Job Description

Fortitudo is a privately owned property development company that principally focuses on residential and commercial development across the South and London. We are seeking an enthusiastic, hard-working, self-motivated, and experienced Planning Manager to join our very busy office. This individual will have a rare opportunity to work alongside one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the south.

As a planning manager, you will liaise with planning officials and advise the business on planning policy and regulation, ensuring that compliance is met. You will have a keen eye on budgetary constraints and play a key role in project managing all new developments.

Main Duties

  • Overseeing planning development plans and applications.
  • Advising stakeholders on planning policy and regulations.
  • Providing counsel and representation at key planning meetings and appeal hearings.
  • Managing planning compliance.
  • Informing and updating budgets associated with new developments.
  • Offering hands-on advice to management and producing reports for senior staff.
  • Preparing town planning and new housing proposals in line with company strategy.
  • Obtaining planning consent for proposals.
  • Liaising with the planning team on the development of new site proposals.
  • Keeping up to date with planning regulations, policy and legislation.
  • Preparing supporting documentation for proposals including key data related to projects: land use, occupancy rates, infrastructure support, demographic and costing facts and figures.
  • Attending and presenting at proposal meetings, planning consent boards, appeal panels and public inquiries.
  • Preparing budgets and overseeing the financial administration of planning projects.
  • Communicating with key stakeholders involved in the project including external and government agencies.
  • Performing surveys and field studies where required.
  • Maintaining continual professional development in accordance with the requirements of the professional institute.

Essentials Skills / Attributes

  • Outstanding research skills together with an in-depth knowledge of town planning processes.
  • Analytical ability to understand and interpret data for a range of audiences.
  • Exemplary administration skills with an ability to make sound and appropriate judgements at each stage of the planning process.
  • Solid project management skills with an ability to be flexible when required.
  • Strong numeracy skills with some experience of managing complex budgets.
  • An ability to prioritise workloads and juggle competing demands.
  • Good listening skills with an aptitude for superior written and verbal communications.
  • Faultless planning skills including deep understanding of the planning consent process.
  • Client facing competencies with the ability to present and communicate at senior levels and across a range of stakeholders.
  • Keen knowledge and expertise of planning practice legislation across England.
  • Problem solving flair with creative skillfulness.
  • Experienced in using planning software and data systems.
  • Good interpersonal skills and a team player.
  • Chartered membership of The Royal Town Planning Institute or The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors preferred.
  • Minimum degree qualification in town planning or related discipline.
  • Full and clean driving licence required.

This role is office-based only, applicants must be willing to travel to the office daily.

Location: Poole (office based – working from home is not an option)

Working days: Monday – Friday (full-time)

Working hours: 8:00-17.00 with a 30-minute break

Salary: £40,000 depending on experience

Holiday: 35 days including bank holidays

Start Date: ASAP