Planning Director (Southampton)

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Director level Town Planner to lead and grow an established planning team based in Southampton. You will be joining a lovely office based in the city centre (parking available) just 10 minutes’ walk from the main train station. The office is well established and one of the big names in the region.

We are looking for a Director level Town Planner or a strong Associate Director looking for a progressive opportunity. You must be MRTPI qualified and have some private sector experience (ideally from your current or most recent role). Your role will be to lead and develop the planning team within the wider office, contributing to the success of the firm’s national planning team. The team currently work on a wide range of projects varying in scale across residential, commercial, mixed-use, education and public sectors. Their client list is very impressive and offers the chance to work with both major developers/institutions and private land owners. The planning team are very busy with a good pipeline of work to get stuck into straight away as well as a good number of tenders submitted adding to the bank you will be able to develop work from. We are looking for candidates who are excellent technical planners but who also enjoy the buzz of business development and are used to having the latter as part of their role. You should be able to demonstrate; good management experience and people skills; that you are well connected within the South Coast market; and that you are used to developing business either from your own clients or within the client base you have been operating in.  

In terms of project experience, we are really looking for a strong generalist, the team have very strong experience in residential, mixed-use, commercial, education and more recently strategic land. It would be great to compliment these, but we would also consider specialists with strong contacts within their respective fields. It is imperative that you have experience and contacts within the Southampton area and surrounding regions. This role is not suitable for relocators or those purely coming from a local authority background.

This really is an excellent opportunity to progress and make your stamp on the market. You will have the backing of a national planning team and a strong regional presence as well as a market-leading name. The office is very active in the area in terms of networking and attending/organising industry events and have a great marketing team behind them, so all the tools are available to you that you need to be successful. You will be rewarded with a market-leading remuneration package to be made up of base salary, excellent corporate benefits (including a generous car or car allowance) and there is a good bonus scheme in place. If you are being held back in your current role and feel you need to work somewhere where they encourage progression (and reward it) then this is the role for you.

For more information on this role and/or to apply please send your CV (which will be treated in the strictest of confidence and never sent to any client without fully briefing you and gaining your permission) to Ruth Hoggett (

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