Development Planning Advisor

Job Title: Development Planning Advisor
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Bangor
Salary: £14.66 per hour
Start Date: 2019-01-07 00:00:00
Reference: DPA
Contact Name: Jess Moreton
Contact Email:
Job Published: February 05, 2019 15:30

Job Description

Development Planning Advisor

Monday – Friday

37 hours per week

Contract – 3 Months (possibility of extension)



Job Purpose:

The post holder will be part of the Development Planning Advice Service team, to deliver timely co-ordinated advice which supports the ecosystem approach to the use resources, specifically to:

•         Provide a one stop facility for planning customers and internal statutory advice for other internal licences and permissions

•          Deliver an efficient and effective Development Planning Advice Service for customers

•          Influence Forward Planning. 

•          Provide pre-planning advice to developers and for internal projects.

•          Lead on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects.

•          Provide co-ordinated responses to development control consultations.

•          Lead on appeals and enquiries.

•          Provide protected species advice for planning.

•          Support the strategy implementation through the function of the team.

•          Influence local development planning and engagement with the development community.

•          Collaborate with other departments to develop, strategy, policy and processes.


We want to develop a high performing service which delivers for customers and the environment.  A service with a strong team ethic in which individual’s specialism’s are recognised and valued.



The Development Planning Advisor (1) will be responsible for acting as point of contact with designated local planning authorities and developers for the majority of planning casework, identifying interests in cases, assessing potential environmental impacts and ensuring a timely and appropriate advice is provided to customers.


Setting direction

Assist the Senior Development Planning Advisor in the provision of advice to National plan, Policy or Process decision fora to ensure that the Operations South planning requirements are adequately covered.

Contribute to the forward planning of your teams work.

Review responses and the decisions taken by the local planning authorities to assess effectiveness of influence to achieve continual improvement.


Delivering results

Manage and coordinate input to specific Local Development Plans, (with the support of the Senior Development Planning Advisor on technically complex, high-risk  proposals) ensuring our advice is robust, evidence based and delivered to deadline so that is highly influential and the resulting plans and policies assist our objectives.   

Manage and coordinate input to preapplication enquiries, development control consultations and NSIPs (with the support of the Senior Development Planning Advisor on technically complex, high-risk development proposals) ensuring advice is robust, evidence based and delivered to deadline.

Advise colleagues on the matters in which you have particular expertise, as agreed in your annual work plan.

Provide support as required in the preparation of information in relation to challenges against advice, including attendance at Appeals and Inquiries. 


Building relationships

Develop and maintain effective customer relationships (internal and external) to ensure good understanding and the efficient delivery of a fit for purpose development planning service.


Ensuring effective governance

Produce appropriate standard records of actions and outcomes to justify and demonstrate that all legal and procedural requirements have been met.

Ensure appropriate management of financial and other resources for which you are responsible.


Developing people and teams

Provide a mentoring role to the Development Planning Advisor 2.

Take reasonable care for the wellbeing, health and safety of yourself and others and comply with all health and safety legislation as appropriate.


Job Specific Criteria: Essential

1)         Education to degree level or equivalent in a relevant discipline or relevant vocational training in a related discipline.  A working knowledge of Development Planning Processes 

2)         Strong and effective self-management, organisational and project management skills.  

3)         Excellent inter-personal and communication skills at all levels, including the ability to write clear, concise documents and give presentations.  Experience of engaging and negotiating  with senior level  external customers

5)         Strong knowledge of environmental legislation, especially for planning and environmental protection.  The ability to assess development proposals for possible impacts on the environment.

6)         Able to work well as part of a team.


Welsh Language Requirements:

Due consideration has been given to the Welsh language requirements for the post and the existing skills within the department. Given this consideration the Welsh language skills required for this post is level 3: the ability to communicate with confidence in Welsh in some work situations or a willngness to learn to the required language level following an agreed training programme with support.


Additional Information:

A full driving licence is required.

IT skills including use of word processing, spreadsheet, database, GIS, mapping and e-mail applications in Windows Environment are required.



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