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Senior Planning Associate

McCarthy Stone
£40,000 to £55,000 + Bonus + Company Car/Car Allowance
Closing date
4 Jun 2022

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Consultancy, Private sector
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Level
Planner, Associate
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Senior Planning Associate

Location: Coventry/Hybrid

£40,000 to £55,000 + Bonus + Company Car/Car Allowance

About You

We are looking to expand our talented team and recruit an individual who will provide professional support, assistance, and planning in advising on site acquisition, the optimisation of development opportunities and the securing of the best possible planning permissions as quickly as possible.

Reporting to the Divisional Development Director you will have the opportunity to develop your expertise in the delivery of key business performance targets. Working in a dynamic and fast paced environment you will devise and progress planning strategies to meet strict deadlines crucial to facilitate the smooth and timely delivery of planning applications.


  • Competitive Bonus Scheme
  • Company Car/Cash for car £6,000 (Fleet car during probation period)
  • 24 days holiday (rising to 28) Bank Holidays with the option to roll over
  • Hybrid working Company pension scheme
  • Health benefits such as: private health care, medical screening by Nuffield Health, Remote GP, 24/7 access to EAP Services (including counsellors and legal advisors) and eyecare voucher
  • Professional subscriptions paid for 2 days paid volunteering leave per year (supported by the McCarthy Stone Foundation)
  • Customer referral Bonus Excellent development opportunities

Key Responsibilities

  • Prepare analysis of planning policies and other relevant criteria for feasibility studies for land purchase, including the attendance at local authority meetings, and to advise the Division accordingly of planning prospects.
  • Arrange Pre-Application meetings with local authorities on development opportunities.
  • Manage the preparation, submission, and negotiation of projects for planning permission. Inform the preparation of viability assessments for land purchase and the submission of planning applications.
  • Advise on Section 106 Obligations and liaise with solicitors on production of Section 106 Agreements.

These are in addition to the core responsibility of Senior Planning Associate role.

Person Specification:

  • Town Planning Degree or Diploma relevant degree preferred.
  • An MRTPI, RIBA, CIAT or IPMA or similar qualification essential.
  • A working knowledge planning viability models/software is preferable.
  • Substantial post qualification experience ideally in both public and private practice Strong understanding of and ability to maintain confidentiality about all Company and role related information. CSCS Card
  • This is an agile role and will require the post holder to travel to fulfil needs of the role.

These are in addition to the core skills required

About Us:

McCarthy Stone is the UK’s leading developer and manager of retirement communities. We have delivered over 58,000 homes in the UK, across more than 1,300 developments. We have received Five Star Award for customer satisfaction for 15 years in succession, the only UK developer, of any size or type, to win this award each year since it was established in 2005.

We operate in a growing market – in fact the UK’s fastest-growing demographic, with amongst the highest purchasing power in the country.

There is considerable opportunity for a more sophisticated approach to the market, via segmented offerings targeting customers in a focussed way, and an understanding that customers are buying a lifestyle, not just a property.


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