Planning Senior Adviser – Major Casework

Natural England
Closing date
11 Jul 2022

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Contract Type
Conservation/Environment, Planning
Government Agency/Quango
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This is a great opportunity to work in the Flexible Casework Team in the Major Infrastructure Team in Natural England. This team is focused on handling our portfolio of highest priority development and infrastructure casework in Area Teams. Through engaging with stakeholders on developments in more non-statutory pre-application work we will deliver better environmental outcomes and customer service. As other higher priority planning casework emerges the Team’s casework portfolio will flex and change to ensure we are managing the highest priority casework. The team will be involved in our normal cost recovery processes to support its costs.

The Senior Adviser will work on high priority major developments and infrastructure casework on land and sea and play an important part in shaping Natural England’s responses, helping to secure sustainable development and opportunities for the natural environment.

In the Flexible Casework Team, the postholder will be embedded in our Area Teams focused on a selective number of our highest priority cases, responding to planning consultations/ marine licence applications and environmental assessments. Working with Area team colleagues they will provide advice on planning, infrastructure and environmental assessment processes internally and externally. The Senior Adviser will work closely with a number of our internal teams to ensure that all aspects of casework are well managed, including risks, legal challenges, communications and stakeholder management.

The postholder will work with our planning Advisers and Specialists to contribute to wider networks, building effective working relationships with national teams and other Area Teams. As a Senior Adviser you will be expected to be a role model for Natural England’s ways of working.

Key Tasks/Principal Accountabilities

  • Provide technical advice to Area teams on casework and spatial plans including environmental impact and habitat regulations assessments.
  • Provide technical advice to Area teams to support the effective case handling and delivery of timely and evidence-based advice of major infrastructure and other planning casework, (including offshore wind), working with lead advisers, national specialists, principal advisers, and managers, and attending meetings and hearings as appropriate.
  • Providing guidance and support in the resolution of specific case issues/thematic areas
  • Working with Area Team case leads to identify and manage risks and issues, escalating and briefing upwards as required
  • On individual casework proactively engaging with key partners and customers to ensure effective communications and excellent stakeholder relationships.
  • Advise and support Area teams in the effective use of cost recovery practices to ensure the team is supporting its costs
  •  Participating in relevant internal networks to build effective working relationships, exchange information and develop best practice.
  •  Developing capability and capacity of Area Team case teams through mentoring, coaching, and contributing to relevant learning and development opportunities especially in the delivery of major casework and Natural England’s advice on Nationally Significant Infrastructure projects (NSIPs)

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Do you have a passion for nature and the environment? Do you want to make a real difference and secure significant environmental gains in the present and the future? Do you enjoy working in a team? Can you see yourself advising communities and customers to maximise gains for the Natural Environment?

If this appeals to you, a career at Natural England offers rewarding opportunities to secure environmental improvements and play your part in creating a better future for people and nature.

The priority work Natural England is delivering includes:

• Establishing a Nature Recovery Network to help wildlife thrive
• Monitoring environmental changes to identify and help reduce the effects of climate change
• Working with farmers and landowners to develop greener food production methods
• Advising on plans for new developments to maximise gains for nature
• Providing ways for people to better connect with nature, including green social prescribing

We are the Government’s advisor for the natural environment, playing a vital role in delivering the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan, an ambitious vision which brings new opportunities to protect and enhance and to achieve real outcomes for the environment.

See more about the work of Natural England at:

Natural England staff are inclusive, motivated and ambitious to achieve results for our environment, for everyone. We welcome and encourage applications from all communities and we operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the minimum requirements for the role.

Wherever possible we will accommodate requests for both full-time and part-time hours and other flexible working patterns to help employees achieve a good work/life balance and maintain their health and wellbeing.

From induction to ongoing learning and development, everyone in Natural England is supported to develop their skills and capabilities. Where appropriate there will be offers of training under our apprenticeship schemes.

Natural England is adopting hybrid working – which means that our staff will work from a flexible range of locations, encompassing home, offices (ours and our partners) and relevant sites. By default, all new staff will be formally linked to one of our 25 offices across England and the expectation is that all new staff will be able to access their local office to be part of the community of staff in their geographic area.

The successful candidate is required to carry out all their duties working in this way and cannot do so from an overseas location at any time.

National team roles can be linked with any Natural England office while Area Team roles will be linked with an office in the relevant geographic area.
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