Town planners are concerned with producing long and short-term conclusions about the managing and development of urban centers, towns, communities and rural areas. They strive to balance the disagreeing needs of housing, commercial development, agriculture, recreation, transportation and the natural environment, in order to permit best suited development to occur.
Town planners and the Local Planning Authorities, working together, direct and regulate new construction and other forms of development in two ways:
- By generating Development Plans - now called Local Development Frameworks, in order to direct upcoming new development as well as modifications in land use.
- Via the Development Control process which leads to planning permission either being awarded or denied for new projects.
Town planners may design completely new metropolitan locations (such as suburbs and garden cities), or build techniques to reform and rearrange existing ones to offer enough space and light, clean water and sufficient water drainage by way of urban renewal.
Town Planners are at the center of regrowth inside of towns and cities, taking into account the typically contending ideas of business enterprise and local neighborhoods. In non-urban locations they need to assure that local economic growth is sustainable, and that the right balance of development is attained to protect the rural areas. The work of town planners also can make a beneficial contribution to coping with the consequences of climate change.
Town planning is a profession that has been around awhile yet a lot of of us take it for granted. This is probably because town planning is designed to be unseen. In fact, a good planner's work ought to be so transparent that we simply appreciate the ease with which we live and work without stopping to take into consideration the effort that has gone in to the original development.
Town planning professionals help to process planning applications presented by individuals and companies. Most town planning support staff work for local authorities and consultancies. Specialist town planning guidance has become critical to any development plans. Indeed, a great deal of town planning work is about consideration and judgement, mediation and debate, discussion and communication.