Principal planners take a lead role in protecting and shaping our cities, towns and countryside.
- Salaries typically range from £29,000 to £50,000
Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility, and salaries and career options can improve with chartered status.
Qualifications and Training
To be a planning manager or principal planner you need several years of relevant experience in a planning environment. You also need to have developed your management skills and be able to think strategically.
To progress to this level you need experience in day-to-day management of a team, activity, project or small department – as well as running a budget.
You must show experience in a range of projects as well as in building and maintaining partnerships with lots of stakeholders. If you’re working in the private sector you should have good client and business development skills.