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NEW OPPORTUNITY - Senior/Principal Planner

Spawforths are Recruiting



Due to a surge in our forward order book, we have an exciting opportunity for a Senior / Principal chartered town planner with development management/control experience to join our team.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of five years’ post qualification experience, preferably in private practice, and enjoy working on a wide range of development management projects.  They will have passion and experience for:-

  • EITHER residential projects, working on various sized housing sites
  • OR environmental assessments (we can train you on the job)

They will be able to demonstrate:-

  • membership of the RTPI
  • an ability to lead their own projects and also work as part of a team
  • experience in the preparation, submission and management of a range of planning applications and appeals
  • confidence managing clients and attending client and local authority meetings
  • the ability to provide clear and concise reasoned advice to clients both orally and written
  • time management and workload management skills
  • confidence using Microsoft Word and Excel
  • a full UK driving licence plus access to a car

The following experience would be great, but not essential:-

  • business development 
  • speaking at public enquiry
  • speaking at planning committee
  • working in a commercial environment

In return we will:-

  • induct you into our dynamic development management team
  • assign one of our Senior Associates as your mentor
  • provide you with a COVID secure office environment, your own dedicated workstation, safety screens, and proven health and safety systems
  • provide free parking and access to local facilities at our offices in East Ardsley
  • enable you to work from home one day per week (if you would like to)


  • Please apply by email, sending a covering letter and CV to both and
  • Applicants will be invited to interview on an ongoing basis.
  • We run a two interview process at Spawforths. The first interview will be held on MS Teams.  If this goes well, we will invite you back for a second interview in person.
  • If you would like to discuss matters beforehand please feel free to contact Rachel Illsley on 01924 873873.


  • Spawforths are an award-winning and innovative multidisciplinary team of town planners, architects, and master-planners who are passionate about quality place making. 
  • We have an excellent reputation for creating inspirational and deliverable development projects for both private and public sector clients throughout the north of England and the Midlands.
  • We are the largest independent planning and masterplanning consultancy in Yorkshire and trusted advisors to many of the region’s most significant developers and house builders. 
  • We have worked with some of our key clients for over 25 years.
  • We are currently undertaking over 250 live projects, with a combined development value of £12 billion, including over 40,000 houses and 25 million square feet of commercial floor space.
  • We have been awarded the Quality Mark by IEMA for the high quality of our Environmental Assessment work.
  • Spawforths are leaders in five year housing land supply, having pursued and won the lead appeal cases within Leeds, Rotherham and Doncaster.
  • We have an award winning architecture team.

What Can I Do Next…

At Spawforths we are proud to act as trusted advisers to a wide range of clients including private individuals, businesses, charities and the public sector. If you would like further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.

Contact us


National Custom & Self Build Association
Passive House Designer
West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
RTPI Chartered Town Planner
RIBA Chartered Practice
The Academy of Urbanism
Landscape Institute Registered Practice
IEMA Quality Mark
Smarter Planning Champion
Place Alliance