Assistant Director of Planning

London Borough of Havering
£86,712 to £94,872 p.a. (Grade 14)
17 May 2018
01 Jun 2018
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Assistant Director of Planning The London Borough of Havering Salary: £86,712 to £94,872 p.a. (Grade 14) (Pay award pending) About the role

Havering is London’s third largest borough by area and earmarked as the City’s next big opportunity growth area. This is, without doubt, the most exciting place for an ambitious planning professional to be.

With huge regeneration proposals in the pipeline and the impending introduction of Crossrail, our attractive borough is set to be the favoured destination of many new residents and businesses alike.

Successfully harnessing the opportunities this brings does not come without its challenges.  Havering’s diverse mix of city living, a thriving economy and protected green belt and parks which cover more than half the borough are equally important, and will remain so.

Focused on delivery you will be the driving force behind all strategic planning activity as part of the wider regeneration agenda, ensuring that growth and regeneration in the Borough is delivered in line with the Havering Local Plan.  Sustainability sits at the heart of this process, as it is crucial that the borough remains attractive to both residents and businesses alike.

You will have around 35 staff who will be looking to you for leadership and inspiration. Your focus will be on planning strategy that delivers and supports the Councils ambitious regeneration programmes.

It will be fast-paced and challenging, but we suspect that if all the above appeals, you aren’t going to be daunted by that. We think you will want to join us on an exhilarating journey.

About you

You will be a qualified Planner (RTPI or RICS) with a successful track record of achievement in a similarly large and complex organisation. We will be looking for your ability to drive success – having an empowering approach that gets the very best out of people, and personal credibility. Balancing risk, and a tenacity to deliver change with demonstrable outcomes. Strong leadership and management is absolutely essential in this role.

Politically astute, with a comprehensive understanding of current issues and developments affecting planning, regeneration and local government in London.  Your profile will allow you to lead with confidence in a fast-paced environment requiring astute business skills.

You will also be afforded the chance to lead in an organisation that is culturally alive to opportunity, values people and focuses on helping those that you lead capitalise on their strengths.

About us

As one of London’s largest boroughs by area, with excellent travel connections, award winning green spaces, a great riverside location and affordable housing, Havering is on track to becoming a perfect place to live and work in Greater London.

We have plenty of green open space complementing Romford and its suburban hubs including Hornchurch, Gidea Park and Rainham, boasting vibrant cultural and leisure opportunities and a thriving local economy.

Havering is a council with a bright future. It is ideally positioned to secure jobs, growth and prosperity for local people, with an ambitious and high-profile growth agenda.

As a council, we value our people and know that through rewarding them properly and investing in their development we can attract and retain the very best talent. We are a council that people want to work for and one in which you will have the opportunity to thrive and maximise your contribution and career potential.

Application arrangements

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Steve Moore, Director of Neighbourhoods on 01708 433198, or email

To apply please see the Councils website by clicking the APPLY button below

Selection timetable key dates:

Advert closing date: Friday 1st June 2018 at 5:00pm

Telephone Interviews: Week commencing 11th June

Assessment Centre: Monday 25th June

Final Members Interview Panel: Week commencing 16th July