Let’s take a moment to appreciate housing planners! Where would we be without them? They play a huge role in helping people to live in their dream homes and have a roof over their head which is definitely not something any of us should take for granted.
There are quite a few courses to allow you to specialise in housing planning and add to your career and take it that little bit further.
We’ve gathered information for you below to help you on your pat and we hope it’s helpful for you!
What is house planning?
Exactly what you would expect, house planning is a set of construction or working drawings which outline all construction specifications for a house. This includes different measurements, dimensions, materials, layouts and different installation techniques and methods.
There are different kinds of house plans depending on the specific house clients are looking to build. These include cottages, country, farmhouses, new american, modern, contemporary and so on.
What does a planner do?
There are many different types of planners from town planners to construction planners and in this case a house planner. A lot of their tasks overlap, sometimes the difference is the area they specialised and are working in. As a planner it is expected you will work in a 9am-5pm style pattern. You can expect to work anything between 40-50 hours a week. Like a lot of jobs, you may have to work evenings from time to time. As a planner, you may carry out duties such as:
- Develop and create original plans
- Work alongside clients and colleagues to create plans
- Create and administer construction schedules and plans
- Keep up to date on progress by liaising with other professionals including engineers
- Ensure plans meet all safety and environmental regulations and guidelines
- Keep clients up to date on plans
- Correct any mistakes and address issues that may arise
- Ensure everyone involved stays on plan and it on track to meeting deadlines
- Use computer software and technology
- Record and write reports of progress or any issues that may have occurred
- Plan targets
There are a few courses on offer in the area across the UK. Some courses offer the opportunity to study either part time or full time. Universities may have certain restrictions in place due to Covid-19 and may offer courses online. There are courses available in this area across a number of colleges and are very similar. Courses include:
Housing and City Planning
Postgraduate courses in housing and city planning offers students an interdisciplinary perspective on the question of housing in advanced economies while also gaining the relevant design, analytical and presentation skills. Students will also get to exercise their creative thinking and problem solving minds. Modules include Planning for Housing, Sustainable Housing Design Principle, Economics and Finance for Housing Planning, to name a few.
Housing and Community Planning
Another course available in this area is a postgraduate course that looks at housing and community planning. Students who take this course will gain a critical understanding of the contemporary challenges associated with housing and community planning practice and various societal changes in this area. Modules that are focused on include Spatial Planning Challenges, Theory, Power and Ethics, People and Planning and Spatial Planning in Action, among others.
Entry requirements may differ from course to course or university to university. Therefore, it is important to research your specific course in detail to ensure you meet the entry requirements. As these courses are postgraduate courses, you will need a bachelor’s degree. Some courses may accept a 2.2 degree while others will require a 2.1 in a relevant subject.
It is hard to put an exact salary on a house planner but we will look at planners in general to give you a better idea. It is believed that the average salary of a planner in the UK is around £37,320. Starting salaries in this area can range anywhere from £30,000-£40,000 and increase with both experience and the position you hold. All figures are based on estimates and are intended to be used as a guide only.
Skills and requirements
Skills and requirements helpful in this area include:
- Strong communication skills
- Interpersonal skills
- Ability to work well with others
- Strong time management skills
- Strong organization skills
- Good writing skills
- Attention to detail
- A methodological approach
- Leadership skills