Title: Senior Planner – Client Side

Location: Cheshire

The Company:

My client is the UK’s most active and successful land promoter based in Congleton, Cheshire. We believe in using our expertise to partner with landowners to help them to realise the true potential of their land through its development for residential or residential led mixed-use development.

Reporting to the Planning Manager/Planning Director, as Senior Planner you will work within the Planning & Projects department to achieve both local planning permissions or promoting major strategic sites through both the Local Plan process and by way of planning application. You will often be the Lead Planner assigned to a site working under a Senior Project Manager/Planning Director as Project Lead. You will be involved with formulating the planning strategy for sites and implementing once agreed. The role will require an ability to think strategically and in the short and long term. You will also be expected to delegate effectively and in doing so help with the professional development of junior planners within the team.


The post holder will be responsible for developing and delivering the region’s planning strategy and to successfully manage a team of consultants to deliver qualifying planning permissions throughout the region in the most efficient manner possible.

Role Accountabilities:

  • Drafting and signing off reports to support planning applications, appeals and policy presentations.
  • Supporting the Planning Directors, Planning Mangers and Senior Project Managers as required, but also a wider brief on planning matters as requested by senior colleagues.
  • Reviewing reports produced by external consultants, providing feedback and final sign off.
  • Completing research and reading to assist in developing a strategy for the promotion/allocation/planning application of a site.
  • Producing well researched and presented reports and representations to assist in the promotion of sites and/or preparing reports to accompany the submission of planning applications.
  • Attending meetings and interviews with prospective landowners and agents to help secure new sites for the business to then promote.
  • Setting out planning and engagement strategies for sites, then ensuring their implementation.
  • Undertaking site visits and meetings with landowners, agents and local authority officers.
  • Effective management of workload and keeping to task deadlines, this will require delegation of tasks.


  • Planning degree or equivalent qualification and eligibility for RTPI Membership.
  • Extensive planning experience, either within a consultancy or local planning environment.
  • Experience of instructing and negotiating Section 106 agreements.
  • Experience of working within an environment focused on the promotion of sites through both the Local Plan and planning application process.
  • Significant experience of preparing reports to support the submission of planning applications and/or the allocation of sites in a Local Plan.
  • Demonstrable experience of undertaking research projects to support the delivery of a project.

Company Benefits:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Competitive Bonus Scheme
  • Private Medical Insurance – Single Cover
  • 26 days’ holiday (increase by 1 day for every 3 years’ continuous service up to 29 days)
  • Choice of Flexible Benefits
  • Enhanced Family Friendly Policies


The hiring manager is looking to meet with suitable candidates ASAP so if you meet the above criteria, please contact Josh Jones on 01792 365 000 or josh.jones@penguinrecruitment.co.uk

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