Current Vacancies

Planning Director

DLP Planning Limited are seeking a Planning Director for our London Office, which serves a wide area beyond the nation’s capital including Thames Gateway and the southeast. Our London Office includes both our planning team and members of the CASS team (providing architectural, masterplanning, landscape, conservation, ecology and sustainability engineering expertise) allowing collaborative working on design matters.

With the support of other members of the senior management team, the Director will assume leadership of the London Planning Office with the expectation that they will further develop its profile and build upon its well-established project portfolio which includes residential and affordable housing,  urban regeneration, solar and renewable energy projects, enforcement matters, as well as a track record of providing expert advice to Local Authorities, assisting them with Development Management caseload and estate management. The Company, however, operates as a ‘single team’ so staff routinely work outside of their base location in liaison with other DLP Offices.

We are presently looking to expand the professional team and the postholder will have a leading role in further building the team.

Role and Responsibilities 

You will confidently lead on projects and engage in both development management and development plan / policy work. This will include, but is not limited to, managing major planning applications, planning appeals, Local Plan representations, site promotion, Local Plan Examination and public inquiry work.

You should have experience of managing professional teams and be able to provide leadership and vision. With excellent stakeholder management skills, you will be at the forefront of client development and will be required to attend networking events to promote the company.  You should be client facing and have a strong and proven record in business development. You should have a network of contacts and definitive targets for sectors in which to generate the next stage of growth for the Office. Our aim is to further strengthen the reputation of DLP Planning Ltd in the capital and wider southeast as part of that process.

As Office Director, you will assume responsibility for the financial and performance planning of the Office and will be expected to participate and contribute to wider company management.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities are set out as follows;

  • Manage and grow the established Planning team;
  • Provide leadership and mentoring for the office and team as it grows;
  • Development of the client base including oversight of existing client instructions and development of new client opportunities;
  • Manage the workloads and professional development of staff ensuring that all the required standards are met;
  • Manage and maintain the Office profitability, including client accounts, budgeting, and income projections;
  • Develop and secure specific opportunities in identifiable growth sectors;
  • Contribute to Companywide business and development strategy; and,
  • Accountability to the Board of Directors and the Managing Director

Qualifications and Requirements

We are looking for a qualified Town Planner ideally with at least 10 years + professional experience preferably in private sector consultancy or a mixture with public sector and client-side roles. Candidates should have a postgraduate qualification in Planning and be a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Salary and Benefits

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 other fringe benefits.

DLP Planning Limited operates as an Employee Owned Trust. The culture, welfare, support and development of our staff is of great importance and it is key that this individual is closely aligned to those values.

A staff member has the added benefit of an element of bonuses being tax free and a future potential payment based on their part ownership of the Company.  More information will be shared at the interview stage.

About DLP Planning Ltd

DLP Planning was formed in 1991 and became an Employee-Owned Trust in 2022.  It is one of the largest independent town planning consultancies in the country and, alongside London as the capital office, there are offices in Bedford, Bristol, Nottingham, Rugby, Milton Keynes, Liverpool Leeds and Sheffield.

DLP Planning Ltd is a subsidiary of DLP Consulting Group and offers clients a multi-disciplinary service as required and/or specialist advice geared to specific disciplines.

The governance structure is such that the Managing Director is supported by the Board of Directors who run the Company but with the added governance of being  overseen by the Board of Trustees who include representatives of the senior management, the former shareholders, an Independent Trustee and the staff. All qualifying members of staff  are part owners in the business and participate in promoting the objective to help it continue to grow sustainably in the long term.

If you wish to discuss the role, please contact Michael Edgar (Director) (0114 2289190) and to apply, email a CV and covering letter to Fay Wagstaff, Practice Manager at by 31/05/2024

John HelyarLondon