London Borough of Croydon: Conservation Support Officer  

logo£27,801 (Grade 7) – £31,998 pa (Grade 9)
Full-time, permanent
Planning Division – Spatial Planning Service – Place making Team

Croydon has a surprisingly rich and varied built heritage. This includes the highly significant Old Palace School (former Archbishop’s Palace) and 16th century Whitgift Almshouses (both Grade I Listed), as well as a particularly fine concentration of Victorian architecture in the town centre. The borough is diverse, ranging from dense London suburban development in the north to the leafy green belt to the south.  Croydon is also increasingly being recognised for its post-war century heritage, including buildings in the town centre and the 1970s St Bernards development on Park Hill, one of a limited number of post-War conservation areas in the country.

Croydon’s heritage is protected through having 166 listing entries, 21 conservation areas throughout the borough, 8 scheduled monuments, and 3 registered parks and gardens, as well as a well-established series of local heritage designations, including locally listed buildings, local heritage areas and locally listed parks and gardens.

This post offers a unique and exciting opportunity to join Croydon’s Spatial Planning Service, which brings together the disciplines of urban design, conservation, architecture, landscape architecture and planning policy. You will provide heritage expertise to support a coordinated approach to the planning and delivery of sustainable development in Croydon over the next 20 years. You will be involved in a wide range of Spatial Planning and Development Management projects and will assist in placing heritage at the heart of the borough’s plans for the future.

You will be required to undertake a range of tasks related to heritage protection and building conservation, including:

  • producing Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans
  • updating the borough’s Local List of valued buildings
  • providing specialist advice on all heritage related matters, including pre-application advice, planning applications and Council projects

You will demonstrate a solid understanding of current legislation, policy, guidance and best practice in relation to planning and heritage protection. You will be able to demonstrate conservation and heritage-related professional experience and passion for the historic environment.

In addition to the person specification, the successful candidate will also be motivated, innovative and able to prioritise a varied and challenging work programme. Excellent communication skills are essential due to the high level of internal and external stakeholder engagement.

We also promote IHBC membership (or equivalent including RTPI, RIBA) and cover the associated costs.

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The closing date for applications is: Midnight 2nd April 2018. 

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