Planning Advisor - 23710

Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF
Staff Grade 4
Fixed Term
£28,785 Pro-rata
We are the Environment Agency. We work with government, local councils, businesses, and communities to make our environment cleaner, safer, and healthier for people and wildlife. We deal with the effects and causes of climate change, perhaps the most serious long-term threat to the environment that we face.

Hertfordshire and North London faces many environmental challenges. The amount of growth planned in the area is one such challenge. The successful candidate will influence development to protect and enhance the environment. Our aim is to secure the best environmental outcomes through this growth. Our work is varied and diverse. We seek to protect chalk stream rivers and groundwater, remediate contamination and steer development from flood risk areas.

As a member of our Sustainable Places team your work will involve:

• Providing a positive planning service to local planning authorities, developers and consultants
• Commenting on planning applications
• Negotiating environmental outcomes
• influencing local planning policy
• Managing paid for pre-application projects
• Contributing to internal business improvement working groups •

There is no requirement for your background to be in the planning sector.

For more info on working with us see
The Sustainable Places team is the first point of contact for local authorities on planning matters. We are a statutory consultee within the planning process. We provide effective responses to a high volume of planning applications and enquires.

We are a positive, friendly and hardworking team who take pride in delivering outcomes for the environment. We are dual located across our offices in London and Welwyn Garden City.
We're looking for a talented, dynamic team member with a track record of delivering results. You will demonstrate professionalism, integrity and compassion. You will be adaptable and resilient under pressure and enjoy working as part of a supportive team

•You will be qualified to at least degree standard (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline
•Proven time management skills
•Excellent problem solving skills
•An ability to prioritise workload
•Effective influencing and negotiation skills
•Excellent customer services skills and experience working with stakeholders
•An ability to communicate to a wide range of audiences

Most importantly, a passion to develop a career which will create a better place for people and wildlife.
We encourage you to apply and share your skills in helping us deliver our goals. You may be experienced in a different sector or looking for a new challenge. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer. We strive to make our workforce as diverse as the communities we serve. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented groups. We are a Stonewall Top 100 Employer and advocate diversity at every opportunity.

Please note that travel to both Welwyn Garden City and Central London is required. This role will attract London weighting.

For further information about the role please contact Chris Padley-Knight, Sustainable Places Team Leader.

21/08/2022, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Up to 9 months
Works in Teams
Team work is something we value highly in Sustainable Places, it’s critical for us to effectively manage our workloads and share skills.

Tell us about a time when you’ve worked as part of a team. How did your involvement help the team to achieve a better outcome or result?
Focuses on Efficiency, Innovation and Quality
In this role we encourage the team to develop and promote better ways of working

Can you give an example of a situation where you have made an improvement in your role/work area:
Focuses on Customers and Partners
We work with a wide range of customers and we need to deliver excellent customer service to help influence planning decisions to improve the environment. Describe an occasion when you have used your knowledge and understanding of a particular customer to improve the service you provided for them
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.