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Job Title: Planning Casework Officer

Active Travel England


Contract Type:
Full time

York, North East

Senior Planner / Senior Planning Officer


Job Sector:
Principal Planner

Closing Date:
Monday 20 March 2023

Town Planning, Senior Planner

Central Government

Development Management Casework


Planning Casework Officer


Closing date: 11:55pm on Monday 20 March 2023.


Ref: 271400

Salary: £31,349 - A recruitment and retention allowance may also be applicable for exceptional candidates, these are not guaranteed and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis at appointment stage.

Location: York


Job summary


We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including ethnic minorities, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.


Are you keen to play a part in changing the way people move around our towns and cities?


Can you work to tight timescales and successfully adapt to changing organisational and policy frameworks?


Do you look at new developments and think ‘this could be so much better’?


If so, we'd love to hear from you!


Job description


There has never been a more exciting time to be working in active travel, and Active Travel England is at the forefront of this high-profile agenda. Active Travel England will help deliver the Government’s ambitious vision for half of all journeys in England’s towns and cities to be walked or cycled by 2030. The plan commits to ensure cycling and walking provision is at the heart of local plan making and decision taking. Joining the team now represents a genuine opportunity to shape transport policy in a time when other wider considerations like decarbonisation and economic growth are central government priorities.


We are looking for Planning Casework Officers to join the Development Management Casework Team. The Planning Casework Officers will be an essential part of Active Travel England, driving forward the assessment of planning applications and producing high quality outputs which are consistent with Active Travel England’s spatial planning policy priorities.


You will need a good understanding of planning for active travel, with experience of working in a position in either the private, public or third sectors that requires knowledge of planning, highways and sustainable transport policy and practice. With a good understanding of equality and diversity in scheme design, you will have good technical, communication and stakeholder engagement skills.


Person specification


·Clear and concise written and spoken communication skills

·Highly motivated and proactive

·A good team worker demonstrating loyalty and commitment to the organisation and team members

·Flexible and able to adapt to the demands of a new and diverse organisation

·Working collaboratively across different disciplines with the ability to problem solve

·Good technical, communication and stakeholder engagement skills

·You will need to hold a RTPI (or equivalent) membership, or be able to demonstrate eligibility for membership via experience so you can gain this membership whilst in post.




Key accountabilities of the role include:


·Supporting ATE in delivering its spatial planning priorities through the development management casework function

·Providing appropriate advice to the wider ATE spatial planning team, including the Senior Casework Officers, Principal Planners, regional teams and the Director of Spatial Planning

·Building networks both internally with ATE colleagues but also wider to help drive forward ATE’s ambitions to be a Centre of Excellence and best practice

·Processing and formulating recommendations on planning applications that are submitted to ATE, including supporting on the preparation of reports for other ATE staff

·Input as appropriate into ATE’s learning, development and capacity building function for Local Authorities, including leading sessions as and when appropriate

·Preparing and presenting appropriate evidence in response to challenges against the determinations and feedback of ATE, and supporting the preparation activities for negotiations to secure outcomes and opportunities for active travel

·Attendance at meetings with a wide range of stakeholders and interested parties as required.


Additional Information


A minimum of 40% of your working time should be spent at your principal workplace, although requirements to attend other locations for official business, or carry out detached duty in another DfT workplace, will also count towards this level of attendance.




You will need to hold a RTPI (or equivalent) membership, or be eligible for membership via experience so you can gain this membership whilst in post.


Reasonable Adjustments


As a Disability Confident Leader employer, DfT is committed to ensuring that the recruitment process is fair, accessible and allows all candidates to perform at their best. If a person with a visible or non-visible disability is substantially disadvantaged, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.


Complete the "Assistance required” section in the "Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need during the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at an interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.


If you need a reasonable adjustment so that you can complete your application, you should contact Government Recruitment Service via [email protected]as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.


If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.




Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.


A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.


Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.


People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard checks.


We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.


The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.


The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.


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This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.


Contact point for applicants


Laurence Fallon, [email protected]

Recruitment team, [email protected]


Further information


If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email: [email protected]


If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission.

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