Planning Consultant


Offer a wide range of advice on all matters concerned with planning, development and environmental issues which surround a building project.


Team worker:

  • Participate as a member of the Concertus team, supporting colleagues and working collaboratively to support the business
  • Work flexibly to support delivery across the service
  • Take ownership for own personal development


Customer service:

  • Provide an efficient and business-like point of contact. This includes responding to internal and external enquiries and (via face-to-face, telephone, email)
  • Deliver a consistent and professional level of customer service at all times to Clients and other practices within the industry, and provide advice to various clients we service in both the private and public sectors
  • Play a key role in developing our Planning and Development Service


Business delivery:

  • Developing planning policy at a national, regional or local level, taking into account transport, the local economy, jobs, green infrastructure, renewable energy, climate change and the historic environment
  • Reviewing and monitoring existing planning policy documents
  • Assisting with the preparation and implementation of transport policies and strategies to create an efficient transport network, possibly including cycle routes, rail and road routes and or runways
  • Helping to ensure that areas are attractive, safe and pleasant to live, work in and visit
  • Working to energise places that have become run-down
  • Balancing the needs of a growing population with environmental impacts
  • Conducting appropriate research to inform planning applications
  • Helping to draft and review planning applications
  • Assisting with consultations and negotiations with consultants and developers
  • Enforcing planning controls for developments
  • Assisting with the provision of services to clients and contributing to projects
  • Producing and assessing planning submissions, appeals, design and access statements and other documents
  • Managing a client portfolio
  • Help our clients maximise the value of their assets
  • Understand the planning system and how it applies to real life property decisions
  • Discuss planning issues with a wide variety of client types
  • Bring meaningful amounts of new work into the business on your own initiative
  • Work closely with and take instructions from colleagues from within the planning and renewable energy teams as well as other referred instructions
  • Secure verbal and written instructions and prepare detailed terms of engagement
  • Review, monitor and influence Local Plan processes
  • Develop strategy to maximise client’s position
  • Establish and maintain contact with identified stakeholders, particularly the LPA
  • Prepare and present cases for public presentation with full supporting documents
  • Negotiate amendments to proposals within context of client instructions
  • Advise on LPA decision/conditions and way forward
  • Develop creative and original planning solutions to satisfy all parties
  • Research and analyse data to help inform strategic developments, such as increases in affordable housing provision
  • Design layouts and draft design statements
  • Schedule available resources to meet planning targets
  • Write reports, often of a complex nature, which make recommendations or explain detailed regulations. These reports may be for a range of groups, from borough councils to regional assemblies, or members of the public


Measures of success:

  • Feedback from team members/line manager
  • Contribution to service delivery
  • Team performance
  • Service improvements suggested
  • Accuracy and timeliness of support.
  • Efficiency of systems and processes
  • Service delivered within budget and to agreed targets
  • Feedback from staff and managers, key stakeholders and clients
  • Service delivery performance indicators


It’s essential you have:

  • Qualifications accredited by the RTPI
  • Proven experience as a Planning Consultant or equivalent
  • Up to date knowledge of Government Policy and relevant statutory legislation
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills across a range of contacts
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Strong organisational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking



  • Create a positive and professional first impression of Concertus
  • Deal with all contacts professionally
  • Communicate with all staff efficiently
  • Knowledge of the complaints handling procedure
  • Negotiate with developers and other professionals, such as surveyors and architects


BIM roles and responsibilities:

  • Ensure Asset Information requirements and/or MIDP requirements set out in the Employers Information Requirements are delivered on a BIM project
  • Enable reliable information exchange through a common data environment
  • Enable integration and co-ordination of information within information model
  • Configure information for project outputs
  • Assure delivery of information exchanges
  • Confirm supplier’s ability to deliver information requirements
  • Co-ordinated delivery of all design information
  • Manage information development and information approvals
  • Direct the production of task information in compliance with standards and methods. Both
  • Direct the production of task information using agreed systems
  • Oversee team to ensure compliance of their job responsibilities


How you act:

  • Professional, friendly and honest – Builds good relationships with colleagues, understands the importance of confidentiality
  • Attention to detail – Able to deliver clear and accurate information
  • Team worker – You work collaboratively with your team to achieve better outcomes for customers
  • Service deliverer – You focus on delivering a service that provides great outcomes for our customers
  • Customer focused – you put the customer first
  • Shows initiative – you come up with ways of improving how we do things
  • Well organised – you plan and prioritise your work to ensure that deadlines are met. You have the ability to plan and multi-task and can work to strict deadlines
  • Willing to learn – you want to acquire new skills that will support you in your role
  • Flexible attitude – you are prepared to work flexibly to deliver the service

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