Planning & Environmental Lead Adviser

Natural England

Do you have a passion for nature and the environment? Do you want to make a real difference and
secure significant environmental gains in the present and the future? Do you enjoy working in a
team? Can you see yourself advising communities and customers to maximise gains for the Natural

If this appeals to you, a career at Natural England offers rewarding opportunities to secure
environmental improvements and play your part in creating a better future for people and

The priority work Natural England is delivering includes:

  • Establishing a Nature Recovery Network to help wildlife thrive
  • Monitoring environmental changes to identify and help reduce the effects of climate change
  • Working with farmers and landowners to develop greener food production methods
  • Advising on plans for new developments to maximise gains for nature
  • Providing ways for people to better connect with nature, including green social prescribing

We are the Government’s advisor for the natural environment, playing a vital role in delivering
the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan, an ambitious vision which brings new opportunities
to protect and enhance and to achieve real outcomes for the environment.

See more about the work of Natural England at:

Natural England staff are inclusive, motivated and ambitious to achieve results for our
environment, for everyone. We welcome and encourage applications from all communities and we
operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the minimum requirements
for the role.

Wherever possible we will accommodate requests for both full-time and part-time hours and other
flexible working patterns to help employees achieve a good work/life balance and maintain their
health and wellbeing.

From induction to ongoing learning and development, everyone in Natural England is supported to
develop their skills and capabilities. Where appropriate there will be offers of training under
our apprenticeship schemes.

Natural England is adopting hybrid working – which means that our staff will work from a
flexible range of locations, encompassing home, offices (ours and our partners) and relevant
sites. All new staff will be formally linked to one of our offices and the expectation is that
all new staff will be able to access their local office to be part of the community of staff in
their geographic area.

The successful candidate is required to carry out all their duties working in this way and
cannot do so from an overseas location at any time.

West Midlands Area Team

West Midlands Area Team is responsible for delivering environmental outcomes across
Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and the
West Midlands. 

The team uses a range of mechanisms including land management and planning advice, engagement
with stakeholders and direct management of our own land, to achieve the protection and
enhancement of biodiversity and landscapes within the patch. 

Job description

You will be delivering the Government’s new Environmental Improvement Plan by advising Local
Planning Authorities on the environmental impacts of Local Plans and individual planning
applications. You will also help to develop new approaches to manage pressures like
recreational disturbance and water pollution.

By engaging early with major developments, we have the opportunity to work collaboratively to
avoid negative impacts to the natural environment, provide appropriate mitigation and secure
large scale environmental outcomes which benefit nature and people’s connection with nature.

This is a rewarding role with fantastic opportunities to secure positive environmental outcomes
on the ground and to further our Nature Recovery Network. You will have the opportunity to work
on a wide variety of high-profile cases that will lead to positive outcomes for the natural

The role

  • Providing statutory advice to Local Planning Authorities on the environmental impacts and
    opportunities of planning proposals and Local Plans.
  • Building partnerships with customers and stakeholders to resolve complex planning issues.
    Developing collaborative strategic approaches to maximise gains for nature.
  • Providing advice on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects.
  • Opportunities for continuing professional development that will lead to a well rounded
    skill and experience in protecting the natural environment through the Planning and Development

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