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Senior Development Planner

Hamilton, Scotland

£ Competitive

The primary objective of this post is to be responsible for providing professional planning advice in support of the Banks Renewables business area.

The post holder will help identify and assess the suitability of new prospects; develop the planning approach and strategy for individual and multiple projects; lead on the coordination and preparation of 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; deliver expert evidence at public inquiries; maintain and develop relationships with key stakeholders, co-ordinate and prepare for planning appeals and provide advice on all aspects of planning procedures, local policy and regulations.

The Senior Development Planner will be the key point of contact with LPAs and relevant consultants and contacts, by working as part of a multi-disciplined project team.


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


• To develop project planning strategy and design
• Preparation, Co-ordination, and Delivery of Planning Requirements
• To work with the relevant Banks Business Directors and Senior Managers
• To work with Local Planning Authorities & Communities
• To manage effectively through appropriate leadership and use of systems and standards


Fundamentally, contact will be with the Principal Development Planner and Planning Director, business managers in Banks Renewables and the multi-disciplinary project teams. External contacts will be with Local Authority personnel and associated statutory and non-statutory consultees. Attendance at community exhibitions and meetings will also be required in support of projects.


The job holder will be based in Hamilton and will be required to travel to our Head Office in Durham in line with business requirements. Out of office activities include project and business team working, and meetings with external bodies and interested parties such as LPAs, consultants, surveyors and communities. Work cycle periods will be driven by planning deadlines and committees, and company project reviews and milestones.


• Educated to degree level or equivalent with qualifications in, or relevant to, Town and Country Planning
• A minimum of 5 years’ experience preparing and managing major and more complex planning applications ideally including renewable energy planning applications (including wind farms) and liaising with local planning authorities and key stakeholders and consultees
• Working knowledge of Environmental Impact Assessments
• 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
• Full UK Driving licence and comfortable with regular travel, sometimes at short notice
• Chartered status of the RTPI or IEMA

• Working knowledge of the planning system in both England and Scotland

• Ability to motivate, to lead by example and knows when to accept and when to challenge
• Integrity and the ability to lead through influence
• 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
• A positive ‘can do’ enthusiastic attitude towards addressing the technical challenges facing Banks Group
• 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.


The deadline for applications is 6 August 2021. Interview process comprises of first stage interview. Successful candidates will be invited for second stage 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: For further information contact The Banks Group Human Resources Department on 0191 378 6100.

The Banks Group is committed to equality of opportunity.

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