Spatial Planner

Highways England
12 Jul 2018
21 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

About Us

We are responsible for operating, maintaining and improving England's motorways and major A roads. Consider that a third of all traffic, two thirds of heavy goods vehicles, and 98% of UK businesses rely on them, and you can see why our roads, and what we do, matters so much.

It's an exciting time to begin a career with Highways England as we invest £11 billion in our motorways and A Roads boosting capacity, tackling congestion and improving safety which why we're so grateful to our c 4,500 employees around the country. When you work with us, you're helping to connect communities, sustain business and support the economy. And with responsibility for major projects, working here is also a great move for your career.

The Role

Highways England is recruiting a Spatial Planner to join the Operations Directorate, this is a full time permanent position based from our Bristol office with travel across Cornwall, Devon and Dorset.

As a Spatial Planner you will proactively engage with Local Planning Authorities and prospective developers to discharge Highways England's spatial planning and statutory duties, including assessing impact of plans and applications on the strategic road network.

Day to Day

* To cooperate with Local Planning Authorities and relevant stakeholders in the development of local plans and strategic growth plans.

* To discharge our statutory responsibilities within the planning process, including the commissioning of specialist consultant support where necessary.

* To apply specialist knowledge to evaluate the potential impact and implications of planning applications on the Strategic Road Network to enable a measured, robust and informed response to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the SRN is maintained.

* To manage ongoing liaison with key external stakeholders, through attendance at local planning meetings and other planning or discussion forums, providing evidence-based and transparent guidance and advice on future local plans, as well as sharing information of Highways England's emerging strategies and future development works for the region.

* To attend and represent the Region at public examinations, appeals and public inquiries.

* To work closely with internal and external partners to identify and secure funding opportunities for improvements to the network in support of economic growth e.g. through developer contributions or the Growth and Housing fund.

* To prepare, write and present reports, often of a complex nature, which make recommendations or explain detailed regulations related to planning and development management.

* To work closely with Route Managers and Network Planning in Strategy & Planning, to ensure the Region's future programme takes into account local and 3rd party planned developments in the Region.

* To coach, mentor and support the development of Assistant Spatial Planners.

* To assess the health, safety and welfare risks to colleagues, stakeholders and the supply chain when undertaking the role and contribute to improvements which minimise the risk to their wellbeing.

About you

* Proven solid understanding of the organisation's goals, strategy and policies

* Proven demonstrable experience and understanding of spatial planning and associated legislation including development management

* Proven practical understanding of the complex requirements of infrastructure development programmes and the prioritisation of needs in order to develop, manage and maintain a safe and efficient world-class asset.

* Proven good commercial and financial acumen

* Capable of promoting the organisation's reputation through positive contribution to complex agendas whilst managing stakeholder and customer expectations.

* Proven effective partnering skills

* Proven experience of working with local planning and highway authorities, local enterprise partnerships within a political landscape supported by evidence of working successfully with a wide range of officials within such external stakeholder organisations

* Proven knowledge of sustainability principles and the application of sustainable development

* Proven experience of commissioning and managing consultants efficiently to achieve desired outcome


All applications must be accompanied with a current CV which will be used to assess your suitability for the role. Please ensure all the skills, experience and qualifications requested are clearly demonstrated in your CV as explained in the body of the advert.

For further information please review the Spatial Planner Job profile.

All applicants must provide their right to work documentation at interview stage, such as a valid passport.

Please note that Highways England reserve the right to close the advert before the advertised closing date should a sufficient response have been received. Therefore, please complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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