Planning Advisor with a specialism in transport and infrastructure planning

High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
£43,000 pa
11 Nov 2019
06 Dec 2019
Full Time
Job Level

We're looking for an experienced planning professional with transport and infrastructure expertise to support our work in the London & South East region on a full-time basis for a 2 year fixed term contract.

We care for places of historic interest and natural beauty for ever, for everyone. You will play a key role in tackling the planning challenges facing our properties - from influencing major external infrastructure and third-party development projects to the sensitive development of our own places to sustain their future.

We look after, and welcome access for the public to more land and buildings in England, Wales and Northern Ireland than any other private landowner, so effective planning and sustainable management is at the heart of everything we do. Our core business is to carefully manage change in a sustainable way so that our special places survive forever, for everyone.

Climate change is a big challenge for us and our supporters, and we're looking for the right expertise to help us develop our operation and grow in a sustainable way. Our special places are also facing huge pressure from external development, including large transport infrastructure projects and associated development pressures. We need your help to manage these challenges, mitigate the impacts and seize the opportunities.

Offering a competitive salary range from £43,000-£50,000 depending on skills and experience, plus an impressive benefits package including a health cash plan, flexible working and a contributory pension of up to 10%.

What it's like to work here

This role will be based out of our office located in High Wycombe, a busy town that sits at the heart of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and which has the benefit of frequent rail connections to London, Oxford and Birmingham.

Working as part of a mixed team of professionals, you will deliver a core planning service to our many properties in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire. You will also work across the wider London & South East Region (which includes Hampshire, London, Surrey, Sussex and Kent) to support our General Managers with infrastructure and sustainable transport planning advice.

What you'll be doing

Leading on planning matters across much of the Region’s portfolio of properties, you’ll provide expert advice, with a strong focus on heritage and conservation issues.

You’ll work on everything from influencing local plans to development management and major infrastructure proposals. We’re looking for someone who is able to effectively manage and prioritise their workload as no two days are the same in this exciting role., Your scope of work could range from external proposals affecting listed buildings, protected landscapes and urban green spaces to assisting the National Trust with planning aspects of conserving and developing the potential of our special places.

You’ll use your specialist transport and infrastructure planning knowledge help us to improve our own infrastructure and visitor experience, adapt to climate change and operate our properties in a more sustainable way. 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.

Who we're looking for

We're looking for someone with the following skills and experience, but not limited to:

  • Practical knowledge and experience of urban and rural planning, major infrastructure, transport planning, environmental issues, landscape, conservation and sustainable development.
  • You’ll have an up-to-date understanding of what’s happening in the wider world of land use and planning (including relevant legislation).
  • A flexible, agile working style with an analytical and methodical approach.
  • Confidence in interpreting data and using your findings to influence colleagues and support them in the decision-making process.
  • Able to proactively manage a challenging workload, by effectively prioritising, building a network of key contacts and through having the autonomy to decide where your time is best placed.
  • This role will require regular travel across the London South East region, often to sites where public transport is limited or unavailable. Please ensure you are able to fulfil these travel requirements.


Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. You’ll be entitled to discounts in high street stores and cinemas, National Trust shops and NT cafes, and have free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18).

Your health and wellbeing is important to us and is supported through generous annual leave and the option to buy additional days (minimum contract length applies), a cycle to work scheme, subsidised health cash plan, a loan towards rental deposits and confidential access to a free support service 24 hours a day should you need it.

Your future financial health is helped by an employer matched - up to 10% of basic salary - contributory pension scheme and you can further your career with training and development tailored to you.

All of this and the opportunity to give something back to your community with up to 5 days of paid volunteering per year!

To find out more and apply for this role, please click on the 'Apply Button' 

Closing date: December 6th 2019.