During this strange and difficult time, one of my clients continues to have exiting and challenging positions.
They are currently looking for an Urban Designer to join their team as part of a joint Venture in North London.
This roles will sit within the Major Developments Team and will be responsible for providing design input on a wide range of applications associated with various development schemes within the borough, including large scale development proposals and priority regeneration schemes. In addition, the post holder will support the lead officers in dealing with associated major applications, attend meetings, provide detailed advice and prepare design reports for various projects.
The Major Developments team operates through a conception to completion philosophy where we work with developers to evolve, shape and inform schemes for submission and process them through the statutory application process.
The team deals with all major planning applications within the Council’s 6 regeneration areas, together with major schemes in key growth areas and in town centers and other major developments in excess of 150 units.
In addition, the team supports the preparation of master plans and planning briefs; inputs into the local plan and site allocations; supports the Council’s development pipeline and is involved in consultancy work in both the public and private sectors.
– Identification of policy approaches and responses to improve urban design outcomes in existing and new developments, and the public realm
– Assist in the preparation, review and evaluation of spatial plans, policies and proposals and to report on their progress and continuing relevance, together with recommendations for appropriate review action
– To generate creative, inspired and implementable design concepts, having regard to relevant planning policies, site specific characteristics and stakeholder aspirations and needs
– Evaluate existing policy framework within the borough, particularly with respect to built form and provide design input in their review
– Provide design guidance with pre-application discussions; design workshops and major planning applications with developers and their representatives, on all matters relating to urban design and built form
– Provide advice on proposals with significant impacts on the public realm, on environmental improvement schemes and on complex and/or sensitive design matters
– Prepare written advice in the form of reports, planning briefs, letters, memoranda, public leaflets, proofs of evidence, draft press statements, amongst others. Oral advice may include telephone or counter enquiries, public meetings, committee presentations, exhibitions, provide expert witness function at public inquiries, public examinations amongst others.
– Be capable of speaking and writing authoritatively with minimal supervision
– Keep up to date with relevant new legislation, policy and best practice in the field of urban design
– To ensure urban design policy is in alignment with corporate objectives
– To advise, prepare or assist in the preparation of urban design, design and conservation policies for DPDs, SPDs and guidance including design briefs/guides and to monitor and review such policies and documents and input into other council policy documents and initiatives, including the councils’ Property Services on major property disposal
– Demonstrate leadership skills and foster powerful and productive working relationships both within the service, across the Council and externally.
– An ability to present evidence or advice in public
– Have an excellent working understanding with computer systems including Microsoft Office, 3D software and GIS.
– Have In-depth technical knowledge and understanding of urban design and planning policies and related legislation
– Have Experience in preparing locally specific evidence base studies relating to urban design, particularly in the context of Local Plans
– Have demonstrable experience in the negotiation of design aspects of development proposals including planning applications.
– Have experience in a local planning authority context, of the assessment of development proposals from an urban design perspective.
– Demonstrate an ability to maintain professional awareness of legislation, from a local, sub-regional and national policy level, including professional development and political announcements on relevant topics.
– Have achieved a Degree or Diploma in Urban Design, Town Planning, Architecture or other designed based discipline