Planning Officer, Chelmsford City Council
I was first employed as a Planning Assistant at Chelmsford City Council in 2006. At that time I did not have any previous planning experience and my undergraduate degree was in Business Management. However, with the support and encouragement of Senior Management, I completed a three year, part-time Masters in Town and Country Planning in February 2011. Since 2006 I have progressed through the ranks of planning both in terms of roles and experience; from a Planning Assistant, Planning Technician, Planning Officer and finally a qualified Planning Officer following the completion of my Masters. My role and work at Chelmsford is interesting and varied and I continue to develop as a professional planner.
The RTPI is held in quite high esteem by developers and agents. I do feel that, together with my years of experience, being a member adds further weight to my role as a professional and qualified planner for the local authority.
Julie's top tips for future candidates:
- Keep up-to-date with your log book. It is easier to write when the experiences/work tasks are fresh in your mind.
- Continue to refer back to the L-APC Submission Guidelines when preparing your submission. It is an important and helpful guide.
- Your submission should demonstrate how you have progressed as a planner and the knowledge and experience you have gained.
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.