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Planning and Environmental Appeals Division

Scottish Government
Competitive salary
Closing date
24 Sep 2021

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Central Government
Job Level
Planning, Town Planning
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The Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA) is responsible for determining a broad range of planning and environmental appeals on behalf of Scottish Ministers. Its reporters conduct public local inquiries and report to Ministers on a range of major infrastructure projects including onshore wind farms and other generating stations and large scale housing developments. DPEA also has a key role to play in the planning system in its examination of local development plans.

DPEA invites expressions of interest to join its panel of self-employed reporters. Members of the panel are appointed on a case by case basis. 

As it is important that reporters are seen to undertake their role in an independent and impartial manner, we would not usually consider applications from those intending to continue in active professional practice in Scotland, whether in the public or private sector, in case this should give rise to a perceived conflict of interest. Prospective applicants are encouraged to raise any issues about this with the Chief Reporter before deciding whether to submit an application.

You will have a professional qualification related to planning, environmental management, architecture or law; be able to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of planning and environmental legislation and policy; and have significant experience, gained in either the private or public sector, of development planning or development management and planning appeals. You will also have proven case management ability as well as excellent analytical, organisational and personal management skills, not to mention being able to communicate accurately and concisely, and work to deadlines.

To apply for this role please submit a CV outlining your relevant skills and qualifications for the role and a personal statement (of no more than 1500 words) which demonstrate how you meet the requirements of this role.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity further please telephone David Henderson on 0131 244 6903 or email at [email protected].

Completed applications must be returned by Friday 24 September 2021. We cannot accept applications after that date.

Scottish Government
Planning and Environmental Appeals Division
Ground Floor
Hadrian House
Callendar Business Park

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