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Job Title: Associate or Technical Director: Planning
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: UK - England - South East England, London
Salary: DOE
REF: 42419
Job Published: 12 months ago

Associate or Technical Director: Planning

Birmingham or London



If you’re an experienced development planner who has led the planning process for major residential and commercial schemes and ambitious to make your mark by helping develop our UK planning business, read on.


You will be the lead for residential and commercial developments and you’ll have the opportunity to work on some of the UK’s largest and complex developments.


We are seeking to locate a highly respected planner who brings strong relationships with both public and private clients and an ability to think in a problem solving and multi-disciplinary way. 


You need to be experienced in developing planning strategies, leading the master-planning and feasibility process and advising clients on the planning risks and opportunities associated with their sites as well as achieving timely consents through effective management of stakeholders and the consent process.  You will have demonstrable experience in growing a planning business bringing a strong commercial mind-set.


You will be joining a Planning team that is involved in some of the UK’s most complex and stimulating projects, which are diverse and technically demanding including Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects, energy and infrastructure developments, commercial schemes, socio economic and community planning as well as research into the planning process.  Our clients include National Grid, Welsh Water, TfL, the Homes and Communities Agency, Welsh Government, Highways England and the Canal & River Trust together with a range of private developers, social landlords and local authorities.


Overview of Role of Associate or Technical Director of Planning:


Reporting to the UK Development Planning Discipline Lead, you will be accountable for the planning advice to clients, leading master planning/ site feasibility stages and the submission of Planning and Design and Access Statements and planning applications.  You will also take some responsibility for delivering new sales in residential and commercial developments through building relationships within the business as well as with existing and new clients.  You will work closely with our existing lead planners to develop opportunities as well as work alongside colleagues of other disciplines and sectors of the business to enhance our development and regeneration capability and reputation in the marketplace.



  • Technical delivery of projects, as lead planner for residential and commercial projects;
  • Project manager of multi-disciplinary development consent commissions;
  • Identify and develop innovative development solutions based on client needs and drivers
  • Establish strong relationships with project and development managers, architects and urban designers, environmental planning disciplines and engineers on a technical and commercial level
  • Ensuring planning advice complies with planning law, regulation and best practice
  • Assist in the development, promotion and implementation of company technical strategies
  • Promote the Planning team capability and achievements both internally and externally
  • Recruit and mentor planning professionals


What you have to offer:

  • Planning Degree and Masters and Membership of the RTPI
  • Delivery focussed
  • Ability to work independently and in the team
  • Enthusiasm to grow the business
  • Travel Flexibility
  • Experience in leading planning consents
  • Working in a planning consulting environment


If you are interested in the role of Associate or Technical Director of Planning, please apply today. For more information please contact;


Sarah Kerr – Planning & Built Environment Team Leader

01202 888 986


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