Clientside Planning Manager (Hamps/Berks area)
A unique clientside opportunity has arisen for a Planning Manager to join a bespoke residential developer in the South East of England just outside of Reading. You will be joining a large office in picturesque grounds around the Berkshire/Hampshire border with plenty of parking available. Commutable locations include; Reading, Newbury, Bracknell, Basingstoke, Farnham, Winchester and surrounds.
Due to a structured expansion plan, combined with an increase in the level of work, we are looking to appoint an experienced Town Planner to assist the current Planning Manager in managing the organisation’s residential portfolio. The portfolio consists of high end, bespoke developments as well as larger sites across the South of England but with the highest concentration being in Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey. The schemes are a mix of both immediate and strategic sites.
We are open on areas of expertise and can structure the role according to experience (to either focus purely on immediate sites or on a combination of immediate and the strategic parts of the portfolio. The responsibilities will depend on your experience and where that fits with the requirements/portfolio, but we are looking for planners who can competently do the following:
- Planning history and land registry searches;
- Assessing land constraints and the land bank to help to identify potential site opportunities from a planning point of view;
- Identify and advise on any planning issues arising through the acquisition process;
- Planning appraisals;
- Preparing planning statements and managing external consultants through the application, S106 and appeal process;
- Monitoring and discharging of conditions;
- Assisting with reserved matters;
- Site visits when required;
- Providing general planning advice to the multi-disciplinary office.
We are ideally looking for candidates with circa 2-8 years’ post qualification experience, operating around the Senior Planner/Associate level (or possibly a strong planner) but could go for more experience depending on the person. MRTPI is preferable but not essential if your experience is right. Candidates with some commercial experience either from a consultancy or developer background are preferred. Candidates will require an in depth knowledge of local and national planning policies. Experience in quantitative and qualitative elements of planning will be advantageous for the strategic sites and all candidates should have strong written skills, be good communicators who are confident in their advice and you should work well to deadlines.
There is really good progression with this role, both the immediate and strategic land teams are growing which inevitably means a heavier flow of planning work coming through. Therefore, the role is really what you make of it and has huge potential to grow and develop. You will be rewarded with a competitive basic salary, a company car (or allowance) and fuel card, pension and private health care.
To apply for this role please do not hesitate to contact Ruth Hoggett. By clicking apply, please be assured that your CV will not be sent to the client until you have been fully briefed on the role and given permission for us to do so. We will confidentially retain your details and inform you of any other suitable opportunities arising should you not be successful in this role.