We're hiring! Town Planner

Are you a qualified, experienced and enthusiastic Town Planner who is looking to join a multi-disciplinary practice specialising in exciting and exceptional residential projects?

We are looking for a Town Planner to join our Practice in the delivery, development and submission of a variety of residential planning applications. You will be responsible for working within a multi-disciplinary team within this family-run Architectural, Planning and Design Practice serving our well-established client base throughout Southern England.

Who are we?

Fowler Architecture & Planning are a family-run practice with nearly 40 years of experience delivering luxury private homes across the South of England. We maintain a strong reputation by delivering a “complete service”, including designing beautiful traditional country homes, getting planning permission on challenging sites, and offering a coordinated client service through our dedicated admin team.

We are looking for

The Town Planner role involves delivering a wide range of planning services, primarily relating to householder and residential developments in a variety of settings and environments.

Main duties and responsibilities of the post holder will include:

  • Responsibility for the delivery of planning services on individual projects in collaboration with our architectural team.
  • Providing planning advice to clients.
  • Researching, scoping and preparing planning applications, pre-application enquiries and planning appraisals, including: site visits, liaison with colleagues and third parties in preparation of planning documents.
  • Carrying out post-decision responsibilities including: researching and preparing planning appeals and supporting documents, attendance at Hearing or Inquiry when necessary.
  • Attendance at (evening) committee meetings and Parish Council meetings, when necessary.
  • Promoting future planning opportunities and making representations in response to emerging Local/Neighbourhood Plans.
  • Offering support in the identification, development and pursuit of new business and marketing opportunities.

You will need to demonstrate:

  • A degree level qualification in Town Planning or a related subject
  • Membership of the RTPI, or the desire to progress to member status

We are looking for someone who has:

  • At least 2-3 years’ post graduate relevant post qualification experience.
  • A good understanding of the planning process on private residential projects, both existing and new build, in rural areas.
  • An understanding of Listed Building Consents, heritage and environmental impacts of projects.
  • Knowledge of planning law, policy and procedures, including the changing planning system at national, regional and local levels.
  • Experience in the delivery, management and submission of planning applications, and provision of advice to potential applicants and landowners.
  • Good project management skills and coordination working as part of a team.
  • Excellent communication skills to confidently liaise with and advise clients, as well as speaking passionately about projects to communities.
  • Capability to work alongside a range of technical specialists providing input into planning functions.

We also need someone with the following:

  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written), with ability to draft reports to a high standard.
  • IT literacy (we use Microsoft suite and project management/CRM software)
  • Ability to work under pressure, and have proven success in meeting tight deadlines.
  • Confident team worker, but able to work with limited supervision.
  • Commercial awareness and business development skills.
  • Exceptionally organised, flexible and self-motivated.

General requirements to note:

  • To undertake such other duties and responsibilities as are specified and are commensurate with the level of the post.
  • This job description only contains the principal accountabilities relating to this post, and does not describe in detail all the duties required to carry them out.
  • To ensure his/her personal health, safety and welfare in accordance with legislation.
  • The post holder must possess a current full UK driving licence.
  • Ensure that any identified personal training needs are discussed with the Planning team and Office Manager as part of the CPD process.

We are offering

  • Salary of £25,000 to £45,000 depending on experience
  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays (including Christmas shutdown)
  • Private Medical Insurance and Workplace Pension
  • Flexible working arrangements (working from home and office based)
  • Modern office location with free parking/mainline train service nearby, in the heart of Pewsey with independent shops/cafes and the Wiltshire countryside on our doorstep
  • Team social events (eg supper club, escape rooms, wine tasting etc)
  • Friendly, open and supportive culture
  • Unlimited moral support from a variety of office dogs!

Get in touch to apply

If you think you might be a good fit for the business and the role, please send your CV to our Office Manager Tracey Pullen via tracey@faap.co.uk or give us a call on 01672 569444 if you would like to find out more.

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