Examining Inspector - Band 2 and Band 3

With significant investment in major infrastructure across England and Wales over the next few years, we are looking to recruit approximately 15 experienced individuals who want to be involved in challenging, high profile projects.

Planning Inspectorate

Employer: The Planning Inspectorate
Location: Remote (anywhere in the UK)
Salary: Band 2: £58,806 - £65,271. Band 3: £71,609 - £77,414.
Closing Date: 19 April 2021
Hours: Full Time or Part Time
Sector: Transport & Logistics, Public Sector, Minerals, Waste & Recycling, Environmental
Function: Sustainability / Sustainable Development, Waste / Recycling, Water & Wastewater, Engineering, Project Management

About Us

The Planning Inspectorate has a long and proud history in ensuring a fair planning system for England and Wales. We are an important part of UK Government responsible for making recommendations to Ministers on nationally significant infrastructure projects in a wide range of areas including nuclear (and other) power stations, large offshore wind farms, electricity lines, roads, railways and airports.

It’s a really exciting time to be thinking about joining us. We have invested in a multi-million-pound improvement programme to create a more modern Inspectorate. We want our colleagues to be able to work more flexibly and more collaboratively, exploring new and innovative ways to improve the way we provide services. We are continuing to invest in technology and, as well as developing our model to be more customer centric, we have been modernising our processes to introduce increased automation and efficiency.

Job Description

Planning for a better future!

With significant investment in major infrastructure across England and Wales over the next few years, we are looking to recruit approximately 15 experienced individuals who want to be involved in challenging, high profile projects. You will be added to a register that will enable the Planning Inspectorate to efficiently manage a fluctuating caseload. Once appointed, you will be let individual contracts on a case by case basis.

We are proud of the skill and professional knowledge that we have within the organisation. Our people are highly respected for the deep expertise that they bring to their work and we strive to keep learning and developing, both individually and as an organisation.

We’re looking for people who can make impartial decisions based on sound judgement and evidence and are able to communicate those decisions clearly. You will be able to thrive in an autonomous home-based environment whilst also able to work collaboratively as either lead member or part of a Panel when required and with support staff at all levels.

For the Band 2 role you will have considerable expertise in your specialist field (planning, law, transport, engineering, health, environmental impact assessment, heritage, design, energy, waste, waste water...) and good evidence of collaborative working with experience of communicating with both technical and professional parties.

For the Band 3 role you will have the above but with a more detailed level of expertise and complex project leadership. You will also have experience of influencing and negotiating with different groups.

Please select Apply to see the full advert and candidate packs on Civil Service Jobs.


  • Access to learning and development tailored to your role.
  • A working environment that supports a range of flexible working options, including flexi-time, part-time, compressed hours and home working if suitable for the role.
  • A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity.
  • A generous civil service pension starting at 26.6% employer contribution rate; https://www.civilservicepensionscheme.org.uk/members/contribution-rates/.
  • 25 days annual leave on entry, increasing on a sliding scale to 30 days after 5 years’ service. This is in addition to 8 public holidays, this will be complimented by 1 further day paid as a privilege entitlement to mark the Queen’s Birthday.
  • Based in offices next to Temple Meads station, with on-site gym and restaurant.
  • Fast and modern IT kit which utilises Microsoft Office 10 and O365, enabling seamless working from home and collaboration across teams within The Inspectorate.
  • We care about your wellbeing and all staff have access to Occupational Health Services, Employee Assistance Programme and there are a number of staff representative groups.
  • You may be eligible for Tax-Free Childcare and government schemes.

Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/ (Please note, any move from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments).

Selection Process Details

Complete the online application form on Civil Service Jobs which requires the following information:

  • A CV: The CV section is an opportunity for you to detail your career history. It should outline the jobs you have done, the length of time you were employed within each role and a brief description of your role, responsibilities and duties which demonstrate relevance to the role you are applying for.
  • A Personal Statement (1250 words max): The personal statement allows you to outline your suitability for the role in more depth, expanding on your CV evidence. It is an opportunity for you to provide evidence against the essential criteria listed within the candidate pack on the Person Specification page.

Shortlist Date: w/c 19th April 2021
Interview Date: w/c 4th to 6th May 2021