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DLA Town Planning Ltd

Limited Company | www.dlatownplanning.com

5 The Gavel Centre
Porters Wood
St Albans

Telephone: 01727 850907
Fax: 01727 850918
Contact: Mr Mike Lake

Other offices in: Milton Keynes, Ryde

Email: dlaoffice@dlatownplanning.com

Website: www.dlatownplanning.com

St Albans

5 The Gavel Centre
Porters Wood
St Albans

Telephone: 01727 850907
Fax: 01727 850918
Contact: Mr Mike Lake

Email: dlaoffice@dlatownplanning.com

Milton Keynes

1 Larkswood Close
Aspley Guise
Milton Keynes
MK17 8DF

Telephone: 01727 850907
Fax: 01727 850918
Contact: Mr Mike Lake

Email: dlaoffice@dlatownplanning.com


8 Wray Street
Isle of Wight
PO33 3ED

Telephone: 01727 850907
Fax: 01727 850918
Contact: Mr Rowland Sillito

Email: dlaoffice@dlatownplanning.com

Mr Mike Lake MSc DipTP MRTPI  [ E-mail ]

Mr David Lane BSc(Hons) DipTP MRTPI FRSA  [ E-mail ]

Mrs Vicki Davies BA (Hons) Dip TP MRTPI  [ E-mail ]

Mr Simon Andrews BSc (Hons) MPhil TP, MRTPI  [ E-mail ]

Mr Mark Williams BA (Hons) MA MRTPI  [ E-mail ]

Mrs Helen Hunter BSc (Hons), Dip TP, MRTPI  [ E-mail ]

Mr Rowland Sillito BA (Hons) Dip TP MRTPI  [ E-mail ]


Barn Conversions, DEFRA - Consultancy Advice, Diversification, Farms, Liveries


Advertisements / Canopies / Blinds, Business and Science Parks, Car Parking / Access, Change of Use, Enforcement, Extensions / Alterations of Premises, Lawful Development Certificates, New Premises, Offices, Working from Home


Ancient Monuments, Archaeology, Conservation Areas, Historic Building Restoration, Historic Towns / Sites, Listed Buildings, Rural Conservation, Urban Conservation, World Heritage Sites

Countryside & Environment

AONB (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty), Green Belt, Rural Regeneration, SSSI (Special Sites of Scientific Interest), Tree Preservation Orders



Health Planning

Cemeteries, Nursing Homes


Affordable Housing, Appeals, Applications, Boundaries / Curtilage, Car Parking, House Extensions, Housing Design Layout, Light Issues, Objections, Residential Developments


Light Industry, Service Industry


Advocacy, Appeals, Direct Professional Access to the Bar, Public Inquiries

Local & Strategic Planning

Area Development Frameworks, Core Strategies, Development Briefs, Development Plan Monitoring, Development Plan Representation, Duty to Cooperate, EIP (Examination in Public), Greenbelt, Local Plans, Planning Strategies, Statements of Community Involvement, Sustainability Statements

Local Authority Services

Contracted Out Services

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution

Expert Witness, Mediation, Planning Gain, Section 106 Agreements

Neighbourhood & Community Planning

Community and Stakeholder Consultation Events, Neighbourhood Development Plans, Public Participation, Schools / Community Buildings, Village/Town Appraisals


Land Availabiltiy Studies, Site Appraisals


Advertisements / Canopies / Blinds, Change of Use, Out of Town Sites, Shops

Tourism & Leisure

Amusement Centres, Cinemas, Fast Food / Take Away Outlets, Golf Courses, Guest Houses / B&B, Health Clubs, Hotels, Marinas, Playing Fields, Public Houses, Restaurants, Tourism


Car Parks, Motorways

Urban Regeneration

Brownfield Sites

Consultancy Profile

Total Staff      11
Total Professional Staff      9
Chartered Town Planners      9

Countries operated in: Europe

Ireland, United Kingdom

Particular Expertise

General planning on proposals of all scales, but with specialist fields in master-planning, housing, commercial, retail, education and tourism / leisure. We are involved in schemes throughout the UK but our main areas of reference are Central, Southern and Eastern England, and London.

Main Planning Services

  • Project Management / Lead Consultant - we are specialists in managing schemes through to permission via negotiation, through the development plan process or appeal.

  • Pre-application Service - Site Appraisals & Feasibility Studies; and Pre-Application Negotiations with Local Planning Authorities & other consultees.

  • Public Consultations / Exhibitions.

  • Preparation, submission and overseeing of planning and related applications and appeals.

  • Promotion of sites through Local Plans and other Local and Neighbourhood Plan representations.

  • Strategic projects with both short-and long-term horizons.

Examples of recent projects

Acting for housing and commercial developers, local authorities and private individuals.

Public inquiries for District Councils, housing development, hotel extensions, listed buildings / Conservation Areas and planning advice to architectural practices.

Current Projects

  • master-planning new urban edge settlements or extensions including proposals at Overstone Park, Market Harborough; Chaffeys Park, Weymouth; and Potton Road, Biggleswade;

  • a Hilton Hotel and Conference Centre Campus, located in the Metropolitan Green Belt;

  • new clubhouse at Centurion Golf Club, Hemel Hempstead; and

  • mixed use redevelopment of the Shredded Wheat Factory, Welwyn Garden City, to include 850 new dwellings.