Development Planning Advisor x 3

Closing date: 2 April 2023 | Salary: £32,876-£36,229 (Grade 5) | Location: Flexible

Contract type:

  • 200050 Fixed Term Appointment until 1 March 2024 - Flexible Location
  • 200047 Fixed Term Appointment until 18 February 2024 (Maternity Cover) - Flexible Location
  • 203489 Fixed Term Appointment until 9 January 2024 - North Wales Location

Work pattern: Full time, 37 hours per week. 

Post numbers: 200047, 200050, 203489

As an organisation we support flexible working. This role allows hybrid working (a mix of home and office working) and a working pattern suitable for you can be discussed on appointment if you are successful.

You will be contracted to the nearest NRW office to your home, of which you will be required to attend for regular meetings, training and for one-to-one meetings with your manager. These will be planned in advance.

Job Description

The post holder will assess development proposals for potential environmental impacts across the breadth of NRW interests.  They will respond to Local Development Plan and development casework consultations across several Local Planning Authority areas. They will ensure advice is provided to customers that influences sustainable place making and supports the sustainable management of natural resources.


Your responsibilities include:

  • Produce Advice to Local Development Plans, including advice on their Strategic Environmental Assessment (with the support of the Development Planning Advisor (6) on technically complex, high-risk proposals) ensuring the advice is robust, evidence based and delivered to deadline.
  • Produce Advice to preapplication enquiries, development management consultations, Development of National Significance and Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (with the support of the Development Planning Advisor (6) on technically complex, high-risk development proposals) ensuring NRW advice is robust, evidence based and delivered to deadline
  • Preparation of information in relation to challenges against NRW development planning advice, including attendance at Appeals and Inquiries.
  • Development of effective customer relationships (internal and external) and ensuring a good understanding of customer needs.
  • Identify opportunities to influence local Development projects and plans at the earliest opportunity.
  • Maintain auditable records of actions and outcomes to justify and demonstrate that all legal and procedural requirements have been met.

Qualifications, Experience & Knowledge

Knowledge and experience of the following:

  1. Experience in development planning processes and working with the development sector.
  2. Experience of applying and reviewing environmental impact assessments.
  3. Able to communicate effectively with Local Planning Authorities, business and the public, explaining complex issues and gaining support by influencing
  4. Strong and effective self-management and organisational skills.
  5. Able to analyse complex information and situations, solve problems and make sound judgements.
  6. Able to write clear, concise documents
  7. Able to work well as part of a team and lead virtual task groups.

Welsh Language Requirements:

200047, 200050Essential Level 1 – able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrases

203489 - Essential Level 3 – able to communicate with confidence in Welsh in some work situations

Please note if you do not meet the level 1 requirement i.e., ability to understand basic phrases and ability to pronounce Welsh names correctly, then NRW offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal requirements during the course of your employment with us.


Please note - Applications to this role will be assessed based on the following competencies, both at shortlisting and interview. Please give examples of how you demonstrate these competencies when completing your application form.

Essential Knowledge and Skills

  • Expertise gained in a defined area or function, enabling the post holder to provide advice and guidance to others.
  • Demonstrates a sound understanding and appreciation of the work of the wider function.
  • Has good literacy, numeracy and communication skills including well developed customer facing skills.
  • Experience of supervising others is desirable.

Evaluation of Information

  • Demonstrates the ability to understand information, procedure manuals, statutory codes and legislation and interpret and apply the requirements to undertake their role.
  • Able to analyse and process non-routine technical information, containing a degree of complexity.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • Ability to decide how best to achieve results, requiring some degree of judgment and creativity and the need to alter priorities where there are conflicting demands.
  • Able to solve problems and make decisions of a technical nature; primarily around their own area of work but will also cross over with the work of others.
  • Problems and decisions may contain a degree of complexity and require the need to apply different techniques or methods.
  • Ability to undertake research to determine how best to resolve issues.
  • Able to provide guidance to less experienced members, to resolve problems.


  • The work undertaken is generally within a discrete area, so will primarily affect the direct environment, but may also extend across other subject and work areas.
  • Aspects of the work may also have the potential, if carried out incorrectly, to impact on third parties and a wider area.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • Demonstrates the ability to interact and communicate with people around their area of expertise, across a range of functions within NRW and external parties, adapting their approach and style appropriately.
  • Well established inter-personal and communication skills with the ability to develop and sustain good working relationships, which may involve a degree of influencing.

Responsibility for People

  • No line management responsibility; but will supervise others in specific activities or pieces of work.

Responsibility for Resources

  • Responsible for the safe and legal use and keeping of tools and equipment used to carry out their work.
  • Post holders will have oversight of contractors and the associated costs.

Benefits of Working for us

This role will offer a range of benefits, including:

  • Agile and Flexible Working (role dependent) 
  • Civil Service Pension Scheme offering employer contributions of 26.6% to 30.3%
  • 28 days Annual Leave, rising to 33 days
  • Generous Leave Entitlements for all your life needs
  • Health and Wellbeing Benefits and Support
  • Weekly Well-being Hour to use at your choice

See full details for all the employee benefits you will receive.

How to Apply

Please send a completed Application form to using the post number as the email reference

Before completing your application, please read our Guidance on completing a job application form

Application closing date: 2 April 2023

Interviews will take place through Microsoft Teams

If you have any queries about the roles, please contact 

200047, 200050 - Jonathan Scott at

203489 - Bryn Jones at  

Natural Resources Wales embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunity. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition.

We welcome and encourage applications from groups currently underrepresented, including women, black and ethnic minority groups and people with a disability. We have a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

We put the principles of human rights, equality, fairness, dignity and respect at the heart of our values.

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