Urban Design Officer

London Borough of Harrow
Harrow Civic Hub
£31,653 - £38,925


The London Borough of Harrow is seeking an Urban Design Officer to assist the Principal Urban Design Officer in the review and appraisal of major and strategic planning proposals in relation to private sector and Council-led regeneration programmes. The postholder will assist with providing design review and assessment of emerging proposals and with conditions discharging for design-related planning conditions attached to major and strategic planning proposals. Additionally, the postholder will coordinate the Harrow Design Review Panel, working with the Principal Urban Design Officer to manage reviews. The role also involves developing design packages for the new Harrow Local Plan, including site allocation and capacity studies, design codes and other design policy documents. This is an exciting opportunity for an emerging practitioner in architecture and urban design to work on a broad scope of projects within an ambitious local authority.

About you

The successful candidate will have:

Working knowledge of architecture and urban design best practice and its application in the public sector.

Knowledge of RIBA design stages and public sector planning process stages for new development.

An up to date knowledge of current architecture, urban design and placeshaping discourse and theory, especially in relation to the climate emergency.

A minimum of two years experience working as a designer in architecture or urban design practice and delivering projects across RIBA stages to a high standard.

The ability to examine and assess information and use critical thinking to present a balanced analysis of competing issues, which may include social, economic and environmental factors, including the making of recommendations to senior officer.

Knowledge of relevant health and safety procedures, in relation to the working office environment and to site visits.

Bachelor’s degree in architecture, urban design or an equivalent design-related discipline (as a minimum).

Related Documents

For more information, please refer to the Role Profile/Selection Criteria



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About us

Harrow Council is the 12th largest London borough and one of the most culturally diverse local authorities in the UK, making it a great place to live, work and visit with a range of cultures, religions and opinions that come together to produce high achieving schools and a close and friendly community. Located 10 miles from the city centre and just 13 minutes to Euston from Harrow & Wealdstone station there are great transport links via the Metropolitan Line, Watford DC Line and national rail service. It is easily accessible to the M1, M25 and A406.

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Important Note

Our staff are our greatest asset and therefore no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied which could have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender, reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification applies.

Harrow is committed to making our recruitment practices barrier-free and as accessible as possible to everyone. This includes making adjustments or changes for disabled people or people with long-term health conditions. If you would like us to do anything differently during the recruitment process, or provide any information in an alternative format please contact us at resourcing@harrow.gov.uk

We particularly welcome female applicants, individuals under 25 years of age, those from the BAME community, LGBTQ+ applicants and disabled applicants, as they are under-represented within Harrow Council at this level. Appointment will always, however be made on merit.


Closing Date
Wednesday 28 February 2024