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Trainee Planning & Development Manager

The Coal Authority
United Kingdom
Grade: CA3
Closing date
5 Aug 2021

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Trainee Planning & Development Manager

Do you have a degree and/or post-graduate qualification in Planning?

Do you aspire to be an RTPI qualified planning professional?

Are you interested in working with, the planning systems across England, Scotland and Wales?

Would you like to work for an organization that acts both as a statutory consultee and a developer, making a major difference to the quality of the environment?

This could be the job for you!

This important role as a Trainee Planning & Development Manager will advance your professional development. The core of the role involves the preparation of bespoke consultation responses for local planning authorities to ensure that new developments within coalfield areas are safe and stable. Over time, the successful candidate will also be involved in the delivery of pre-application advice to the development industry, and in our ongoing programme of pro-active customer engagement. In time, you may also be involved in making key inputs into the Coal Authority’s own development projects.

This post will enable you to gain an in-depth understanding of the significant impacts of coal mining legacy and its implications for planning and development. This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable planning experience and a unique insight into the role of the statutory consultee.

For more information about the role please refer to the attached job description.

About you:

You will be an aspiring Planning professional, having completed an RTPI accredited degree and/or post graduate qualification. You will have an awareness of the operation of the Planning systems in England, Scotland and Wales, the critical relationship between planning policy and the making of effective Development Management decisions, and the role of statutory consultees in the planning system.

You will need to be ICT-literate, confident in using GIS based data-management software, and skilled in the analysis of plans and documents to reach evidence-based conclusions. Our work requires you to be well organised, clear thinking, and thorough. While we will support you and guide your professional development, you will need to use your own initiative, and learn to work at pace with limited supervision. You will need to be consistent with adherence to established policies and procedures. Excellent oral and written communication skills, and a rational and empathetic approach are also essential in providing a high quality service to our customers. Prior experience of a development management role in a local planning authority would be beneficial, but not essential.

Who we are:

The Coal Authority really is a great organisation to work for. We’re united in our passion and commitment to make a better future for people and the environment in mining areas. We carry out a wide variety of essential services from responding to coal mining hazards, to keeping people and the environment safe from mine water pollution.

We are also excited about what our future holds. Our work is helping to develop a new sustainable source of renewable energy for the UK. By harnessing the energy from mine water heat, we hope to play a key role towards helping the UK to meet net-zero emissions by 2050.

We truly are a supportive organisation where we all live and breathe our values. We are inclusive, trusted and progressive in everything that we do.

The Coal Authority’s Planning team deals with a fast-paced workload of around 9,000 consultation requests per year, providing advice to 181 local planning authorities across England, Scotland and Wales. We provide essential assistance and inputs into Development Management and Development Plans, but we’re also involved in influencing national planning policies, providing pre-application advice to the development industry and supporting the Coal Authority’s own development projects. We are a small and friendly team, committed to responsiveness and high quality, We are delighted to have been recognised at one of the best performing statutory consultees, being one of the “Big 6” in Britain, now with a key role to play in shaping the future of the planning system.

There are a number of benefits that you’ll access being a part of our inclusive team including flexi time, 27.5 days holiday (with an additional 6 days flexi time), civil service pension scheme, gym membership contribution, and professional membership.

Working at the Coal Authority:

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:

The Coal Authority is committed to developing a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We encourage applications from people with the required skills and experience, from different backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities and beliefs. Diversity is vital to our success and innovation and is fundamental to our values of being trusted, inclusive and progressive. We offer a guaranteed interview for candidates with disabilities who meet the basic selection criteria.

If you require any reasonable adjustments or alternative format application forms you can get in touch with us by contacting the HR team by email at [email protected] or by phone on 0345 762 6848.

Other essential information


Application closing date: Thursday 5th August 2021.

The Coal Authority is currently following all required social distancing practices during our recruitment process.

Application outcome:

Only candidates invited to interview will be contacted. If you have not heard anything within 2 weeks of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks and will be subject to UK Immigration requirements. 




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