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CPRE Lancashire seeks part-time Planning Manager

Thursday, 25 July 2019 13:19

CPRE Lancashire seeks part-time Planning Manager

CPRE Lancashire seeks an experienced planner for a new part-time role, to provide technical support and training to CPRE planning volunteers across Lancashire, Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester, as well as directly handling some priority planning issues. This is a paid, home-based role, 2.5 days per week. Closing date: 16th August 2019.

Job Summary

The primary purpose of the role is to provide technical training and support to CPRE Lancashire Planning Volunteers across Lancashire, Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester.

The secondary purpose of the role is to support CPRE Lancashire’s Planning Leader by directly handling priority planning issues.

Scope & Responsibilities

- CPRE Lancashire is currently building a network of 20-30 planning volunteers, that will significantly increase the organisation’s capacity to provide both proactive and reactive planning support to the public, on planning applications that have a significant impact on the countryside and urban green spaces in the region;

- Planning volunteers will start with a wide range of planning experience (from minimal to significant) but with a willingness to learn, and through training (largely from this role) would increasingly handle more aspects of the response to planning issues;

- This role would be responsible to provide a range of technical training and support to volunteers including periodic classroom training and individual on-the-job guidance (eg engaging with volunteers by telephone/email on specific cases);

- CPRE has a wealth of planning information, tools and expertise that can be called upon and this role would have an important responsibility to help ensure the volunteer network responds in a way that is consistent with CPRE policy and principles;

- As such, this would be an extremely hands-on role, working with volunteers on all aspects of the planning process (from helping to review and prioritise applications, to helping draft letters to local planning authorities, to helping liaise with parish councils and other key stakeholders, etc);

- Importantly, this role would need strong people skills, to provide technical training and support in a way that builds a motivated and capable volunteer network;

- Beyond the volunteer network development, this role would also directly lead and/or support on priority planning issues.

Key Relationships

- This role would report to CPRE Lancashire’s Planning Leader, who would provide planning advice and guidance when needed;

- This role can also call upon the support, when needed, of CPRE Lancashire’s Trustees who are actively involved in planning aspects;

- The CPRE National Office would also provide periodic generic training and support from to volunteers that would complement CPRE Lancashire’s local volunteer programme;

Working For CPRE

- This is a part-time role of 2.5 days per week (50% part-time). The role would be largely home-based, and the candidate would have a high degree of flexibility to choose when to work (though this includes needing to travel and participate in certain scheduled trainings / meetings / events, and would involve finding a mutually convenient schedule to support volunteer development). Occasional evening and weekend work could therefore be required;

- The starting salary will be circa. £18,000. Please note that our salaries are externally benchmarked, although we do take into account the level of skills, experience and ability the successful candidate brings;

- CPRE has an inclusive and friendly working culture. Staff are set performance objectives and have a performance review each year with joint feedback with their manager on their achievements and performance in the role;

- CPRE staff and volunteers are motivated to help for a range of reasons, but normally they have a strong interest in protecting and enhancing the environment, as well as encouraging people to enjoy the countryside and all it has to offer;

- The role would be initially be set for 2 years, with the potential to extend that period based on a review of the results at that point;

- The post will be subject to a six month probationary period. Probationary periods may be extended if further time is required;

- Other working conditions will be specified in the employment contract.

Knowledge, Skills & Expertise

- A strong understanding of the planning system. A suitable planning qualification and relevant work experience is expected;

- A track record of working collaboratively and building effective working relationships, both internally and externally, with a diverse range of people. Demonstrates an understanding of and sensitivity to others;

- Excellent communication skills - written and verbal. Experience of training and motivating people;

- Ability to work accurately and to a high standard whilst managing multiple people and deadlines. Has good IT skills and ability to use Word, Excel and Powerpoint effectively;

- Enthusiastic, driven and motivated towards the achievement of results and the delivery of the CPRE mission.

Contact details: 

If you are interested in this role, please email a CV and covering letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

For more information on this role, please call 01772 378831 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Closing Date: 16th August 2019

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To focus more effort on important rural campaigns CPRE Lancashire has closed the Springfield Office in Leyland.  To get in touch with us, please contact or phone 01772 378831. Post can be sent to CPRE Lancashire, c/o Acres Brook, Sabden Road, Higham, BB12 9BL

Registered charity number: 1107376, registered company number: 05291461