Current Vacancies

Planning Director


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

Associate Director – Environmental Appraisal

ANY LOCATION FROM WHICH THE COMPANY OPERATES                                         

DLP Planning Ltd is restructuring its Sustainable Development Delivery Team and seeks to recruit an Associate Director to lead on sustainable environment matters

The candidate is likely to have at least seven years’ experience as an experienced practitioner in the preparation and management of the Environmental Impact Assessment process. The successful candidate will be at least an Associate Member of the IEMA.

The candidate will enjoy working as part of a multidisciplinary practice and will be responsible to both the Director leading individual projects and to the Director for Sustainability Delivery. They will perform an important role in helping expand the Sustainable Development Delivery Team.

Associate Directors are tasked with work commensurate to their experience and abilities and are required to lead on projects and manage their own workload as well as supporting the Directors. They enjoy the support of junior members of the sustainable development and planning teams in completing projects as may be required and also have a high level of client contact and responsibility. Timely and thorough attention to projects and to our wide diversity of clients is the key to the effective completion of work undertaken by the professional team.

The position is a key post and offers an opportunity to progress to Director level on merit and performance in the role.  An exceptional candidate who is a Full Member of the IEMA may be appointed at Director level.

Company Background:

The DLP Consulting Group was formed in 1991 as an independent planning and development consultancy. Having grown consistently over the years the Practice now comprises Town Planning, Architecture/Master Planning/Urban Design and Transportation/Infrastructure Design teams serving a wide variety of clients and operating offices at Bedford, Bristol, London and Sheffield but also Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Rugby and Leeds.

Given the geographic spread of our work this position is open to candidates wishing to be based in any one of our principal offices.

Job purpose:

Candidates will be expected to be able to work independently on projects likely to engage with the requirement for EIA from initial advice and screening to the management and delivery of completed Environmental Statements. Initially it is expected that the successful candidate will serve the needs of existing projects and clients but will be expected to seek to broaden the offer, engaging with new clients and with the potential to work independently of other parts of the Practice.

Whilst part of the Sustainable Development Delivery Team the appointee will be expected to develop and expand the EIA capability through managed recruitment to build a successful and focused team capable of working with clients regardless of geographic location.

It is likely that the successful candidate will become involved in EiP and appeal work. Some experience of Examinations and Planning Appeals would be advantageous but is not essential. Candidates must however be able analyse and problem solve, advocate solutions verbally and in writing and also convey ideas clearly. They should, whilst working in a team environment, have the determination and ability to work also on their own initiative.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

  1. Associate Directors will work normally to Directors and report accordingly whilst managing and developing their own client base for whom they will have a large measure of responsibility;
  2. Associate Directors will also, as necessary, manage the workload of junior staff members who will assist them in the wide variety of projects in which they will become involved.
  3. Associate Directors will have wide ranging personal responsibility for daily database management, input and reporting and the completion of discreet projects / tasks as part of the wider professional team.

A full driving licence is likely to be essential. Membership of the IEMA is required. Membership, or eligibility for Membership of the RTPI advantageous.

Remuneration will be commensurate with the abilities and potential of the successful candidate.

To apply, please email your CV and a covering letter to Fay Wagstaff, Practice Manager at

Graphic Designer


A national planning and development consultancy Group, with an HQ office in Bedford is looking for a creative thinking graphic designer to support the business. This is an excellent opportunity to join a dynamic, forward thinking organization and to contribute to its multi-media creative output from concept to execution, in both print and digital platforms alongside our marketing manager.

The successful candidate will be based at Bedford but will work closely with all parts of the business (town planning, sustainable development and architecture) and will have the opportunity to travel to and work from other offices.

You must be able to demonstrate effective idea generation and a thoughtful approach to design, and be able to carry this through to delivering a very high standard of visual presentation for the Co and also for clients. You will be involved in a broad range of design projects, both internal and external, including email campaigns, a range of marketing and presentation materials, websites, illustrative boards for exhibitions, and technical and business documentation.

You should have a good technical knowledge of digital design and experience in Adobe Creative Suite (In-Design, Photoshop, Illustrator), the Microsoft suite of programs, and website design including WordPress. AutoCAD, SketchUp and HTML coding would also be an advantage.

We offer a competitive salary + benefits.

If you think you have the relevant experience, a creative outlook and portfolio to show your work, please contact Fay Wagstaff on 01234 832740 or apply directly with your latest CV to