Bedford

Current Vacancies

Planning Director

BEDFORD                                         

DLP Planning Ltd is an independent planning and development consultancy and a key part of the multi-disciplinary DLP Consulting Group Ltd. The business has expanded consistently since its establishment in 1991, and is now one of the leading, independent UK planning consultancies with Offices at Bedford, London, Nottingham, Sheffield, Leeds, Rugby, Milton Keynes, and Bristol.

We seek a Planning Director to assist with the leadership of the ‘Bedford Planning Team’ and further develop the Office’s already well established profile and broad project portfolio. The Bedford Office has a diverse and growing workload ranging from ‘garden village’ proposals to large scale settlement extensions, commercial development of many scales, rural development schemes, including ‘paragraph 79 dwellings, development plan promotion and a range of applications and appeals. The Office has a mix of both public and private clients and works very closely with our growing London and Rugby Offices which have a combined team of over 30 planners.

We are presently looking to expand the teams as we are predicting a substantial increase in instructions, including opening a further office in the East Mids.

The successful candidate should be RTPI or RICS qualified and have a minimum of 10 years’ professional experience. They should have some experience of managing projects and a professional team(s) and be able to provide leadership and vision.  They should also be client facing and be confident with a business development role.

The successful candidate will have an opportunity to develop a wider management role within the business, including both the ‘Regional Planning Directors’ Panel’ and on the main company Board. It is expected that the post holder would have an opportunity to move to equity status after a qualifying period.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

  • Development of the client base including oversight of existing client instructions and development of client opportunities;
  • Managing the workloads and professional development of the planning staff and ensuring that the required standards are met;
  • Contributing to Companywide business and development strategy;

Remuneration will be commensurate with the abilities and potential of the successful candidate and will include a competitive salary, performance linked bonus scheme, access to the Company pension scheme, health insurance and a number of other fringe benefits.

A full driving license is essential.

If you wish to discuss the role please contact Simon James, Managing Director (01234 832740) and to apply, email a CV and covering letter to Fay Wagstaff, Practice Manager at fay.wagstaff@dlpconsultants.co.uk

Associate Planner

BEDFORD                                         

Due to continuing growth, we are looking for an MRTPI qualified Town Planner with 5-10 years’ experience to join our friendly and busy team.

As an Associate Planner, you will be given the opportunity to lead on projects and engage in a range of development plan/policy and development management work. This will include but is not limited to, local plan representations, site promotion, appeals, EiP, and public inquiry work.

You will work both under the supervision of senior staff but will also be given the opportunity to lead on projects, managing external sub-consultants and junior members of staff. With excellent stakeholder management skills, you will also be offered a high degree of client interface and the opportunity to undertake a host of networking events.

Candidates should be self-motivated and will be excited the prospect of developing your own client base and making a real contribution to the growth of the company.

DLP has a flexible attitude towards working and candidates will be considered on a full or part-time basis.

DLP does not have a ‘glass ceiling’ and offers opportunities for advancement within the Practice to shareholder level. There is also a staff mentoring programme to encourage this and further opportunities for tailored training.

DLP was formed in 1991 and is one of the largest independent town planning consultancies and has offices in Bedford, Bristol, Cardiff, Nottingham, Rugby, Milton Keynes, London, Sheffield and Leeds (www.dlpconsultants.co.uk). DLP has many high profile long standing clients for whom we provide bespoke advice on various sites across the country.

The Practice offers a flexible and competitive salary and benefits, including pension, bonus, and healthcare.

A full driving license is essential.

Should you wish to discuss the role informally, please contact Simon James, Managing Director, 07831 377354. Part time applicants will be considered.

Alternatively, to apply, please email a CV and covering letter, detailing your suitability for this role to Fay Wagstaff at fay.wagstaff@dlpconsultants.co.uk

Senior Planner

Bedford 

An exciting opportunity has arisen at DLP Planning Ltd for a Senior Planner.

We are looking for an MRTPI qualified Town Planner, or a candidate who is eligible to actively work towards accreditation, to join our head office in Bedford.

The candidate should ideally have experience in both the public and private sector, for a combined total of in excess of 5 years. A good grounding in development management led work and a strong understanding of local and national planning policy is essential.

The position will include the provision of offering planning advice, managing associated external consultants and the preparation and submission of planning applications, appeals and local plan representations.

The role will require an active involvement in a number of projects and the successful candidate will be a positive, proactive individual with the drive to meet client expectations and promote the business through the use of marketing and networking skills. The role will also require a strong aptitude for the use of office based software.

It is essential that the candidate is fluent in English (both verbal and written) and be competent in report and letter writing.

In addition, the candidate must have a full UK driving licence and have access to their own vehicle.

DLP was formed in 1991 and is now one of the largest independent town planning consultancies and has offices in Bedford, Bristol, Cardiff, Nottingham, Rugby, Milton Keynes, London, Sheffield and Leeds. DLP has many high profile long standing clients for whom we provide bespoke advice on various sites across the country.

DLP doesn’t have a ‘glass ceiling’ and offers opportunities for advancement within the practice. There is a staff mentoring programme to encourage this and further, tailored training. As such full support and sponsorship towards your APC will be provided and you will be working in
partnership with senior planning professionals to develop your experience through the company.

The practice offers a highly flexible and competitive salary and benefits package.

If you wish to discuss the role in more detail, please contact either Simon James or Andrew Parry (01234 832740) for a confidential discussion.

To apply, email a CV and covering letter explaining why this role is for you to Fay Wagstaff at fay.wagstaff@dlpconsultants.co.uk

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