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A town planner manages the development of cities, towns and countryside. They make sure that the natural environment works well with the built environment to create sustainable communities.
Average salaries are in the region of £18,000.00 to £28,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer
A town planner (also known as a planning officer or planning consultant) manages the development of cities, towns and countryside. They make sure that the natural environment works well with the built environment to create sustainable communities.
Town planners can cover anything from transport, waste and environmental planning to urban design, regeneration and policy development. They look at things like the re-use of buildings, creating street improvements and managing traffic. They also take into account the local economy, renewable energy, climate change and the historic environment.
Often your career will start as an assistant planner or graduate planner (after completing a relevant degree course, such as Town Planning).
A town planner is usually office based, with regular site visits. They spend their day consulting and negotiating, producing planning documents, managing a client portfolio and developing business relationships.
After several years and significant experience, you can progress from planner or senior planner to a principal planner (also known as a planning manager). Town planners often become chartered members of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
These construction professionals have an important role in balancing the housing and travel needs of a growing population with the impact on the planet, especially how we manage and reduce waste. They help us to adapt to climate change by protecting against flooding and making sure new buildings don’t waste energy.
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To become an assistant or graduate planner you may need a degree. There are various undergraduate degrees in planning that are accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). A full-time degree course takes four years, which includes a three-year BA degree and a one-year postgraduate diploma. Longer part-time courses are also available.
Senior planners start their career as an assistant/graduate planner and can become a senior planner after 2-3 years of experience. Progression may be quicker after becoming chartered with the RTPI.
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The UK construction industry will need an additional 16,240 other construction professionals and technical staff (which includes town planners) to meet demand between 2017 - 2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI).
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