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Kathryn Smith

Planner, DP9 Ltd

Kathryn Smith - APC Outstanding Achiever 2013I graduated from Leeds University in the Summer of 2010 with a BSc Honours Degree in Geography. After achieving my undergraduate, I attended Reading University between Summer 2010 and Summer 2011 and graduated in Winter 2011 with a Master's Degree in Development Planning, which provided me with accreditation from both the RTPI and RICS. 

I began full time employment in September 2011 as an Assistant Planner with Indigo Planning and was subsequently promoted to Planner level in August 2013. I became a licentiate in October 2011 and submitted my L-APC in October 2013. Over the course of the two years as a licentiate, I was involved in a wide range of projects, which covered many development sectors, including retail, residential, industrial, business and leisure.

My role as a planner evolved during my two years as a licentiate, improving my competency and involving myself in more complex work that involved greater analytical analysis as time progressed. I improved my ability to present and build a case to support my professional opinion, to the extent that towards the end of the two years I was trusted, on a number of occasions, to take on the role of Project Manager.

Over the two years, I gained confidence through discussing projects with a wide range of people, including my colleagues, clients, planning officers, barristers and other built environment professionals. As part of this process, I developed an invaluable knowledge base regarding the planning process and planning law. Since achieving my Chartership in December 2013, I have moved to DP9 Ltd, where I have been afforded further opportunities and responsibilities and am involved in some of London's biggest developments.

Kathryn's top tips for future candidates:

  • Involve yourself in a wide range of projects to increase your level of experience, including both development sectors and application types;
  • Use your journey time to and from work to keep on top of your log book;
  • Form good working relationships with colleagues, consultants and clients; and
  • Experience sole project management from start to end.


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.