A day in the life of….…
Name: Amy Atkins
Job title: Assistant Planner
Q: How long have you worked at Rectory?
A: 15 months- I started in January 2017
Q: What do you like most about your role at Rectory?
A: My role is varied and most days are different, especially as every site I am dealing with is unique. I have been entrusted with the responsibility of dealing with my own sites, some more challenging than others which is a great learning experience! The members of the Planning and Land team are also great to work with. Supportive and very experienced, so I am learning from some great people but also they are a lot of fun, there is never dull moment!
Q: What is your typical working day?
A: My role involves being the lead planner on a number of planning applications as well as appraising new prospective sites and monitoring national and local plan policy.
I appoint, coordinate and manage all of the project consultants for the sites I am dealing with and proactively liaise with stakeholders and planning officers at pre-application and post submission stage. During my day, I will review these supporting technical documents and liaise with Chris, our Technical Manager.
I tend to have a lot of contact with the land team; discussing the planning prospects of new sites, the contract details of existing sites or the financial implications of potential further works/ improvements to schemes which are required for the planning application to be policy compliant.
Some days I will also attend various meetings; internal pre-exchange meetings, discussions with Parish Council’s or Local Authorities, Planning Committees or attendance at meetings with landowners with the Land Managers to provide the planning input.
From a monitoring point of view; I will keep an eye out for relevant appeal decisions, track the progress of Local Plans in our core area and also review emerging Affordable Housing and CIL policies in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
Q: What drew you to the property industry?
A: I was previously a planning officer at a Local Authority and I wanted a new challenge working “on the other side”. It is interesting working in a market driven and profit driven environment and understanding the whole process of building houses; from the initial land acquisition to someone moving into one of our homes.
Q: What three words sum up Rectory?
A: Quality, Ambitious and Fun
24 April 2018