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Geography and Environmental ScienceUndergraduate study

Town Planner

 Planners make decisions about the management and development of cities, towns, villages and the countryside. They aim to balance the conflicting demands of housing, industrial development, agriculture, recreation, transport and the environment, in order to allow appropriate development to take place.

Planning our rural and urban areas.
Planning our rural and urban areas.

 In towns and cities planners are at the heart of regeneration, taking into account the conflicting views of business and local communities. In rural areas they must ensure that development is sustainable, and that the countryside is preserved alongside development. The work of planners also makes a positive contribution to tackling the effects of climate change.

Typical work activities

Planning is a broad area of work that requires many different skills. Some planners specialise in a particular area of work, such as protecting the historical environment or urban design, while others work across a variety of areas.

In general, key planning activities include:


Town planners can specialise further into several areas:

Town planners can become chartered town planners by completing relevant degrees and qualifications. This qualification gives you professional recognition.


Interested in a career in town planning?

Qualifications and work experience

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