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Associate or Technical Director of Planning (London/Birmingham)

Location: London, London Industry: Transportation & Infrastructure
Salary: £50000 - £90000 per annum Contact: John Tittley
Posted: about 2 years ago Contact Email: jtittley@meridianbs.co.uk

Associate or Technical Director: Planning - Birmingham or London

The Exciting Opportunity:

If you're an experienced development planner who has led the planning process for major residential and commercial schemes and ambitious to make your mark by helping develop our UK planning business, please read on. Join our national development planning team as the lead for residential and commercial developments and you'll have the opportunity to work on some of the UK's largest and complex developments.

We are seeking to locate a highly respected planner who brings strong relationships with both public and private clients and an ability to think in a problem solving and multi-disciplinary way. You need to be experienced in developing planning strategies, leading the masterplanning and feasibility process and advising clients on the planning risks and opportunities associated with their sites as well as achieving timely consents through effective management of stakeholders and the consent process. You will have demonstrable experience in growing a planning business bringing a strong commercial mind-set.

Our Planning team is involved in some of the UK's most complex and stimulating projects that are diverse and technically demanding including Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects, energy and infrastructure developments, commercial schemes, socio economic and community planning as well as research into the planning process. Our clients include National Grid, Welsh Water, TfL, the Homes and Communities Agency, Welsh Government, Highways England and the Canal & River Trust together with a range of private developers, social landlords and local authorities.

Overview of Role:

Reporting to the UK Development Planning Discipline Lead, you will be accountable for the planning advice to clients, leading masterplanning/site feasibility stages and the submission of Planning, Design and Access Statements and planning applications. You will also take some responsibility for delivering new sales in residential and commercial developments through building relationships within the business as well as with existing and new clients. You will work closely with our existing lead planners to develop opportunities as well as work alongside colleagues of other disciplines and sectors of the business to enhance our development and regeneration capability and reputation in the marketplace.

Your Daily Activities:

  • Technical delivery of projects, as lead planner for residential and commercial projects;
  • Project manager of multi-disciplinary development consent commissions;
  • Identify and develop innovative development solutions based on client needs and drivers;
  • Establish strong relationships with project and development managers, architects and urban designers, environmental planning disciplines and engineers on a technical and commercial level;
  • Ensuring planning advice complies with planning law, regulation and best practice;
  • Assist in the development, promotion and implementation of company technical strategies;
  • Promote the Planning team capability and achievements both internally and externally;
  • Recruit and mentor planning professionals;

What You Have to Offer:

  • Planning Degree or Masters and Membership of the RTPI
  • Delivery focussed
  • Ability to work independently and in the team
  • Enthusiasm to grow the business
  • Travel Flexibility
  • Experience in leading planning consents
  • Working in a planning consulting environment


This is an outstanding opportunity to join a leading global natural and built asset design and consultancy firm working in partnership with clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes through the application of planning, design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services.

My client differentiates through its talented and passionate people and its unique combination of capabilities covering the whole asset life cycle, its deep market sector insights and its ability to integrate health & safety and sustainability into the design and delivery of solutions across the globe. Become part of one of the leading international consultancies that is going through an exciting period of rebranding and growth in the UK at present, where career progression and development are my clients priority.

My client offers a flexible working environment, first class offices and the chance to work with like-minded individuals. Alongside paying market leading salaries my client promotes and prioritises a healthy work life balance.

This client is looking to base the successful candidate in either London (three possible locations) or Birmingham.

For a confidential conversation and informal discussion on this role or any others please get in touch with John Tittley.

Meridian Business Support is acting on behalf of our Client as a Recruitment Agency.

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