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Sustainable Places Planning Advisor - 20962 / Full time

Environment Agency


Exeter, South West



  • Sir John Moore House, Victoria Square, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 1EB
  • Manley House, Kestrel Way, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7LQ

Job description  

Looking for a career where you will make a real difference?

Would you like to join a team who are passionate about tackling 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 future growth and development to deliver these goals? Please read on, we may be able to offer you a very rewarding role.

We are looking for a Planning Advisor to join the Devon, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Sustainable Places Team. You will engage with Local Planning Authorities, developers and consultants to influence their decisions; ensuring growth and regeneration planned in our Area is climate resilient, protects and enhances the environment.

Our Area has a diverse range of environmental issues and development pressures, creating opportunities for an interesting and diverse workload. We need a highly motivated person to take on these challenges.

You will co-ordinate advice from internal functions to enable us to effectively influence places maker’s decisions, Marine Licence applications and chargeable planning consultations. You will need excellent communication, customer service and organisational skills with the ability to meet deadlines.

The team  

Sustainable Places has a cross cutting, multifunctional role. We are a positive, knowledgeable and supportive team that takes pride in delivering outcomes for the environment. We lead the Environment Agency’s input into development, growth and planning policy matters. We seek to secure the best possible environmental outcomes by working closely with internal colleagues, 14 Local Planning Authorities, developers, strategic partners and Defra family.

Experience/skills required  

• 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.

• An understanding of the Environment Agency’s statutory role in the UK planning system, particularly relating to development management.

• Excellent organisational skills and the ability to positively respond to changing priorities within set timescales.
• Excellent communication and collaboration skills.
• Ability to synthesise information from a wide range of sources, identify and present key facts.
• Ability to make sound decisions based on competing or complex factors.
• Ability to influence others.
• Self-motivated and able to work both independently and as part of a team.
• A willingness to contribute to a diverse and inclusive work culture.

Most importantly though, a passion to develop a career to create a better place for people and wildlife.

Contact and additional information  

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. [email protected] 07901 103420

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