Croydon Council: Senior Project Officer (Conservation)

logo£33,291 – £37,842 (Grade 9 to Grade 11)
Full Time (36 hrs pw), Permanent

Division: Planning & Strategic Transport
Business Unit: Spatial Planning
Job ref: 08706

About Croydon
Croydon hasn’t seen expansion like we are currently experiencing since the 1960s. We’re already well underway with some £5bn of investment that will be completed over the next few years. New offices, new retail, and new homes will provide well-paid jobs and high-quality accommodation for our rapidly growing population.

Croydon is a naturally ambitious council – so we’re looking for inspirational leaders who share our passion for supporting business growth and responding to local needs.

Strong partnerships are the foundation for the future. That’s why we’re constantly looking forward. We need to find creative new ways of working together with other agencies and the private sector to deal with the financial challenges ahead.

Because with growth comes increased demand – but also huge opportunity.

Chances like this only come along once in a generation, and our task, and maybe yours, is to shape a positive future for Croydon’s residents and businesses alike.

About the Role
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 applications, 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:

  • providing specialist advice on all conservation-related matters, including pre-application advice, planning applications, appeals and Council projects
  • monitoring the Heritage at Risk registers and working to facilitate removal of assets from them
  • maintaining lists of designated heritage assets
  • producing Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans
  • updating the borough’s Local List of valued buildings

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.

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Closing Date: 1 May 2019

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Equalities Statement
Croydon Council is an inclusive employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We will be pleased to consider applications from candidates seeking flexible working arrangements.

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the advertised role.

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