Planning Officer

You may work on projects to:

  • study new roads: see how they affect things
  • plan houses and green energy sites: like wind farms
  • change cities and create green spaces: make parks, forests, and rivers in a way that's good for the Earth
  • save old buildings and special places: keep them safe for the future

Day-to-day tasks

  • make rules for the government: decide how places should be planned
  • look at planning applications: decide if they're good or not
  • help people understand the rules: tell the public and business people what they need to know
  • study information and data: learn a lot about the places and what's needed
  • visit places and go to meetings: see things in person and talk to people
  • write reports and tell politicians, builders, and the public what's happening

Skills and Knowledge

  • knowledge of geography
  • the ability to work well with others
  • analytical thinking skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • persistence and determination
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • business management skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Industry Qualifications

If you wish to pursue a qualification in planning to work in the Isle of Man, the Isle of Man follows the same qualification as the UK, the Royal Town Planning Institute. More information can be found here. 

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