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DPP Planning has expanded its workforce and made the largest number of promotions in more than 10 years as it develops its team to deliver a growing pipeline of residential, education and commercial projects.

The national town planning consultancy, which has five UK offices, has recruited four new members of staff and promoted six of its team who have all demonstrated outstanding commitment to the business during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Among the new recruits are two new Senior Planners, Will Marshall and Chris Megson.  Will joins DPP from Urbana Planning in Sheffield, bringing seven years’ experience working on residential and commercial schemes, while Chris moves from ELG Planning in Darlington, on the back of six years’ post-graduation experience.

Although Will and Chris will be Leeds based, their new roles will see them involved in projects across England and Wales, as well as working with Directors and staff across DPP’s network of offices.

The promotions have centred around three of DPP’s offices in Cardiff, Leeds and Newcastle.  Among the promotions are two new Associate Directors, Cardiff-based Osian Roberts and Jen Patterson from DPP’s Newcastle office, who were both previously Principal Planners.

Taking on the role of Principal Planner in Cardiff is Tom Wright, promoted from Senior Planner, while in Newcastle Lee Fulcher has been promoted from Planner to Senior Planner.

DPP has also promoted two of its Assistant Planners, Jessica Knight in Leeds and Lauren Hunter in Newcastle, who have both become Planners.

The promotions, together with DPP’s increasing workload, has also created two new graduate positions in the business with Tom Devine joining the Newcastle office as Assistant Planner and Leo Horton-Taylor as Assistant Planner in Cardiff after both completed successful placements with the firm.

Succession planning and developing its workforce is key to DPP’s practice.  This strategy is exemplified by the fact that the majority of the directors of DPP have worked their way up through the company and have progressed to senior management roles as the company continues to support its team in their career development.

Gareth Hooper, Chief Executive of DPP, said:

We have experienced strong growth across our network of UK offices and am pleased to expand our team with both senior and entry-level appointments.

At the same time, unlocking the potential of our people is fundamental to our growth, so we are delighted to be able to support the career progression of our team across the UK.


Top Left to Right – Will Marshall, Osian Roberts, Jen Patterson

Middle Left to Right – Tom Devine, Lauren Hunter, Leo Horton-Taylor, Tom Wright

Bottom Left to Right – Lee Fulcher, Chris Megson, Jessica Knight




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