Town planning officer

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.


  • 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.

Typical Education Level

Honours, Bachelor's degree

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 9% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for town planning officer is £34,652

780 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 780. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for town planning officer roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £34,652 per year. That is about £2,888 per month or £17.77 per hour. New workers generally start on £20,093, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £50,066

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 780 people are employed in the region.

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