All too often it is assumed that a school project will ‘sail’ through the planning process. However, issues such as intensification of existing sites; loss of playing fields; developing beyond settlement limits; and operational issues such as traffic management, mean that the planning process can frustrate school development. People invariably say they want schools in their area, but they don’t want them too close to them. A single challenge by a well-informed resident can delay and even derail the planning process.

DPP has a high success rate in delivering schools projects across the UK. We have delivered consents against considerable objections and to programmes that appeared impossible to achieve. We understand the needs of schools; the issues they will face through the planning process; but also the pressures those delivering the schools have to deal with.