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Planning Advisor

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location UK - Flexible - UK
Town/City Numerous locations available.
Salary Additional Information £24,231 / Permanent, Full Time, Part Time/Job Share
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level First Level
Deadline 14/10/2022
Company Name Environment Agency
Contact Name
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Directory Entry : The Environment Agency work to create better places for people and wildlife, and support sustainable development. The Agency was established in 1996 to protect and improve the environment.
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Locations: Addington , Blandford, Bridgwater, Darlington, Exeter, Ipswich, Leeds, Lichfield, Lincoln, London, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Penrith - Cumb, Preston - Lancashire, Romsey - Hampshire, Shrewsbury, Tewkesbury - Gloucestershire, Wallingford, Warrington, Welwyn Garden City, Worthing, York

Interview Dates – week commencing 24th October and 31st October

Level of security checks required - Basic check

About us

If you’re part of the Environment Agency (EA), you’re part of the solution. Working with us means protecting and improving the environment and tackling issues of national importance. We’re based across England, and our responsibilities span industry regulation, flood defences, land contamination, water quality, fisheries and conservation.

Such broad scope of work calls for diverse, multi-skilled teams. Together, we’ll promote sustainable growth, tackle climate change, and secure a better future for everyone.

Spatial planning ensures that the right development happens in the right place at the right time, benefitting communities and the economy. It plays a critical role in identifying what development is needed and where, what areas need to be protected or enhanced, and in assessing whether proposed development is suitable. The Environment Agency is an important consultee in the planning process, providing expert advice on a range of environmental issues. 

Our Sustainable Places teams are the first point of contact for local authorities on planning matters. They manage our input into the planning system, both through development management and planning policy. The teams engage with and influence local planning authorities and developers so that new development takes account of flood risk, protects the water environment and is resilient to the challenge of climate change, whilst also securing the best possible environmental outcomes through the planning system.

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals to join our 16 Sustainable Places teams across the country. These roles are as entry grade Planning Advisors, offering an excellent opening to a career in the Environment Agency.

As a planning advisor, you will play a vital role in managing the Environment Agency’s interaction with the planning process, supporting the team manage planning consultations from councils and developers across the region.

Your main responsibilities will include coordinating and screening the planning applications and enquiries received from local planning authorities and developers, and logging this caseload onto our dedicated system. You will also be responding to pre-development enquiries and some of our lower risk consultations, whilst providing a positive planning service to our customers and building strong relationships with our stakeholders.

As well as the exciting range of work you will be involved in, we will support you with your development. These roles offer the opportunity to further develop yourself through undertaking an apprenticeship accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). Enrolment onto an apprenticeship is not compulsory, but encouraged.

What do I need?

You'll be qualified to at least degree standard (or relevant experience) in a relevant discipline. Expected skills and experience include:

  • A willingness to learn new things and take on information quickly
  • Proven time management and organisational skills
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • An ability to prioritise workload
  • Effective influencing and negotiation skills 
  • Excellent customer services skills, and an ability to communicate to a wide range of audiences
  • A positive, approachable, and enthusiastic attitude, with a drive to seek new innovative ways of working.

There is no requirement for your background to be in the planning sector. These roles are entry level. We are looking for individuals with transferable skills and a drive to secure positive outcomes for the environment.

What’s in it for you?

You’ll benefit from a culture that embraces difference and includes everyone, where you’ll feel supported and trusted to do the right thing. We’ll invest in you and allow you to grow and shape your career.

What’s more, you’ll have access to our great benefits package including:

  • A competitive salary of £24,213.
  • 25 days holiday + 8 bank holidays
  • Great career opportunities
  • Maternity, paternity and adoption leave scheme
  • A range of flexible working options, plus many more!

As an organisation we strive to reflect the communities we serve, to achieve this we welcome applications from all backgrounds regardless of race, sexual orientation, and religion. We also welcome applications for part-time hours. 

If you have any questions regarding the vacancy or application process, please contact the recruitment team at earecruitment@peoplescout.co.uk.

If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you. Click here and start your application today!

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