Planning Advisor (Town and Country Planning) - 23579

East of England
Brampton , Ipswich
Brampton Office, Iceni House
Staff Grade 4
Full Time, Part Time/Job Share
Environment & Sustainability, Planning
£28,785 (Pro-rata)
Are you looking for a career where you can make a real difference? Do you want to make East Anglia a better place to live and work? Ensuring growth in the region protects and enhances our unique environment?

Our Planning Advisors do just that, and if you have a passion for this we would love for you to apply and join our team!

Your work will involve:
• Managing statutory consultations for a number of Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) within East Anglia which are designated to you. This will include pre-planning work, planning applications (including major schemes), and local plan work.
• Building relationships with your LPAs, developers, consultants and others so that you successfully influence outcomes on site-specific and strategic issues.
• Engage with a range of internal teams to coordinate our technical advice.
• Identifying and embracing new ways of working to improve our efficiency and customer service.

In East Anglia we have some of the biggest environmental challenges: a large coastline; over 3800km of main river; chalk stream rivers; the UKs driest region; and numerous designated and environmentally sensitive areas. Though challenging, this creates opportunities for an interesting, varied and diverse workload.
The Sustainable Places team is part of a cross cutting department that works in partnership with internal and external stakeholders to deliver EA2025 goals.

We use a place-based approach to influence strategic plans, planning applications and Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects, working closely with technical teams to evaluate environmental data, evidence and assessments.

We are a positive, friendly and hardworking team who take pride in protecting and enhancing the environment for future generations.
You will be able to demonstrate the following:
• A willingness to learn new things and take on information quickly.
• Strong customer service, communication and relationship building skills – both written and verbal.
• Ability to confidently negotiate and influence others.
• Ability to synthesis information from a wide range of sources, making sound decisions when presented with competing or complex factors.
• Excellent time management and organisational skills and the ability to positively respond to changing and challenging priorities within set timescales.
• Enjoy working in a team, supporting your colleagues when needed.
• A positive and enthusiastic attitude, with a drive to seek new innovative ways of working.

It will be an advantage to have experience/an understanding of the UK planning system and/or key environmental issues.

Most importantly, you need a passion to develop a career which will create a better place for people and wildlife.
In East Anglia we want to create a diverse workplace where individuals are respected, valued and listened to. We’re all different, and by embracing Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) we can become an equal opportunity employer where we grow and learn together.

It is our ambition to champion diversity through building a workforce as diverse as the communities we serve.

We will accommodate working from home but you'll be required to attend your base location, Ipswich or Brampton office, on a regular basis.

For further details, we would be very happy to speak with you:

Jo Firth (Sustainable Places Team Leader, Ipswich) on 0207 714 0801
Adam Ireland (Sustainable Places Team Leader, Brampton) on 0203 025 1777

Interviews will be virtually via MS-Teams.

21/08/2022, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Focuses on Customers and Partners
Please note we do not assess CVs. Answers to these competency questions will be used for interview selection so ensure you draw out your skills and experience in your responses. You have up to 250 words so please do use them to tell us what we need to know about you.

Provide an example of when you have helped deliver excellent customer service.
Influences and Persuades Others
Provide an example of when you have successfully influenced an individual or organisation round to your point of view.
Manages Self
How do you manage your workloads when you have competing deadlines?
Business of the Environment Agency
Please explain to us why you want this role and believe you are well suited to it. Please summarise any experience you have of working within the UK town and country planning system and/or environmental sector.
A full UK driving license is essential. If you do not have this then please speak with us prior to applying.
If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.

We are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

We also have a Guaranteed Interview Policy to support those with a disability who are seeking employment. We have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

The Environment Agency, as a Non-Departmental Public Body, is committed to providing value for money and utilises Central Government frameworks and contracts for all external recruitment needs. For this reason, we are unable to engage with the market directly through post, email or phone calls . Should you wish to become a support supplier on one of these frameworks or contracts please visit for more information.

This Vacancy is closed to applications.