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DEVELOPMENT PLANNER, PROPERTY

Yorkshire, Leeds

£ Up to £35,000

As one of the UKs most successful land development teams, Banks Property develop and reclaim land for commercial and residential property development. With sites ranging in size from less than an acre to sites exceeding 300 acres, we are committed to creating sustainable communities where people want to work and live.

EMPLOYEES BENEFIT FROM

• Car allowance in lieu of company vehicle
• Discretionary annual bonus
• Continuing professional development, including training opportunities
• Generous annual leave increasing with length of service, plus public holidays
• Company pension scheme
• Health and wellbeing discounts
• New car discounts with certain dealerships

THE OPPORTUNITY

We are seeking a Development Planner to join our highly respected and growing Planning team. The planning team covers all stages of the development cycle from initial site identification, shaping appropriate designs for the site, preparation of planning applications and environmental assessments, securing planning permission, dealing with appeals, participation in the plan-making process and managing planning compliance in the sales/operational phase.
The Planning Team works across the Banks Group portfolio with a small number of the team embedded within each business area. This role will initially be focussed in our Property business and be based in our Yorkshire office from where we are growing our property portfolio in the Yorkshire /Midlands area.
Working as part of our planning team you will benefit from support and guidance from our senior staff to progress your own personal and professional development through the delivery of a variety of complex planning projects in different locations across Northern England.

OVERALL OBJECTIVE

The job holder will be responsible for providing professional planning advice in support of the Banks Property business area. With support from the Senior Development Planner you will help identify and assess the suitability of new prospects; develop the planning approach and strategy for individual and multiple projects; coordinate and prepare planning applications and environmental statements; secure all appropriate permissions and consents for their projects; coordinate and develop strategy, monitor and provide inputs on Local Plans, and National policy and guidance; co-ordinate and prepare for planning appeals; and provide advice on all aspects of planning procedures, local policy and regulations. You will be the key point of contact for all planning related elements on their projects and with LPAs and relevant consultants.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

To develop project planning strategy and design:
1 To work on a range of projects as required by the Senior Development Planner which will be commensurate with your skill level, experience and complexity of project issues to be addressed. This is likely to involve multiple projects and require the preparation of appropriate applications and securing relevant approvals and consents;
2 To work with individual project teams to develop the planning strategy and project design to best achieve viable planning success;
3 To assist in the preparation and co-ordination of evidence for planning appeals;
4 To monitor, report and prepare responses to national and local authority consultation papers;

Preparation, Co-ordination and Delivery of Planning Requirements:
5 To prepare and complete the required planning deliverables (reports, planning applications, Environmental Impact Assessments, appeals and representations, etc.) in accordance with the Banks style and secure the relevant satisfactory output (determination, permissions, consents, allocation, discharge of conditions etc.).

6 To procure and manage consultants, working in planning, renewables, environmental and research areas e.g. planners, EIA and environmental consultants.

7 To work closely with Project Managers to provide specific inputs into projects in terms of scope of works, planning strategy, timescales and viable programmes and advise on likely planning related costs.

To work with Local Planning Authorities, Statutory Consultees and Communities:
8 To liaise with planning authorities, key agencies and other consultees ensuring that their information requirements are met and to secure their support for Banks Group projects and activities.
9 To assist in community liaison, attend exhibitions and meetings.

KEY CONTACTS

The majority of contact will be with the Principal Development Planner, Senior Development Planner and the multi-disciplinary project teams. External contacts are likely to include Local Authority personnel and associated statutory consultees. Attendance at community exhibitions and meetings will also be required in support of projects.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT

You will find your time divided between office-based and out of office activities through project and business team working, and meetings at both the Yorkshire office and Head Office (Durham) with external bodies and interested parties such as LPAs, consultants, key stakeholders and communities. Work cycle periods will be driven by planning deadlines and committees, business plan targets and company project reviews and milestones.

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE

ESSENTIAL:

• Educated to degree level or equivalent with qualifications in, or relevant to, Town and Country Planning;
• A minimum of 1 – 2 years’ experience in the preparation and co-ordination of planning applications and liaising with local planning authorities;
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
• Demonstrable experience of being able to work as part of a multi-disciplinary project team and on an individual basis with minimum supervision;
• Demonstrable experience of the ability to work to tight deadlines and under pressure; and
• Full UK Driving licence and comfortable with regular travel, sometimes at short notice.

DESIRABLE:

• Working towards or attainment of chartered status of the RTPI;
• Experience of working on renewable energy projects, particularly wind, solar and storage;
• Working knowledge of Environmental Impact Assessments; and
• Working knowledge of the planning system in both England and Scotland.

PERSONAL QUALITIES/COMPETENCIES

• Ability to motivate, to lead by example and knows when to accept and when to challenge;
• Ability to demonstrate strong attention to detail, exercises sound judgement and composure under pressure
• Logical planning ability. Ability to concentrate on different tasks at the same time and prioritise accordingly;
• Good judgement, showing logical decision making, and a hands-on approach;
• Confident, a self-starter, with the ability to operate in a dynamic challenging environment whist remaining flexible and responsive;
• Ability to work in strategic way, but also comfortable in managing the day to day details in a hands-on way;
• Excellent people skills (particularly active listening, empathy and influencing) and ability to develop lasting quality relationships with people and organisations relevant to the business needs;
• Focus upon delivery and a strong customer service ethic; and
• Capable of independent thought, coming up with creative solutions/vision and prepared to challenge current practice.

IMPORTANT DATES

The deadline for applications is 21 February 2020. Interview process comprises of first stage face to face interview. Successful candidates will be invited for second stage face to face interview with Personal Profile Analysis.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter detailing your relevant experience to: Human Resources, The Banks Group, Inkerman House, St John’s Road, Meadowfield, Durham, DH7 8XL, or by email to: applications@banksgroup.co.uk For further information contact The Banks Group Human Resources Department on 0191 378 6100.

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