Town planners organize our environment to make it a better place in which to live. 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. Planners also aim to make a positive contribution towards tackling the effects of climate change.
Employers of Town Planners
Many town planners work in the public sector for a variety of employers including, local authorities – city, and district councils.
- understanding population trends, to predict the demands that will be made on an area, whether urban or rural
- working with other professionals, such as architects, landscape architects, civil engineers, construction managers and surveyors
- liaising with the public and councillors, attending public meetings about planning issues, such as proposals for a new road or school
- knowledge of the legal issues associated with land use
- making policies and implementing them
- working both indoors and outdoors and presenting evidence at meetings
- objectively analyzing and evaluating other peoples’ evidence
- preparing reports and plans relating to a variety of projects – from house extensions to international airports
Graduates from any degree subject can get into town planning although specific degrees in planning are available. Many complete a 4 year degree at National University of Lesotho in Urban and Regional Planning.
- creative thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills to come up with imaginative solutions to planning problems;
- flexibility, initiative and innovation in order to be responsive to changes and to come up with regeneration solutions;
- strong report-writing, communication and organizational skills for effective liaison with colleagues, developers, architects and possibly members of the public;
- the ability to work as part of a team and to manage an individual caseload;
- project-management skills;
- an aptitude for listening to, and negotiating with, a diverse range of people;
- the ability to work with accuracy and attention to detail, in order to ensure planning details are exact.