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Planning Projects Manager

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Job Information

  • Location

    Any Defra office (subject to office availability and agreement)

  • Salary

    £35,870- £38,842

  • Date Posted


  • Closing Date

    Closing Soon 28/11/2022

Job description

The government’s commitment to and society’s interest in increasing England’s tree cover and improving the condition of trees and woodlands has never been greater. The Forestry Commission works with forestry and environmental stakeholders nationally and locally on unlocking the full potential of woodlands, to expand, protect, improve, and connect England’s valuable woodland assets. The Forestry Commission comprises Forest Services, Forest Research and Forestry England – all have exciting and diverse roles to play in this.

This role sits within the Policy Advice Team (PAT), part of Forest Services. PAT is a multi-disciplinary team that helps the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) and other government departments to develop forestry and woodland policy that works. It does so by drawing on our wide range of tree, woodland and forestry experience, expertise, evidence and networks.

Job description

Reporting to the Planning Advisor in the Planning, Infrastructure & Built Environment team, the Planning Project Manager will co-ordinate and deliver a range of activities to gather data and information to support our engagement with the planning system, including projects relating to the impacts of development on woodlands. This role will include project management and reporting responsibilities, managing and interpreting data and information, and stakeholder engagement. You will work with colleagues across a number of departments including Defra, Natural England and DLUHC, and other government and non-government stakeholders. The data and information derived from this research will be used to inform both planning policy and FC operations where appropriate.

This role is part of FC’s response to Project Speed, the government’s agenda to build back better, greener and faster after the pandemic, and is closely tied to broader planning reforms.

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