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Senior Planning Consultant

Geddes Consulting
Edinburgh (blended flexible working)
Salary is negotiable and will be dependent on the experience of the candidate
Closing date
10 Jun 2022

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Opportunity for Senior Planning Consultant

Geddes Consulting has an exciting opportunity for a talented and experienced chartered Town Planner to work on local development plan representations and planning applications for medium to large scale strategic residential and mixed-use developments.

Regarded as one of Scotland’s leading independent planning consultancies, we provide a range of project services, including masterplanning, urban design, landscape architecture, project sustainability and viability – delivering a comprehensive suite of products for our clients.

You will benefit from direct involvement in this broad range of services, advancing your learning and appreciation of different skills and specialisms to deliver place-making projects.

The ideal candidate will be looking to further their experience and skills base in a practical workplace environment, working as a member of our multi-disciplinary team.

You will join our established team to help deliver your assigned tasks, working up to a position where you will lead the delivery of commissioned projects and co-ordinating the work of the project team.

The successful candidate may be a qualified town planner with at least five years’ work experience preferably including development management in a planning authority.

You will have excellent skills in collating evidence and reaching planning decisions as well as project management. Knowledge of how residential, mixed-use and regeneration projects are delivered within the Scottish planning system is beneficial. Work experience in a local authority is equally relevant as experience gained in the private sector.

Our multi-disciplinary team works closely with experts in transport, archaeology, ecology and other technical specialists and an appreciation of the EIA policy framework and assessment process would be an advantage.

You will have the opportunity to take responsibility on your projects and contribute to the future growth and success of the business. Work portfolios are managed to ensure that all staff experience a breadth and depth of project opportunities.

Job Responsibilities

Maintain a comprehensive understanding of Scottish planning system and planning law and be able to use this knowledge to promote strategies and solutions to secure planning permission.

Preparing, writing and supervising our range of market leading supporting reports used to secure planning permission, including Planning Statement; Appeal Statement of Case; Sustainable Development Statement; Housing Land Supply Statement; and School Impact Assessment. Training will be provided on our approach.

Helping with the co-ordination and preparation of the planning advice for our range of market leading design products such as Design Statement; Development Framework Report; Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment; and Green Belt Assessment. Training will be provided on our approach.

Co-ordination and preparation of Environmental Impact Assessments for client proposals when required.

Maintain communication and negotiation with planning authorities and stakeholders about solutions to meet our client’s project requirements including securing appropriate planning conditions and planning obligations.

Acting as a project manager in the co-ordination and delivery of commissioned work, including specifying, producing and reviewing work to resolve or address specific planning policy matters.

Minimum Requirements

  • Educated to degree level.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ post qualification working.
  • Confident with Microsoft Office 365 suite.
  • The ability to coordinate and deliver commissioned work
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Experience

  • Chartered membership of the RTPI.
  • Previous working within a local authority.
  • Experience of development management activities within a planning authority

What We Offer

Geddes Consulting is one of Scotland’s leading planning and development consultancies. We work with developers, national house builders and the public sector. We have a strong track record in securing allocations, planning permissions and winning appeals based on our detailed evidence led responses to policy compliance requirements.

You will have the opportunity to work within a dynamic team where you will be involved in a wide variety of project work.

We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programmes supported by company leadership.

Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to. We believe in helping our colleagues achieve their potential and we’ll help you reach yours.

We are constantly evolving our way of working to ensure we play to people’s strengths and reflect personal circumstances, whilst ensuring we always deliver for our clients. Across the business, we have a range of different working arrangements including our blended flexible working, balancing personal, team and client requirements. We are always happy to explore what may be the ‘best fit’.

Salary is negotiable and will be dependent on the experience of the candidate.

The company provides an annual bonus, 36 days annual leave, pension scheme and private health insurance.

If interested, please provide a covering letter and CV. Closing date for potential applicants is 10th June 2022.

If you wish to find out more, please contact Stuart Salter on 0131 553 3639 or email at

For further details on some of the project work delivered by Geddes Consulting, please visit our website


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