Principal Urban Design Officer - London Borough of Lewisham

Catford, London
£42,432 - £44,373 (PO4)

Directorate: Resources & Regeneration

Job Ref: RES-19-018       

Full-time 35 hours ; Permanent

An exciting opportunity for a driven and self motivated Principal Urban Design Officer to play a key role in one of London’s most progressive and exciting boroughs.


The role

Lewisham is undergoing huge transformation with unparalleled levels of investment, and a regeneration programme for the area. With major developments in Catford, Lewisham, Deptford, New Cross and others across the borough, award winning schemes, two Housing Zones and the Bakerloo Line extension, the transformation is well underway.

At the heart of the borough’s transformation is recognition of the importance of high quality design and the value that this adds to existing and future residents, businesses and visitors. We understand that the principle of good urban design is a fundamental component of achieving good growth and an inherent part of successful change in the borough.

The Principal Urban Design Officer will take the leading role in managing design matters supporting this transformation including:

  • Managing the design teams input into the Development Management process, providing specialist design advice into complex and strategic major applications
  • Managing and developing forward planning/placemaking strategies, SPDs and masterplans for future growth and prosperity within the borough
  • Working collaboratively with the Bakerloo Line Extension manager, Infrastructure Manager and Principal Policy Officer to ensure good design and spatial thinking is at heart of all decision making within the Council.

The successful candidate will work within our multi-disciplinary Strategic Planning team to guide change within the borough.

The work we have is diverse, exciting and challenging and you will be working with a friendly team that is dedicated, positive and focussed on quality and high performance.


What we’re looking for

You should be able to demonstrate creativity, integrity and a strong drive and aptitude to deliver positive outcomes individually and as part of a team, helping to promote and deliver the boroughs development and growth sustainably and to the highest standard. 

In return, we’ll offer excellent development opportunities, plus a range of benefits that includes a career average pension scheme, flexible working and the opportunity to make a real difference to our local community.


If you would like to discuss the above roles further, please contact David Syme – Strategic Planning Group Manager on 020 8314 6071 or by email at

For a full job description and person specification, and for further information about the recruitment process and to apply, please follow this link


Closing date: Sunday 7 July 2019

Interviews date: Week commencing 15th July TBC


The Council reserves the right to close adverts early if there is a large response.

Lewisham Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.

We value diversity and welcome applications from all backgrounds.