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Senior/Principal Planning Consultant

JBA Consulting
Can be based at: Newcastle Upon Tyne, Newport, S Wales or Saltaire
Closing date
8 Jul 2021
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Senior/Principal Planning Consultant

JBA are looking for an experienced, dynamic planner willing to work on a variety of projects…

We are looking for an experienced Planning Consultant, to join our Newcastle Team (or our alternative offices in Saltaire or Newport) on a permanent contract. As part of our dynamic planning team, you will have the opportunity to work on a variety of exciting and varied projects for the Environment Agency, local authorities and private sector clients throughout the UK. Our planning team has a national remit that will provide the successful candidate with an interesting and challenging workload, and the opportunity to work on a range of projects including flood and coastal erosion risk management.

You will be responsible for managing multi-disciplinary technical teams, co-ordinating the submission of a range of planning applications for a variety of schemes and advising on the promotion of strategic land. You will have the opportunity to win your own business and will play an important part in the growth of our team.

You will also be involved with:

  • Preparation of planning appraisals, applications and appeal statements and other formal written advice.
  • Contributing to the formulation of client planning strategies, including identifying potential planning risks and opportunities, and contributing to the formulation of project programmes.
  • Developing new client relationships and assisting with the management of existing key clients.
  • Leading on the day-to-day management of projects.
  • Liaising with Council officers, stakeholders and members of the public.
  • Attending and contributing to client and project team meetings.
  • Attending and presenting at Council Planning Committee meetings and attending public consultation events.
  • Supporting the Environment Agency/SEPA/NRW in their statutory consultee role in relation to planning applications and strategic plans.


The post can be based in either Newcastle NE1 5JE, Saltaire BD18 3LF or Newport NP20 1FQ offices.

Further information:

For an informal discussion about this position, please contact Steve Maslen on 01274 714269

Please note JBA run a comprehensive Graduate Programme and recent graduates interested in working for us should apply via that route.

Key competencies required for the role:

You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, a successful history of dealing with clients at all levels, and a passion for quality and excellence of service.

Who we are looking for:

The successful candidate will ideally be RTPI Chartered (or working towards Chartership) and have experience ideally gained through a career in either a local authority or private consultancy. You will have a degree (or equivalent) or a postgraduate qualification accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Who we are:

JBA began in 1995 and have grown to be one of Europe’s leading specialists in environmental engineering and environmental management, with a strong track record of major studies for national governments and international bodies.

Our Head Office in based in Skipton, with 21 offices in 9 countries around the world.

We have been independent and employee-owned for over two decades, allowing us the freedom to focus on innovation and our commitment to exceptional client service.

Visit to find out more about what we do.

What we offer:

A competitive salary is available depending on qualifications and experience, together with a comprehensive benefits package.  The JBA Group is an employee-owned company and staff qualify for profit share after a minimum length of service.

The JBA Group is committed to looking after the health, safety and wellbeing of its staff, and as such it offers an inclusive benefits package which includes Group Income Protection; a health cash plan; contributory pension scheme; and a competitive annual leave entitlement that increases with qualifying service.

We want our staff to reach their full potential and feel that their development is important to us.  We have in place a structured training and development plan and every member of staff has an Individual Training Plan and mentor.

JBA is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all candidates who believe they fulfil the job criteria specified above.  All roles will be considered for part-time or flexible working.

Please apply by completing a JBA application form and returning with a current CV 

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