Principal Town Planner – Leading Multidisciplinary Consultancy

Bristol, Central London, North East, North West, South Wales, South West, West Midlands, UK Wide • £55K - £60K + Excellent Bens • Ref: JSM 1015

Town Planning

Posted 9th May 2022

Career defining opportunity for highly ambitious Principal Town Planner to play a lead role in one of the UK’s most successful multidisciplinary consultancies.

This role will see you joining my client’s during a huge period of growth and opportunity.  You will be part of a firm that has a reputation for outstanding work, fantastic culture and continuous progression and learning.

My client’s UK and global business comprises of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists.  You’ll be working alongside many of the UK’s leading professionals on a range of high-profile projects Nationally.


UK Flexible – London, Manchester, Leeds, Cheshire, Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham.  My client has offices in most major cities and can also offer significant flexible working patterns.

Responsibilities & Tasks

·         Desk studies, research and report writing including Planning and Design and Access Statements.
·         Assisting with or leading on the preparation of consent applications and advising on the planning aspects of complex schemes, which may include Town and Country Planning, Development Consent Order, Transport and Works Act etc.
·         Project management with effective budgetary control on projects.
·         Liaising with internal and external clients and statutory bodies, and public consultation, as necessary.
·         Building good internal relationships through responsiveness and a commercial approach.
·         Support the growth of the planning and consenting capability.
·         Providing planning advice and support to clients, project managers and colleagues
·         Engaging with consultees and stakeholders.

Ideally You Will Have The Following

·         Proven track record of delivering planning consents which may include projects across multiple consenting regimes including Development Consent Orders, Transport and Works Act Orders, Town and Country Planning Act, Hybrid Bill etc
·         Experience across multiple sectors and all stages of the planning and consenting process.
·         Be able to establish a strong internal and external network to support the successful delivery of projects.
·         Display first class communication, interpersonal, relationship building, collaboration and influencing skills.
·         Experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams and matrix management organisations on major projects and programmes.
·         Confident leading and working alone or as part of a team, with ability to adapt as required.
·         Excellent communication including writing and presentation skills.
·         Practical working knowledge of the UK planning system and consenting process
·         Experience in consulting and negotiating with planning authorities, regulators, and stakeholders.
·         Relevant degree or equivalent qualification, preferably with chartered RTPI status or working towards.

About this Opportunity

Across the UK, my client is looking to recruit Senior/Principal Town Planners, with a good understanding of the UK planning system, to help meet the needs of their clients and projects.   You will work collaboratively with a range of technical specialists on a broad range of projects, lead and coordinate projects, work closely with clients, develop new areas of business, and work closely with others in our integrated Planning and Environmental team.

My client is looking for town planners who have experience of leading and delivering planning consents including Development Consent Orders, applications under the Town and Country Planning Act, Hybrid bills or applications for Transport and Works Act Orders. You will have experience at business development as well as project delivery and be experienced at working in a multi-disciplinary environment.

My client specialises in providing clients with advice and support on development proposals through all stages of the planning process from early project feasibility and appraisal of options, through public consultation, application preparation, supporting public inquiries and examinations where required, and construction. You will work on a diverse range of projects including large scale energy and infrastructure projects, large-scale mixed-use development schemes for both private and public clients, public realm and master planning projects. We also work on world renowned major transport projects across the rail and highways sector, so would welcome candidates who can demonstrate experience on these sorts of projects.

Rewards & Benefits

Our client offers a highly competitive salary along with a range of exciting benefits.  This is an exceptional opportunity to join an ambitious business with significant growth plans ahead.  My client offers a lot of training as well as great scope for progression and reward.  You will have significant input into the growth and development of the planning team. 

Even if you are cautiously looking, I would recommend a discreet conversation to find out more about the firm and the role.

Contact Us

If you are interested in finding out more about this position or similar roles and would like a discreet non-committal chat, please contact Jeremy Money (  However, if you have not received a response within with-in one working week, please assume your application has been unsuccessful this time round.  We will confidentially retain your details and inform you of any other suitable opportunities arising should you not be successful in this role.

This is one of a number of exciting positions currently available via JSM Associates.  JSM offers an extensive range of jobs in the areas of Planning, CSR & Sustainability, Environmental Management, Remediation & Contaminated Land, EIA and Ecology, Geotechnics, Environmental Planning, Air Quality, Noise and Vibration Landscape.

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