The success and strength of a company relies significantly on the people within it.

This is especially true for PPS. We prides ourselves on employing highly motivated individuals who share our desire and commitment for quality. We are an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from suitably qualified, enthusiastic and talented candidates.

PPS currently have the following vacancy:

Senior Planner

This full time role will support the Head of Planning to deliver planning activities for the company’s renewable energy projects which may include, but not limited to, solar, storage, heat networks and waste to energy solutions. This will include completion of site feasibility works, managing planning requirements for live projects including planning applications, consenting, public consultation, liaising with clients and regulatory bodies.

Key Accountabilities:

  • To undertake early desktop feasibility assessments of potential projects identified using the in-house GIS system.
  • To undertake detailed site assessments to establish renewable development potential to include site inspections, detailed examination of planning histories, policy analysis and interpretation and consideration of material considerations.
  • To lead on pre-application discussions with LPAs, and where relevant manage pre- application assessments.
  • To manage the timely submission of planning applications and supporting statements.
  • Where appropriate, to co-ordinate the preparation and submission of Environmental Impact Assessments to support planning applications, including managing specialist consultancy input into the environmental statement.
  • To manage all aspects of consultation including early consultation with the public and Councillors, co-ordinating and attending public consultation meetings about planning issues.
  • To work with the procurement manager to appoint any required planning specialisms required for specific projects.


  • To liaise with team members and wider professionals involved in the planning process, such as lawyers and engineers.
  • To keep abreast of legislation, regulations and government guidance, and input into the business planning process where appropriate.
  • Where necessary, to provide planning advice in respect of other areas of the business (waste, heat and wider energy developments).
  • To seek business opportunities and raise profile of Public Power Solutions.

To undertake any other duties related to the business as necessary.

Knowledge and Experience (minimum):

  • 3-4 years experience in a planning role
  • Membership (or eligibility) for the Royal Town Planning Institute.
  • Relevant undergraduate and post graduate qualifications.
  • Experience of managing the planning process for renewable energy projects.
  • Keen to progress and be involved in new and innovative projects
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • The ability to negotiate with and influence senior stakeholders from a wide range of organisations, disciplines and bodies.
  • The ability to engage positively with local communities.
  • A commercially focussed approach and understanding of company objectives.
  • Excellent project management and research skills.
  • The ability to work on own initiative, and across the Power Solutions team and wider company.
  • Ability to work on a number of different problems at once.
  • Ability to mentor junior members of the team
  • Hearing/Inquiry experience.
  • Wider renewable energy project experience.
  • Experience within, or working with, public sector organisations

Knowledge and Experience (desired):

  • Wider renewable energy project experience.
  • Hearing/Inquiry experience.
  • Experience within, or working with, public sector organisations

Decision Making:

  • Recommendations on potential development sites.
  • Recommendations on planning strategies for live projects
  • Ad hoc advice on town planning issues

Creativity and Innovation:

  • Flexibility to meet the varying demands of the role
  • Works autonomously in a pressured environment
  • Ability to adapt style and tone of communication to meet the needs of each stakeholder
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Ability to foster partnerships, work collaboratively across boundaries, and achieve performance and results through others
  • Influencing, negotiation and persuasion skills – ability to recommend pragmatic solutions
  • Ability to lead and manage a team to deliver desired outputs
  • Scoping and planning of projects
  • Development of project management processes and procedures

Emotional Demands of the job:

  • Working to very tight timescales
  • Managing a wide range of stakeholder expectations
  • Influencing stakeholders to get to desired outcome
  • Willingness to be flexible with hours of work to meet project outputs
  • Must meet desired outcomes in-line with funding requirements

Salary up to £42,000 depending on experience.

To apply for this role please send your CV and a covering letter to

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