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Town planning officers

£17,680 Average salary at age 20
£39,000 Average Salary
36 Average hours per week


Town planning officers direct or undertake the planning of the layout and the co-ordination of plans for the development of urban and rural areas.

Main Tasks

  • Analyses information to establish the nature, extent, growth rate and likely development requirements of the area;
  • Consults statutory bodies and other interested parties to ensure that local interests are catered for and to evaluate competing development proposals;
  • Drafts and presents graphic and narrative plans affecting the use of public and private land, housing and transport facilities;
  • Examines and evaluates development proposals submitted and recommends acceptance, modification or rejection;
  • Liaises with national and local government and other bodies to advise on urban and regional planning issues.


Entrants usually possess either an accredited degree or postgraduate qualification and must have completed at least two years’ work experience in town planning before gaining professional status.

What Town planning officers studied in higher education

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What Town planning officers studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L7) Human & social geography11
(L3) Sociology1
(C1) Biology1
(F7) Science of aquatic & terrestrial environments1
(F8) Physical geographical sciences5
(D4) Agriculture1
(K1) Architecture4
(H2) Civil engineering1
(M2) Law by topic1
(N1) Business studies1
(K4) Planning (urban, rural & regional)68
(N2) Management studies1
(L6) Anthropology1

UK Prospects

24400 Workforce Size
5.74% Predicted growth 2021 - 2027
6766 Predicted Replacement 2021 - 2027

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