Senior Planning Enforcement Officer (Planning Obligations)

Job Introduction

Job Title: Senior Planning Enforcement Officer – Planning Obligations

Salary Range: PO2- PO4   £38,133 to £52,632 Depending on Skills and Experience

Full Time, 1 year fixed term appointment with potential for extending

Location: Home working and Office based in Twickenham Civic Centre


Objective of role  

Your primary role will be to investigate breaches of S106 legal agreements where planning obligations have not been fulfilled. Your investigations may lead to formal enforcement action, with an expectation that court proceedings, including High Court Injunctions will be sought if necessary. You will assist our legal advisors and where appropriate attend court to give evidence on behalf of the Council. 

This role is a highly valued and will be an integral part of the Council’s new ‘Place Division’. Your work will ensure the Council receives the maximum benefit from development sites and will contribute towards affordable housing, public realm and social infrastructure.  


Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Complex Queries– You will be excellent communicator with experience in dealing with, negotiating and resolving complex and controversial planning enforcement investigations within agreed timeframes.

IT Skills – You will  be proficient in IT Software’s such as Microsoft Office, measuring software and planning database system.

Workload Management- You will have ability to organise own work within agreed timeframes to ensure that key performance indicators, targets and customer service standards are met.


Problem Solving- Proven experience of providing creative solutions to problem solving and demonstrating a “can-do” attitude to improvements in services.


Report writing- You will be able to draft detailed planning reports assessing breaches against relevant planning policies, guidance and legislation. 

Qualifications- You will have a planning or related degree and proven experience working in development management, planning-enforcement or a similar field

Indicative Recruitment Timeline 

Closing Date:  Friday 19th July 2024

Shortlisting Date: Tuesday 23rd July 2024

Interview Date: Monday 29th July 2024


Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. 


We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer. If you require any reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment and selection process, please let us know. 


We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Some posts may be exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to these posts will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).


We offer a wide range of benefits designed to attract, develop, and reward our employees such as 40 days annual leave (including Bank Holidays), flexible working and a generous pension plan.  



Salary From £38,133-£52,632 Depending on Skills and Experience

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