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Job Title: Planning & Development Team Leader

The Coal Authority


Contract Type:
Full time

Mansfield, Midlands

Job Level:
Planning & Development Team Leader


Closing Date:
01 Oct 2023

Town Planning

Local Authority

Team Leader


About You

Are you a chartered Town Planner with significant experience of working as a Case Officer in a Local Planning Authority?

Are you a confident and effective leader with line management experience?

Do you understand the important role that statutory consultees play in the planning process?  

Do you want to join a small friendly and high performing Planning team providing advice and guidance to Local Planning Authorities and others in the development industry on land stability issues arising from past coal mining activity?  

If so, read on….

You will be a chartered town planner with substantial post qualification experience in an LPA development management role, including experience of dealing with a case load of major applications. 

You will have experience of effective line management responsibility.

You will have detailed knowledge and understanding of the policy, legislation and the principles of the overall planning system including the variations between the systems in England, Scotland and Wales. 

You will be an excellent communicator, able to deal with people confidently, persuasively and with sensitivity, with the ability to stay calm and focused under pressure. 

We don’t expect candidates to meet every single desired qualification. If your experience looks a little different from what we've identified and you think you can bring value to the role, we'd love to learn more about you!

About The Role

You will deliver the Coal Authority’s advice to Local Planning Authorities including assessing incoming consultation requests and associated supporting information, considering the Authority’s data, liaising with technical specialists where necessary, and responding appropriately and in a timely manner verbally, in accordance with agreed policies and procedures.

As Team Leader you will provide direction and guidance to the Planning team responsible for responding to planning consultations. 

You will support the Principle Manager in the day-to-day management of the planning consultation responding process including identification and resolution of issues, performance monitoring and staff training. 

You will assist the Principle Manager, as necessary, in liaising with external stakeholders and Government bodies, including reviewing consultation requests and related documents and preparing responses as appropriate.

Role location: Mansfield  - hybrid working activity office based 

For more information about the role please refer to the attached job description.


Application closing date: 11th July 2023

Sifting date: 12th July 2023 

Interviews: w/c 17th July 2023 

(If you are unavailable on these interview dates, please make us aware and we will look at alternative dates)


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks and will be subject to UK Immigration requirements.

About The Coal Authority

Our benefits:
  • A market leading pension scheme - our employer contribution rate is around 27%
  • A choice of working patterns; full-time, part-time, job-share!
  • Adoption or shared parental leave of 26 weeks full pay (subject to qualifying criteria)
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Diversity Network Groups
  • Mental Health Allies
  • Civil Service Sports and Social club
  • Employee discounts
  • Annual medicals
  • £15 per month towards wellbeing
  • A values based recognition scheme
  • Flexible working arrangements to give employees freedom to vary their hours around personal preferences and commitments.
  • Generous holiday allowance – 27.5 days annual leave, plus the ability to flex an extra 6 days in addition to 8 public holidays
  • On-site free parking, tea, coffee and soft drinks in the Mansfield office
  • Sponsorship and professional qualifications support
  • Professional subscriptions paid

Working with us:

We offer different ways to work flexibly, and the following types of flexibility are usually possible: job share, flexible hours, working from home for part of the week and compressed hours. Please feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you at your interview.

With a genuine commitment to flexible working, we believe that work life balance is incredibly important.

Who we are:

Here at the Coal Authority, we really are a great team to work with. We’re united in our passion and commitment to make a better future for people and the environment in mining areas.

We carry out a wide variety of essential services from responding to coal mining hazards, to keeping everyone and everything safe from mine water pollution.

We are excited about what our future holds. Our work is helping to develop a new sustainable source of renewable energy for the UK. By harnessing the energy from mine water heat, we hope to play a key role towards helping the UK to meet net-zero emissions by 2050.

We truly are a supportive organisation where we all live and breathe our values. We are inclusive, trusted and progressive in everything that we do.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:

Here at TCA we don’t just accept difference – we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our colleagues, our customers and our communities. We are proud to be an inclusive employer. We are committed to developing a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We encourage applications from people from different backgrounds, identities, cultures and beliefs. Diversity is vital to our success and innovation and is fundamental to our values of being trusted, inclusive and progressive.

As part of our commitment to increasing the diversity of our workforce, we provide a guaranteed interview to applicants who meet the minimum selection criteria who are disabled or from a minority ethnic community.

If you require any reasonable adjustments or alternative format application forms you can get in touch with us by contacting the team by email at [email protected] or by phone on 01623 637000.

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