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Emma Watts

Development Management Planner, St Albans City and District Council

Emma Watts

After doing an undergraduate degree in Geography at the University of Durham, I undertook a Master's degree in Spatial Planning at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London with a DCLG Bursary achieving a Distinction. I commenced my planning career as an Assistant Development Management Planner at St Albans City and District Council in September 2012 before progressing to the role of Development Management Planner in June 2014. I submitted my L-APC in January 2015. In September 2015 I began work as a Planning Officer in Development Management at Bath and North East Somerset Council.

Experience of the L-APC process:

For me, gaining Chartered Membership is an important recognition of my professional development and confirmation that I have reached a level of experience, understanding and professionalism that will stand me in good stead for the rest of my career. I also feel it will help me in my career progression.

Emma's top tips for future candidates:

  • Start your log book early and try to keep on top of it. It is much easier to complete the log book as you go along, particularly as a Development Management planner where you're handling many cases.
  • Show your professional progression. I started my log book from the beginning of my first planning job. Whilst this meant keeping a log for two years, which was more than required, it showed a clear progression from small householder extensions to new housing developments.
  • Identify your case studies in advance of when you're planning to start writing your Professional Competence Statement. Keeping my log book up to date helped me with this. By thinking about your case studies well ahead of writing your submission, you can make sure they cover all of the competencies you need to demonstrate.

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 2015.