Planning for the future

Lancashire-headquartered planning consultancy De Pol Associates continues to build momentum as it works with its clients to deliver development schemes across the county and beyond.

The Farrington-based consultancy has recently submitted plans for two major housing schemes in Wyre as the resurgence in residential property grows in this part of the world.

Investment in resources, focusing on growth sectors, and raising the firm’s profile within Lancashire are all now paying dividends for the planning practice, which is actively recruiting senior staff.

Established in 1986, De Pol works in all sectors – residential, commercial, industrial, retail, leisure and rural – and it counts among its growing client base Pure Leisure, Rowland Homes, Northern Trust, Create Developments, Iceland, and Recycling Lives.

The practice has submitted an outline planning application for a 16-hectare site in Great Eccleston.

The application, on behalf of land promoter Metacre, involves provision for a new school, medical centre, community hall, convenience store, public open space, employment area and up to 350 new homes.

The site forms part of a wider 33.7-hectare site allocated in the Wyre Local Plan for a residential-led mixed-use development.

De Pol Associates has also submitted an outline application for 330 homes in Poulton-le-Fylde. Drawn up on behalf of landowner Blackpool Council, the site at Woodhouse Farm lies to the south of Blackpool Road.

The greenfield plot was released from the Green Belt by the Wyre Local Plan in February 2019.

Managing director Alexis De Pol says the two applications highlight the level of planning expertise and experience that the practice brings to projects. Consultation with local communities is also an important part of its approach.

Alexis says: “We have a track record which provides the reassurance that clients need, along with a hugely personable team with more than 82 years’ experience between us.

“Our aim in all the work we do is to give the advice that is really making a difference to our clients’ businesses, whatever their sector or wherever their scheme is based, and that’s what will continue to drive us.”

He adds: “The team is expanding as we deal with higher volume from existing clients and as we grow.

“At present we are looking for people at senior planner level to join us. We offer flexible and part-time working hours.”

Any senior planners interested in a career with De Pol Associates can contact Alexis@depol.co.uk for more information