Senior Town Planner

Exeter, Devon
Competitive salary
Closing date
14 Aug 2021

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AECOM is a top ten UK Planning consultancy by size, employing around 70 Chartered or Licentiate Planners, practicing in all areas of the discipline. AECOM is a worldwide leader in environmental and engineering consultancy and working as a planning consultant within AECOM means access to some of the most high profile and prestigious development projects in the UK, working with colleagues operating at the cutting edge of their disciplines as part of one of the largest UK environmental consultancies.

We have an impressive portfolio of involvement in major infrastructure projects. Including taking lead roles in the consenting and delivery of projects such as
Many Development Consent Orders for Highways England, including the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down (Stonehenge), A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet, A38 Derby Junctions, M42 Junction 6, M54 to M6 Link, and the A27 Arundel bypass;
Sunnica Energy Farm (Solar) DCO, Longfield Solar, and other solar DCOs;
Luton Airport Expansion;
Thames Tideway DCO;
various infrastructure projects (highways, flood and coastal defense works) under the Cormac Framework;
various flood alleviation schemes for the Environment Agency; and
various other projects including residential and commercial development and strategic land promotion.
We are looking for a Senior Consultant Town Planner to join our growing team of town planning consultants in the South West, with a preferred location of Plymouth. As a Senior Consultant in our team, you will have the opportunity to work on a range of projects including major infrastructure projects consented under the 2008 Planning Act and planning applications across a variety of sectors, under the Town and Country Planning Act.

You will assist with the preparation of Development Consent Orders and planning applications, undertake site visits, write reports and work collaboratively across our network of offices with architects, engineers, environmental specialists, economists and other related professionals to develop high quality projects.

We are looking for creative and highly motivated team players who would like the fantastic opportunity to further their career, gaining valuable experience to be part of exciting projects on a local and national level within an established consultancy. You will be joining a great team, you will have an interesting and diverse workload, have a say and play an active role in the growth of the planning team and will be given the opportunity to make the most of your abilities with support to enable you to achieve career ambitions.

The management and successful delivery of planning applications under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, including coordinating multi-disciplinary teams across various project types.
Supporting the management and successful delivery of major infrastructure projects, including procedures under the Planning Act 2008 and the Transport and Works Act 1992.
Providing planning advice to colleagues and clients including the application of permitted development rights.
Monitoring and managing project budgets and programmes.
Writing Planning Statements and Design and Access Statements for planning applications.
Liaising with the Environmental Impact Assessment team.
Contribution to the preparation of successful commercial tenders.
Assisting with project management and implementing quality and health and safety principles.
Carrying out planning research and analysis and assist with the identification of planning risk.
Participating in internal and external meetings.
Support business development activities.

Minimum Requirements :
Full Chartered Member (or eligible for full membership) of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) or an equivalent professional town planning organisation.
Demonstrable and relevant experience of working within the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 regime.
Commercial awareness and the ability to write clearly and concisely.
Able to work on own initiative and under pressure.
Competent in the use of Microsoft Office including Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Project.
Sound knowledge of UK planning policy and legislation and, preferably a working knowledge of Environmental Impact Assessment legislation.
Client focused with good interpersonal skills and collaborative working approach with a high level of commitment to quality.

Preferred Qualifications :
The Development Consent Order regime under the Planning Act 2008.
Working in collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams on infrastructure and other major projects.
Identifying, evaluating and managing planning risk.
Preparation of successful commercial tenders.
Multi-disciplinary consultancy.
Project management.
Full current driving license.
Note – this role will not suit candidates who have a preference for master-planning / urban design or architecture.

Your benefits will include:
Helping our employees achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us. If you join AECOM, as well as receiving a competitive salary, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore flexible working arrangements. Core benefits include 25 days’ annual leave, company pension scheme, private medical insurance, life assurance and one paid annual professional institution membership fee. You can also choose from a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

You’ll also be able to give back to communities with up to two paid CSR days each year. Through our charity, The AECOM Foundation, you can volunteer to support children in developing countries. And if you’re a member of the Reserve Forces you’ll receive an additional 15 days paid leave for training commitments.

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