Town Planner

Town Planner

Become a Town Planner

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.

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.

  • IT skills
  • Research
  • Reviewing
  • Writing reports
  • Problem solving
  • Analytical
  • Relationship building
  • Communication skills
  • Excellent negotiation and presentation skills
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Excellent research and report writing skills

There are a number of ways you can become a Town Planner, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment.

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Construction and the Built Environment or Town Planning.


Assistant Planners can earn in the region of £15,000 - £32,000

Trained with experience town planners can earn in the region of £18,000 and £40,000.

Highly experienced town planners can earn in the region of £55,000 to £80,000.

Principal Planners can earn more and have increased career options. Salaries and career options improve with chartered status.

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