Penguin Recruitment is delighted to be supporting a national, highly regarded Consultancy in Birmingham on the hire of an Associate Town Planner. This is a permanent position however candidates interested in a 6-12 month contract role are also encouraged to apply.

Our client is committed to hiring people from all walks of life who have a collaborative style and innovation focus! It’s this diverse and embracing workforce that makes for a stronger, more capable and competitive company. Collaboration is embedded in the way they work and their people have the autonomy to collaborate on client relationships, engage teams across the business, work collectively on projects, participate in strategy and are ultimately responsible for the company’s growth.

We are looking to hear from Chartered Town Planners interested in supporting a range of clients on projects of varying sizes and complexities, across the Midlands. Responsibilities of this role include;

  • To undertake planning appraisals to advise clients on the likelihood of obtaining planning consent and the most appropriate strategy for achieving that.
  • To manage research and analytical tasks and produce client-facing reports.
  • To support the identification and implementation of a strategy for each project that meets the client’s objectives.
  • To manage project teams (typically comprising of architects and other consultants) in the delivery of robust, timely outputs that comply with the project strategy.
  • To prepare planning applications, including drafting Planning Statements and Statements of Community Involvement.
  • To manage planning applications, including negotiation of conditions and planning obligations.
  • To prepare representations to local plan and other policy consultations on behalf of clients.
  • To research, prepare and submit appeals against refusals of planning consent.
  • To research and assist in the preparation of proofs of evidence for senior staff standing as expert witness at planning inquiries.
  • To generally meet targets for fee earning from the delivery of project work.
  • To help write tender proposals to win new project work.
  • To help with business generation ideas and client research.
  • To work either as part of a team or independently as required.

Requirements to apply

  • Strong academic credentials
  • Be a chartered member of the RTPI
  • Have an appropriate level of professional experience to take on an Associate Town Planner role (with some private sector experience ideally, although this is not essential)
  • Have a genuine passion for planning
  • Be driven, ambitious, commercial and great at building / maintaining relationships
  • Demonstrable evidence of strong written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrable evidence of strong analytical skills
  • Evidence of good project management, prioritisation and time-management skills

Why Apply?

In return for your commitment and hard work, you will be rewarded with a competitive starting salary and strong benefits package. The company has a good track record of promoting from within and reward staff for their loyalty and results!


If you are looking to join a large planning team with offices across the UK and opportunities to work across a range of sectors, 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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