Planning Adviser

£ 34,673 per annum
29 Jun 2016
21 Jul 2016
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Level
Consultant, Planner

Planning Adviser x2

Salary: 34,673 per annum
Contract: Permanent, full time or part time 37.5 hours per week
Location: Flexible (either Altrincham, Manchester, Grasmere, York or Newcastle)
Job ref: IRC39033

*Flexible location. *Contract can either be full time or part time

Here at the National Trust, we care for and provide access to more land in England, Wales and Northern Ireland than any other private landowner. Small wonder, then, that effective planning and land management is at the heart of everything we do. But our properties are under increasing pressure from competing land uses and we have an important role to play in promoting an integrated approach to sustainable development. We understand the importance of influencing the planning system at local, regional and national levels in accordance with our statutory purpose, in order to safeguard special places but at the same time by regarding conservation as the careful management of change. These are busy and exciting times and we are expanding our Planning team in order to take on the challenges facing us.  

The National Trust Consultancy is the home to specialists in every field of our work. A national consultancy, where resources are shared across disciplines and boundaries, it’s proving to be a great repository of skills, talent and experience. The diversity and quality of expertise within the Consultancy will enable our properties and places to benefit from an extraordinary range of creative and innovative thinking, as well as deep expertise in all matters relating to our twin purpose of caring for the nation’s heritage and landscapes, and making these accessible to all.

About the role

We are seeking two individuals to provide planning expertise across the North Region, based in one of our five hub offices and supporting a wide portfolio of Trust properties and interests. You’ll provide expert advice on everything from strategic engagement with the planning system to development management, both proactive and protective. You will be able to tackle a wide range of issues from wind farms to listed buildings, from National Parks to urban green space. With your proven experience, colleagues will look to you for in-depth, up-to-the-minute advice and guidance. Like everyone here, you’ll relish the challenge of helping more and more people to enjoy our magical places and spaces, and to safeguard them for ever, for everyone.

About you

To be successful in this role you’ll need to have:

  • Significant practical knowledge of urban and rural planning.
  • Strong knowledge of major infrastructure, environmental issues, landscape, conservation and sustainable development.
  • Your finger firmly on the planning pulse, and know that big planning issues call for innovative solutions.
  • Up-to-date understanding of what’s happening in the wider world of land use and planning (including relevant legislation)
  • A clear client focus and the ability to work and effectively manage your time across several projects
  • Analytical and methodical approach to your work
  • Confidence and experience in interpreting data and using your findings to influence colleagues and support them in the decision making process.

The package

Looking after you

  • Health cash plan – from as little as £2.81 per month for you and your dependents
  • Pension contribution match up to 10%
  • EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
  • Discounted gym membership

Looking after your career

  • Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
  • Develop your skills with an internal secondment
  • Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression
  • Income protection due to illness

Unique to us

  • Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK
  • Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • 20% off in our retail and catering outlets
  • Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking

How to apply

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Closing date: 21 July 2016. Assessment date: 16 August 2016