Penguin Recruitment is delighted to be supporting a highly regarded housebuilder on the hire of an Assistant Town Planner for their team in Essex. This is a permanent position.

Our client is best known for their award-winning reputation as an expert in the conservation, restoration and conversion of historic and listed buildings. They have a passion for viably conserving, restoring to newly create Britain’s architectural heritage but also builds brand new homes, often within the grounds of historic and listed buildings or within sensitive conservation areas.

As a key member of the Planning & Design Team, you will be responsible for assisting on projects, whilst providing guidance and advice to other team member/stakeholders. Duties will include;

  • You will assist in the effectiveness of Planning & Design team activities and the management of outside consultants working on planning applications and condition sign offs.
  • You will assist in the monitoring of S106 obligations.
  • You will prepare, submit and monitor minor planning applications.
  • You will assist in the preparation, submission and monitoring of major planning applications.
  • You will assist in managing assigned projects from site purchase to planning approval and discharge of planning conditions by liaising with specific teams internally alongside external consultants.
  • You will actively participate in Weekly Planning Meetings, reporting to the Design & Planning Director and the rest of the team against projects you are involved in.
  • You will work with the Planning & Design team to obtain the necessary consultant reports and surveys as agreed during the site purchase stage.
  • To maintain a good knowledge of existing and changes to planning and other legislation that affect the potential for developing current and future sites

Requirements to apply

  • A relevant planning related degree (ideally RTPI accredited).
  • Previous planning experience in either the private or public sector.
  • To have a sound understanding of the planning process.
  • To be able to communicate at all levels internally and externally in a professional manner.
  • To be proficient and accurate in all aspects of work.
  • To have a sound understanding and appreciation of the importance of Health & Safety.
  • To be financially aware
  • To be computer literate i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook

Salary / Benefits

In return for your commitment and hard work, you will be rewarded with a competitive starting salary, benefits package, an exciting and interesting workload and an experienced leadership team for support! Hybrid working is available after passing probation with the ability to work 1-2 days from home.


If you are looking to join a highly respected and successful developer, this is the role for you!

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

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