Strategic Planning and Research Unit


The Strategic Planning Research Unit (SPRU) is a dedicated team of economic specialists, statisticians and planners providing independent advice as well as supporting the work of DLP Planning.  SPRU is headed by Senior Director Roland Bolton who has over 30 years of strategic planning experience and the promotion of major projects throughout the UK.

SPRU provides strategic expertise under one directorship focused upon providing clients with a range of services to support the promotion of strategic development. The services provided by SPRU include:

  • Strategic housing promotion – including Strategic Housing Market Assessment and analysis, assessment and calculation of Objectively Assessed Need and Five Year Housing Supply review
  • Affordable housing needs assessment
  • Economic assessment modelling
  • Sequential testing
  • Sustainability appraisals
  • Employment land review
  • Retail issues and strategy – including retail impact assessment
  • Town centre health checks
  • Leisure impact studies
  • Cinema planning
  • Expert witness and presentation of technical evidence at Inquiries and Local Plan Examinations
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