Planning Advisor

Competitive plus benefits
30 May 2018
22 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Level

Homes for Scotland represents the home building industry in Scotland. Our membership includes private builders and RSLs, as well as associate members drawn from the supporting sectors and professional services, including leading planning consultants and law firms.

We are currently recruiting a full time, permanent Planning Advisor who will be based in our Edinburgh office. Regular travel is required, predominantly to serve our regional members and committees across Scotland. Level of appointment and salary will be dependent upon experience.

We are looking for a confident, personable and intelligent individual who can self-manage a busy workload of local and regional planning policy work as well as contributing to our work at the national level.In particular you will lead our planning work in the Clydeplan/West of Scotland and Tayplan/East Central Scotland areas.

You should possess or be able to quickly establish a specialism in planning for housing and delivery-focussed planning. You should also be able to positively and persuasively articulate the needs of the industry in the wider strategic context of Scotland’s planning system and the wider policy environment.

We work positively and collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders from central and local government to key agencies and other professional and membership organisations. Through these we help find new solutions to current barriers to home-building, including those attributable to the planning system.

Our Planning Advisors work close with our home builder members through regional committees. You must have the professional competence and strength of character to advise members on the most positive and effective solutions to issues arising at the local level, and ensure the approach we take to our planning work is aligned with Homes for Scotland’s Strategy.

The post holder will operate within the context of the company Strategy, operating procedures and directions from the Board to carry out the following key duties and responsibilities:

  1. Core Planning Activities
  • To assist the Director of Planning in discharging her duty to the Board to provide a comprehensive planning service covering national and local policy issues
  • To represent the company’s position on planning and related matters
  • To submit representations on policy matters with the advice of members through area planning committees and executive committees
  • To represent the industry’s position to other external bodies and agencies as required
  • To act as an expert witness on behalf of the industry at planning Examinations
  • To provide an advisory service to members on planning and related matters
  • To prepare analysis and advice on strategic and local development plans, supplementary planning guidance, housing land audits and related planning matters
  • To prepare analysis and advice on relevant related policy areas including housing strategy and policy; economic and environmental policy
  • To advise and work through our home builder committees as the principal means of formulating industry positions on planning and related matters
  1. Company responsibilities
  • To assist in maintaining intelligence and data gathering on relevant industry matters
  • To represent the company to external bodies and agencies
  • To assist in promoting the benefits of membership to potential members
  • To give talks and presentations to external audiences as required
  • To deal with media inquiries, including giving interviews, as required by the Directors
  1. Professional and personal competencies
  • To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of planning policy, guidance and good practice
  • To maintain IT skills
  • To maintain a professional programme of Continuing Professional Development in line with the requirements of the RTPI
  • To identify personal and professional development aims and actions through regular performance reviews

Person Specification

  • Degree/Diploma in Town and Country Planning
  • At least three years post qualification relevant experience
  • Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Knowledge of the home building industry and the planning environment it operates in
  • IT skills
  • Numeracy including data analysis and basic research methods
  • Driving Licence holder and own/access to a car for business travel
  • Energy and enthusiasm
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Personable and skilled relationship builder


  • Experience in more than one area of planning practice
  • Experience in both public and private sectors
  • Experience in writing minutes and reports

Salary and benefits

  • This full-time position attracts a competitive salary dependent upon experience, with employer's pension contributions, private life cover and health insurance also offered.
  • We operate a flexible working policy

Please submit a covering letter and CV to Tammy Swift-Adams, Director of Planning

Applications should be submitted by 22 June 2018

Interviews are likely to be held on 03/ 04 July 2018

Further Information

For an informal discussion of the post, please contact

Tammy Swift-Adams Adams (Director of Planning) on 0131 455 8350 or 07471907103 or email

Nikola Miller (Principal Planning Advisor) on 0131 455 8350 or 07392082695 or email

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