Bewley Homes is proud to announce Emily Corfield has recently been elected as a full Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). This comes after Emily completed a detailed two-year professional development plan and successfully satisfied the Institute’s rigorous assessment standards.
Emily joined Bewley Homes in January 2021 as a Development Planner working alongside Bewley’s Planning Manager, Tom Smailes. From the start, Emily said: “I was warmly welcomed into the business by all Bewley’s departments, not just Land. It really feels like one big family.”
Emily’s career development has blossomed at Bewley Homes. She added: “I have had many opportunities to develop professionally within the Land Team. It’s been exciting to be given a lot of responsibility early on which has allowed me to get my teeth into exciting projects and to learn fast. No day is ever the same and I particularly enjoy the exposure and involvement in both immediate and strategic land within this department and the variety of sites we are working on, both in nature and size.”
Emily made a career change into Town Planning in 2017 and began working as an Assistant Planning Policy Officer for Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, where, alongside her day job, she completed an MSc in Spatial Planning and Development, accredited by the RTPI and RICS, on a part-time basis. After gaining her MSc, Emily was promoted to Planning Policy Officer and remained with the Council for another year.
Emily’s MSc qualification made her eligible for election as a Licentiate Member of the RTPI and with her two years’ experience of full-time planning, she was able to begin the complex and detailed process for her Assessment of Professional Competence to be considered for election as a full Chartered Member of the RTPI. Emily said: “The Chartership process was a significant process and certainly felt like a great achievement to be elected.”
Emily commented: “I love working with a fantastic, experienced team, including external technical and planning consultants, to deliver our well-designed schemes. With the RTPI Chartership under my belt, I hope to continue developing in my role but also ensuring that, in addition to planning, I remain closely involved with the Land side of our operation.”
Bewley Homes’ Planning Manager, Tom Smailes commented: “We are delighted by Emily’s achievement and commitment to her role since joining us. Bewley is a growing business and we believe in nurturing our employees and retaining their skills and experience over the long term. I am confident that as an innovative housebuilder we will offer further career opportunities across all aspects of land, development and construction, allowing staff to progress successfully within the company and house building industry well into the future.”