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Environmental Consultant – Associate Director

Job Description / Role Within the Company

DLP Planning Ltd Sustainable Development and Delivery team is at the forefront of providing advice on the practical delivery of development and optimising the value of client’s assets, having very close regard to planning policy and other relevant statutory and regulatory requirements.

New legislation and emerging planning policy and guidance now underlines the increasing environmental and societal requirements on development arising from the creation and management of natural habitats and protected species. The forthcoming requirement within the Environment Act to secure minimum Biodiversity Net Gain is a main focus of this approach and will have impacts for every scale of development.

The Practice is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced Environmental Planner to advise on the requirements of biodiversity net gain across the spectrum of our work. The post will be a senior appointment (commencing as an Associate Director) and will be fully supported by the Company’s Board of Directors and senior staff in leading on the promotion and resolution of issues related to environmental conservation and enhancement.

You will work with our existing client base including landowners, promoters, developers, charities and local authorities across a range of sectors including residential, commercial, specialist older persons housing and renewable energy as well as contributing to business development related to meeting the specific environmental enhancement goals of new clients.

As part of this role, membership of the IEMA is desirable.

You will:

  • Be responsible for advising on the requirements for Biodiversity Net Gain, designing and negotiating mitigation strategies and other sustainable investment initiatives for clients on broad range of projects
  • Seek opportunities to advise on the contractual and funding structures for high profile conservation initiatives for a range of clients including Wildlife Trusts, Local Authorities, and institutional investors.
  • Explore opportunities to establish and promote new initiatives that will provide arrangements for the delivery, funding and sale of biodiversity credits and identify large institutions and new or existing land owning clients that will be crucial to the effective delivery of net gain
  • Act for developers in identifying and securing land for Biodiversity Net Gain provision.
  • Draft notes and reports to advise clients on opportunities for environmental enhancement and mechanisms for their delivery.
  • Maintain project administration and keep up to date with relevant environmental policy and legislation.
  • Develop new business opportunities for new and retained clients.

Person Specification

This role would be ideally suited to candidates with a qualification and experience in environmental science/environmental planning/ecology/landscape, underpinned by a strong interest in broader sustainability. You will not, necessarily need to demonstrate a track record in town planning, although some experience would be helpful, but we are looking to complement our expertise in these areas.  A good understanding of Biodiversity Net Gain and its implications is essential and

Your skillset in environmental sustainability and enhancement should be complemented with good commercial awareness, skills in communicating ideas, be client orientated, innovative, dynamic and enterprising.

You will work as part of DLP Planning’s wider team and contribute effectively to strategies for site promotion and schemes being prepared for submission and determination. Strong written and communication skills and an ability to manage wider teams of sub-consultants are also important.

Key Skills, Experience and Competencies

Essential:

Ability to effectively coordinate relevant environmental survey and ecological assessments

Understanding of Biodiversity Net Gain legislation and practice

Desirable:

Familiar with the requirement of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations

Experience in the development of planning policy and mitigation strategies

Salary & Benefits

We offer excellent opportunities to develop and grow your skills and career through involvement in a wide variety of projects as well as a competitive salary, pension scheme, bonus scheme, private health insurance, life insurance and contributions towards professional subscriptions along with a great working environment.

The Company operates a blended working arrangement whereby staff are required to be in their office for core days, with the remainder of the week being either working from home or from an office and to arrange this according to project/company needs.

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

In April 2022, DLP, which was originally formed in 1991, became an employee owned business, and is now one of the largest, independent town planning consultancies in England. The Company presently has offices in Bedford, Bristol, Nottingham, Rugby, Milton Keynes, London, Sheffield and Leeds (www.dlpconsultants.co.uk).

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 Simon James on 07831 377354.

To apply please email your CV and covering letter explaining why this role is for you to Practice Manager Fay Wagstaff at fay.wagstaff@dlpconsultants.co.uk

Associate Director

Overview

Due to continued growth within the Group, DLP Planning Ltd are seeking to recruit Associate Directors at a number of our offices, with a minimum of ten years’ experience, including experience in the private sector.

In April 2022, DLP, which was originally formed in 1991, became an employee owned business, and is now one of the largest, independent town planning consultancies in England. The Company presently has offices in Bedford, Bristol, Nottingham, Rugby, Milton Keynes, London, Sheffield and Leeds (www.dlpconsultants.co.uk).

Due to ever increasing workloads, 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.

General Job Requirements:

Associate Directors are required to lead on projects and manage their own workload as well as providing support to Directors and the Board. 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;
  2. Manage the workload of junior professional staff members, assisting them on individual projects; and
  3. 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

We offer excellent opportunities to develop and grow your skills and career through involvement in a wide variety of projects as well as a competitive salary, pension scheme, bonus scheme, private health insurance, life insurance and contributions towards professional subscriptions along with a great working environment.

The Company operates a blended working arrangement whereby staff are required to be in their office for core days (client/project requirements depending) with the remainder of the week being either working from home or from any of the Group offices.

To apply, please email your CV and a covering letter to Fay Wagstaff on: fay.wagstaff@dlpconsultants.co.uk

To discuss the role, please contact Rhys Bradshaw on 07826 437482

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:

In April 2022, DLP, which was originally formed in 1991, became an employee owned business, and is now one of the largest, independent town planning consultancies in England. The Company presently has offices in Bedford, Bristol, Nottingham, Rugby, Milton Keynes, London, Sheffield and Leeds (www.dlpconsultants.co.uk).

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.

Salary & Benefits

We offer excellent opportunities to develop and grow your skills and career through involvement in a wide variety of projects as well as a competitive salary, pension scheme, bonus scheme, private health insurance, life insurance and contributions towards professional subscriptions along with a great working environment.

The Company operates a blended working arrangement whereby staff are required to be in their office for core days, with the remainder of the week being either working from home or from an office and to arrange this according to project/company needs.

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

fay.wagstaff@dlpconsultants.co.uk.

John HelyarRugby