Assistant Planner, David Lock Associates
I completed a combined undergraduate and postgraduate degree in Urban Studies in Planning (BA Hons and MPlan) at Sheffield University in 2011. Whilst undertaking my degree I completed numerous voluntary work placements, which lead to a two day a week internship at Turley Associates in their Leeds office during my last term at university. As a result of this I secured a 10 month contract in Turley's Birmingham Office and left in June 2012 to take up the role of Assistant Planner with David Lock Associates in Milton Keynes.
My role at David Lock Associates involves giving advice to a range of private sector clients on projects spread across the country. My day-to-day tasks include: site appraisals; tender submissions; site promotion through the local plan process; submitting and negotiating planning applications and appeals. The projects that I am involved in are extremely varied in nature and scale, ranging from assisting senior members of staff with urban extensions and major development proposals to taking the lead role in applications for single dwellings and a range of other proposals.
Becky's top tips for candidates:
- Continually assess any potential case studies – as you go through the process constantly ask yourself and discuss with your line manager/mentor, "which competencies am I meeting?". This will enable you to identify if you are not meeting certain competencies at an early stage and gives you the opportunity to alter the nature of your work and address these gaps in your learning.
- Have a "back-up" plan – when setting out how you will achieve your goals in the PDP, always set out a back-up plan to identify options to fulfil your PDP objectives – and always be clear on when your actions will be delivered and how you will gauge improvement.
- Ask someone you do not work directly with to read your final submission – your line manager will know you are a competent planner, because of this they may read between the lines.
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 2013.