What Is A Town Planner?

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What Is A Town Planner?

Town Planners may be the dark horse of the building and construction industry. Who’s ever heard of a Town Planner and why do I need one when I come to building work on my house? What exactly do they do and can I do it myself? These are common questions for potential builders and those looking to do any work to their home. Let me try and answer some of the questions you may be asking.

A Town Planner is a diverse professional within the building and construction industry. They can be described as a mix of Designer, Surveyor and Lawyer. In summary, they need to be across all aspects of the building industry. Around 20 ago, when you wanted to do something to your house, all you needed was to scribble a diagram on a napkin and take it to Council. They would lazily tell you it’s fine, without even taking a look and away you go.

These days it’s a little more complex. The legislation and little details involved in getting a Council approval are much more in-depth. That’s where a Town Planner comes into the equation. They are mostly thought of in public roles but they are found just as much in the private sector. Town Planner’s essentially work on your project and have the know-how to get a Council Approval for you.

So who needs one?

Town Planners remove the hassle and headache of going through and understanding the building and approval’s process for you. While this can be done by yourself, they know what you need, when you need it and how you need it. Builders and developers use Town Planners to streamline their projects to get Council approvals faster, with less risk. People often use Town Planners before the purchase a property to see what they can do, likewise, Architects and Designers often use Town Planners in their design process as they have a greater knowledge of any specific legal requirements and how Council is likely to respond to the design. Our Town Planners make your path in navigating the uncertain and daunting prospects of building a much easier and comfortable experience for you.

In short, Town Planners advise you and make a case for your plans. Depending on your preference, Town Planners can be involved from your concept ideas and sketches, right through to handing over to the Builder – and usually during construction as well. At Norrsken Ko., Town Planners work on all projects. Even if you don’t know it. Our Town Planners at Norrsken Ko. are always here to help, so if you have a question, get in touch for free advice.

BY ALEX CHIKNAIKIN | DIRECTOR/TOWN PLANNER

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