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Band1 Planning Inspector

The Planning Inspectorate
Remote working (anywhere in uk)
£41015 (while in training) rising to £47664 on completion of training
Closing date
30 Jun 2022

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Contract Type
Full Time
Government Agency/Quango
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The Planning Inspectorate plays a key role within the planning system, helping to deliver the Governments objectives of levelling up communities and shaping where we live, work and visit. We are looking to recruit more Inspectors to help deliver that aim

The Planning Inspectorate has a long and proud history in ensuring a fair planning system for England. , whether that is considering an appeal, examining a local plan or providing recommendations to the Secretary of State on major national projects. The work we do has a significant impact on people’s lives, the communities where they live and the economy.

We want our colleagues to be able to work more flexibly and more collaboratively, exploring new and i

Job description

Not all Planning Inspectors are town planners. We have always recruited from a range of professional backgrounds, including engineering, architecture, built heritage, environmental sciences, landscape architecture and the law.

You need to be an accomplished professional with energy, relevant skills and a commitment to public service. You need to be self-confident, self motivated and self-reliant, with the ability to make independent decisions, to work alone and to travel widely across England.

In return, we can offer an intellectually stimulating and challenging job, working with other independent and innovative experts in a highly regarded, trusted organisation, which embraces and encourages diversity. The breadth of our work means there is a range of opportunities to develop your skills and to advance your career across a wide range of disciplines. You will also benefit from the lifestyle flexibility that working from home can bring.

For full information on the role and assessment process please refer to the candidate pack on the Civil Service jobs website.

Essential Criteria
• Full / Chartered Membership of a professional body* relevant to the work of a Planning Inspector;
• Ability to analyse and to recall large amounts of information, evidence and argument; to interpret and to apply policies; and to draw out quickly the main issues requiring your consideration;
• Ability to write clearly, accurately and concisely in order to reach logical, convincing, well-reasoned and evidence-based conclusions;
• Self-motivated and self-reliant such that you can plan, manage and deliver your work with minimal oversight;
• Effective time management skills to enable you to produce high-quality decisions within expected timescales;
• Effective interpersonal and verbal communication skills, with the ability to interact sensitively and empathetically with a diverse range of people;
• Ability to conduct fair and inclusive public events, with authority, involving those holding conflicting views about development proposals;
• A willingness and ability to travel extensively and frequently across England (notably to and within London and the South East) with some nights away from home; innovative ways to improve the way we provide services.


Full/Chartered membership of relevant professional bodies. Please see candidate pack for a list of relevant professional bodies


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Leadership


• Flexible working options, including flexi-time, part-time, compressed hours and home working if suitable for the role.
• A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity.
• A generous civil service pension starting at 26.6% employer contribution rate.
• 25 days annual leave increasing up to 30 days after 5 years. Plus 1 privilege day to mark the Queen’s birthday and bank holidays.
• Generous family friendly policies.
• Fast and modern IT kit which utilises Microsoft Office 10 and O365, enabling seamless working from home and collaboration across teams.


Please candidate pack on Civil Service Jobs for full details

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