Senior Planner

Group Support Centre
North West
Hours Per Week:
Vacancy Type:
23 Jun 2024
Salary Details:
What you'll be doing?

Gladman Developments are the UK’s most active and successful land promoter based in Congleton, Cheshire. We believe in using our expertise to partner with landowners to help them to realise the true potential of their land through its development for residential or residential led mixed-use development.

As Senior Policy and Promotion Planner you will work within the Planning & Projects department promoting a variety of sites through the planning process by seeking residential led allocations through the development plan and/or identifying opportunities to progress sites by way of planning application. You will be in charge of your own portfolio of sites reporting to the Planning Manager/Planning Director and will also assist others within the department support sites through the development plan process up to and including at Examination in Public. The role will require an ability to think strategically and innovatively as you formulate and implement planning strategies for projects. You will also be expected to delegate effectively and in doing so help with the professional development of junior planners within the team.

Your duties will include:

  • Supporting the Planning Directors, Planning Mangers and Senior Project Managers as required, but also a wider brief on planning matters as requested by senior colleagues.
  • Reviewing reports produced by external consultants, providing feedback and final sign off.
  • Analysing Local Plan policies, evidence base documents and consultation material and their relationship with national planning policy and legal frameworks.
  • Completing research to assist and implement innovative strategies for the promotion/allocation/planning application of sites.
  • Producing well researched and presented reports and representations to assist in the promotion of sites and/or preparing reports to accompany the submission of planning applications, such as vision documents, housing needs assessments, sustainability, socio-economic and demographic studies.
  • Appraisal of new site opportunities
  • Attending meetings and interviews with prospective landowners and agents to help secure new sites for the business to then promote.
  • Undertaking site visits and meetings with landowners, agents and local authority officers.
  • Effective management of workload and keeping to task deadlines, this will require delegation of tasks.
  • Carrying out public engagement, including formal consultation events where necessary.
  • Assisting planners and graduate planners within your team with any queries they may have in a positive and constructive manner.
    Co-ordinating and inputting to complex planning research tasks. 
What you'll need?
To be successful in the role, we are looking for:
  • Planning degree or equivalent qualification and eligibility for RTPI Membership.
  • Extensive planning experience, either within a consultancy or local planning environment.
  • Experience of working within an environment focused on the promotion of sites through both the Local Plan and planning application processes.
  • Extensive experience of development plan processes.
  • Significant experience of preparing reports to support the submission of planning applications and/or the allocation of sites in a Local Plan.
  • Understanding/interest in political relationship with planning processes.
  • Demonstrable experience of undertaking research projects to support the delivery of a project.
  • The ability to formulate and implement clear strategies for the promotion of sites, with limited input from senior colleagues.
  • Understanding of the drivers for growth at the local, regional and national level.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
  • The ability to communicate with different audiences.
  • The ability to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Effective time management.
  • Strong organisational and coordination skills.
  • Ability to build rapport and relationships, both internally and externally.
  • A strong work ethic.
Our Company and Benefits

Gladman Developments are part of Barratt Developments PLC.  With over 30 years’ experience in achieving planning permissions, out team have years of professional experience and a wide range of industry contacts, from central government, local councils, professional consultants to major house builders.

We are proud to be part of an organisation where anyone with drive and talent can pursue the career they want.  We are part of a culture where anyone, regardless of gender, race, sexuality, disability, background or any other characteristic, can progress and be proud to work for us.

As part of working for Gladman Developments and specifically for this role we offer:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Competitive Bonus Scheme
  • Private Medical Insurance - Single Cover 
  • 26 days’ holiday (increase by 1 day for every 3 years’ continuous service up to 29 days)
  • Choice of Flexible Benefits
  • Enhanced Family Friendly Policies
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