Sarah Lee - Chartered Planner

Chartered Planner at Manchester Airport



Work category




• A Chartered Town Planner with 8 years post qualification experience

• Excellent analytical skills, and the ability to look at issues strategically

• Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills

• Experienced in working with a wide number of stakeholders for effective stakeholder management

• The ability to work flexibly and creatively

• Tactical, strategic and proactive – anticipates and takes initiative

• Self-motivated and results driven, with sound judgement

• Ability to work on a varied caseload, in a rapidly changing environment.

Sarah Lee's Professional Experience

2004 - 2012

Manchester Airport - Chartered Planner

Formed part of a multidisciplinary team, leading on all aspects of planning and development, including the creation of a supportive policy framework to deliver an annual CAPEX programme of £80m
Supported the Assets Division in the delivery of strategic business growth
Monitored, assessed and responded to planning applications, planning policy documents and statutory aerodrome safeguarding applications
Prepared planning applications (including supporting material) for key airport developments
Airport representative at external meetings
Liaised with key stakeholders to ensure supportive working relationships

Key Achievements

Secured planning permissions through the preparation and submission of technically sound and evidentially based applications (T1 Arrivals and T1 Outbound Control/extended Check-in, Concorde Hangar, Nimrod exhibition, Humberside Airport Hotel)
Prepared evidence for local inquiries and appeals
Submitted EIA screening opinions - wind turbines at Humberside Airport & road diversion at Manchester
Prepared Airport City access road application and contributed to and coordinated the full EA

2003 - 2004

Wigan Council - Assistant Planning Officer

Policy Department December 2003 – June 2004
As part of a 12-month fixed-term contract, I spent 6 months in the policy team during the replacement UDP process. Particular responsibilities included the Housing Potential Study, and providing responses to Development Control consultations on housing applications. I also represented the Council at external meeting including the Greater Manchester Housing SPIGlet.

Development Control June 2003 – December 2003
The other 6 months I spent in Development Control where I had a varied caseload, including processing a wide range of planning applications, such as house holder applications, change of use and advert consents, representing the Council through the written representation procedure on a number of planning appeals, negotiating with developers and responding to queries and offering general planning advice on a day-to-day basis.

Key Skills

Sarah Lee's Education and Qualifications


Masters/PostGrad - Master of Town and Country Planning, Town Planning

The University of Manchester


Bachelor/Degree - A' Levels,

Wodford Lodge Sixth Form

Sarah Lee's Additional Information