We are proud to announce that our staff member Adam Murray has completed an intensive two-year process to pass the Licentiate Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). This means that Adam is now a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and is now a Chartered Town Planner with the right to use the letters MRTPI after his name. These letters are an important signal to clients and colleagues of Adam’s professional status.
In order to achieve the APC, Adam needed to complete a rigorous 2-year assessment process in addition to his day-to-day tasks. At Andrew Granger & Co. we have a strong ethos of training and development for our valued members of staff, so one of our directors Stephen Mair was happy to act as Adam’s sponsor and corroborator to ensure he was given the necessary time to complete the three written assessments and log book required to gain this prestigious qualification.
“The company have been fantastic in terms of allowing me to work first-hand on projects and gain experience in order to complete my submission,” says Adam.
Adam has worked in our Market Harborough office as a planner since 2016. In that time he has put his MSc in Planning and BSc in Geography to good use in his role in our busy planning department where his responsibilities include promoting clients’ sites through local and neighbourhood plans, monitoring local plan examinations, advising on the development potential of new sites and co-ordinating planning applications and appeals from submission through to determination.
Now that he has gained chartered status Adam is looking forward to applying his new skillset to his current responsibilities as well as taking on some new challenges in the planning department.
“It’s fantastic that I’ve reached this milestone but moving forward I still want to continue to develop and gain more experience. I’m really looking forward to getting more involved in all aspects of promoting, securing permissions, disposing of strategic scale development sites, identifying opportunities and winning instructions,” he says.
Adam has achieved Chartered Town Planner status at a crucial time in this important industry. In July 2018 the government revised the 2012 National Planning and Policy Framework (NPPF). The key headline from this updated plan is the ambition for the UK to build 300, 000 new homes per year by the mid-2020s. In a residential context, the challenge for all planning departments across the UK is to work to meet the need for new homes for all budgets in a way that does not adversely impact the already-established community. At Andrew Granger & Co this is a responsibility we take very seriously.
Whether it’s commercial or residential, the planning process is a necessarily bureaucratic one, so in order to navigate the sometimes-complicated process and ultimately succeed, it’s vital to have experts on your side with an in-depth knowledge of the law and the local area.
At Andrew Granger & Co. we can help with areas including planning applications, planning and enforcement appeals, building conversions, new buildings, farm building, local plan representations, site promotion, development option agreements and conditional contracts.
To find out more please contact us at our Market Harborough office on 01858 431 315.