Role Overview:

In a Nutshell…

We have an exciting opportunity for a Planning Manager to join our team within Vistry East Yorkshire, at our office in Leeds. As our Planning Manager, you will be reporting into the Technical Director and Land Director. As a key player in the development process, you will lead on all matters of planning from early site feasibility studies working with the land and technical team to inform acquisition, through to overseeing the planning process alongside the technical team and seeing the site through to delivery working with our technical and production teams.


We are pleased to say, this role can accommodate agile working arrangements.


Let’s cut to the chase, what’s in it for you…

  • Competitive basic salary and annual bonus
  • Company car, car allowance or travel allowance
  • Agile working possible (dependent on role)
  • Up to 33 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Private Healthcare
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Competitive contributory pension scheme
  • Life assurance – 4 x your annual salary
  • Share incentive schemes
  • Employee rewards portal with many more benefits…

In return, what we would like from you…

  • Behave in line with our company values – Integrity, Caring and Quality
  • Architecture or Planning Degree or;
  • Degree in Design, such as, Urban Layout, Landscape, Architectural Technology or;
  • Relevant experience in the industry
  • Experience working within a residential house builder in a planning capacity
  • Experience or people management and project leading
  • Able to influence and persuade others to their point of view
  • Capable of implementing change and of using their initiative
  • Resilient, positive, confident, and assertive but diplomatic
  • Strong mathematical ability
  • Able to manage and lead a team
  • A good communicator/listener
  • An awareness of the social and environmental impact of your work
  • Accurate with an eye for detail
  • Capable of strategic vision
  • Decision making/problem solving/multi-tasking
  • Able to work under pressure, and accept criticism of work
  • Willing to work extra to meet deadlines as and when the business needs require it


  • MRTPI qualified
  • Achieved or working towards part 3 architect accreditation
  • Achieved or working towards a BSc or an NVQ in Architectural Technology
  • Membership of the (CIAT) Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists or the RIBA

More about the Planning Manager role…

  • Developing the planning strategy and leading with the management and co-ordination of a professional consultant team in the promotion of the sites.
  • Leading with stakeholder and LPA engagement.
  • Working with colleagues and partners to ensure that appropriate and viable developments are achieved and with delivery at the earliest opportunity.
  • To support commercial appraisals and undertake planning appraisals for these sites making recommendations to the land team.
  • To manage the sites as with the existing portfolio.
  • Appoint and manage a consultant team to produce robust and timely planning applications to the appropriate planning authority.
  • Working alongside other members of the team to ensure that the proposals meet with the business plan.
  • Working alongside the Technical Director and technical team to ensure that the planning proposals meet current standards and provide a workable solution.
  • Manage the submission of applications to an agreed programme.
  • Manage applications through the determination process leading with all stakeholder engagement.
  • Providing detailed handovers to the delivery team upon the successful planning determinations.
  • Identify and mitigate against risk and work with colleagues, partners, and stakeholders to manage risk pre-start of each phase.
  • Work alongside our client’s own development teams to support, as instructed on a case-by-case basis, with the management of a consultant team in the development of planning applications.
  • When required, organise, lead/ attend and minute client and /or internal project meetings acting in a professional manner to positively represent Vistry.
  • Resolve problems in collaboration with the project teams and colleagues and share learning to champion continuous improvement and ensure successful delivery of schemes.
  • Promote and represent Vistry when appropriate to maximise development opportunities and the reputation of the company.
  • Comply with all Group’s policies including Health, Safety and Environmental policies.
  • Any other task deemed necessary to the role.

Finally, let’s tell you a bit more about us…

We’re Vistry Group, the UK’s leading provider of affordable mixed-tenure homes. Our core values of integrity, caring, and quality shape all we do; our partnership-led approach helps us build sustainable communities where they’re needed most.

You’re probably familiar with our unmatched portfolio of brands: Linden Homes, Bovis Homes, and Countryside Homes. We also have Vistry Works, our timber frame manufacturing operation, and Vistry Services, our support functions. Together, we build more than homes, so there’s nowhere better to build your career. We’re proud that our culture sees everyone treated fairly and respectfully, with diversity and inclusion a top priority and reasonable adjustments provided during the application process. Join us in making Vistry.


Job Type: Permanent – Full Time
Location Detail: Suite 2/3 Ground Floor,1175 Thorpe Park, Century Way, Leeds, LS15 8ZB

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