Planning consultancy DLP is set to grow its workforce by more than 50 per cent over the coming year, according to its managing director.
Speaking to Planning, Simon James said that the firm is currently looking to recruit around nine new members of staff at graduate to senior planner level at offices in Bedford, Bristol, Rugby, Sheffield and Leeds.
Combined with two prospective takeovers of smaller firms, this would take the number of staff employed at the practice from 80 to more than 130 in the next 12 months, he said.
“We have seen a substantial increase in instructions across all of our offices in all areas such as demographic analysis and assessment to the promotion of opportunities through development plans plus planning applications.”
James said that the increased workload reflected an upturn in all development sectors – but particularly for housing schemes.
“In addition to growing confidence, the amount of technical information and justification local authorities are requiring – even for small applications – is on the rise.”
The company is separately seeking two new associate directors and two new associates with a greater level of experience, James said.
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