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Associate Town Planner

Penguin Recruitment
£50000 - £60000 per annum + Excellent benefits package!!!
Closing date
11 Jul 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time
Officer, Consultant, Planner

Job Details

Penguin Recruitment is delighted to be supporting an award-winning planning consultancy on the hire of an Associate Town Planner to work in their strategic planning team. The role is based out of London, and is permanent and full-time, with flexible working arrangements available.

The purpose of this job is to contribute and help run a range of small, medium and strategic-scale planning projects by: providing high-quality, commercially valuable verbal and written planning advice; producing reports, representations and high-quality submissions; and acting day to day in a leading consultant role of both development management and development plan projects, with little supervision.

Responsibilities and accountabilities
  • Promoting large scale residential and mixed-use developments (both Brownfield and Greenfield) through Local Plan Reviews and Growth Competitions:

o Represent clients through appeals, inquiries, public meetings, planning committees and the Development Plan review process

o Policy representations

o Draft documents and briefings for large projects

o Co-ordinating consultant teams and workstreams
  • Preparation, submission and negotiation of planning applications:

o Coordinating professional teams to submit applications

o Undertaking day to day project management of small to medium projects

o Leading the production of documents for small, medium and large-scale applications

o Preparation of planning statements

o Notes and advice to Members, officers and public messaging

o Proactively managing the flow of information, correspondence, problems and queries
  • Co-ordination of project teams, instructing consultants and project management
  • Conducting research and site appraisals on projects for clients
  • Understanding (and where relevant, selling) linked non-planning services
  • Organising own time with general guidance from Director
  • Take responsibility for quality of own work, and consider ways of improving work processes
  • Proactively interpret and take appropriate actions / decisions
  • Supervise the day to day activities of assistant planners
  • Keep knowledge and skills up to date and satisfy RTPI requirements
  • Developing client relationships and generating work

Qualification criteria
  • Planning degree (or another relevant degree) & MRTPI status (or close)
  • Strategic planning experience
  • Knowledge of current and emerging planning legislation and policy
  • Methodical, accurate and have excellent attention to detail including accurate reporting
  • Critical thinker
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work on multiple projects and manage deadlines
  • Desire to get involved in business development
  • Public speaking and presentation skills (desirable)
  • Right to work in the UK for at least 2 continuous years

Salary / Benefits

In return for your contribution, you will be provided with a competitive salary and benefits package that includes a discretionary bonus, ongoing training, strong annual leave allowance (with the option to purchase additional days), Company pension contribution of 9%, Health and Wellbeing package in the form of an employer funded Health Cash Plan to cover your everyday costs and an additional allowance for other areas of wellbeing support. Following successful probation period you would also qualify for family friendly incentives including enhanced maternity/paternity and adoption pay.


If you have strategic planning experience and are looking to join a multi-skilled, progressive practice with a great reputation in London, this is the role for you!

The Director is looking to meet with suitable Associate Town Planners ASAP so if you meet the above criteria, please contact Matt Fraser on 01792 365 001 or


Penguin Recruitment has over 10 years experience in the Town Planning Sector. Our dedicated team of Planning Consultants are actively working with Consultancies, House Builders, Strategic Land Promoters and Local Authorities across the UK.

Whether you are a Graduate looking for that first career step, an Associate Director looking for that strategic move, or an employer in the Town Planning Sector looking for a Recruitment Partner, Penguin’s considerable experience can help you achieve your goal.

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Company info
0121 442 0646
166B Alcester Road
166B Alcester Road
West Midlands
B13 8HS

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