Canal & River Trust

Planner - Significant Projects & Infrastructure

UK-Buckinghamshire-Milton Keynes
Job ID
Closing Date
Position Type
Temporary FT
Advertised Salary

Job Purpose

The Canal & River Trust is a charity entrusted with the care of over 2,000 miles of canals, rivers, docks and reservoirs in England and Wales. These historic, natural and cultural assets form part of the nation’s strategic and local green infrastructure network, linking urban and rural communities as well as habitats. Our waterways contribute to the health and well-being of local communities and economies, creating attractive and connected places to live, work, volunteer and spend leisure time.


We are looking to recruit a Planner to join our spatial planning team to play a key role in the Trust’s response to the High Speed 2 (HS2) project and to assist with the team’s workload in the London area. The post is offered as a 23 month contract.


The post will be based in Milton Keynes with frequent travel to London and Birmingham.


Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience

 The Role:


  • On HS2 Phase 1 you will support the project team in matters relating to plan approval requests from HS2 and be responsible for replying to any consultations from local planning authorities. On Phases 2a and 2b, you will support the Trust’s steering group in responding to the project as it proceeds through the parliamentary process.


  • After co-ordinating input from across the organisation, which will inform the Trust’s position, you will prepare representations, negotiate with HS2 and support, as necessary, any petition to the parliamentary select committee.


  • You will also liaise with waterway sector organisations and other stakeholders and play an important role in maintaining the Trust’s position as a respected and professional consultee and landowner.


  • Providing support for the Planning Manager (South), the post holder will be responsible for managing a diverse workload of planning consultations (principally EIA/major scale) and planning policy work across London.


  • With a focus on customer service you will engage with a number of Local Planning Authorities, Parish Councils, interested parties and communities, along with a wide range of specialists and business areas within the Trust.


  • In the Trust’s capacity as a Statutory Consultee, you will work to statutory deadlines to comply with our “duty to respond” to consultations.


  • You may also be responsible for responding to nationally significant infrastructure projects. Seeking to ensure that applications do not adversely affect the structural integrity and safety of the waterway infrastructure and the heritage and environmental value of waterway corridors.


Skills & Qualifications


  • You will be a qualified planning professional with significant experience of: major development proposals; and the development management process and enthusiasm to work in a highly diverse and increasingly customer focused organisation.
  • Some experience of planning policy matters would also be preferred and experience of working on major infrastructure projects would be of benefit.
  • You will display strong communication skills, the ability to build relationships, have a keen eye for detail and display excellent project management skills that enable you to work well under the pressure of fixed deadlines.
  • You will have experience in the use of GIS and the ability to travel nationally.  



What We Offer

In addition to your annual salary, we can offer a competitive contributory DC Pension scheme arrangement, and numerous other employee benefits, including several salary sacrifice benefits.


When you join the Canal & River Trust you become a member of an engaged team working to preserve our heritage for future generations.  Come and put your skills to use on our waterways.


We aim to represent the diverse communities we are part of and welcome applicants from across all sectors of the community. We strongly believe that a diverse workforce brings with it a diversity of ideas, thinking and ways of working which enhances what we do.


Find out more about the work we do and opportunities we have on our website:


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