Batcheller Monkhouse is a growing regional firm of rural Chartered Surveyors, planning consultants and estate agents providing a diverse range of property related services throughout the South of England. We are focused on the bigger picture, and as a result we are a progressive and expansive business.

Our clients enjoy a truly bespoke service provided by dedicated and highly experienced Partner-led teams. Our professional services range from estate management and rural consultancy, planning and development, rural diversification and valuations through to Landlord and Tenant, compulsory purchase, BPS, grants and expert witness work. We work closely across departments allowing us to provide a complete land management service. Details about the firm can be found on our website here.

The Role: We are looking for an enthusiastic Senior/Associate Chartered Town Planner to join our expanding team in Tunbridge Wells. You will be working directly with clients on a broad mix of projects, ranging from major residential and commercial land allocations, mediums sized residential schemes, to rural business diversifications and smaller domestic projects for individual clients – we cover a wide range of development and planning projects.

The role will involve providing professional planning advice to external clients and other teams within the multidisciplinary business as well as preparing, making and running a broad range of planning applications.

Under guidance of the team leader, the Senior/Associate Planner will be expected to carry their own case load. A firm grasp of the UK Planning system, process and legislation is therefore essential. This is a client-facing role, and the right candidate would be expected to have excellent communication skills and to represent and positively promote the planning team and wider business. This role would suit someone with 3-5 years’ post- qualification experience in either planning consultancy or development management.

Qualifications: A degree qualification in a relevant Planning or related degree (accredited to the Royal Town Planning Institute) Existing Chartered Membership of the RTPI.


  • Working as part of the planning team to deliver a range of planning and development projects.
  • Writing and reviewing planning deliverables to a high standard. This includes development appraisals, planning statements, appeal statements, Local Plan/Policy representations and relevant environmental statement chapters where necessary.
  • Preparation, management and negotiation of planning submissions. This will include working alongside and project managing other disciplines.
  • Provide professional planning advice and support to other areas of the business.
  • Responsible for own client accounts and all areas of client care.
  • Helping with or leading on the preparation of fee proposals and tenders.
  • Communicating and liaising effectively with colleagues within the team and across the firm.
  • Helping to bring additional work opportunities to the planning team through building strong relationships with existing and future client base.
  • Thinking both creatively and logically to apply planning experience and knowledge to secure beneficial planning strategies.
  • Responsibility for the financial monitoring of projects, document control, progress reporting and other project management tasks.
  • Where required attendance at events and meetings outside of normal working hours, e.g. attendance at planning committee other company promotional/professional events.

Essential skills:

  • Experience will ideally include recent development planning or development management experience in the private or public sector.
  • Strong technical ability with excellent understanding of current town planning issues and the town planning process.
  • Excellent written, oral, numerical, organisational and communication skills.
  • Strong team working capabilities.
  • Strong attention to detail and an ability to apply knowledge to practical situations.
  • Positive commitment to team and personal project delivery.
  • Commercial focus.

Desirable skills:

  • Experience in project management of planning submissions.
  • Commercial experience in Town Planning in a consultancy environment.
  • Working knowledge of or interest in EIA.
  • Interest in rural development.

Permanent/temporary: Permanent

Location: Tunbridge Wells office – 1 London Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1DH.

Full-time/Part time: 37.5 hours per week Monday to Friday (9.00am – 5.30pm).

Other requirements: Must have the permanent right to work in the U.K. and a full clean driving licence.

Salary/Package: Competitive.

How to apply: Please send your CV with a covering letter to Kirsty Castle, Batcheller Monkhouse, 1 London Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1DH or by email to

Contact Name and Position: Kirsty Castle, Partner, 01892 509280.