Women in Planning
Day in the life of Laura McCombe
Laura is a Senior Planner at Boyer and is a Co-Chair of the East Midlands Women in Planning Committee. She has a wide range of experience in undertaking site appraisals, strategic land promotion and preparing and projecting managing planning applications and appeals. Although her workload is varied, her primary focus is large scale residential schemes for landowners and regional/national house builders. Outside of work, Laura enjoys travelling and spending time outdoors.
A builder’s cup of tea and poached egg on toast. I have recently got four backyard chickens so fresh eggs are somewhat a novilty.
7.30 – 4
I have continued to push forward with many projects and regularly keep in touch with my colleagues and clients via zoom.
As soon as I have finished, I pack away all my work stuff to ensure I continue to maintain a separation between work and home life.
On an Evening…
I spend most of my evening outside exploring the local footpaths and catching the last rays of sunshine.
What does your typical working day look like?
As with everyone right now, my typical working day is very different as we all learn to adapt to living during a pandemic.
How do you unwind on an evening or weekend?
My usual evenings and weekends seem a distant memory now. I am however appreciating taking time to slow down and enjoy the little things in life. Alongside spending time in the garden and going on walks, I have enjoyed learning to cook new things.
What is the most rewarding project you have worked on?
The most rewarding project I have worked on is setting up the East Midlands Women in Planning branch with my fellow Co-Chairs. It is a great and exciting network to be a part of.
What are the best and worst bits about your job?
The best bit about my job is undoubtedly when all the hard work has paid off and you obtain a positive result for your client. There is not really anything I don’t like about my job but I do wish that the planning and development industry was viewed more positively by the public.
Who has had the biggest influence on your career and why?
The biggest influence in my career was my A Level geography teachers who initially encouraged me to go to university to study Town Planning. Without their initial encouragement, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
What is the best piece of advice you have received in your career?
The best piece of advice I have received is to always gain as much experience as possible. This advice has undoubtedly helped me in the early years of my career and I have been lucky enough to be involved in a wide range of projects.
What is your favourite place?
Anywhere overlooking the coast.