Head of Planning

£6k car allowance, 20% bonus etc.
22 Oct 2021
05 Nov 2021
JN -102021-4503825
Rosalia Samus
Department Head
Contract Type

Head of Planning opportunity for an ambitious, creative and passionate town planner to join a new region of a growing MMC developer in the South West region.

Client Details

MMC developer with serious ambition, aiming to be the number one house builder within the next decade. Having established and consolidated with 4 regional offices, they are now embarking on a serious phase of growth providing homes to both the affordable and open market.

Focusing on the modular branch of MMC they are committed to sustainability, and champion technological innovation in to achieve not just carbon neutral status, but be zero-carbon. They are leaders too in their flexible approach to meeting growing demand for agile working and recognise the importance or work/life balance.

Having secured serious investment from big hitters in the industry, their growth potential is unrivalled as too would be your career trajectory.


You will be the primary point of contact for all planning matters in the region. You will work closely with the Land, Technical and Design departments and to advise on site viability, with a view to maximise profits and ensure all legislation, regulations and various Section obligations are met. Tasks will include:

  • Actively manage and be responsible for the planning application process for all applications in the Region through direct liaison and negotiation with the Local Authority and key stakeholders.
  • Manage the drafting and completion of all Section 106 Agreements with the Local Authority and our legal teams in accordance with the business operational requirements.
  • Ensure that all planning permissions are value-driven and are commercially optimal for the region to achieve its business strategy plan.
  • Monitor and report to the Head of Planning on both local and national planning policy changes and key planning decisions.
  • Provide operational & tactical planning analysis which present clear and reasoned planning advice and recommendations in terms of potential risks/opportunities and likely planning gain requirements.
  • Use your excellent communication skills in the preparation of persuasive and effective Pre-Application, Planning Statements, Statement of Community Involvement reports and other associated planning documentation.


The successful applicant will need excellent leadership, coordinating and reporting skills, be adaptable and able to identify risk and opportunity and be able to input on Group wide strategy.

They are particularly interested in speaking with candidates who can demonstrate:

  • A successful career to date within residential development, either house builder or registered provider.
  • Proven track record of progressing applications through the planning process across the South West.
  • An in-depth understanding of adopted and emerging local and national planning policy and guidance as well as legal frameworks associated with planning management and development procurement.
  • Comprehensive technical and legal knowledge and broad Financial / Commercial awareness that impact on land acquisition and planning matters.
  • Relevant qualification ideally but must be educated to at least degree standard.

Who they're really after is someone innovative and curious, who likes to understand, challenge and maximise a scheme's potential. Key qualities also include teamwork, organisation, communication, design making and problem solving.

Job Offer

This is big role with a big package whereby you'll receive a competitive starting salary with package including £6k car allowance and 20% bonus potential, 25 days holiday + Bank Holidays, private pension scheme. You will enjoy hybrid working from both home and the Bristol office.

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