Vacancy Title
Senior - Principal Planner, Bristol
Business Unit, Department & Location
Planning Consultancy
Overall Purpose of Job

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 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, Responsibilities & Accountabilities

Working as part of an experienced and driven team, to deliver outstanding planning advice on a wide range of development projects and issues.  
Providing first-rate support to more senior members of the team on complex projects.   Providing first rate advice and support to other parts of the business.  
Managing straightforward and then increasingly complex planning instructions requiring:  
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 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.

Desired Knowledge, Skills & Experience

The successful candidate will be: ·       
a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute with significant post-qualification experience; ·       
inquisitorial and a problem solver; ·       
highly analytical and numerate; ·       
a good verbal communicator with excellent interpersonal skills; ·       
good at report writing and presentation;     
ambitious and enthusiastic.

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GVA is an equal opportunities employer