Planning and Development Surveyor


    Planning and development surveyors advise on all aspects of planning and development in both the public and private sectors. Taking into account a range of complex economic, social and environmental factors they provide their clients with critical information to help them make informed choices about investment.

    Development surveyors work to increase the value of land by overseeing the development of property. Planners work to gain planning permission for property developments.


    Employers of Planning and Development Surveyors

    • Property firms
    • Housebuilders
    • Planning consultancies
    • Property developers
    • Local planning authorities
    • Government departments
    • Organizations that require property to be managed and developed



    • assess land and property use requirements, including traffic and infrastructure
    • manage or take a lead role in projects, from the earliest planning stages through to completion
    • identify new opportunities by conducting research and networking
    • interpret data from various sources
    • draw up, present and negotiate competitive proposals
    • advise clients on the availability of finance and the feasibility of planning permission
    • prepare and present applications for planning permission
    • provide valuations, advise financial institutions and negotiate with regard to the provision of finance for commercial and residential developments
    • ensure compliance with planning legislation and policy
    • use strong management and entrepreneurial skills to ensure that projects are managed successfully, efficiently and profitably for employers and clients
    • consider the physical, environmental and social impact of proposed developments
    • advocate the conservation and protection of historic or environmentally sensitive sites and areas
    • promote the use of effective land management and administration as one of the key drivers behind economic development
    • communicate and negotiate effectively with colleagues, clients and financial stakeholders
    • respond quickly to changes in market conditions, client requirements and government policies
    • specialize – depending on the requirements of your job – in particular areas such as planning and development policy, development and regeneration appraisal, planning and implementation processes, compulsory purchase and related compensation.



    There are a number of undergraduate degree courses in property-related areas:

    • building surveying
    • estate management
    • planning and development
    • property development
    • real estate.



    • The ability to work on multiple projects at the same time
    • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail
    • A willingness to travel and spend time out of the office
    • Negotiation and relationship building skills
    • The confidence to voice perspectives and opinions regardless of how well they are received
    • The ability to balance competing viewpoints and interests
    • Good communications skills and the ability to work well with a wide array of people
    • Interest in the local area and an understanding of the importance and potential consequences of property development