I currently work as a Planner in the Central London Planning Team at GVA. My work involves giving advice to a range of private and public sector clients on sites across central London and the South East. The projects that I am involved in are extremely varied ranging from site appraisals to negotiating planning applications. Some of the projects that I am currently working on include securing permission for the proposed development schemes above several Crossrail stations in central London and alterations to an office building on Oxford Street to provide residential accommodation. I'm also advising on the redevelopment of a vacant former local authority housing estate site to provide new homes.
After completing an MA in Town and Regional Planning at the University of Sheffield, I undertook a 6 month work experience placement for a small planning and regeneration consultancy in Manchester (Urban8 Consulting). The placement was highly beneficial as it gave me an understanding of the private sector environment and some of the key issues that clients face.
My tips for new candidates are:
- Make the most of your mentor – meet with them regularly to review your progress and identify any gaps in your experience.
- Although it can be difficult to balance competing demands for your time, try to keep on top of your logbook wherever possible as this will make it easier to prepare your final submission.
- When writing your PCS, make sure you address each competency in sufficient detail. I found it difficult to provide enough detail whilst staying within the word limit by addressing some competencies more than once. Try to select case studies that best address the required competencies.
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