Career outlook for planning and development surveyor
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would lead development projects to preserve buildings and communities or give areas a new lease of life.
You would assess, design and manage projects in towns, cities and rural areas.
For example, you could:
- Regenerate run-down estates
- Redevelop former industrial or 'brownfield' sites
- Conserve property in rural and urban areas
You’d work on each stage of a project, from the initial site assessments right through to completion.
Depending on the project, you would:
- Research market data like land and property records
- Analyse figures using computer software
- Assess whether plans are workable
- Present your recommendations to the clients
- Oversee planning applications
- Raise money from funding bodies, investment companies and development agencies
- Negotiate contracts and tenders
- Advise clients about financial and legal matters such as compulsory purchases
- Work out the likely economic, social and environmental impact of a development
You would work closely with town planners, architects and construction professionals.
It would be important to have good networking skills to make contacts and handle negotiations. You’d need to have good knowledge of local planning policies and procedures. Understanding environmental and sustainable development issues would also be important.
When a project is completed, you might work in a marketing role to promote the development site.
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