About us

DPP is an independent planning consultancy. We guide organisations
through potential pitfalls and problems in the planning process to secure
permission for developments across the UK. For over forty years, and as
planning has become increasingly complicated, we have navigated policy
and guidance on behalf of some of the UK’s largest developers
and landowners.

What makes us different?

With offices in London, Cardiff, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle, we provide national coverage. In fact, as the adjacent map shows, we have worked on projects in almost every local authority in England and Wales. 

Our experts in each of these offices have long-standing relationships with the local authorities, and have accrued knowledge of the changing guidance, policies and objectives in each locality.

It’s that unique blend of technical acumen and personal relationships that sets us apart from other planning practices. Where some consultancies may be hampered by policy, we handle deft negotiations with technical precision and respect to create possibilities for our clients.

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Our promise to you 

When you work with us, you get:

Planning excellence at every level in the business

Committed collaboration to keep your project on track

Pricing transparency for your budget

So, what do we mean by those things?

Planning Excellence at Every Level

DPP is owned by its directors, who have with specialist planning expertise in your sector. Directors have ultimate responsibility for driving each project forward and that’s one of the ways that we stay accountable to high standards of client service.

Across the business we have a talented team of excellent planners, who take individual pride in their work. At every level, planners focus on attention to detail so that our applications are presented professionally, and they tackle the each of the issues raised by the proposals. We don’t just inform you of problems when they arise, we present you with options to work around them.

Committed collaboration to keep your project on track

You can rest assured that no job is ever left sitting on a desk. Throughout your project, we stay in contact with local authorities, find practical ways around problems, and we keep you in the loop at all times. We champion your project and advocate for your best interests at every stage of the planning cycle. 

Pricing transparency for every budget

When you work with us, you get

At the start of your project, we discuss its complexity, and the level of support and expertise you would like from us. We have flexible options to accommodate your budget and we give you clarity on the service that we provide at each price point. With transparent pricing you have peace of mind that costs are not racking up in the background.

Award Winning

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Winner

Constructing Excellence North East 2023

Integration & Collaborative Working Award for The Day Treatment Centre, Freeman Hospital

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Winner

Education Building Wales 2023

Project of the year  –  Universities, Inspiring Learning Spaces for spark/sbarc & Translational Research Hub

Winner

RTPI North East Awards 2023

Best Project of the Year for The Day Treatment Centre, Freeman Hospital

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Finalist

Education Building Wales 2023

Project of the year  – Colleges and Universities for Cardiff University Centre of Student Life

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Finalist

Constructing Excellence North East 2023

People Development for DPP Newcastle Office

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Finalist

RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2022

Young Planner of the Year – Both Lee and Nicola from our Newcastle offices were finalists in the North East region.

  • Gareth is possibly the most commercially astute and knowledgeable planning consultant I have had the pleasure of working. He has the ability to lead on the strategic issues whilst guiding the detail of the technical issues arising across the various disciplines. I would have no hesitation in recommending Gareth’s services on any development project.

    Julian Painter Director, Henry Boot Developments Ltd
  • Faith has provided us with a full planning service for a number of years, achieving planning permission on a number of challenging and complex schemes. Faith provides us with general planning advice across our sites from strategic advice, to applications and post planning work. I would fully recommend Faith and DPP; they are commercial, conscientious and provide sound planning advice.

    Neil McMillan Owner, iMpeC Developments Ltd
  • We have worked with Michelle on a major food store scheme where she delivered a consent and successfully dealt with many problem issues presented by the Local Planning Authority. Her service levels are exemplary and her advice is always strategic, commercially driven and cuts to the chase. We have since instructed Michelle on several other schemes and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her.

    Mark Twelves Managing Director, Litton Properties Ltd
  • John is resourceful, shrewd and the most avant-garde planning consultant I have ever worked with.  He has the knowledge and ability to subtly and skilfully guide major development projects to the desired end.  I would recommend him to any developer.

    Simon James Head of Development, Workspace Properties
  • Mark Lane provides a thorough and professional service whether obtaining planning permission or promoting land through the Local Plan process and I would recommend their services to any potential house builder or developer.

    Andy Cramer Technical Director, Linden Homes
  • I have known Bob Robinson for many years – in fact I called him as a witness the first time he gave evidence to a planning inquiry. He identifies the key points in a case in persuasive terms and is steadfast under cross-examination. I rank Bob as one of the best planning witnesses in the country. As a planner he is that rare combination of someone with common sense, an ability to see the wood from the trees, realism and pragmatism; I wholeheartedly recommend him.

    Christopher Katkowski QC
  • This site is ideal as it's in the heart of the local Hindu community and is easily accessible by bus and tube. The playing fields aren't very well used at the moment and there are no changing facilities. We will improve the quality of the sports facilities and making them available for use by local schools and other members of the community.  

    A spokesman for the Avanti Schools
  • DPP provided invaluable advice at bid stage and, once Laing O Rourke was appointed to deliver the Yorkshire batch of Priority Schools, successfully project managed the submission of all 7 planning applications within a 6 week timescale. DPP’s understanding of the planning issues involved and their relationship with the relevant Planning Officers meant that a Resolution to grant planning permission was successfully achieved on all of the sites.  

    Gary Lucas Head of Education, Laing O’Rourke
  • The University has utilised DPP for planning consultancy professional services for many years that I am aware of, at least since 2002. The services range from making planning applications to more general advice relating to LDF.  

    John Richards University of Central Lancashire
  • “The Sowerby Bridge initiative is about as complex and difficult a development project as you can find.  DPP were excellent and very professional in how they went about driving and dealing with the planning phases of the project.”

    Richard Ingham Director

If you’d like to discuss your project with one of our directors, please get in touch.