Planning Specialist (Town & Country Planning) - 9533

Yorkshire and the Humber
Staff Grade 5
Full Time
Environment & Sustainability, Planning, Policy
We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to work as part of a team that engages with and influences local planning authorities, planning decision makers and developers to secure the best possible environmental outcomes.

As Planning Specialist you’ll be an expert advisor on planning issues, taking and creating opportunities to achieve sustainable economic prosperity that protects and enhances our environment.

Your work will involve:

•Providing technical leadership, expertise and guidance, primarily to Sustainable Places, but also other internal consultees involved in the planning process, ensuring the best environmental outcomes are achieved.
•Working with a high degree of collaboration, using effective written & spoken communication skills to influencing customers, build strong partnerships and networks internally and externally;
•Leading on the team’s most high profile work areas;
•Training and coaching others to equip them with the knowledge and skills to resolve local issues, ensuring decisions are made on sound technical grounds and are in line with local and national guidance;
•Leading / participating in local/ national projects and working groups to achieve integrated solutions that progress effective change and improvement;
•Supporting the Team Leader in leading and managing the team and issues, taking ownership of improvement actions.
Our Sustainable Places team manages the Environment Agency’s input into development, growth and planning policy, working with councils, developers and strategic partners. Yorkshire is diverse in terms of environmental issues, creating exciting opportunities and work load challenges. You’ll join a great team of 12 with a range of experience (based in Leeds and York) and you’ll have an interesting and diverse workload with the opportunity to make the most of your skills and abilities.
We are looking for someone who has:

•Effective leadership, influencing and negotiation skills, engaging with internal and external networks.
•Excellent customer services skills and be a great communicator to a wide range of audiences.
•A proven flexible, positive approach and a proven ability to achieve results.
•An ability to effectively train and coach others.
•An awareness and understanding of the political framework and internal national context we work within
•Extensive knowledge of the planning system/relevant legislation particularly Local Plans/supporting evidence; development management; relevant procedures;
•Adaptability to change/new ways of working to improve efficiency & productivity.
•Project management skills with ability to work flexibly responding to changing demands in a high workload, high pressure environment

Qualified to at least degree standard (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline.

Membership or demonstration of progression towards membership of a relevant professional membership is desirable but not essential.

A full driving licence is desirable.
Closing Date: 13th January 2019 at 23:55 hours

The post will be based at Lateral, Leeds.
For a conversation about the role, please contact Rachel Jones (Team Leader) on 020 302 56701 email
The successful applicant will have or be prepared to work towards, a specific professional qualification or membership of a professional body.

The role may be required to take part in incident response. The line manager will confirm the specific arrangements depending on the role.

Level of security checks required
Basic Check

13/01/2019, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Achieves Results
Please note, we do not accept CVs and that the answer below will be used for interview.
Please describe a time when you were set particularly high work standards and how you ensured these were delivered. Use this example to demonstrate your drive to meet targets, through prioritisation and organisation of tasks and resources to ensure timely achievement of results.
Coaches Others
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Please explain the methods and skills you would use to develop others - you may refer to a specific example describing the methods you used, the results you achieved and any lessons learnt at that particular time.
Influences and Persuades Others
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Please give an example of a time that you had to present a case in a convincing and attractive way to win over your audience. Describe the obstacles you faced and the techniques you used. What were the results and what lessons did you learn.
Managing the Environment Agency’s Interaction in the Land Use Planning Process
Please note, we do not accept CVs and that the answer below will be used for interview.
Please summarise the experience you have working with the town and country planning system.
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.