Canal & River Trust

  • Planning Assistant

    Job Locations UK-Warwickshire-Warwick
    Job ID
    Closing Date
    Position Type
    Temporary FT
    Strategy, Impact & Engagement
    Advertised Salary
  • Job Purpose

    We’re the charity who look after and bring to life 2000 miles of canals and 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. 


    We’re seeking a Planning Assistant to work with our Planning Teams.  The Planning Assistant role offers a soon to graduate planning student or a recent graduate the opportunity to develop your practical skills and knowledge.  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.  You’ll work to assist both the planning teams in 2 main areas:

    • Spatial Planning – work with our Spatial Planning team who influence developments that are being proposed next to our waterways. Taking on a caseload of household and minor scale planning consultations you’ll seek to create great waterside environments for people to enjoy whilst protecting the waterways from harmful development.  You’ll also seek to influence statutory and other plans to create a supportive planning policy environment to deliver the Trust’s ambitions & enhance our assets & waterway corridors.  You’ll also provide support to the National Spatial Planning Team in all other aspects of its work. 
    • Delivery Planning – Securing planning permission and other consents for small schemes being promoted by the Trust. Assist with securing planning permission & other consents for larger schemes and projects by the Trust and our partners.  Support the Planning Delivery team in 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.

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


    This post is a fixed term contract until September 2020 and is based in Hatton (near Warwick).


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

    Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience


    • be about to complete or hold a relevant Masters, Diploma or Degree level qualification and want to work towards RTPI membership;
    • be able to demonstrate knowledge of both the development management and planning policy processes;
    • be a motivated individual able to work as part of a team and build relationships;
    • 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
    • have experience of GIS based systems.

    Whilst not essential, experience of working in either spatial and/or delivery planning disciplines would be advantageous.


    Further information can be obtained from Ailith Rutt, Planning Manager (Midlands) 07827 356538


    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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