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Planning Manager

In a Nutshell We have a great opportunity for a Planning Manager to join our team within Vistry Partnerships Thames Valley, at our Reading office. This is an exciting time to join Vistry Partnerships as we are expanding into Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, with the first development at Booker, High Wycombe. As a key player in the development process, you will lead on all matters of planning from early site feasibility studies working with the land team to inform acquisition, through to overseeing the planning process and seeing the site through to delivery working with our delivery and production teams. We are pleased to say, this role can accommodate agile working arrangements. Let's cut to the chase, what's in it for you Competitive basic salary and annual bonus Company car, car allowance or travel allowance Agile working arrangements possible for this role 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays, and the option to buy up to 5 days per annum Free private healthcare from your start date Company contributory pension scheme Life assurance - 3 x your annual salary Sharesave scheme Cycle to work scheme - up to £3000 Support with a professional membership Denplan, GymFlex and many more In return, what we would like from you Behave in line with our company values - Integrity, Caring and Quality Experience of both Planning Policy and DM planning either from within Local Planning Authority, consultancy, or a development management role Excellent knowledge of the planning system and development processes. Knowledge of design and technical issues relevant to house building and affordable housing contracts preferable but not essential. Experienced in liaising and negotiating with a wide range of individuals and organisations including professional consultants, local authorities, Registered Providers/Clients involved in the development process Proven ability to deliver projects on programme Strong time management skills with an ability to prioritise Thorough, with strong attention to detail Able to work as part of a team as well as autonomously Ability to communicate well with individuals at all levels Strong presentation skills RTPI preferable Some team management experience preferable but not essential More about the Planning Manager role Developing the planning strategy and leading with the management and co-ordination of a professional consultant team in the promotion of the sites Liaison with landowners and their agents Leading with stakeholder and LPA engagement Working with colleagues and partners to ensure that appropriate and viable developments are achieved and with delivery at the earliest opportunity Work closely with landowners and agents to identify potential sites that meet with the business criteria To undertake commercial and planning appraisals for these sites making recommendations to the board for investment To manage the sites as with the existing portfolio Appoint and manage a consultant team to produce robust and timely planning applications to the appropriate planning authority Working alongside other members of the team to ensure that the proposals meet with the business plan Manage the submission of applications to an agreed programme Manage applications through the determination process leading with all stakeholder engagement Providing detailed handovers to the delivery team upon the successful planning determinations Identify and mitigate against risk and work with colleagues, partners and stakeholders to manage risk pre-start of each phase. Work alongside our client's own development teams to support, as instructed on a case-by-case basis, with the management of a consultant team in the development of planning applications When required, organise, lead/ attend and minute client and /or internal project meetings acting in a professional manner to positively represent Drew Smit / Vistry Partnerships at all times. Resolve problems in collaboration with the project teams and colleagues and share learning to champion continuous improvement and ensure successful delivery of schemes. Promote and represent Drew Smith/ Vistry Partnerships when appropriate in order to maximise development opportunities and the reputation of the company. When required, assess new business opportunities, undertake feasibility work and prepare 'offer documentation' as required. Network with new and existing clients to identify opportunities to expand the business. Comply with all Group's policies including Health, Safety and Environmental policies. Any other task deemed necessary to the role Finally, let's tell you about us Vistry Group came together at the start of 2020, bringing together the energy, talent and deep-rooted experience of Bovis Homes, Linden Homes and Vistry Partnerships. With a wide range of skills, experience, and backgrounds - we have come together to live our values of Integrity, Caring and Quality. We are all about people, and it is our people, around 3000 of us, who have created a UK top-five housebuilder, with a five-star rating. We care about the wellbeing of our people and we value diversity and inclusion, seeking to create a supportive, dynamic environment where talented and dedicated people can develop their career. Inclusion and diversity are paramount to us here at Vistry Group - we firmly believe that this culture nurtures stronger performances across the wider business. All of our applicants and employees are treated fairly and respectfully, regardless of any protected characteristic/s. If you require assistance with regards to reasonable adjustments during your application process with us, then please do not hesitate to contact us - we will always be happy to help.
Reading, England, UK