Planners are fundamental to the execution of a building project - creating a programme of works to help achieve its successful completion.
The Role
  • Assisting with the development of planning policy at a national, regional or local level including strategies which take account of transport, the local economy, jobs, green infrastructure, renewable energy, climate change and the historic environment
  • Reviewing and monitoring existing planning policy documents
  • Assisting with the preparation and implementation of transport policies, strategies and plans at national, regional or local level to create an efficient transport network
  • Ensuring that areas are attractive, safe and pleasant to live, work in and visit and designing out features which create unattractive or unsafe areas
  • Helping to energise places that have become run-down while conserving historic buildings and making the most of the landscape
  • Helping to balance the needs of a growing population for more homes and more travel with the environmental impact and how we manage/ reduce waste
  • Helping to draft and review planning applications
  • Conducting appropriate research to inform planning applications
  • Assisting with consultations and negotiations with consultants and developers
  • Helping to enforce planning controls for developments
  • Helping to prepare policy or guidance documents on how to manage historic environments
  • Helping to advise on the refurbishment or re-use of listed buildings
  • Assisting with the provision of services to clients and contributing to projects
  • Liaising with managers and engineers to discuss the project progress and sort any issues which arise
  • Producing tender plans to support tender bids
  • Creating, maintaining, reviewing and administering construction schedules and plans
  • Presenting information internally and keeping the client team updated on progress for presentation to the client
  • Liaising with external contractors and suppliers to organise the many phases of the construction development
  • Newly trained construction planner’s can earn in the region of £20,000 - £30,000
  • Trained with experience construction planner’s can earn in the region of £30,000 - £50,000
  • Senior, chartered or master construction planner’s can earn in the region of £50,000 - £70,000
Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility, and salaries and career options can improve with chartered status.
Qualifications & Training
The qualifications you need to become a planner include:
  • 7 GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C) grade including Maths, English and Science
  • BTEC National Certificate in Construction
  • NVQ Level 3 – Construction Site Supervision
  • Higher National Certificate in Building Studies
  • NVQ Level 6 – Construction Contracting Operations Management
  • BSc (Hons) Construction Management