Trainee Planning Liaison Manager
Trainee Planning Liaison Manager £24,000 p.a. 3-year fixed term contract
This is an exciting opportunity to work for a statutory consultee that operates across England, Scotland and Wales. The Planning and Local Authority Liaison Team are responsible for raising awareness of coal mining legacy and potential land instability risks within the coalfield areas of the UK through the planning system. Between 2008 and 2010 the team introduced a risk-based approach to the 180 coalfield local planning authorities of England, Scotland and Wales and now responds to 7,500 planning application consultations each year, together with the submission of about 350 responses to emerging planning policy documents. This is your chance to be part of a team providing expert advice and in-house planning support for development by the Authority, delivering commercial pre-application planning advice to developers, and undertaking statutory planning consultation work.
About the role:
Reporting to the Principal Manager the post holder will assist other members of the Planning and Local Authority Liaison team in responding to planning consultations, general planning enquiries and providing pre-application planning advice in accordance with externally set deadlines to local planning authorities across England, Scotland and Wales.
This post is part of the Authority's succession planning programme and the post holder will be a junior professional within the Planning and Local Authority Liaison department. The post holder will be supported with the necessary training and mentoring and would suit a recently graduated chartered town planner. we are looking for A Master’s degree or postgraduate diploma in town planning (or other equivalent planning qualification) together with other appropriate qualifications to give eligibility for Licentiate Membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
You’ll need to have:
- A Masters degree or postgraduate diploma in town planning (or other equivalent planning qualification) together with other appropriate qualifications to give eligibility for Licentiate Membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
- Knowledge and understanding of the policy, legislation and the principles of the overall planning system, including the differences in England, Scotland and Wales.
- Knowledge and understanding of the roles and needs of relevant stakeholders involved in the planning process and the range of conflicts which will be experienced as a result of engaging with the planning system.
- The ability to devise distinct and individual comments in response to consultations in order to meet the overall strategy and objectives of the Coal Authority.
- To be able to confidently represent the Authority on planning matters and negotiate with a range of stakeholders regarding conflicting viewpoints.
- The desire to work as part of a team with a high workload and tight deadlines requiring effective time management to prioritise workloads.
The Coal Authority is a statutory consultee for both planning applications and emerging development plan consultations within the coalfield areas of the UK. We engage with the planning system to raise awareness of the potential land instability risks and ensure that new built development within coalfield areas is undertaken safely by developers.
We are based in Nottinghamshire, England. We provide expert advice and creative solutions to manage the public safety and environmental issues from coal and metal mining. To enable us to do this, we need to be forward thinking, inventive and robust.
The last deep mine closed in December 2015, so why does the Coal Authority still exist? Well, we were established in 1994 to undertake specific statutory duties. They include dealing with the legacy of coal mining including the treatment of polluting mine water and mine gas emissions, remediating coal mining subsidence damage and dealing with ground and mine entry collapses. To give you an idea of the extent of our legacy, 7 million properties sit within coalfields and there are 170,000 recorded mine entries not to mention the ones we don't know about.
We have an ambitious 5 year plan to expand our services, providing advice and services to governments and public bodies in the UK and overseas. We are a unique organisation, with a strong heritage, built around getting the best from our people and information. In maximising these key assets we have developed the expertise to deliver innovative and wide ranging solutions for our customers, whilst discharging our public duties and significantly reducing the legacy of mining which is estimated to be GBP 1bn for coal mining alone.