Town Planning Officers

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.


New workers
£ 19,616
£ 34,937
£ 58,170

Available jobs

In the past year there were 20,272 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Liaises with national and local government and other bodies to advise on urban and regional planning issues.

  • Examines and evaluates development proposals submitted and recommends acceptance, modification or rejection.

  • Drafts and presents graphic and narrative plans affecting the use of public and private land, housing and transport facilities.

  • Consults statutory bodies and other interested parties to ensure that local interests are catered for and to evaluate competing development proposals.

  • Analyses information to establish the nature, extent, growth rate and likely development requirements of the area.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Project Management

  • Primavera (Software)

  • Enterprise Planning Systems

  • Environmental Issue

  • Project Planning

  • Planning Permission

  • Microsoft Project

  • Project Schedules

  • Project Controls

  • Earned Value Management

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Planning

  • Communications

  • Management

  • Influencing Skills

  • Time Management

  • Scheduling

  • Teamwork

  • Coordinating

  • Customer Service

  • Problem Solving

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.