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​Planning Manager

Location: Type: Date Posted: Salary: Job ID: Contact:
North West - All Permanent July 6th 2020 £40,000 - £45,000 BTC/FP/2020/0607PM Brian Colton

Planning Manager


£40,000 - £45,000

Our client are a well-established construction Main Contractor based in Oldham. They are currently looking to recruit a Planning Manager to join their growing team.

The Planning Manager will be responsible for delivering a full range of town planning and related development roles across residential and commercial development projects involving existing and future land.This will be at all stages of the planning process; from an input to forward plans and policy through to implementing permissions once consents are in place.

You would also support and work closely with their Housing Team (who deliver circa 500 homes per year working with partners) and our Enviro Team (who operate a number of landfill and associated legacy issues).

Key Tasks

  • An input to the preparation of Business Cases for investment opportunities including an analysis of planning and related risk and evaluating options.
  • Build and maintain relationships with Local Authorities, landowners and agents to help source new development opportunities.
  • Monitor forward planning and policy at a national, sub-regional and local level as it affects the company interests and input to shaping this and positioning our land as required, including submitting representations in connection with Development Plans and calls for sites etc.
  • Play a key role in shaping and specifying the company’s development schemes, including design related matters.
  • Represent the company in connection with pre-application negotiations including attending meetings with Local Authorities and other organisations / groups and representing the company at public meetings to explain development proposals.
  • Prepare planning applications, including the briefing, management, and coordination of multidisciplinary teams to produce the associated supporting information
  • Take the lead on discharging conditions and obligations related to planning permissions
  • Prepare the companies case for planning and enforcement appeal and attend as witness at Local Public Inquiries and Informal Hearings if required.
  • Produce pre and post planning programmes and coordinate, monitor and deliver on areas of the development programme that they are responsible for.
  • Prepare or have an input to regular reports (including Board Papers) in connection with the monitoring and performance of projects
  • Ensure effective team collaboration within the wider business.
  • Update the business in relation to planning and related policy trends and changes affecting the housing and commercial sectors.
  • Drive continuous improvement within the Development team and the wider organisation.

The above list of job duties is not exclusive or exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks as may reasonably be expected within the scope of the role. Job descriptions will be reviewed regularly as part of the Employer/Employee One/One Talks to ensure they are an accurate representation of the post.

Person Specification

You will be forward thinking and ready to deliver a pipeline of existing and future residential and commercial opportunities.As part of small supportive, hard-working, and motivated team, you will be an enthusiastic and proactive person who can handle a variety of town planning and development related tasks.

You should have previous experience of working in town planning, have excellent communication skills and be able to manage and prioritise your workload to meet deadlines.You will hold a degree in town planning or a related discipline and be a member of (or be eligible for membership of) the RTPI.You will be able to demonstrate experience of dealing with a range of planning issues through planning policy and / or development management work.

Other Essential Attributes of the person will be:

  • Good technical / development background and knowledge
  • Commercially aware
  • Proven relevant track record
  • Excellent report writing and analytical skills
  • Competency in preparing and delivering presentations, including the use of technology
  • Ability to always promote a professional image and the company values
  • Well organised including project management / co-ordination capability
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for working in teams
  • Confidence and experience of networking and business development
  • Flexible and adaptable