Planning consultancy in the spotlight: Turley

Written by: Turley
Published on: 28 Mar 2017

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Turley offers an environment where co-owners flourish. Find out more about what it’s like to work there.


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Turley co-owners at the RTPI Young Planners' Conference

We are one of the largest, independent planning consultancies operating from 11 offices located in major UK cities. We are a growing and thriving practice, known for our excellent client service and people focus. 

We are active across all development sectors in all parts of the UK. 

Our reputation is being the consultancy of choice for exceptional strategic advice and delivery know-how. We are motivated by the results we achieve for our clients and the quality of the places that we help to shape.

We are an employee owned business in which each person is a co-owner. This allows control over the way that our company develops, how we choose to invest and how we reward our co-owners. Our ownership positively influences our culture and provides unrivalled opportunities for our co-owners to progress in their careers.

We are deeply ambitious. 

After over 30 years of sustained growth since being established in 1983, we are looking to the next exciting phase of our growth. We are investing in people who will help us to achieve our ambition.

We are currently looking for exceptional planning professionals to join us. Read on to find out more about our culture and career opportunities.


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An environment where co-owners flourish

Our business strategy, called Freedom to Flourish, captures our culture, informs all our strategic decisions and creates the conditions for our continued growth.

We are committed to maintaining our enviable position as a market leader and continuing to provide an environment where our co-owners flourish professionally and personally.

Our clients and projects

We value our strong relationships with some of the UK’s most successful property companies, housebuilders, developers and landowners.

Recent major projects include:

  • Pinewood Studios Ltd - Preparing a long-term development framework for this iconic world-leading studio complex.
  • Arden Cross HS2 Interchange Birmingham - A once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver an exceptionally well-connected place which capitalises on the arrival of HS2 in 2026.
  • Liverpool Football Club, Anfield - Providing an iconic football stadium in the heart of Liverpool.
  • The London School of Economics - The redevelopment is the largest project in the 120-year history of the LSE.
  • Protos, Cheshire - Creating a multi-modal energy and resource recovery hub of national significance.

Our co-owners are helping to deliver some of the highest profile and most exciting projects across the country. 

Excellent career progression and reward

We believe that our business will thrive by unlocking the potential of our people. 

You should expect opportunities to grow professionally and to be rewarded fully for your contributions at Turley.

We invest in our co-owners at all levels, including our unrivalled leadership development programme, enabling successive generations of our leaders to realise their potential. 

If you are looking to progress you will be pleased to hear that we have promoted 20 co-owners in the past 12 months. 

“I feel like I am being given more work on a daily basis which is challenging, broadening my experience of wider planning issues and increasing my level of responsibility within the business”. (Turley co-owner)

Employee ownership and attributes

We are employee-owned which means we do not have external shareholders. 

All of our people have a stake in our success. This drives our culture and our competitive advantage. 

Co-ownership gives us an ‘attributes advantage’. 



  • invest in what we own. 
  • take pride in ownership. 
  • protect and enhance. 
  • make ownership decisions wisely. 

Training and development opportunities

We offer industry leading training and development which is tailored to each co-owner through regular line management conversations.

We are committed to developing all our co-owners and helping each person to realise their full potential with the company. 

When we asked our co-owners ‘are you optimistic that you can achieve your career aspirations at Turley?’ 84% of respondents (anonymous) answered “yes”. 

“I am given the opportunity to work on a range of exciting projects across a range of sectors - as well as continuing to raise my profile.  The company has encouraged me to develop and grow both technically and as a leader.” (Turley co-owner)

Flexible working

We recognise that work and life do not exist in silos.  We have the freedom to strike the right balance in meeting client expectations and achieving an effective work/life balance. This applies to all our co-owners.

We offer freedoms around how, when and where we work. We support our co-owners in working in the way that allows them to be most effective and to flourish. 

“At Turley, I am free to work at my own pace and work with many different levels of the business. Coupled with Freedom to Flourish initiatives, I feel this is a great working environment and allows for today’s hectic, sometimes difficult lives, ensuring a great work/life balance.” (Turley co-owner)

Giving something back

We are committed to ‘giving something back’. This is at the heart of how we do business. You can read about our achievements last year and the great activities we are undertaking this year here.

Be yourself

We create an inclusive environment and believe that people perform better when they can be themselves. 

We are a Diversity Champion with Stonewall and our inclusion and diversity group ‘Embrace’ is working to shape our approach in this area and focus on matters which are most important to co-owners.


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Help shape our future

Our business is kept healthy by talented and committed people at all levels, as leaders, as managers and in support roles. We want to retain and recruit the best and are looking for exceptional planning professionals to join Turley. 

We offer market leading remuneration and a flexible benefits package including a travel allowance, non-contributory pension, ownership dividend and performance related bonus.

We have opportunities to join our London team as associate director / director and planner / senior planner. Our London office has a multi-service offer - working alongside Economics, Heritage and Engagement, the team covers all sectors; we have a strong network and an extensive private sector client base. Established for over 20 years, we act primarily for the private sector and for local authorities on their own property development projects. 

We have opportunities to join our Reading team as associate director. This is the newest location added to Turley’s network of offices, and is experiencing strong levels of demand and rapid growth. The team has already played a key role in advising on a number of high profile and complex schemes. 

We are also looking for director / associate directors and other grades to make a leading contribution to the growth of our Northern Planning team. We have opportunities to join our established Manchester and Leeds teams.  

Manchester Embrace launch nightTurley's Manchester Embrace launch night

If we do not have a suitable role for you currently and you are keen to keep in touch for the future we would love to hear from you. For a confidential and informal conversation please contact Sophie Romain, HR advisor: / 0161 233 7646 or Katie Simpson, HR manager, / 0161 233 7623.  


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