Assistant Spatial Planner

Your new role

National Highways currently have an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Spatial Planner to join our Midlands Spatial Planning team in our Operations Directorate. 

You will play an active and responsive role in the planning system by taking a proactive approach, helping to ensure that new developments are well located and planned for, and the travel demands they create are also managed and sustainable for the strategic road network. You will work to support a Spatial Planner in understanding local partner and developer spatial planning aspirations, and in identifying what interventions are necessary for developments to mitigate the transport impact created.

This role can be based at either our Birmingham or Nottingham office.

What you’ll be doing

  • 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, escalating more complex cases to the Spatial Planner or Spatial Planning Manager
  • Prepare and write planning application responses and reports, and support Spatial Planners prepare reports and responses on more complex cases
  • Supporting Spatial Planners in cooperating with Local Planning Authorities and relevant stakeholders in the development of local plans and strategic growth plans.
  • Discharge our statutory responsibilities within the planning process, including the commissioning of specialist consultant support; where necessary escalating more complex cases to the Spatial Planner or Spatial Planning Manager
  • Support 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 National Highways emerging strategies and future development works for the region.
  • Support the attendance of Spatial Planners in representing the Region at public examinations, appeals and public inquiries.
  • Work with the Spatial Planner to engage 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 other relevant funds

To be successful

  • Understanding of spatial planning and associated legislation including development management 
  • Working towards / achieved Town Planner or Transport Planner qualification, or equivalent professional experience
  • Experience of duties to be discharged through relevant statutory and regulatory requirements, operational standards, service delivery manuals, requirements and guidance in relation to spatial planning
  • Appreciation of the relationship between  transport infrastructure and the spatial planning arena
  • Knowledge of transport appraisal techniques and guidance
  • Awareness of  health & safety 

A bit about us

Making sure our customers have safe and reliable journeys is at the heart of everything we do in Operations. We keep the roads open for business and play a key role in making sure the network we manage is fit for purpose today and for the future.

Want to know more?

To request a copy of the role profile, please email quoting REQ 5266


Why you should join us

At National Highways we believe in a connected country. We are passionate about creating a culture where colleagues feel connected, included and enjoy greater wellbeing to achieve this. We’re proud that as an organisation we are continually striving to do better and actively encourage and support our colleagues to do the same with their careers. 

So, if you put safety first, take ownership of your work, show passion for what you do, work effectively in a team, and demonstrate integrity in how you do it – then you’ll be a great fit for our organisation.

A connected and sustainable working approach has been adopted across National Highways. For some roles, this means being able to work in a hybrid way spending up to 60% of time working from a remote location such as home.

Please wait until the interview stage before asking us about flexibility, and we will explore what is possible.

Our benefits package

  • Our total reward package includes basic salary, the potential for a performance related bonus
  • Contributory pension scheme with employer contribution of up to 10%
  • Annual Leave starting at 26 days (plus Bank Holidays) rising by 1 day each year up to 31 days (plus Bank Holidays)
  • Flexible hours and an approach driven by connected and sustainable working which includes hybrid working
  • Life assurance of 4 times annual salary
  • Health and wellbeing support, including an Employee Assistance Programme, available 24/7 365 days and network of mental health first aiders. Plus access to a wellbeing app to enhance your self-care 24/7, Occupational health service and flu vaccines
  • A cycle to work scheme for the purchase of a bicycle and equipment for healthy, low carbon travel
  • Significant investment in your career development, through learning and development, talent management, coaching, mentoring and on job experience

And we are

  • Family friendly with enhanced maternity leave and pay, paternity leave (15 days), shared parental leave, adoption leave. Plus access to financial support for holiday play schemes and paid special leave (up to 5 days pa), eg for caring responsibilities
  • Money friendly with access to a discounts platform including over 3000 discounts for supermarkets, eating out, leisure, holidays. Alongside a financial wellbeing programme
  • Community friendly – offering paid leave to volunteer, 3 days basic/year

If you are successful, it is key to know all offers of employment are subject to satisfactory completion of our pre-employment checks which include:       

  • Right to work check
  • 3 year employment history references
  • DBS criminal record check
  • Social media and adverse journalism check
  • Driving licence check (if applicable)
  • Fit to work questionnaire (for all), followed by a medical check (if applicable)
  • Qualifications and/or professional membership check (if applicable)

And finally 

We reserve the right to close before the advertisement expires.

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