Job Title: Senior Planner
Based: Bristol
Reports: to nominated Partner or Senior Associate
Job Purpose Summary: Engaged as planning practitioner capable of taking responsibility for defined pieces of work as required to do so in accordance with the project plan.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Conducting planning activities
  • Ability to provide professional advice direct to clients on questions of project strategy in consultation with Project Partner
  • Maintaining and developing technical knowledge in the field of town planning and technical expertise
  • The ability to write clearly and concisely and to develop arguments in written form
  • Working on projects with a view to meeting agreed client requirements and deadlines in accord with the QA system
  • Client management and advice in support of Partner and Associate
  • Ability to attend meetings with clients/local planning authorities and other stakeholders as a representative of Rapleys and to liaise directly with other professionals pursuant to effective management and conduct of projects
  • Professional report writing skills; the ability to develop and express an argument clearly and concisely in written form in consultation with Project Partner
  • Attend appeal site visits
  • Maintaining professional membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Responsible for contributing to own continuing professional development through attendance at appropriate training courses and internal CPD sessions and wider reading
    Scope of Role (staff, clients, products, equipment)
  • Town planning practitioner within scope of instructions and project plan.
  • Able to communicate with client contacts and external bodies/authorities/consultants in respect of project working as required
  • Not to accept direct instruction from clients without reference to Associate or Partner.


MRTPI qualified


  • Competitive salary
  • Car or car allowance
  • Holiday entitlement starting from 23 and rising by one day per year to 28 days (plus public holidays)
  • Employers pension contribution (which also provides death in service benefit)
  • Perkbox and cycle scheme.

Department: Town Planning

Level Of Position: Senior

Salary Range: Competitive