to always be collaborative, be ambitious, be resourceful, and be empowering (‘CARE’).
Career Grade Officer (Design & Conservation)
(2 years Fixed term)
Islington is one of the most vibrant and dynamic parts of London and is experiencing significant growth in housing and employment. The council has adopted ambitious planning policies to ensure that all our communities benefit from this growth whilst protecting and enhancing the borough’s unique character. Enhancing the built environment through high quality design is therefore an important Council objective. Furthermore, Islington’s 41 conservation areas (covering at least 50% of the borough) and over 4,500 statutorily listed buildings, which greatly contribute to the character, economy and community pride of the borough, require careful protection and management of change.
We have an exciting opportunity to join the Design & Conservation Team in the role of Career Grade Planner. The team deals with a vast range of application types and range of heritage assets and schemes of varying ambition. You would be joining a team of urban design and conservation experts, who work to preserve and enhance the borough’s architectural heritage, and contribute to the delivery of high quality new development. Therefore, we are looking for a dynamic, positive and hardworking professional who will be able to assist the team in the delivery of design excellence within Islington’s historic environment and wider townscape by balancing growth, conservation and high quality place making.
You must demonstrate a commitment to design quality and conservation best practice, working creatively and constructively with planning officers, applicants, other council departments and various stakeholders to ensure that the council’s urban design and conservation aspirations as well as wider planning priorities are delivered.
You must be able to provide high quality urban design and heritage advice throughout the Council’s development management processes, to contribute to related projects such as the running of the Islington Design Review Panel, and to promote and champion high quality design as well as the conservation of Islington’s built environment. You must possess strong communication skills with the ability to offer technical critique of development proposals, in particular focussing on heritage matters across the spectrum of application types and scales. This role has the opportunity within it for development, and the service can offer the ability to obtain experience on a range of applications from minor applications to major development proposals.
To succeed in this role, you will be customer-focussed, committed to improving design, recognising and protecting the heritage of the borough and helping to deliver on the ambitions to deliver a high quality service to its customers. You will have the ability to use your initiative to solve problems and find creative solutions.
You will have the skills and experience to:
- Understand the principles of excellent design and place-making and have experience (or demonstrable ability) to advise on how applicants can achieve high quality development within a dense ‘cheek-by-jowl’ context.
- Have a track record of applying the statutory and NPPF tests to the preservation and enhancement of conservation areas, listed buildings and other heritage assets.
- Work closely and collaboratively with planners and other consultees to deliver high quality design and heritage advice.
- Have experience (or ability) of supporting the operation of an independent Design Review Panel;
- Work well under pressure, the ability to manage competing priorities and meet consistent tight deadlines.
We can offer you a lively, supportive and quality/ results focussed team environment, and the chance to contribute to the transformation of the lives of our residents.
For an informal chat about this role please contact Claire Sutton on 020 7527 4936.
Closing date: Sunday 15th August 2021 at 23:59
Interview date: TBC
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PLEASE NOTE: Priority will be given to those at risk of redundancy within Islington Council. Current employees who are part of the redeployment pool must meet the essential criteria for shortlisting to be prioritised.
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We are also committed to flexible working and will consider requests where possible.
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To apply for this position please use the online application process below. Please note that the council only accepts on-line applications, no CV’s or alternative forms of applications are accepted. If you are unable to use the online process please contact the Recruitment team on 020 7527 2155 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Further details / informal visits contact
- Claire Sutton
- Job title
- Design & Conservation Team Manager
- Email address
- Telephone number
- 0207 527 4936
- Additional information
For an informal chat about this role please contact Claire Sutton on 020 7527 24936.