Vacancy Title
Senior Planner
Business Unit, Department & Location
PDR & GVA Financial Consultancy
Planning Consultancy
Job Description:

Overall purpose:

Enabling Clients of the firm (from both Private and Public sectors) to achieve their development objectives through effective, efficient and timely engagement in the Planning System.  

In many cases, this will mean helping to deliver a valuable local development plan allocation, a favourable policy framework or a planning permission free of unreasonable conditions, obligations and levies but will also involve delivering advice that assists with strategy development, decision-making and problem solving.

Main duties and responsibilities:

Working as part of an experienced and driven team, to deliver outstanding planning advice on a wide range of development projects and issues, but with a particular focus upon advisory work in the residential sector.


Providing high quality support to more senior members of the team on complex residential and other projects.


Providing first rate advice and support to other parts of the business.


Initially assisting with, and then managing, planning instructions that will become increasingly complex over time as the candidate’s skills and confidence grow.


Tasks assigned will require:


  • Diligent and timely research and analysis;
  • Advice that assists in formulating development proposals which meet the Client’s requirements;
  • Advice that assesses and weighs the opportunities and risks presented by the planning system;
  • Recommendations on strategies and programmes for managing local development plan and planning application processes, and for undertaking appropriate and proportionate action required to address material planning considerations;
  • The assembly and management of external consultant teams and internal advisers;
  • Diligent and sensitive liaison with local planning authorities and third parties (eg statutory consultees, interested people and organisations);
  • Regular and frequent reporting to the Client;
  • Communication of proposals and argument electronically, by paper or verbally;
  • Negotiations on behalf of the Client enabling achievement of the optimum outcome;
  • 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.
The above list summarises main responsibilities to be carried out in the role but is not exhaustive. You may be asked to carry out additional activities.

Desired skills and experience:

The successful candidate will be:

  • A member of the Royal Town Planning Institute or Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Planning & Development Surveyor) 
  • Inquisitorial and a problem solver;
  • Highly analytical and numerate;
  • A good verbal communicator with excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Good at report writing and presentation; and
  • Ambitious and enthusiastic.

The following attributes are desirable:

  • Practical experience of both development management and development plan processes; and
  • Good understanding of the housing market and how robust planning advice plays a central role in driving land value enhancement.

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