I started my planning education at Cardiff University where I completed a Bachelor's degree in City and Regional Planning, exploring why places change and how they can be improved through planning. I subsequently went onto complete a Master's degree in Spatial Planning at University College London, where I expanded my appreciation of planning and urban theory.
I was fortunate enough to be able to take part in a 12-month placement as part of my Bachelor's degree, which led to my first planning role within the Borough Planning team at Transport for London. Transport for London is a local government body responsible for coordinating representations on all planning applications referred to it in its role as a statutory consultee. I was able to work on a range of projects across London, focusing on development within Vauxhall.
In 2014, I joined JLL's Planning, Development and Heritage team based in London. JLL is a professional services firm specialising in real estate and investment management. I currently advise a range of public and private sector clients on all aspects of planning. My day-to-day work includes: writing planning appraisals; preparing, submitting and negotiating planning applications and appeals; preparing employment land studies; and, advising clients on planning obligations.
Experience of the L-APC process:
Going through the L-APC process and becoming chartered has been a very important personal achievement for me, not only to further my career, but also to reflect on the experiences I have gained to date.
L-APC Top tips:
Get the right experience – make sure that you have the right type and breadth of experience before you submit your L-APC. I found it helpful to have regular meetings with my line manger so that I could ask for additional responsibility and to get involved in a range of projects.
Start drafting your log book early – begin drafting your log book early to ensure that you record your experience in as much detail as possible; It will make drafting the Practical Experience Statement (PES) and Professional Competence Statement (PCS) much easier.
Read the guidance carefully – make sure you read all the guidance carefully and keep cross-referencing the competencies when you write your log book.
Make the most of your mentor – make sure you make the most of your mentor and utilise their experience to finesse your submission. Throughout the process I also spoke to others who had recently been through the L-APC process to gain a better understanding of the competencies and the Professional Development Plan (PDP).
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 2017.