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Senior / Principal Town Planner

Oyster Partnership
Greater Leeds Area
Up to £45,000 per annum + benefits
Closing date
20 Feb 2022

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Every Senior Planner wants to feel valued. Like their effort matters and is truly contributing to the greater good.

Yet so many Planners find themselves getting lost in the corporate abyss of a firm, feeling as though they are just a number or a cog in the machine with the sole purpose to get their head down and make money.

Spawforths do things a little differently.

Forget a ‘boys club’ mindset, and a rusty approach to Planning. Spawforths are proud to have a 50/50 gender split, right up to board level. A testament to their inclusive, and collaborative approach to operating.

I present to you possibly the most refreshing Senior / Principal Planner role on the market right now.

And let me tell you why…

Spending weeks on end on projects that you hate will be a distant memory. Your workload would be moulded to what you find interesting and tailored to skills you want to develop. Prefer networking and business development? Fine. Prefer to spend more time writing applications? Also fine. Want to spend more time developing skills in EIAs? You guessed it – also fine.

With a combined project value of over £12 billion, this is a role to get your teeth stuck into, spanning both major commercial developments, and impressive residential projects. Major by name, and mega by nature, their pipeline of work is truly making a difference to communities in the Northwest, and on a national scale.

Spawforths’ high value work and impressive list of clients has not given way to a volatile working environment. With a reluctancy to place too much pressure on individual consultants, they instead look to the wider team for annual targets and have consistent success with this approach. Weekly meetings reviewing staff capacity on projects will see work being delegated fairly and to alleviate any unnecessary pressure on individual staff.

What’s the progression like, you ask?

They are committed to continued professional development of staff with Personal Development Reviews twice a year. Plans in place for that next promotion will be met with realistic and achievable objectives.

And beyond the job itself, their idyllic location offers much more than an office setting. Set in the Yorkshire countryside, and conveniently opposite a pub, you’re set for lunchtime walks by the picturesque reservoir, and a pint or two after work on a Friday!

The team are incredibly supportive of the reality of life, with flexible working hours both in office and at home, twice annual bonuses, and generous annual leave.

If you want to feel human again, and not simply a cog in the machine do get in touch.

The closing date for this role is Monday 31st January, so give me a call on 020 7766 9015 (ask for Ettie) to find out more.


The Town Planning Team at Oyster Partnership are specialists in both the interim and permanent markets across the public and private sectors.

Our public sector team covers all levels of interim vacancies from Assistant level to Heads of Service across the UK in development management, policy, enforcement, economic development, conservation and urban design.

Our private sector team works with some of the biggest names in Property across the UK from Graduate to Director level. We recruit into consultancies, house builders, commercial developers, renewable energy companies, and waste management companies.

We strive to achieve results for client and candidates by building strong relationships through a friendly consultative service that has helped us become the award winning firm we are today.

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