Current Vacancies

Senior Planner


An exciting opportunity has arisen at DLP Planning for the role of Senior Planner within our Bedford Office. The successful candidate will join our growing and friendly team and play a key role working on range of exciting projects.

Roles and Responsibilities

The role offers a fantastic opportunity to continue your career in Planning and work across the spectrum of town planning activities including; the promotion of large-scale development projects; the preparation and submission of planning applications; appeals for a range of development types; and local plan representations.

The successful candidate will be a positive, proactive individual with the drive to meet client expectations and promote the business.  You will be expected to possess good analytical, presentation and written skills, together with a proven ability to manage your time effectively.

As a Senior Planner in the private sector and you will be exposed to a range of tasks, as well as CPD training opportunities to develop you as a professional.  We also have an established staff mentoring system to help guide your professional and personal development.

Qualifications and Experience

We are looking for a qualified Town Planner ideally with 3-5 years professional experience (either private or public sector). Candidates should be educated to undergraduate level (2:1 or above) and should also obtained a postgraduate qualification in Planning.

Ideally you will have already obtained chartered membership of the RTPI.  We will however consider candidates who are still working towards accreditation and full support and sponsorship towards this will be provided by the company.

A full driving licence is essential.

Salary & Benefits

We offer a flexible and competitive salary and benefits including; pension, bonus scheme and private healthcare. DLP doesn’t have a ‘glass ceiling’ and offers opportunities for promotion within the company.  Candidates will be considered on a full or part-time basis.  We can also offer flexible working arrangements, with opportunities for home working.

DLP is an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

 About DLP Planning Ltd

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.

Get in touch

To discover more about this role, please contact Bedford office Director Andy Parry on 07824 056765.   

To apply please email your CV and covering letter explaining why this role is for you to Practice Manager Fay Wagstaff at

Senior / Associate Planner SPRU Team

DLP Planning Ltd are seeking to recruit a Senior Planner / Associate Planner to the Company’s Strategic Planning Research Unit (SPRU), with experience gained from either a public or private sector background, and with experience of undertaking independent research and the presentation of this at inquiry and local plan examinations. This work will focus predominantly, but not solely, on housing and employment issues.

The role is wide ranging as the team is based around an ethos of research and problem solving for clients. The SPRU team frequently provides inputs across the company’s most complex and/or larger projects, including major urban extensions, large scale commercial developments and new settlements and acting for/providing advice to public sector clients on the same.

This can include making the strategic case for development plan allocations or significant application proposals and identifying the needs of specific groups such as older persons’ housing.

As well as working for private sector clients, the SPRU team also supports local planning authorities and LEPs in preparing detailed evidence base studies on matters relating to housing, employment and Green Belt, to support strategic and local plan preparation.

The role would be ideal for those with a background in evidence base preparation and site promotion. The ability to take a wider view of the requirements for delivery of successful schemes (e.g., infrastructure provision, deliverability and sustainability appraisal) and successful local plan implementation is essential, and a detailed knowledge of these specific areas of policy and guidance would be beneficial. You will, for example, support the team in particular in producing economic strategies, employment land reviews as well as housing and employment land availability assessments, age/population assessments and health impact assessments.

The flexibility of virtual working will allow the candidate to be nominally based at one of DLP’s Offices (there are 8) but work nationally.

The candidate will assist the growing SPRU team providing advice and guidance to all DLP offices and clients across the country. As a Senior / Associate Planner one of the key roles of the post will be the promotion of the services offered by SPRU to existing and new clients.

The company has a well-established track record of career enhancement and promotion and as such would be attractive to someone who relishes a challenge and team working. As part of this there will be the opportunity for the post holder to develop skills in terms of local plan examination and expert witness at appeals with the support of more senior members of the team. The role will be reporting to Roland Bolton, the Senior Director responsible for SPRU.

Company Background:

DLP Planning Ltd is part of the DLP Consulting Group formed in 1991 the Group now comprises (i) Town Planning; (ii) Architecture/Master Planning/Urban Design; and (iii) Transportation and Infrastructure Design; drainage assessment and design, master planning and EIA teams, serving a wide variety of clients and operating from offices in London, Bedford, Nottingham Sheffield, Leeds, Milton Keynes, Rugby, and Bristol.

The Strategic Planning Research Unit (SPRU), is a specialist team within the Group and provides private and public sector clients with support and assistance in the following areas:

  • Housing demand and need including Strategic Housing Market Assessments
  • Local Affordable Housing Needs Surveys
  • Housing Supply including 5-year housing land supply assessments
  • Employment land demand and supply
  • Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plan Preparation and critical friend consultation
  • Strategic Site Promotion
  • Development Plan evidence base including Retail assessments and retail impact statements, Sustainability Appraisal’ Green Belt Reviews
  • Attendance at Local Plan Hearings
  • Expert Witness at Planning Inquiries
  • Bespoke research commissions

SPRU also offers advice to Local Planning Authorities and other public bodies (e.g. NHS, LEPs and Councils); community organisations (for the production of development plans) and can include assisting in drafting sound policies, negotiating the legal framework as well as appearing at the Examination.

Job purpose:

You will assist in providing a specialist planning and research service to both new and existing clients and help expand the business. This is an important role within an established and expanding part of the nationwide planning team. This will require the post-holder to be able to work within a team and take the lead on occasions as part of managing a wide and complex workload, provide assistance and support to other members of the team and the wider Planning Team and to assist in managing and developing a client base.

The role will require regular appearance and presentation of evidence at local plan examinations and public inquiries, reflecting your main areas of expertise. You will work with the various other Group offices and services as required to help develop and expand the Group as a whole in the delivery of existing projects and identification of new opportunities.

Person profile:

The successful candidate will be client focussed with an ability to define and deliver planning and development projects to time and to cost. The candidate will be highly numerate and be able to write and present reports/evidence in a clear, precise and logical manner. The candidate will be IT literate with good skills in word processing, spreadsheets, database management, desk-based research (include online) as well as being able to work flexibly on a wide range of projects.

The successful candidate should be confident in representing the SPRU team and presenting their findings to clients. You will act regularly on behalf of developers, promoters, local planning authorities as well as other organisations (including statutory bodies such as the NHS) and Town and Parish Councils. The candidate will be given the opportunity to develop presentational skills in settings such as examinations and appeals.

The ability to work independently as well as taking clear instructions will be an important attribute for this role. A full driving license is essential.

The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to manage competing time demands and prioritise tasks and work as part of a team or on a individual basis as and when required.

This post is permanent and will commence in immediately.

This post would suit a planner or economist/geographer with an interest and talent for strategic planning wishing to further their career by working on a diverse range of projects across the UK.

For further information or to discuss the role, please call Roland Bolton on 07831 155353. To apply, please email your CV and a covering letter to Fay Wagstaff on