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About Enfield

We are a large, diverse outer London borough with inner London challenges, and big ambitions. Our overarching vision is to create a lifetime of opportunities for everyone. This was our ambition before the pandemic hit, and it continues to be so.

We have a growing population; an emerging and strengthening business sector; an ambitious regeneration and housebuilding programme; and an attractive environment – over half the Borough is green or blue. Our Borough has its challenges, with high levels of income deprivation and a desperate need for more affordable houses. We currently have over 4,500 residents on the housing needs register and on average a home costs 13.7 times household income.

About the Council

Our mission is to create a “lifetime of opportunity for our residents’. We serve a population of over 330,000 people and we are committed to creating a lifetime of opportunities for all residents, ensuring more quality homes in well-connected neighbourhoods, to investing in safe, healthy and confident communities, and to creating an economy that works for everyone in Enfield. Our council plan outlines how we will deliver this vision.

In the Place Department

You are joining a department comprised of diverse, professional services that collectively lead and have responsibility for Enfield’s built environment. It includes all aspects of housing management and development for over 16,000 tenants and leaseholders; environmental and operational services such as recycling and managing 130 parks and open spaces; planning and regulatory services; culture and economic development; operational property; and managing a commercial and rural property portfolio with a number of development projects.

The Directors and Heads of Service work collaboratively and support each other – we recognise that cities are complex and there are interactions between all our responsibilities. When we work together in a coordinated, place-based approach which values professional expertise we deliver better outcomes for residents.

Director of Planning & Growth

up to £125,244

Grow your career. Transform our borough.

Who we are

Here at Enfield Council, our mission is to create a lifetime of opportunity for our residents. Serving a population of over 330,000 people, we’re ambitious and forward-thinking, embarking on projects that will enhance the lives of everyone who lives, works, studies and visits here. From developing Meridian Water, to regenerating estates, to receiving one of the highest levels of planning permission requests in London – our projects are impactful as they are exciting.

With a political climate that supports change, this is your chance to help grow our business sector, attract new industries and transform the whole authority.

What you’ll do

As a Director of Planning & Growth, you’ll inspire a team of 160 towards achieving new goals. You’ll lead our different services in accordance with London Borough Enfield and National policies; from strategic Planning and Design, to Development Management, to Transport Strategy, to Building Control and beyond, the scope to make your difference is vast.

You’ll also use your expertise to advise on complex planning matters and ensure that the Planning Committee Chair and elected Members are guided and briefed properly in making key decisions. And to help grow our business, you’ll maximise efficiency and keep cost effective.

We’ll also look to you to develop, shape and deliver the Directorate’s Business Plan. Playing an important part in the directorate’s leadership team, you’ll help in crosscutting corporate projects and initiatives.

About you

Bring your experience of working within a political environment, and we’ll give you the opportunity to explore new ways to grow our borough as well as your skills. With great judgement, you’re the type of person who always sees the bigger picture, with the talent to scan long term horizons and understand implications of broader national, regional and public sector trends for the Council. It means having a clear vision of how to run an effective planning function. You’ll also need to be good with people; using your communication skills to negotiate, present, influence, build relationships and inspire a whole team to greater success. What’s more, you’ll need be a member of RTPI, with a Master’s degree in planning, transport, regeneration, or urban design/conservation. All together we’re looking for someone who will put customer services at the heart of what we do and help us to transform our borough.

If you’re the kind of leader who likes to take responsibility, and work collaboratively to find new solutions, then we’d love to hear from you.