I obtained a Master's degree in Town Planning from the University of Manchester in 2010, having previously gained a 2:1 in Geography from the University of Leeds. After graduating I spent six months at Leicester City Council in the Development Management Team before working at Landmark Planning in Leicester for 13 months and at Deloitte Real Estate in Birmingham for 15 months. I applied for the APC whilst working at Deloitte Real Estate. I am currently a qualified Planner within the Savills Planning Consultancy Team, based in the Birmingham Office.
Chris's top tips for future candidates:
- Set goals and objectives at an early stage. This can help you make the most of the experiences you are exposed to as you progress with the L-APC and beyond.
- Read the Guidance in detail, particularly the competencies, to make sure you understand the requirements.
- Get the most out of your mentor – find somebody who is familiar with the process and engage with them from the outset to help structure your time through to submission.
- Keep the record of your experiences up to date in your log book as you go along – this will help in the long run and will ensure you have an accurate and useful log of information to refer to when preparing your written submission.
- Be specific when addressing the competencies – clearly explain what your role was in the projects and don't be overly descriptive of the project itself.
Please note: To stay fit for purpose, L-APC requirements do change over time. For the most up to date advice please always refer to the L-APC Guidance on the Licenitate APC webpage. Candidate details provided here are current at time of L-APC submission in 2014.