Current Vacancies

Senior Planner / Associate Planner – Strategic Planning And Research Unit

DLP Planning Ltd are seeking to recruit a Senior Planner or Associate with a minimum of 3 or 5 years’ experience in a public or private sector background, within the Company’s Strategic Planning Research Unit. The position will be based in our new Sheffield City Centre Offices and will undertake work across a wide geographic area.

Candidates need to be qualified Town Planners or similar and ideally hold membership of the RTPI or equivalent. They should have a sound background in strategic planning / planning policy and be sufficiently numerate coupled with practical experience of using Microsoft Excel and statistical analysis in a planning environment. The post holder will work closely with the Directors of the SPRU on a range of strategic and smaller specialist projects.

This is a new post and would particularly 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.

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 Planning, Architecture, Master Planning, Urban Design and Transportation and Infrastructure Design teams, serving a wide variety of clients and operating from offices at Bedford, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Leeds, London, Milton Keynes and Sheffield.

The Strategic Planning Research Unit, 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

Housing Supply including 5 year housing land supply assessments

Employment land demand and supply

Retail assessments and retail impact statements

Sustainability Appraisal

Public Sector commissions

Attendance at Local Plan Hearings

Expert Witness at Planning Inquiries

Bespoke research commissions

Job Description:

The Senior Planner will occupy an important role within SPRU and will be tasked with work appropriate to their experience and skill in the preparation and collection of data and analysis focussed upon Local Plan examinations and planning appeals and inquiries. The post holder may also be required to work alongside colleagues from across the company on a wide range of projects.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities include:

  1. Working to the direction of senior members of SPRU and report accordingly;
  1. Tasks set will vary according to circumstances. These will range from personal responsibility for individual projects; to the completion of discreet tasks as directed as part of the wider professional team.

Person Specification:

The successful candidate will be a qualified and experienced Town Planner, and will have the ability to prepare clear and concise reports and be able to convey complex planning issues in a succinct way. They should also be IT literate with good skills in word processing, database management and spreadsheets; with a particular emphasis on statistical analysis.

The successful candidate will also be able to manage competing demands on their time and to prioritise tasks accordingly; experience or a good understanding in project management would be beneficial.

A full driving licence is desirable.

Part time applicants will be considered.

For further information, or to apply, please email your CV and a covering letter to Fay Wagstaff on