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The UK Planning Profession in 2019

Planning Profession coverDespite its importance to society, there has been relatively little evidence published on the size and structure of the planning profession in the UK. This is not just an academic issue – there are huge environmental, social and economic issues arising from the way we control land from the housing crisis to climate change. To ensure we can rise to meet these issues, we need to know what capacity is in place.

This research explores the UK planning profession through secondary analysis of data from RTPI and the Office for National Statistics. It provides the best estimates to date of the size and makeup of the profession and identifies gaps in available knowledge.

This is the first stage in a programme of work which will look go on to look at various sub-sectors of planning in more detail, the adequacy of current levels of resourcing, the pipeline into the profession, and the diversity of the profession as it is now and as it could be in the future. You can read the report below, or download it in PDF here.


Read the report


Executive summary

1) Introduction
2) The number of planners in the UK
3) Demographics
4) National and regional breakdown
5) Who are planners employed by?
6) Built environment professions in the EU
7) Conclusions and next steps

A fuller discussion of methodology and limitations in the technical report is available here

Report author:

Tom Kenny, Royal Town Planning Institute