Senior Planning Manager

Newcastle upon Tyne Permanent £45,000 - £65,000
  • Top 10 PLC
  • Recently restructured team with strong links with Land and LA

About Our Client

UK top 10 house builder operating with a regional model, with this current opportunity based from their North East region. With a new Land Director, the team has 6 strategic councils they partner with, which you'll be fully responsible for covering all planning matters.

As a business, they support hybrid working and are keen investors in potential. They recognise will alongside skill and actively encourage and welcome individuals to challenge the status quo.

Job Description

Principal activities of the Senior Planning Manager role include:

  • To work closely with the land buying team in identifying, evaluating and securing sufficient land on the most cost effective terms to support the Divisions business objectives.
  • Undertake planning approvals of potential sites under consideration and make recommendations on the appropriate method of acquisition from the necessary strategy.
  • Provide day to day planning advice on residential schemes but also mixed-use developments.
  • Identify, negotiate and secure strategic land for the Division.
  • Management and promotion of the Strategic Land Portfolio in order to deliver sites to the division at the earliest possible opportunity.
  • Identify and advise the division of potential development sites that may become available through the prevailing/emerging planning policy.
  • Promote sites through the Local Plan system and keep landowners/agents as well as the divisional management team advised of progress.
  • Negotiate terms working with the divisional team as appropriate in order to acquire land interests directly with landowners and agents.
  • Prepare Planning Reports on land to be acquired by the division identifying any planning/commercial risk.
  • Formulate planning strategies in order to obtain a planning consent in a timely manner within an appropriate deadline that allows the division to deliver sales completions in accordance with forecasts and which maximises commercial returns for the company.
  • Negotiate with landowners, Local Authority officers and the community regarding residential development proposals. Also ensuring that they are commercially viable and capable of achieving a planning consent within a reasonable timescale.
  • Negotiate S106 agreements with the Divisional Team as appropriate in accordance with the Company's requirements and advise the division of the commercial implications.
  • Prepare and submit planning applications with accompanying scoping and screening opinions and the appropriate level of information to ensure the application is registered and processed by the Local Authority and compliant so that they are not capable of legal challenge.
  • Attend Planning Committee Meetings and speak/present on behalf of the company as necessary.
  • Prepare, submit and process Appeals, including the ability to prepare proofs of evidence and represent the company at any Hearing/Inquiry as necessary.
  • Manage expenditure and prepare budget costs for planning application/appeals including the appointment of Consultant teams and ensuring expenditure is within the agreed budget.

The Successful Applicant

This opportunity is perfect for a Town Planner who's looking to take the next step in their career into a more managerial position and gain increased responsibility. Key attributes:

  • Solid understanding and ability t interpret and influence planning policies to maximise business objectives and development potential.
  • A curious and innovative nature, to challenge the "status quo" with a view to improve.
  • Excellent communication both written and verbal o successfully meander and progress planning applications to a favourable outcome for all.
  • Strong relationship with North East Councils and Local Authorities, as well as finger on the pulse with subtleties in design nuances.
  • You will have excellent communication and organisation skills and enjoy working with multiple stakeholders throughout the process.

What's on Offer

A competitive salary with generous and uncapped bonus in line with Land bonus structure, last year equating to 20% of basic salary. Alongside this, you'll receive a company car/car allowance amongst a plethora of other things. you will enjoy a fluid and autonomous position in the business with real opportunity to progress to Directorship.

Rosalia Samus
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+44 115 934 8685

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Rosalia Samus
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