Principal Planner

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Principal Planner

Main Purpose of the Job

  • Responsible for delivering the objectives of the company positioning statement to provide clear realistic advice with a personalised service

  • Dealing with a wide range of planning work, with the capability to work independently

  • Developing and managing client relationships, responsible for business development activity and achieving self-sufficiency in work generation

Main Responsibilities

Planning Work

  • Preparing written fee proposals for clients following practice templates and guidelines

  • Undertaking planning history and policy research independently and accurately

  • Undertaking site visits and preparing written and visual records independently and accurately

  • Preparing written site appraisals for clients to provide a clear record of findings and advice

  • Providing written and verbal planning advice to clients to provide clear recommendations

  • Preparing, submitting, and proactively managing pre-application advice requests and applications including planning, enforcement, listed building consent, certificate of lawfulness and prior approvals

  • Preparing planning, design & access, heritage, and other related statements for submission

  • Preparing written local plan representations for site promotion and representations at examinations at an appropriate level

  • Submitting and managing appeals by written representations, hearings and inquiries including preparation of appeal statements and representation at site visits, hearings and appropriate level inquiries as an expert witness

  • Dealing directly with clients for all size projects

  • Coordinating a team of consultants on small/medium projects

  • Assisting senior staff/Partners on larger projects

  • Speaking on behalf of clients at planning committee meetings

  • Regular and clear communication with clients and team at all stages of


  • Proactive management of client relationships both as part of specific

    projects and outside of this

  • Undertaking all personal, project and financial administrative tasks in line with company requirements

  • Preparing, maintaining, and implementing Personal Development Plan

Mentoring of Staff

  • Mentoring junior staff in their professional development

  • Some delegation to, and reviewing work of, junior staff

    Business Development

  • Handling new enquiries at an appropriate level with prompt responses and follow up to secure new instructions

  • Achieving self-sufficiency in generating own planning work by building a network of contacts, actively developing client relationships, raising the personal profile, achieving recommendations and referrals

  • Participation in company-wide business development projects

  • Representing the company at networking events

  • Preparing, maintaining, and implementing Individual Business Development Plan

  • Participating in wider business operational improvement initiatives

  • Any other tasks commensurate with the post

Performance Measures

Our clients have 9 Competencies to make up their Competency Framework, which supports their goals and represent the behaviours they expect to see their employees display at work:

Knowledge & Understanding

  • Expertise
  • QualityandAccuracy
  • Commercial Focus


  • Client Focus
  • PlanningandOrganising
  • Confidence

Personal Effectiveness

  • Working with others
  • Motivation and drive
  • Self-Awareness and Personal Development



  • Chartered Planner/RTPI Member

  • Full driving license (exceptions can be considered)


Knowledge Required

  • Good understanding and ability in the full range of planning work

  • Good commercial understanding of development projects

      • Good commercial understanding of planning consultancy business

Experience Required

  • Range of varied and solid planning experience

  • Private sector experience is desirable

Skills & Aptitudes Required

  • Well organised and able to manage own and other’s time effectively to meet deadlines and budgets

  • Good attention to detail, with the ability to produce own work and review the work of others to ensure high quality and a good level of accuracy

  • Committed and able to build strong client relationships and provide great service

  • Excellent communicator

  • Treats colleagues with dignity and respect, and contributes towards a supportive and collaborative workplace culture

  • Good literacy, numeracy, IT and administrative skills

Personal Qualities Required

  • Supportive and collaborative

  • Self-aware, with a desire for continued personal development

  • Self-motivated and driven to achieve

  • Willingness to adapt to the business

9 May 2022
Town Planners
Principal Planner
Hampshire, Hook