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Planning and Development

Planning and Development

The planning and development pathway is a wide-ranging specialist area that is concerned with both the highly strategic policy issues as well as more operational aspects of land and real estate use and development.

The work of Planning and Development Surveyors impacts not only on the physical aspects of the built and natural environment, but crucially too the social, economic and environmental aspects as well. The profession is continually evolving with a wide range of environmental, economic, political and social relevance to its day to day activities.

Planning and development is of strategic importance as governments are placing more emphasis on the design quality and sustainability of the built environment, urban and rural regeneration, conservation, the impact of IT and big data, climate and demographic change, health, well-being and (even) happiness, transport and sources of renewable energy and related efficiencies.

Chartered planning and development surveyors are playing a vital role in promoting the use of effective land management and administration as one of the primary drivers behind sustainable development.

Planning and development chartered surveyors work across the globe, adjusting their expertise to the specific planning and development cultures, laws and processes that each country operates. The client base ranges from local and national governments, planning authorities and other public agencies, to the private sector such as property companies, house builders, land owners, special interest groups and the general public.

It is their strategic perspective, combined with practicality that allows planning and development surveyors to integrate fully with the rest of the profession, and vice versa, that underpins their holistic approach to help achieve the world’s future sustainable development needs.

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The pathway guide should be used in conjunction with the core assessment documentation available below.