Graduate Planner, Deloitte Real Estate
I graduated from the University of Sheffield after four years on the Urban Studies and Planning course and a semester studying planning in France at the University of Lyon. After graduating I joined the Central London planning team at Deloitte Real Estate. My role involves providing planning advice for a broad spectrum of clients and projects from major regeneration schemes to developments with a number of heritage considerations.
I have relished the opportunity to gain a wider understanding of the role of the built environment professional through engaging with project teams and building strong relationships with key stakeholders. I have also been able to experience at first hand the real-world application of new and evolving planning legislation, including the Community Infrastructure Levy. Learning certainly does not finish at University!
Aside from my position at Deloitte, I am actively involved with the European Council of Spatial Planners. As part of the UK group, I have created a dialogue with European counterparts to discuss spatial planning issues and solutions. A highlight of this being a presentation to European groups at the EU headquarters in Brussels.
Harry's top tips for future candidates are:
- Leave plenty of time to review your L-APC submission – a thorough review and re-review of your submission with fresh eyes will help you to ensure that you have clearly drawn out the relevant points to meet the criteria.
- Use your mentor – speak to your mentor from early on and rehearse initial ideas that you may have with regards to the structure and content of your L-APC submission. Two heads are certainly better than one when deciding on the best approach to tackle elements of the PCS.
- Think about your actions – whilst writing the PCS think and reflect on your chosen course of action. Ultimately this will help you to understand the wider context of your role and will help to identify areas where you are strong or perhaps require improvement. These thoughts can then be recognised in the PDP.
- Choose a variety of case studies for your PCS – through using case studies where your role varies you will be best placed to demonstrate the full range of criteria.
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.