About Us

The origins of DLP Planning Ltd date back to 1991 when Development Land and Planning Consultants Ltd was founded in Bedford as OR Planning, changing its name the following year. Since that time Simon James and Neil Osborn have seen it grow significantly, reflecting the broad based expertise of its staff and the success it has delivered to its clients in a wide range of planning activities.

Its first regional office was at Wokingham in Berkshire on acquisition of a small local planning practice in the town.  This provided exposure to the complex issues of planning in the Thames Valley and the south coast.  It was quickly followed by an Office in Sheffield, lead by Roland Bolton, formerly of Sheffield Hallam University.

Subsequently offices were opened in Bristol and Cardiff based around the offer of transportation planning services and in 2007 DLP acquired The Inskip Partnership, a Bedford based architectural practice

In 2013, DLP Consulting Group was formed; DLP Transportation was rebranded as Matrix and the Group’s architectural and masterplanning company began to trade under the name be1 Architects.

Since that time DLP Planning has further grown its offer in planning and environmental consultancy, establishing permanent offices in Leeds, Nottingham and London and a satellite at Milton Keynes as a result of increasing demand for its services.  In 2015 it acquired Laurence Wilbraham Associates giving the firm a presence in Rugby.

2016 now sees DLP Planning Ltd celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary.

Our Leading Team

Angela Dimbleby

Managing Director

Simon James

Senior Director, Bedford

Roland Bolton

Senior Director, SPRU

Jim Lomas

Senior Director, East Midlands

Neil Osborn

Senior Director, Bedford

Jon Goodall

Director, SPRU

Lydia Sadler

Director, Sheffield

Michael Edgar

Director, Sheffield

Anna Meer

Director, SDD

Andrew Parry

Director, Bedford

Graham Trewhella

Director, Liverpool

Rhys Bradshaw

Director, Rugby

David Baber

Director, SDD

Louise Newcombe

Office Director, Bedford

Hannah Albans

Office Director, Bedford

John HelyarWho We Are