Key Facts


University of Central Lancashire

Local Authority

Project Description

University Masterplan



DPP has acted on behalf of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) for 15 years provided planning advice on the management of the existing estate and across the University’s campuses including those at Preston and Burnley.

DPP has secured planning permission and listed building consents for a range of developments from new teaching buildings/centres, including the creation of a new Anthropology Field Research Centre, through to staff/student car parks.  This has included the preparation of application submission documents, leading pre-application discussions with the local planning authority and negotiating the application through to determination.

DPP’s role has also extended to providing more strategic advice relating to the University’s estate masterplan, including advice relating to the use of compulsory purchase orders, and the preparation of local plan representations including appearing at local plan examination hearings.

Although many of the application proposals have raised planning policy challenges, DPP’s long-term relationship with the university and the local planning authority has meant that these have been overcome, which in tandem with early engagement with third parties, has meant that we have a 100% success rate.  Through the local plan process, DPP has helped to secure favourable site allocations and appropriately worded planning policies relating to UCLan’s land ownership, supporting the Academic strategy and commercial interest. DPP has also been instrumental in the University maximising the potential of land surplus to their requirements.

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  • Strategic estate management and masterplan advice
  • Local Plan representations and appearance at Local Plan examination hearings
  • Advice on Compulsory Purchase Order
  • Submission, preparation and negotiation of various planning applications
  • Reports and evidence on planning and car parking requirements
    Delivering staff training event.
  • 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