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Senior Planner

  • Job reference: IF-001477
  • Sector: Environment, Infrastructure, Planning, Urban Development
  • Location: Warrington
Atkins is one of the world’s leading engineering, environmental and design consultancies offering unparalleled opportunities for talented individuals in search of a rewarding career. Our Planning and Environmental Consenting teams based in Warrington, London, Leeds, Epsom, Bristol, and Birmingham work with Atkins’ businesses and clients across the UK, providing us with a variety of interesting and challenging development and infrastructure projects.

We require a Senior Planner for our Warrington office (with some opportunity to work within our Leeds or Manchester offices) to join our progressive Planning and Environmental consenting team. The position offers the opportunity to provide direct support to our planning team to help deliver a wide range of planning applications, DCO submissions, development feasibility and evidence based studies. The role would also include providing high quality advice to a variety of public and private sector clients across the transportation, housing, water and energy markets. A key part of the role will also be to work collaboratively with other environmental disciplines within the wider Atkins UK teams, to provide comprehensive advice across a range of challenging infrastructure projects. To find out about our recent, varied and interesting planning projects see our Planning Brochure .

The position requires a planner with a working knowledge of the Development Consent Order process. 


• Input into the preparation of Development Consent Orders and associated documentation; TCPA applications; and wider consents. Examples of DCO work would include experience preparing Statements of Community Consultation, Statements of Common Ground, Consultation Reports, Preliminary Environmental Information, Adequacy of Consultation and Local Impact Reports
• Providing support at public consultation events, required as part of the pre-application consultation process, and recording related data
• Planning policy reviews for energy, transport, water, environmental and housing/regeneration projects across the UK
• Provision of development planning support to the in-house Atkins businesses
• Inputs into the preparation of evidence based studies.


• A relevant planning degree
• Full RTPI membership is ideal
• Relevant experience of working in planning practice or a local government planning team, with a good working knowledge of the Development Consenting Order Process from either a private sector consultant/developer or local authority perspective
• Sound knowledge of planning law and procedures, including the changing planning system at national, regional and local levels

The Individual

There is an opportunity for the successful applicant to utilise and develop their planning knowledge by working within a busy and expanding Planning and Environmental Consenting team, in its response to a wide range of opportunities. The individual will have:

• Good communication skills, with the ability to draft persuasive, accurate reports to a high standard
• Ability to meet challenging, tight deadlines
• Able to work well as part of a multi-disciplinary team, and also the confidence to input effectively as an individual across a range of planning projects
• Flexibility to travel to other Atkins UK regional offices


Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. These are reviewed with individuals through an annual appraisal process. We actively support staff in achieving corporate membership of relevant institutions.

Rewards and Benefits

Please refer to our website for details of our full benefits package.

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