Strategic Planner (Regeneration and Growth Strategies)

Contract Type
Public Sector
£39,818 per annum
Expiry Date
Good Growth is responsible for delivering and implementing the Mayor’s environment, transport and economic strategies and for the effective implementation of the London Plan

Job Description

The Directorate is also responsible for regeneration (where the programme is not housing led), enterprise, growth, capital projects and design work.

About the team

The Place Unit is a new jointly functioning unit formed from GLA [Regeneration & Growth Strategies] and TfL [Growth & Master planning] teams. It sits within the wider ecosystem of GLA Planning & Regeneration and TfL Spatial Planning and provides a key opportunity to discuss and triage cross-organisational and departmental issues / sensitivities / decision points more effectively. 

This role is in the Spatial Planning team where you will work to identify and bring forward the most appropriate process for planning for growth.

You will draw together and analyse information to identify strategic areas and corridors in London with potential for immediate and future growth potential. You will use your GIS mapping and urban design skills to support frameworks, plans and strategies working with TfL and London boroughs. The aim will be to bring together the aspirations of the Mayor, TfL and the boroughs for a growth area in a coherent future vision and deliverable spatial plan. 

You will use your analytical skills and presentational abilities to review data and show it in a visually engaging way, for example in updating the Opportunity Area webpages shown here: 

You will also work closely with the London Plan team to analyse spatial development patterns and identify current areas that are not realising their potential and prospective new growth areas for homes and jobs.

You should have some knowledge and understanding of national and regional planning and development issues, legal processes and policy trends. In particular, you should have a good grasp of the spatial planning issues in London.

You will also need to be able to work successfully with a range of internal and external stakeholders.

Principal accountabilities

Within Regeneration & Growth Strategies support the production of Opportunity Area Planning Frameworks. The role will involve the review, analysis, interpretation and mapping of varying sources of information and evidence bases (such as data, reports, masterplans and Local Plans). This will inform the delivery of planning and design-led work at masterplanning and strategic scale and support the preparation of spatial strategies and the evidence and guidance supporting them.
Briefings and reports for the Mayor, Assembly and other organisations on planning and spatial development issues.
Assist in the design, management and completion of relevant policy development projects and research.
Assist in providing advice on planning briefs, development proposals and the plans and strategies of other agencies especially Local Development Documents and the development plans of adjacent authorities. 
Contribute to coordination, liaison and engagement processes necessary to address spatial development and planning issues.
Assist in the preparation of responses on behalf of the GLA to complex issues raised by the public and diverse agencies.
Work with GLA group staff and external organizations including boroughs, partnerships, consultancies, academic and voluntary agencies to address the Mayor’s planning and spatial development concerns.
Assist in the representation of the Mayor’s planning and development policies, concerns and objectives to examinations in public (including those into Local Development Documents), commissions and public inquiries.
Realise the benefits of London’s diversity by promoting and enabling equality of opportunities and promoting the diverse needs and aspirations of London’s communities.
Realise the benefits of a flexible approach to work and participate in multi-disciplinary, cross-department and cross-organisational groups and project teams. 

Person specification

Technical requirements/experience/qualifications

Grade 6

Substantial progress towards a degree in Architecture/Urban Design/Town Planning or equivalent. An additional qualification or experience in Urban Planning is desirable. 
Knowledge and understanding of national, regional and London strategic planning and development issues, legal processes, policy trends, and broad knowledge and understanding of local planning and regeneration issues and processes and a knowledge of urban design, place making, and masterplanning. 
Good working knowledge of AutoCAD, Sketch Up, Adobe Creative Suite, and GIS programmes. The ability to convey spatial ideas graphically in a clear and compelling manner is important. This should be combined with skills in drawing and modelling masterplan and development plot lay outs convincingly and accurately, so that site development capacities can be derived and interrogated. 
Evidence of an ability to investigate, analyse and present urban design solutions for spatial planning and regeneration issues. 
Excellent communication skills; and evidence of ability to prepare clear and concise reports, presentations and briefings, including an ability to illustrate ideas through mapping and graphics presentations. 

Grade 7 (in addition to Grade 6 requirements) 

Qualification in Architecture/Urban Design/Town Planning with at least 1 year’s post-qualification professional experience. An additional qualification or experience in Urban Planning is desirable. 
Broad understanding and experience in either: strategy or policy production, local plan-making and supplementary planning documents, projects and development frameworks, development management and strategic planning application assessments. 
General understanding and experience of infrastructure planning, delivery and funding mechanisms, including S.106 agreements and community infrastructure levy (CIL). 

Behavioural competencies

Communicating and Influencing presenting information and arguments clearly and convincingly so that others see us as credible and articulate, and engage with us

Level 2 indicators of effective performance

Communicates openly and inclusively with internal and external stakeholders
Clearly articulates the key points of an argument, both in verbal and written communication
Persuades others, using evidence based knowledge, modifying approach to deliver message effectively
Challenges the views of others in an open and constructive way
Presents a credible and positive image both internally and externally 

Problem solving analysing and interpreting situations from a variety of viewpoints and finding creative, workable and timely solutions 

Level 2 indictors of effectiveness:

Processes and distils a variety of information to understand a problem fully
Proposes options for solutions to presented problems
Builds on the ideas of others to encourage creative problem solving
Thinks laterally about own work, considering different ways to approach problems
Seeks the opinions and experiences of others to understand different approaches to problem solving 

Research and analysis gathering intelligence (information, opinion and data) from varied sources, making sense of it, testing its validity and drawing conclusions that can lead to practical benefits.

Level 2 indicators of effectiveness

Proactively seeks new information sources to progress research agendas and address gaps in knowledge
Grasps limitations of or assumptions behind data sources, disregarding those that lack quality
Analyses and integrates qualitative and quantitative data to find new insights
Translates research outcomes into concise, meaningful reports 
Identifies relevant and practical research questions for the future 

London Fire Brigade’s Head Office (Union Street SE1 0LL)

GLA staff are hybrid working up to 3 days a week in our offices and remotely depending on their role. As part of this, you will need to split your time between home working and coming into the office.

Applications submitted without a Personal Statement will not be considered.

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, gender identity, gender expression, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority ethnic candidates and disabled candidates who are currently underrepresented in our workforce.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements. We would welcome applications from candidates who are seeking part time work as this role is open to job share.

In addition to a good salary package, you will be paid every four weeks, providing frequent salary payments. We also offer an attractive range of benefits including 30 days’ annual leave, interest free season ticket loan, interest free bicycle loan and a career average pension scheme.

On this recruitment campaign, as part of GLA’s continuing commitment to be an inclusive and equal opportunity employer we will be removing personal identifiable information from CVs and Personal Statements that could cause discrimination.

Reasonable adjustment will be made to working arrangements to accommodate a person with a disability who otherwise would be prevented from undertaking the work.

Application closing date: 29th May 2024 at 23:59