A Town Planning Consultant is the one who makes the most efficient and elegant use of any given land. Primarily focuses on the development and management of the land, the scope of work of a town planning consultant usually varies from a large city to the countryside. There is not much difference between a Planning Consultant and a Town Planning Consultant, however, their scale of work does distinguish them from one another.

A Town Planning Consultant aims to manage every environmental, social and economic issue that might arise due to the changes. The consultants only advise the methods and location where the buildings should be built, what people should use them for and how well they should blend in with the whole locality.

What are the responsibilities of a Town Planning Consultant?

The Town Planning Consultants are required to:

  • Work on a broader area to utilise multiple skills for optimum results.
  • Satisfy all the involving parties by presenting creative and unique designs that will also embrace the historical, environmental and architectural importance.
  • Work with other developers and architects and came up with a conclusion.
  • Write planning application for permissions and wait for the results to move further, it will also add value to your land as well. Also, attend board meetings and appeal for any rejection of the application.
  • Keep up to date with the latest Planning Policies and legislations associated with the use of land and analysing the given information for strategic advancements in the project.
  • Have complete knowledge of on paper and digital designs for 3d references.
  • Hear out the unhappy audience who might have an issue with your designs, so come up with a conclusion that can satisfy them.
  • Write reports explaining the whole process, your recommendations and explain to them the detailed and much-simplified version of the rule and regulation that people should follow at the time of construction.

How much do they earn in a year?

The earning primarily varies from project to project and at what level a Planning Consultant is plus what sector you are working in. Therefore we have taken an average of what one should earn after closely studying the market prices. For your convenience, we have divided it into three stages:

Graduates:

If you have just graduated from the college and starting as an intern or trainee, your earnings will vary from £18,000 to £25,000 annually.

Therefore on average, you will earn around £22,000.

Experienced:

For an experienced Town Planning Consultant, the earnings can be ranging from £30,000 to £40,000 per year.

Therefore on average, you will earn around £35,000. 

Planning Officer:

The head of the department or chief planning officer earns around £45,000 to £55,000. In some special projects, the planning officer can even earn around £1,00,000 per year.

Therefore on average, you will earn around £50,000.

if you are still wondering whether they worth your money or not, read this.

How to become a Town Planning Consultant?

To become a Town Planning Consultant or a Town Planner, you need to have a degree that you can earn from Royal Town Planning Institute or any other planning university. You can also earn the degree by working under an employer who can back you up later on. Or you can always go for the college course as well. A degree-level apprenticeship can also come in handy if you are up for it.

But gaining a degree from RTPI will make you a Chartered Member of RTPI which gives you the title by her majesty The Queen. This makes you full-fledged qualified to become a Chartered Town Planner. You can even add MRTPI after your name.

You can research more about these mediums more by individually going through each of them. Pick the one which is suitable for you the most and start pursuing your dream through it. Some of the routes may require some field experience but the enthusiasm and willingness to learn something new should be constant throughout your journey to become the best Town Planner UK has ever seen before.

Where to apply after becoming a Town Planning Consultant?

After becoming a Town Planner, you can either go for the Public sector or the Private sector. If planning for the Public Sector, you can go for:

  • Local Planning Authorities in England, Scotland and Wales. (You can work in a City, Town, District, Borough or in the countryside).
  • Central Government as the Planning Inspectorate.
  • Any organisation that takes care of the environment or organisations that have the responsibility to maintain the buildings of historical and architectural importance.
  • Highway and Homes Communities Agencies. 

And if planning for the private sector, you can go for a firm of consultants and when you have gained enough experience and you are confident enough, you can become an independent consultant yourself. The RTPI is your go-to to look for the contact details or consultants through RTPI’s Directory.

Being a Town Planning Consultant, you will have to work with other professionals and consultants. This will improve your teamwork skills and you will be able to learn quite a lot from the individuals who are much more senior than you are. There are many recruitment agencies as well that you can look for.

Conclusion

In conclusion, being a Town Planning Consultant is a well-reputed and good-paying profession. Being able to provide the dream home or office to your clients is a blessing in itself. You are not only giving them an infrastructure but also giving them a sense of security. By planning a building which is satisfying everyone, even the nature and environment is highly appreciable. And for those who are looking for a challenge, remember, this job requires creative and original ideas and a new approach to every project you undertake. We wish you all the best to make the world a better place.

FAQ

How much does a planning consultant cost?

Costing primarily depends on the scale of your project. From Design Permission to Just consultation, Prices varies from consultant to consultant. But the average would be around £450.

Are planning consultants worth it?

Yes, absolutely they are worth every penny of yours. In fact, the whole planning process, if not done correctly, can delay the whole project by years. A Planning Consultants can navigate you through every legal process and get you out of any planning-related issues.

What is the role of a planning consultant?

The role of a Planning Consultant will get you out of any situation that you are stuck in at the beginning or during your building project. If your project leads to multiple intricacies to get planning permission and you have to interpret Planning Policy and Local Development Plans, a Planning Consultant on your side will only make this whole Planning Process smoother than ever and you will be reassured with the results as well.

How do I choose a planning consultant?

Choosing the best planning consultant for your project is very easy when you follow our steps.

What do town planning consultants do?

Planning Consultants help, supervise, and advise you with every planning related issues that you might face at any stage of your construction project. They will help you acquire the planning permission and/or in case of application rejection, they will help you to appeal for the permission.