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Development Planner

Meadowfield, Durham

£ Competitive

The job holder will be responsible for providing professional planning advice in support of the Banks Renewables business area. With support from the Principal Development Planner he/she will help identify and assess the suitability of new prospects; develop the planning approach and strategy for individual and multiple projects; coordinate and prepare planning applications and environmental statements; secure all appropriate permissions and consents for their projects; coordinate and develop strategy, monitor and provide inputs on Local Plans, and National policy and guidance; co-ordinate and prepare for planning appeals; and provide advice on all aspects of planning procedures, local policy and regulations. He/she will be the key point of contact for all planning related elements on their projects and with LPAs and relevant consultants.

EMPLOYEES BENEFIT FROM:

• Annual bonus depending upon Company and individual performance
• Continuing professional development, including training opportunities
• Cash allowance in lieu of a company vehicle
• Generous annual leave increasing with length of service, plus public holidays
• Company pension scheme
• Health and wellbeing discounts
• New car discounts with certain dealerships

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

• To develop Project Planning Strategy and Design
This will involve preparing applications and securing relevant approvals and consents for a range of projects. By conducting research and surveys, you will report on development issues which may impact upon the company’s business activities.
• Preparation, Co-ordination, and Delivery of Planning Requirements
You will work with internal and external stakeholders, including consultants working in planning, renewables, environmental and research areas, Project Managers, Operational teams to provide specific inputs and planning advice.
• To work with Local Planning Authorities, Statutory Consultees and Communities
You will develop lasting relationships key external stakeholders and liaise with planning authorities, key agencies and other consultees ensuring that their information requirements are met and to secure their support for Banks Group projects and activities.
• Health and Safety
Promote a safety-first culture and contribute and adhere to the BRL Health and Safety Plan and all relevant Health and Safety legislation and guidance.

KEY CONTACTS:

The majority of contact will be with the Principal Development Planner, Senior Development Planner and the multi-disciplinary project teams. External contacts are likely to include Local Authority personnel and associated statutory consultees. Attendance at community exhibitions and meetings will also be required in support of projects.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT:

The job holder will be based in our Head Office, Durham and will be required to travel to our office in Scotland in line with business requirements. Out of office activities include project and business team working, and meetings with external bodies and interested parties such as LPAs, consultants, surveyors, and communities. Work cycle periods will be driven by planning deadlines and committees, and company project reviews and milestones.

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:

ESSENTIAL:
• Educated to degree level or equivalent with qualifications in, or relevant to, Town and Country Planning
• A minimum of 2 years’ experience in the preparation and co-ordination of planning applications and liaising with local planning authorities
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Demonstrable experience of being able to work as part of a multi-disciplinary project team and on an individual basis with minimum supervision
• Demonstrable experience of the ability to work to tight deadlines and under pressure
• Full UK Driving licence and comfortable with regular travel, sometimes at short notice.

DESIRABLE:
• Working towards or attainment of chartered status of the RTPI or RICS
• Experience of working on renewable energy projects, particularly wind, solar and storage
• Working knowledge of Environmental Impact Assessments
• Working knowledge of the planning system in both England and Scotland

PERSONAL QUALITIES/COMPETENCIES:
• Ability to motivate, to lead by example and knows when to accept and when to challenge
• Integrity and the ability to lead through influence
• Ability to demonstrate strong attention to detail, exercises sound judgement and composure under pressure
• Logical planning ability. Ability to concentrate on different tasks at the same time and prioritise accordingly
• Good judgement, showing logical decision making, and a hands-on approach
• Confident, a self-starter, with the ability to operate in a dynamic challenging environment whist remaining flexible and responsive
• A positive ‘can do’ enthusiastic attitude towards addressing the technical challenges facing Banks Group
• Ability to work in strategic way, but also comfortable in managing the day-to-day details in a hands-on way
• Excellent people skills (particularly active listening, empathy and influencing) and ability to develop lasting quality relationships with people and organisations relevant to the business needs
• Focus upon delivery and a strong customer service ethic
• Capable of independent thought, coming up with creative solutions/vision and prepared to challenge current practice.

IMPORTANT DATES:

The deadline for applications is 13 August. Interview process comprises of first stage interview which will be held w/c 16 August. Successful candidates will be invited for second stage interview with Personal Profile Analysis.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter detailing your relevant experience to: Human Resources, The Banks Group, Inkerman House, St John’s Road, Meadowfield, Durham, DH7 8XL, or by email to: applications@banksgroup.co.uk For further information contact The Banks Group Human Resources Department on 0191 378 6100.

The Banks Group is committed to equality of opportunity.

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