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Affordable Housing Enabling Officer

The Role

Are you interested in joining an ambitious team working to deliver affordable housing for Richmond and Wandsworth Councils?

Could you bring knowledge about housing, planning and viability together to develop opportunities to deliver affordable housing?

If you answered yes the post we’re seeking to fill could be for you.

We’re looking to recruit a full time Affordable Housing and Enabling Officer based in the Councils’ Enabling and Projects team. It’s a small team focused on supporting and enabling the delivery of affordable housing for Richmond and Wandsworth Councils.

Working with planning services, landowners, developers, registered providers and other charitable housing providers your focus will be   to increase affordable housing delivery in the Boroughs through partnership working, through applying housing planning and policies and your own knowledge and experience in combination with the teams.

About the role:

The Affordable Housing and Enabling  Officer will work independently with the Head of Enabling and Projects on key aspects of affordable housing delivery, including providing advice and assistance to the planning service, landowners, developers and housing providers to secure and increase affordable housing delivery.

You will represent the borough and be the key contact  in negotiations with developers, landowners and other agencies, such as the GLA at external meetings as well as  providing expert advice for enabling affordable housing on development sites in the borough as well as negotiating with key funding organisations such as the GLA to support affordable housing delivery.

In addition, you will also be the key contact for external agencies and Councillors in dealing with issues pertaining to affordable housing and affordable housing providers.

You will have a good understanding of national, regional, and local planning policy and associated legislative requirements and funding guidance and have a good understanding of viability matters.

While the role is based within the Shared Staffing Arrangement, it will involve mainly working on Richmond’s delivery of affordable housing. You will also provide reports and briefings for senior officers and Members on affordable housing matters.

We welcome applications from individuals from the public and/or private sector who have knowledge and background in planning and/or housing including knowledge of how financial viability impacts on delivery of affordable housing.

Who are we:

Richmond is arguably London’s most attractive borough, with the River Thames running for over 10 miles through the borough, linking Hampton Court Palace, Twickenham and Richmond town centres, and Kew Gardens. Richmond boasts Royal Parks and other open spaces, historic houses, vibrant town centres bursting with life, as well as being the home of English rugby.

We are positive and ambitious – When you join us, you will apply the same approach.

You will:

  • Take a key role in a small team of housing professionals in providing comprehensive, informed and professional advice, particularly in relation to affordable housing and viability matters, in response to planning proposals and in negotiation.
  • Help develop and apply the Council’s affordable housing and planning policies and deliver successful affordable housing outcomes, including building on strong working relationships with the Planning Service and external partners.
  • Ensure decision making within tight time frames

If you would like to discuss this opportunity in more detail, please contact Ian Ruegg, Head of Enabling and projects on 07929 756740 or email ian.ruegg@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk, or Paul Bradbury , Development Project Officer, on or email Paul.Bradbury@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk

Benefits:
We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore. We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities.

In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops, and other establishments.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline:

Closing Date:  Sunday 4th July 2021

Shortlisting Date: w/c 5th July 2021

Interview Date(s):  21st and 22nd July 2021

Useful Information:

The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please note that the advertised dates for interviews may change due to the current Covid-19 situation. If they do, we will let you know as soon as possible.

Your health and wellbeing is our top priority. Should you become unwell due to Covid-19 during the recruitment process we would very much appreciate receiving an update from you as soon as possible.

We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our teams, including BAME.

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.

The application process for this campaign will be anonymised.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

Important Information:

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

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