Business Unit
Planning, Development and Regeneration
Closing date
Contract type
Full time
Employment type

Overall Purpose of Job


Enabling Clients of the Firm to achieve their property and development related objectives through the provision of accurate and robust advice and effective, efficient and timely engagement in the planning system.


Main Duties, Responsibilities & Accountabilities


Working as part of an experienced and driven team to deliver outstanding advice on a wide range of development projects and planning issues.


Providing support to more senior members of the team on major, complex projects.


Providing advice and support to other parts of the business.


Managing, with supervision and support as required, a broad mix of planning instructions requiring:


  • Diligent and timely research and analysis
  • The provision of advice on the planning potential of land and property
  • The provision of advice that assists in the formulation of development proposals which meet Client requirement
  • The provision of advice that assesses and weighs the opportunities and risks presented by the planning system
  • The provision of advice on strategies and programmes for managing local plan and planning application processes, and for undertaking appropriate and proportionate action required to address material planning considerations
  • The assembly and management of consultant teams
  • The preparation and submission of applications for planning permission, for the approval of Reserved Matters, for the approval of details required by condition and for other consents including advertisement consent and heritage consents
  • The preparation and submission of representations responding to development plan and similar consultations
  • The preparation of Reports, Briefing Notes, Hearing Statements, Instructions to Counsel, Proofs of Evidence etc
  • Diligent and sensitive liaison with local planning authorities and stakeholders
  • Regular and frequent reporting to the Client
  • The undertaking of negotiations on behalf of the Client enabling achievement of optimum outcomes
  • Adherence to agreed programmes for the delivery of project outputs and advice
  • Regular and frequent assessment of risks which might impact upon meeting Client objectives; and
  • A business-like approach to invoicing and debt management.


Assisting with the coaching and mentoring of more junior members of the team.


Assisting with the implementation of the Team’s Business Plan (i.e. helping grow the business through a variety of practice development activities, including preparing fee proposals and tenders).


Please note, this list is not exhaustive and there may be a requirement to perform other tasks / duties that would reasonably be expected to be undertaken in the performance of the role.



Desired Knowledge, Skills and Experience (ideal unless stated as required)


  • Hons Degree in relevant subject (Town Planning, Geography, Economics)
  • RTPI Accredited Planning Degree (Required)
  • RTPI Chartered Membership (Required)
  • Evidence of good people skills and an ability to negotiate the best outcome for clients
  • Evidence of good research and analysis skills
  • Evidence of good report writing and presentation skills
  • Evidence of good project management, prioritisation and time-management skills