The Evolution of Planning

Amidst a challenging landscape, the planning sector stands out as a beacon of innovation and adaptability within the real estate industry.

Last year’s Levelling up and Regeneration Act creates meaningful opportunities for the built environment and eliminates some of the challenges around regeneration. This new legislation also requires planning consultancies and the wider sector to navigate a whole host of new processes and procedures. 

The Planning sector demands new competencies

Planning consultants can no longer just respond to a client’s needs, but now take on more strategic roles to develop new opportunities and resolutions to deliver commercially viable schemes. In tackling complexity and legislation, problem-solving has become more important, exemplified perfectly in recent life sciences and student accommodation schemes.

At the beginning of their careers, planners develop the fundamental skills and experience of navigating technical and political dimensions, as well as creativity and problem-solving. The evolving built environment creates a demand for different skills and experience, so there is a general requirement for upskilling at all levels. For planning leaders, clients require a healthy set of soft skills that can be challenging to pinpoint:

  • Innovative leadership style, vision, and confidence to inspire and guide colleagues, clients, and stakeholders.
  • The capacity to empower teams to tackle challenges and seize opportunities related to digitisation, sustainability, social inequality, community engagement, and evolving work practices.
  • Strong communication skills, empathy, and the ability to connect with diverse individuals and organisations across multiple settings.
  • Lateral thinking, open-mindedness, and passion for creating positive change.

Identifying skills and qualities in planning leaders

Many of these qualities can be challenging to source and measure. This is where our consultative approach and rigorous processes enable clients to secure top tier planning leaders:

  • We have extensive expertise in identifying senior talent for the planning sector, with insights into the people working within it and the nuances of organisations and roles.
  • Our research processes are meticulously detailed to ensure that we thoroughly explore every available option for our clients.
  • The integration of psychometric testing with our counsel significantly enhances the selection and decision-making process for senior hires. This means we can provide strong recommendations of likely performance and provide insight into a candidate's fit for the role and company culture.
  • Our directors familiarise themselves forensically with each candidate, to understand what motivates them and what qualities they would bring to the role.

Get in touch if you're interested in sourcing top-tier, senior talent for your planning business.

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