Senior Planner, Indigo Planning
I studied Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield and graduated from the MPlan course in 2011. During my experience I was fortunate enough to study for a semester at Aalborg Universitet, Denmark as an Erasmus student. Following my studies, I was awarded a Sustainability Internship in Sevilla, Spain working with a firm of architects for three months researching flexible housing typologies.
My first planning role was in the administration team at Lambeth Borough Council in November 2012 where I began as a volunteer to gain work experience. I gained an invaluable understanding of the planning process through the validation and determination of planning applications and I was offered a job within the month. In April 2013, I was promoted to Junior Planning Officer working in both Enforcement and Development Management. I joined Wandsworth Borough Council in November 2013 as a Planning Officer and managed a caseload of minor and householder planning applications.
In 2014, I joined the Royal Borough of Greenwich Major Applications team, where I worked on several masterplan projects of strategic importance; Greenwich Peninsula, Greenwich Millennium Village, Kidbrooke and Woolwich Central dealing with a variety of complex applications including, reserved matters, Section 73, Section 96a and discharge of conditions and planning obligations.
In July 2015, I joined Indigo as a Planner working in the central London team. I am currently a Senior Planner and my role involves advising and managing a variety of projects including: major scale mixed-use developments; residential; commercial; and heritage projects across the 12 central boroughs of London. My role is rewarding and I enjoy working with some of the property sector's top clients.
Experience of the L-APC process:
The L-APC is a rigorous process and Chartership with the RTPI shows commitment to your professional career development. Gaining Chartered status made me proud of both my achievements and of the planning profession. Passing the L-APC validates those years of studying and working hard, so why not apply and get the recognition?
Elisabeth's top tips for future candidates:
- Don't rush your L-APC. Take your time, and wait until you are ready to submit, be confident that you have enough experience to meet the competencies.
- Ask for feedback from your peers on your submission. Everyone has a different perspective and will pick up on different parts of your submission - their insight is invaluable.
- Be thorough. When referencing a Supplementary Planning Document or a piece of legislation show the assessors that you 'know your onions'!
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 Licentiate APC webpage. Candidate details provided here are current at time of L-APC submission in 2016.