Sustainable Places Planning Specialist - 20971

South West
Bodmin , Exeter
Sir John Moore House, Manley House
Staff Grade 5
Full Time
Looking for a career where you will make a real difference?
Would you like to join a team who are passionate to tackle the climate and nature emergencies through our strategic goals:
• green growth and a sustainable future,
• healthy air, land and water,
• a nation resilient to climate change?

Do you see the opportunities through influencing growth and development to improve our environment, and help communities adapt to climate change?
If you can use your skills to achieve these goals please read on, we may be able to offer you a very rewarding role.
We are looking for a Planning Specialist to join the Devon, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Sustainable Places Team. You’ll provide technical leadership on Town & Country Planning to the team and lead engagement on Local Plans for a range of Local Planning Authorities. The role offers opportunities to develop your leadership, programme management, and engagement skills.
Your career to date will include developing policies or projects with an environmental focus. You’ll have experience of leading others and managing projects and or programmes. You’ll have excellent communication skills that will be complemented by your ability to engage and build relationships with external partners.
Sustainable Places has a cross cutting, multifunctional role and we lead the Environment Agency’s input into development and growth. We are a positive, knowledgeable and supportive team that takes pride in securing environmental outcomes by working closely with internal colleagues, 14 Local Planning Authorities, developers, strategic partners and Defra family.
• You will be qualified to at least degree standard (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline and or experience of working in the Town & Country Planning system in an environmental role.
• Membership or demonstration of progression towards membership of a relevant professional body is desirable.
• Excellent communication and networking skills with the ability to collaborate with others.
• Ability to synthesise information from a wide range of sources, identify and present the key facts.
• Ability to make sound decisions based on competing or complex factors.
• Ability to confidently negotiate and influence others.
• Effective programme management.
• Ability to coach and mentor others.
• A willingness to contribute to a diverse and inclusive work culture.
• An interest to seek new innovative ways of working.
Most importantly though, a passion to have a career that creates a better place for people and wildlife.
The role can be based at either the Exeter or Bodmin office. There will be some travel between our offices and to our customers’ sites and offices. Candidates need to hold a full driving licence. Travel outside of the area may be required occasionally.
There are opportunities to get involved with incident management and you will be encouraged to take up an incident management role. We have a flexible range of roles you can volunteer for and you’ll get all the training and support you need.
Please contact Emma Whereat, Sustainable Places Team Leader for more information. 07901 103420

06/02/2022, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Takes Decisions and Solves Problems
Describe a time when you faced a challenge and how you addressed it. Briefly explain the challenge, the approach you took and the outcome of it.
Builds and Sustains Relationships
Please summarise your experience of building and sustaining relationships that helped you to successfully deliver your work.
Influences and Persuades Others
Describe a time when you have successfully influenced others to ensure maximum positive outcomes.
Managing the Environment Agency’s Interaction in the Land Use Planning Process
Please summarise your understanding of the Environment Agency's role in land use planning, illustrate with your experience where possible.
Driving Licence
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.

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