South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

Planning & Conservation Assistant - Bath Preservation Trust

Job Description

Planning and Conservation Assistant

Terms: Full time Monday to Friday (35 hours per week).

Salary £18,000 per annum. (Will also consider part time 4 days a week (28 hours) salary £14,400 per annum)

Location: This role will be based at the Schoolhouse, Museum of Bath Architecture, Paragon, Bath.

Reporting to: Senior Planning and Conservation Officer

Purpose of role: To help implement the charitable objectives of BPT as a champion for the conservation and enhancement of Bath and its setting; through influencing planning decisions, Council policies and strategies, and responding to Government consultations; providing expert advice; and supporting projects and initiatives.


Bath Preservation Trust (BPT) is a registered charity which was founded in 1934. The Trust is managed by a board of Trustees and a small professional staff, which campaigns for the preservation and suitable development of the City of Bath and its environs and also runs four museums in the city; No 1 Royal Crescent, the Museum of Bath Architecture, Beckford’s Tower and the Herschel Museum of Astronomy. The City of Bath’s historic built and natural environment is extensive. The Georgian architecture, town planning and landscape is recognised for its Outstanding Universal Value and the complete city is a designated a World Heritage Site.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and capable graduate of a built environment discipline. The post holder will assist and support the work of campaigning team colleagues in all areas of heritage planning and conservation and the provision of specialist input into planning policy and development proposals affecting listed buildings, conservation areas and the World Heritage Site. Candidates must possess a degree in Urban Planning, Historic Building Conservation, Architecture, or a closely aligned discipline, and they must be knowledgeable or willing to learn about vernacular design and architectural design styles. The work involves administration of two of the Trust’s specialist committees, the review of planning and related applications, and supporting BPT’s planning and conservation projects.

Key activities: The main activities are described below. In addition, the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties and responsibilities compatible with the overall scope of the post.

• Run the administration of two standing committees including meetings, agendas, minutes and, with support, implementation of committee decisions.

• Maintain communication and dissemination of information to committee members, staff and volunteers.

• Coordinate and attend stakeholder engagement and pre-application consultations.

• Review and assess planning and related applications using the planning portal.

• Present information about planning applications and prepare presentations to the Architecture & Planning Committee meeting (monthly).

• Assist in reviewing and responding to national and local consultations and strategies.

• Undertake communication and research to support the Trust’s responses to planning policy, Local Plans, SPD’s, planning and listed building applications, and other consultations.

• Write and submit agreed responses to planning applications to B&NES and other organisations.

• Maintain and update files, databases, spreadsheets on the work of the Architecture & Planning Committee.

• Maintain and update the BPT website.

• Assist with publicity, press releases for circulation to national and local newspapers, publications and journals.

• Be imaginatively engaged in BPT’s projects and campaigning initiatives relating to the historic environment.

Person specification


• Possess a degree in Urban Planning, Historic Building Conservation, Architecture, or a closely aligned discipline

• Excellent communication and administration skills, including dealing with the public

• Understanding of social media platforms and website administration.

• At least basic knowledge of the planning system and heritage management


• Knowledge of development management and/or planning policy

• Knowledge of Bath’s traditional materials and construction methods

• Knowledge of Bath’s vernacular design and architectural design styles

• Knowledge of sustainable construction and low carbon initiatives (desirable)

• Appreciation of all aspects of architecture and urban design

• Awareness of landscape character

The post will be self-supporting in a small organisation. Flexibility, ability to communicate at all levels, team spirit and a proactive ‘can-do’ attitude will be necessary.

All applications must be made on a BPT application form available from the BPT website and emailed to

Organisation name: Bath Preservation Trust

Contact name: Rachel Poulton

Contact email:

Contact phone number: 01225338727

Contact website:

Type: Full-time (permanent)

Salary: £18,000 per annum

Location: Bath

Deadline for completed applications: Monday 17 June 2019

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