Current Vacancies

Associate Director

Due to continued growth within the East Midlands Office, DLP Planning Ltd are seeking to recruit an Associate Director with a minimum of ten years’ experience, including experience in the private sector.

DLP was formed in 1991 and is one of the largest independent town planning consultancies with offices in London, Bedford, Bristol, Nottingham, Rugby, Milton Keynes, Sheffield and Leeds (

The Nottingham office is located within the city centre and the team work throughout the East Midlands for a range of both public and private sector clients.  With a new Office Director, the team is looking to continue to grow and diversity its portfolio of work and would welcome applications from candidates with a range of planning experience across the sectors, with particularly strong skills in residential and commercial development being preferred, but we are also keen to hear from candidates with transferable skill sets and other forms of planning experience also.

General Job Requirements:

Associate Directors are required to lead on projects and manage their own workload as well as supporting Directors. They are supported by junior members of the professional planning team and have a high level of client contact and business development responsibility. Timely and thorough attention to both projects and clients is a key responsibility.

The role requires a candidate with a strong development management background to support the ongoing workload of applications, appeals and site representations.

Key roles:

  1. Responsible for managing projects/clients. Associate Directors report to the Office Directors whilst winning new instructions for which they have a large measure of responsibility;


  1. Manage the workload of junior professional staff members, assisting them on individual projects; and


  1. Undertake marketing and business development activities (existing network of contacts would be beneficial).

Person profile

The successful candidate will be able to manage competing demands on their time and prioritise tasks for themselves and others. Good interpersonal skills, a “can do” attitude and the ability to work in a team is essential. A key aspect of the role is to provide excellent planning advice/strategy whist conveying/managing risks.  The candidate will be self-motivated and have a focus on business development in order to expand their own network of clients.

The candidate will be:

  • Able to develop good working relationships.
  • Numerate with the ability to write in a clear and concise manner.
  • IT literate with good skills in word processing, spreadsheets, and database management.
  • Organised and punctual.

A full driving licence and Membership of the RTPI is essential.

Remuneration and Application

Remuneration will be commensurate with the abilities and potential of the successful candidate. Package to include salary, health insurance, pension and bonuses.

To apply, please email your CV and a covering letter to Fay Wagstaff on:

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

Senior Transport Planner / Engineer

The Sustainable Development and Delivery (SDD) Team provide a range of transport planning, traffic engineering and infrastructure design services to support development projects all across the UK.

In order to support growth – not just in the volume of our workload but also critically in the breadth of the services that we offer – we are looking to recruit within our Bristol office.

We are seeking a Senior Transport Planner/Engineer with experience in development planning. With a background either in private practice or in local Government, you will have a good understanding of the development planning process in the UK.  You will have experience in completing Transport Assessments, Transport Statements, Site Access Appraisals and Travel Plans, and experience in highway / junction design.  You will also have strong report writing and communication skills.  A confident user of ARCADY / PICADY / LinSig, TRICS, Tempro and AutoCAD is desirable.

We are a dynamic team within the wider Planning team and are looking for someone with team spirit, a ‘can-do’ attitude and enthusiasm, as well as the technical skills necessary to derive solutions to a range of problems.  This is an opportunity for an ambitious person to grow professionally, to expand their technical knowledge and to progress within our organisation.

If you feel you are the candidate we’re looking for for this position, please provide a copy of your CV, along with a covering letter to:

For an informal conversation about these vacancies, please contact David Baber on 07551 122449

John HelyarNottingham