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Job Description

An Urban Planner strategically designs new towns, this will include considering where sewerage will need to go as well as roads, electricity, lighting, parks, housing and business areas. This job more commonly involves regenerating towns or cities that may need updating, using space that already exists by creating space efficiently, energy efficiency, affordable housing and re-designing infrastructure such as travel routes and sewerage systems. 

Planners need to balance practical, commercial and environmental factors with the needs of the community.  

Entry Requirements

Degree or a postgraduate qualification accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Relevant subjects for this inlcude:

  • town planning
  • environment and development
  • urban design
  • sustainability, planning and environmental policy

You could study part-time for a qualification while working in a role like planning technician or support staff member.

Required Skills

You require:

  • excellent research and report writing abilities
  • good time management and organisational skills 
  • excellent negotiation and presentation skills
  • IT skills 

Starting Salary

£18,000 to £80,000

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