Current Vacancies

Associate Director/ Director Designate – Strategic Planning and Research Unit

DLP Planning Ltd are seeking to recruit an Associate Director to the Company’s Strategic Planning Research Unit (SPRU) with, ideally, up to 10 years’ experience gained from either a public or private sector background.

The position will be based in our central Bristol Office but will work nationally within the growing SPRU team providing advice and guidance to all DLP offices and clients across the country. As an Associate Director one of the key roles of the post will be the promotion of the services offered by SPRU to existing and new clients mainly in the south west and south midlands.

Company Background:

DLP Planning Ltd is part of the DLP Consulting Group and was formed in 1991 as an independent planning and development consultancy. Having grown consistently over the years, the Group now comprises of Town (i) Town Planning; (ii) Architecture/Master Planning/Urban Design; and (iii) Transportation and Infrastructure Design teams, serving a wide variety of clients and operating from offices in London Bedford, Nottingham Sheffield, Leeds Milton Keynes, Rugby, Bristol and Cardiff.

The Strategic Planning Research Unit (SPRU), is a specialist team within the Group and provides 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
  • Retail assessments and retail impact statements
  • Sustainability Appraisal
  • Green Belt Reviews
  • Public Sector commissions
  • Attendance at Local Plan Hearings
  • Expert Witness at Planning Inquiries
  • Bespoke research commissions

SPRU also offers advice to Local Planning Authorities and other public/community organisations with respect to the production of development plans, including Neighbourhood Plans and can include assisting in drafting sound policies, negotiating the legal framework as well as appearing at the Plan Examination.

Job purpose:

The position is based in our Bristol office.

To 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 and will require the post-holder to be able to manage a wide and complex workload, provide assistance and support to other members of the Unit and the wider Planning Team and to manage and develop a client base.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

  1. The Associate Director will help to manage the SPRU workload;
  2. To assist in general management and reporting responsibilities;
  3. To manage and develop the SPRU client base;
  4. To work with the various other Group offices and services to help develop and expand the Group as a whole.

Person profile:

The successful candidate will be client focussed and 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 and the Internet 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 both to clients and in more formal 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 solo basis as and when required.

This post is permanent and will commence in immediately. This post would suit a planner 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 apply, please email your CV and a covering letter to Fay Wagstaff on by the Friday 16th March 2018. To discuss either role, please contact Paul Jobson on 07551 122447.

Senior Planner

Due to the continued growth and further investment in the Bristol office, an exciting opportunity has arisen at DLP Planning Ltd for a Senior Planner (Public). The position represents a further appointment to support the growth of the office. We are looking for an MRTPI qualified Town Planner, or someone actively work towards accreditation.

The candidate should have in excess of 3 years’ experience in the planning policy and evidence sector and will be expected to support the team to undertake development plan policy and evidence work, such as housing, employment, green belt and gypsy and traveller evidence and other Local Plan policy drafting, production/management and critical friend support. They must therefore be able analyse and problem solve, advocate solutions verbally and in writing and also convey ideas clearly to their colleagues. They should, whilst working in a team environment have the determination and ability to work also on their own initiative to develop their skills and support work winning and marketing:

  • Responsible for supporting public sector work load, including tenders and project work. Planners report accordingly to the office management, whilst managing their own workload which they are responsible;
  • Manage junior staff members when they are available to assist on a wide variety of projects;
  • Support marketing and business development activities for public work in conjunction with Senior staff;
  • The role offers the scope for a diverse workload and whilst the focus of work for this role will be public sector policy and evidence, the role also provides scope to undertake planning application work for local developers on small scale private developments to diversify candidates’ skill sets. Consequently a good grounding in development management work would be a bonus.

It is essential that the candidate has a solid grasp of the English language both verbally and in writing and be competent in report and letter writing in the context of the English and Welsh planning system. In addition, the role will require a strong aptitude for the use of office-based software, such as Microsoft office, outlook, GIS and mapping.

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 and is the 12th largest planning firm nationally (based on Chartered Town Planners 2017). The DLP Group operates from offices at Bedford, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, London, Sheffield, Rugby and Leeds. The position will be located in our Bristol office which is looking to grow its profile and client base.

The DLP Planning office in Bristol relocated their office into the city centre from South Gloucestershire in 2015 and currently have a small team of 5 professional staff who work on a large variety of public and private jobs, for national, regional and local house builders/developers, landowners and Local Authority clients. The firm is looking to grow and strengthen the team, including relocating to larger premises within Bristol City Centre in the short term.

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. There is the opportunity for swift promotion for an ambition hardworking candidate.

The Practice offers a flexible and competitive salary and benefits. The candidate must have a full UK driving licence and have access to their own vehicle.

If you wish to discuss the role please contact Paul Jobson on 07551 122447 and to apply, email a CV and covering letter explaining why you feel you are a suitable candidate for this position to Fay Wagstaff at


An exciting opportunity has arisen at DLP Planning Ltd’s Bristol Office for Planner.


RTPI accredited degree or masters preferably at 2:1 level or above

Experience Level:

Recently graduated with experienced gained through internship placements or current role. Candidate should be working towards RTPI membership.

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Reviewing and preparing site planning histories
  • Undertaking planning policy reviews
  • Preparing draft planning enquiry forms
  • Preparing draft planning applications including forms; covering letters and supporting statements
  • Reviewing technical consultants input
  • Liaising with other members of design team
  • Preparing draft representations to Local Plan consultations
  • Preparing draft written representations
  • Local and Neighbourhood Plan monitoring
  • Support policy and evidence work for public sector clients e.g. SHLAA, ELR Green Belt review etc
  • Ensuring files are well managed and QA procedures are followed
  • Representing DLP at events and seminars
  • Keeping updated and appraised of changes in planning legislation and policy
  • Undertaking communications via Linked In and Twitter

Training and CPD:

Support to be given to APC and achieving RTPI member status.

DLP (Planning) Ltd is an established consultancy with offices in London, Bedford, Milton Keynes, Sheffield, Rugby, East Midlands, Leeds, Cardiff and Bristol. The organisation has an array of private and public sector clients involved in all sectors of the development industry.

We are seeking expressions of interest from Graduates / Assistant Planners who are looking to start/progress their careers in town planning. Candidates will have an RTPI accredited degree or masters and will be working towards their RTPI membership. The position will be based at our Bristol Office in Broad Quay House, Prince Street, Bristol.

The role will be to assist in the preparation of private sector work including pre-application enquiries; planning applications; Local Plan representations and appeals, including undertaking research, monitoring and site visits under the supervision of a senior team member. The role will also provide support on planning policy and evidence studies for the team including housing, employment, gypsy and green belt studies. Knowledge or experience of the planning in the West of England is useful but not essential.

The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic and ambitious team player who is able to show initiative and is self-motivated. Good communications skills are paramount to the role as you will be required to liaise with clients, colleagues and local authorities throughout the planning process.

The Practice offers a flexible and competitive salary and benefits and the opportunity to work on a range of projects in a supportive team environment. You will be provided with substantial support and ample opportunities for future progression within the consultancy.

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If you wish to discuss the role please contact Paul Jobson (07551 122447) and to apply email a CV and covering letter explaining why this role is for you to Fay Wagstaff at

John HelyarBristol