Today marks my last day in the office for 2016 and as the year draws to a close I’ve been able to reflect on my first few months at Montagu Evans. Since joining the Planning department back in September things have been non-stop, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way! The range of work I have been exposed to is fantastic, strengthening both my professional competencies and encouraging me to take ownership of tasks.
In the last couple of weeks I have been given an increasing amount of client responsibility. On various projects I am now confidently liaising with other project stakeholders to gather relevant application materials. Having recently submitted several planning applications I am also becoming more acquainted with the post-application process and getting to grips with my role as a planning consultant.
A particular project I have enjoyed working on over the last few months is a theatre development in the West End of London, which combines both the planning and heritage fields. I have undertaken detailed planning history work and attended client meetings and site visits with senior colleagues. I also helped to prepare a feasibility study for the development proposals, setting out site specific policy matters and assessing the development against these. It was my first attempt at contributing to such a study and I was satisfied with the end result.
Last week we also had several celebratory Christmas events, both within the Planning department and with the fellow graduates. It was great to catch up with the other grads and to see how far we’d all come since the beginning of September.
I’m looking forward to immersing myself in many new and exciting projects in 2017, but for now Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Lucy Battersby, Planning