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Roles in town planning are concerned with the construction and development of urban spaces. Every area of a town or city that you’ve been to has been carefully thought through, drawn up, approved and then monitored by town planners.
The areas that town planners can work across is vast, covering transport, urban design, utilities, regeneration and environmental. As the work is so broad, many choose to specialise within a certain area after a few years of experience.
Town planners are partly responsible for making sure that all private and public buildings comply with regulations. Some are also involved with the development of planning policies and creating plans for the conservation of heritage buildings.
It is also part of the job of a town planner to remain up to date with planning policies and new laws, and to advise on project proposals to ensure that they are passed.
There is currently a large skills shortage in the town planning industry as many town planners chose to change their career paths during the 2008 recession. This means that for those who are just thinking of joining, there will be opportunities for quick progression and higher salaries than in previous years.