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What is town planning?

Town planning makes better and more sustainable places for everyone to live, work and enjoy.

Why become a planner?

Imagine what kind of buildings and resources your local town or village needs...

You might have thought about homes and workplaces, shops and restaurants, roads and railways.  What about parks, libraries, schools, hospitals? Where should they all go?

Chartered Town Planners manage these competing demands and uses for space. At the heart of their work, planners balance social, economic and environmental needs to shape the way that towns and cities grow and to create great communities for everyone.

Here is an overview of the profession.

Mediation of space - making of place

Making and planning places affects everyone

Planning is involved in major projects like the London Olympics and Crossrail as well as big issues such as climate change and the housing shortage. It also deals with local projects like the design and layout of towns and villages and even the size and location of a house extension.

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Professional Town Planners help communities, companies, local and national politicians to make decisions about how to best use their space. Good planning protects coastlines and historic buildings, regenerates declining places and creates new environments. It preserves the best of the past and promotes innovation, so that the towns and buildings of the future will continue to meet our needs.

Find out more about the research the RTPI has been doing into the big issues involving planning, including health, economic growth, climate change