Trainee Planning Liaison Manager
Trainee Planning Liaison Manager £22,000 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. We respond to 7,500 planning application consultations each year, together with the submission of about 350 responses to emerging planning policy documents.
About the role:
You 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.
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.
If successful, you'll be:
- Assisting with the delivery of the Coal Authority's statutory consultation role. This will include effective management of a high volume workload in response to consultations received in respect of development management and the development plan systems.
- Assisting with discussions with Local Authorities, Central Government, the Devolved Administrations, Elected Members and other organisations, as necessary, and to develop the external relationships needed to implement the Authority's strategies, including attending meetings.
- Liaising with other internal departments, as necessary, and representing the Authority on matters of planning and public safety with these organisations and others to resolve the matter as the Authority may require.
- Assisting with the monitoring of the effectiveness of the Authority's input into the planning system and identifying opportunities for improving departmental systems and working processes to obtain best value.
- Defending where necessary professional planning views and judgements expressed in the Authority's consultation responses to Local Planning Authorities.
This post is part of the Authority's succession planning programme and would suit a recently graduated chartered town planner. You will be a junior professional within the Planning and Local Authority Liaison department and will be supported with the necessary training and mentoring.