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Planning Officer
Friends of the Peak District / CPRE South Yorkshire
  • Salary £25,295 - £28,785 per year pro rata
  • Location Sheffield, South Yorkshire
  • Job Type Permanent, Part-time
  • Category Campaigning , Policy/Research
  • Sectors Environment
  • Job Reference : CPRE/PO/2020

Job Description

Full details and an application form are available on the Friends of the Peak District website

The Planning Officer is responsible for developing and delivering the organisation’s planning work. You will work with and manage volunteers investigating planning applications and will co-ordinate our submissions on land-use planning issues including planning applications, consultations on local plans and related strategies. You will also contribute to campaign objectives. You will work as part of a staff team of five people plus volunteers. You will be responsible for the work of the charity with regards to Development Management and Local Plans, as well as contributing to campaigns.


Development Management

  1. Scrutinise weekly lists of planning applications from all planning authorities (7) in our area.
  2. Co-ordinate planning volunteers to investigate relevant planning applications and provide input for submissions.
  3. Be responsible for preparing and submitting high quality comments on applications of concern.
  4. Present and defend CPRE’s/Friends’ views at public inquiries as appropriate.
  5. Be responsible for database recording, monitoring and reporting of planning casework and outcomes.
  6. Provide advice to Friends of the Peak District and CPRE South Yorkshire members and the public on planning related issues.
  7. Work with colleagues, particularly the Head of Campaigns, on planning applications which raise wider policy or campaigning issues.

Local Plans

  1. Influence planning authorities’ Local Plans and related documents by responding to consultations, making submissions and attending examinations in public as required.
  2. Assist in contributing views and comments to other CPRE branches, regions and National Office.

Campaign Work

  1. Contribute to campaigning and profile raising objectives by:
    1. working in partnership with local action groups including providing advice, attending meetings and presenting to public meetings;
    2. developing and delivering projects to meet campaigning objectives related to planning issues;
    3. writing copy for press releases, websites and publications, including e-newsletters and social media content;
    4. identifying opportunities for media coverage for planning casework and work with other staff to exploit these as part of the organisation’s advocacy goals.
    5. representing the organisation’s views to the media.
  1. Develop expertise in key policy areas (e.g. housing, telecoms, industrial development, energy, minerals, waste, forestry/biodiversity, transport) to complement the knowledge of other staff and volunteers. 

Volunteer management

  1. Manage the recruitment, induction, training and support of planning volunteers.
  2. Keep volunteers informed about CPRE policy and planning developments by distributing information and organising training events.

Team work

  1. Keep informed about relevant national, regional and local government policy and about the policy lines taken by CPRE nationally and regionally, the Campaign for National Parks (CNP) and other relevant bodies.
  2. Contribute to the smooth running of the organisation by attending meetings, writing reports and contributing to organisational objectives.

FPD/CPRE SY is a small flexible charity: the duties of this post may be subject to adjustment from time to time and the post holder will be expected to carry out any other reasonable tasks required of him/her in furtherance of the organisation’s wider objects.


Support and supervision will be provided by the Head of Campaigns. The Fundraising and Marketing Co-ordinator will provide assistance with media relations and you will liaise with the Administration and Finance Officer regarding the recruitment, induction and management of volunteers.


Qualifications, Experience and Skills



Hold or eligible to hold RTPI membership

GIS fluency

3 years post qualification experience

Knowledge of relevant national, regional and local government policy including brown and green field development legislation

Driving Licence

A deep love of the countryside and a passion to look after it.

IT literate

Good written and verbal communication skills including public presentation, influencing and negotiating skills and experience of dealing with the media.

Self–starter who is able to work both unsupervised and collaboratively

Adept at communication and negotiation

Full details and an application form are available on the Friends of the Peak District website

The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.