I have spent the last two years at CBRE working within the London Planning Team. I typically work on strategic planning applications, promoting sites through the Local Plan process or progressing applications for large residential and mixed use developments. Through this process I have been fortunate enough to have been involved in major regeneration schemes.
Prior to joining CBRE I studied Development Planning at Reading University. Whilst at Reading I was awarded the accolade of Dissertation of the Year in the Field of Town Planning (2012) by the Royal Geographical Society and Institute of British Geographers. During my time at Reading University I applied and was successful in gaining a place on CBRE's Graduate Recruitment Scheme 2012.
In my role at CBRE I am currently working alongside colleagues on one of the Mayor's flagship Housing Zone regeneration schemes. The regeneration scheme represents an exciting opportunity to deliver much needed growth and investment to a vast area within London. Following on from my recent L-APC success I hope to continue to progress my career within the field of planning and development.
Adam's top tips for future candidates:
- Articulate the thinking behind your decisions within the PCS. It is important to be reflective and explain what you did not do, as much as what you did do. When faced with a difficult planning decision, why did you choose one course of action as opposed to another? With hindsight, was one option better than the other? If so, what did you learn from the experience?
- I found it immensely beneficial to have a 'non-planner' review my submission. Whilst it's great to get colleagues, mentors and line managers to read your work, they may make inferences that are not actually contained within you submission but based on their experiences of working with you.
- You should make sure that your PDP links to the PCS. The goals and ambitions in your PDP should not come as a 'surprise' but have been informed/introduced by the PES and PCS.
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 2014.