Canal & River Trust

  • 3 x Planning Intern

    Job Locations UK-Leeds | UK-Stoke on Trent | UK-Cheshire-Northwich | UK-Warwickshire-Warwick
    Job ID
    Closing Date
    Position Type
    Temporary PT
    Strategy, Impact & Engagement
    Advertised Salary
    £17,898.13 pro rata
  • Job Purpose

    We’re the charity who look after and bring to life 2000 miles of canals & rivers. Our waterways contribute to the health and wellbeing of local communities and economies, creating attractive and connected places to live, work, volunteer and spend leisure time. These historic, natural and cultural assets form part of the strategic and local green-blue infrastructure network, linking urban and rural communities as well as habitats. Our waterways are on the doorstep of 8 million people and reach some of the most deprived communities within the UK. By caring for our waterways and promoting their use we believe we can improve the wellbeing of our nation.

    The Trust’s work is focussed on making life better by water. Our planning teams have a significant role to play in this by effectively utilising the planning system to champion the many benefits that our waterways offer, protecting the Trust's assets, generating value and creating sustainable and accessible places where people want to live, visit, work and invest. We have two planning teams. One team is dedicated to our role as a statutory consultee and influencing planning policy. The other provides internal planning advice and secures planning consents for sites and a wide range of activities on behalf of the Trust and our joint venture partners.

    Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience

    We’re seeking to fill three salaried Planning Interns positions to work with our Planning Teams. The Intern position offers you the opportunity to develop your practical skills and knowledge whilst at the same time completing your studies. Our Planning Team’s also work with a range of other specialists in fields such as engineering, water management, ecology, heritage, economics, property development etc. Throughout your internship, you’ll spend time with both planning teams to gain experience in 3 main areas:

    Spatial Planning – work with our Spatial Planning team who influence developments that are being proposed next to our waterways. This team seeks to create great waterside environments for people to enjoy whilst protecting the waterways from harmful development. They do this through commenting and negotiating on planning applications and Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project consultations and promoting the protection and enhancement of the Trust's assets in local planning policy and neighbourhood plans.

    Delivery Planning – work with our Planning Delivery team who support the delivery of the Trust’s projects as an in-house planning advisory team. This team’s work includes: securing planning consents for a range of activities such as property development, operational requirements etc; dealing with enforcement matters; providing advice to other teams on use of permitted development rights; preparing planning appraisals to inform acquisitions or identifying alternative uses for sites; and, supporting the development and implementation of national planning related initiatives.

    Technical Support – work with the team who support the management of the planning application consultations we receive, who monitor the delivery of planning obligations and conditions and report on our statutory consultee performance.

    Have a look at our website if you’d like to find out more about our planning work.

    These internships are until mid-September 2020, based on a four day (30 hour) working week. This would ideally suit a postgraduate student on a part time course.


    We’ll consider practical alternative working arrangements or timescales to accommodate different study programmes. If you wish to apply for the posts based on a different working pattern, please explain this clearly in your application. The salary and leave package offered would vary accordingly.
    We recognise you may need additional study leave at certain times to meet academic deadlines. We’ll endeavour to work flexibly with our interns to accommodate this as necessary.

    We’re able to offer appropriate mentoring, which is encouraged as part of the RTPI assessment of professional competence.

    • be studying towards an RTPI accredited academic qualification;
    • be a motivated individual able to work as part of a team;
    • be required to work to set deadlines;
    • need to demonstrate a willingness to learn new skills and expand your technical knowledge;
    • need a good working knowledge of IT, in particular Microsoft office; and
    • ideally have experience of GIS based systems.

    The Intern roles can be based in Leeds, Northwich or Red Bull (Kidsgrove, Stoke) and Hatton (near Warwick) with the opportunity from this location to occasionally work from Birmingham. Ideally, we’re looking for one intern to be located at each location. Please state clearly within your application your preferred reporting base.

    You’ll be required from time to time, to travel to site visits, meetings or to other Trust offices. You’ll therefore require the ability to travel. 


    We are hoping to hold interviews over 14th & 15th August 2018.

    What We Offer

    In addition to your annual salary we offer a competitive contributory DC Pension scheme arrangement, and numerous other employee benefits you can select from more details can be found here.


    We are striving to represent the diverse communities that we are a part of. All candidates will be treated on the basis of their merits, skills and abilities and solely by being assessed against the requirements for the job. Many of our vacancies can be considered for people who wish to work flexibly, job share or part time.


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