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Principal Planner

Macdonald & Co
Home Counties
£35.00 to £40.00 per hour Umbrella Co
Closing date
22 Feb 2021

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A fantastic opportunity has arisen to work for a Local Authority in the South East of England. This Authority is looking for a Principal Planner to work in a fast-moving major and strategic applications team.

This is a fantastic opportunity that’ll give you the chance to work on a challenging caseload that will vary in size and scale from minor to complex medium and major applications. This caseload will commonly include large-scale residential, mixed-use and commercial schemes.

Due to the geography of the area, you will find yourself managing a range of applications in urban, rural and greenbelt environments. These applications will vary in size from smaller more complex schemes up major applications.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage and processing a varied caseload
  • Build a good relationship with major developers, architects and external consultants through paid pre-application meetings.
  • Attend site visits
  • Draft detailed delegated reports and present at committee
  • Negotiate complex conditions and reserved matters
  • Negotiate S106 Agreements
  • Present case at remote committee
  • Assess viability and affordable housing

Pay rate: £40.00 - £42.00 per hour Umbrella

Contract duration: 3 months with a view to extend on a rolling basis

Home working: 5 days per week with the requirement of site visits when applicable

Successful candidates will have a degree in Town & Country Planning or an affiliated subject, with practical experience as a Senior or Principal Development Control Officer in the UK working on major applications.

In addition, you will have a natural enthusiasm and interest in major development in conjunction with excellent verbal and report writing skills.

If you would like to be considered for the position, please contact Elliot Miles on or via telephone on  0207 318 5261.


Macdonald & Company is the leading professional recruitment consultancy for the real estate, built environment, energy and environmental sectors. Established in 1994 and headquartered in the UK, we apply local knowledge with true global connection through our offices in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.

Our specialist teams act for every class  of organisation owning, occupying, financing or advising on property, construction and engineering – developers, investors, institutions, funds, banks, consultancies and contractors. We are the preferred recruitment partner of RICS - the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

The Company’s Energy & Environmental division acts for clients across oil and gas, maritime, utilities, natural resources, power generation, renewable energy and sustainability sectors.

Macdonald & Company is a subsidiary of the London Stock Exchange quoted Prime People Plc.

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