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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?

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.

Imagine what kinds of buildings your local area needs.... you might have thought about homes, offices, shops, restaurants.... what about the roads and railways, and the parks, schools and hospitals.  Where should they all go?

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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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.