With previous experience in the public sector and with planning consultancy Tim Plagerson in well prepared for his new job as planning manager for Redrow Homes.
32-year-old Tim has joined the Midlands region of the award-winning national housebuilder in a role that will look at the development potential of land, and then forming strategies and assisting the technical team to create successful planning submissions on sites in Leicestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire. He will also be networking to develop useful working relationships with other property professionals.
Tim started his career as a planning assistant at the Birmingham offices of planning consultancy RPS, before moving into the public sector and working on planning applications at Cannock Chase District Council. His experience there opened up a post as a senior planner back at RPS before making this move to Redrow.
“Having worked in both the public sector and consultancy I was eager for a fresh challenge, particularly one where I get to see development from inception through to completion,” says Tim. “I have always favoured the residential side of planning and Redrow offers a product I am proud to stand beside and be a part of delivering.
“Being aware of what is going on within the wider region is essential, to know in advance where opportunities are likely to arise is an essential skill. I spend time reading relevant news websites and following influencers/organisations to stay up-to-date.”
He admits that a career in this role was not his original plan when going into further education, but that his decision to undertake a BSc in geography/planning and then an MA in spatial planning at Birmingham City University, instead of his initial path on studying single honours geography, opened his eyes to other career prospects.
“I became engaged in studying the built environment, policy and social factors that shape where people live and work. Planning seemed to offer the best balance of each of these elements.”
Tim thinks a key to careers success goes beyond academic ability, saying: “Being personable frequently gets you further than technical knowledge. Also, a direct approach often creates opportunities, don’t be afraid to knock on doors rather than waiting for them to open.”
In addition to management opportunities such as the role that Tim has just taken up, Redrow is also committed to bringing people onto its team at an early stage to develop their careers, with trainees now accounting for 17% of its workforce.