Planning Lead


Planning Lead

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The Opportunity

We are currently looking to recruit a Planning Lead with experience in dealing with Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects and applying for Development Consent Orders to join HPC project which is the largest infrastructure project in Europe.
As a Planning Lead you will take the responsibility of managing the day-to-day aspects of the planning approvals process in order to implement and deliver the Nuclear New Build programme at Hinkley Point C. This will include managing detailed consenting activities under the Development Consent Order (DCO) and associated permissions, as well as advising Project teams on any further consents and approvals that may be required to support the Project.

Competitive Salary & Benefits
At EDF we’re dedicated to offering flexible benefits that support our people across all aspects of their lives.  We’re delighted to offer a range of benefits to support our employees’ physical, emotional and financial wellbeing.

In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a company pension scheme, paid holidays and a range of flexible benefits listed below:

Benefits Relevant to Role Advertised

  • Company incentive bonus plan
  • Flexible benefits
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Critical illness insurance
  • Financial wellness tool
  • EDF discounts & products
  • Technology vouchers
  • Travel insurance
  • Discounts & employee pricing

The Role
Your day to day responsibility will include: 

  • Leading coordination and delivery of the detailed permissions, consents and discharges required in line with overall project objectives, values and integrated work programme.
  • Line managing both the Principal Planner and Senior Planner roles within the team.
  • Liaising with numerous internal teams, delivery managers and contractors supporting the Project.
  • Undertaking regular engagement with external stakeholders and support negotiations with planning authorities and other statutory bodies.
  • Working with the Planning Manager support to help lead the delivery of planning activities to schedule and to a suitable quality as well as ensuring all planning processes are managed as expediently, safely, cost effectively and responsibly as possible.
  • Providing practical planning advice and guidance to the local on-site teams, establishing monitoring and reporting mechanisms and supporting compliance with all planning conditions, requirements and legal obligations.
  • Managing the discharge of relevant requirements and conditions, ensuring submissions are made in a timely manner to the relevant consenting body, are well supported by accurate and quality information (with a full auditable trail) and taking account of any comments through a suitable consultation process.
  • Ensuring that the necessary details, drawings and other supporting information is compiled to support submissions supporting through guidance to project teams and/or from appointed consultants.
  • Supporting in conjunction with the Planning Manager to advise the HPC Project team on compliance and possible scheme changes / emerging proposals against all relevant conditions, EDF’s public commitments and any relevant statutory requirements imposed through the planning process.
  • Maintaining and updating as required a monitoring system to ensure the construction and operation of development sites accords with the conditions and requirements imposed. Reviewing and incorporating all undertakings and commitments required by the relevant authorities and maintaining quality records.
  • Maintaining a plan submissions programme alongside reviewing the planning and scheduling documentation to identify any associated risks and appropriate response measures.

The Skills

  • Experience in applying for dealing with Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects and/or Major Development Proposals
  • Experience with implementing a Development Consent Order application
  • Knowledge of, and experience of managing, a supply chain to support/advise on the detail of planning requirements and applications
  • Demonstrable experience of negotiating with planning stakeholders
  • Knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements for major infrastructure development planning applications
  • Expert technical knowledge of the required processes to submit a successful planning application for a large scale, high profile development and NSIP projects
  • Chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute


  • Well-developed political sensitivity skills, people management skills, relationship building, influencing and collaborative work style developed through working in complex and team-focused environments
  • Qualified to Degree standard, or equivalent, in a related subject
  • Recent experience working at management/supervisory level in a major project planning role in the UK
  • Experience of working within a multidisciplinary team with a matrix management model
  • Having a clear vision, direction and sense of purpose
  • The ability to identify and manage critical business issues
  • The ability to innovate, think laterally and tackle new areas of business risk and opportunity.
  • Strong and effective decision making and the ability to manage resources.
  • Being honourable, trustworthy, fair and honest – respecting confidentiality
  • Get results and make things happen
  • Ability to influence at a senior level with both internal (within EDF Energy and EDF Group) and external audiences as required
  • Engaging and motivating to a team of professionals.
  • Recognising, drawing out and utilising the skills of others
  • Share knowledge, experience, reward and leadership
  • Create a working environment of safety, autonomy and trust

Why EDF?
Join us in helping Britain Achieve Net Zero
We’re EDF and together we’re working to create a cleaner energy future for everyone.  From our engineers to our customer service advisors, our scientists to our apprentices, every single one of us is committed to reducing the UK’s carbon emissions to zero.
We proudly work together to champion a low carbon lifestyle and collaborate widely in our search for innovations to achieve more.
We’re about the people who work with us – a rich and unique mix of backgrounds and experiences that’s vital to shaping a strong and fresh-thinking organisation like ours. Whoever you are and wherever you come from, we’ll embrace the difference you bring and give you opportunities to thrive and succeed.

Join us. Together, we’ll help Britain achieve net zero.


For this role you must have evidence of right to work in the UK. As a project, we do not discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, race, colour, religion, disability or sexual orientation, and we welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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