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DPDS Consulting Group

Limited Company | www.dpds.co.uk

Old Bank House
5 Devizes Road
Old Town

Telephone: 01793 610222
Contact: Mr Les Durrant

Other offices in: Derby

Email: dpds.swindon@dpds.co.uk

Website: www.dpds.co.uk


Old Bank House
5 Devizes Road
Old Town

Telephone: 01793 610222
Contact: Mr Les Durrant

Email: dpds.swindon@dpds.co.uk


3 Gleneagles House
Vernon Gate

Telephone: 01332 206222
Contact: Mr Neil Arbon

Email: dpds.central@dpds.co.uk

Mr Les Durrant Dip TP, MRTPI FRICS, MInstD  [ E-mail ]

Mr Neil Arbon BA(Hons), DipTP, MRTPI  [ E-mail ]

Mr Stuart Miles BEnd(Hons), MA, RTPI  [ E-mail ]

Mr Daniel Drayton BSc (Hons), MRTPI  [ E-mail ]

Mr Duncan McCallum BA(Hons), MPhil, MRTPI  [ E-mail ]

Mr Mike Craggs BSc(Hons), DipTP, MRTPI  [ E-mail ]


Agricultural Developments, Barn Conversions, DEFRA - Consultancy Advice, Development Applications, Diversification, Estates, Farms, Horticulture, Liveries, Planning & Development, Small Holdings


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


Ancient Monuments, Archaeology, Characterisation Studies, Conservation Areas, Design Layout, Ecology, Historic Building Restoration, Historic Towns / Sites, Listed Buildings, Rural Conservation, Townscape Impact Analysis, Urban Conservation, World Heritage Sites

Countryside & Environment

AONB (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty), Coastal Planning, Code for Sustainable Homes, Country Parks, Countryside Access Strategies, Ecological Surveys, Environmental Audits, Environmental Impact Assessments, Environmental Management Strategies, Environmental Statements, Green Belt, Gypsy / Traveller Sites, National Parks, Renewable Energy Sources, Rights of Way, Rural Regeneration, SSSI (Special Sites of Scientific Interest), Strategic Environmental Appraisals, Tree Preservation Orders, Visual Impact Assessments, Wetlands, Wildlife Centres / Trusts, Wind Farms


Architecture, Characterisation Studies, Crime Prevention Design, Design Layout, Implementation, Masterplanning, Townscape Impact Analysis, Urban Design

Economic Development

Development Strategies, Economic Research, Feasibility Studies, Inward Investment, Marketing, Viability Assessment


Distribution and Warehousing, Offices


Appeals, Investigation, Prosecution

Health Planning

BREEAM Assessments, Cemeteries, Crematoriums, Health Centres, Hospices, Hospital, Nursing Homes


Affordable Housing, Appeals, Applications, Boundaries / Curtilage, Car Parking, Code for Sustainable Homes, Eco-Homes Assessments, Flood Risk Assessements, House Extensions, Housing Design Layout, Housing Needs Studies, Light Issues, Objections, Residential Developments, Social Housing, Viability Assessments


Heavy Industry, Light Industry, Minerals / Aggregates / Extraction, Mining, Mobile Phone Masts, Nuclear, Oil & Gas, Pollution (Air, Water, Noise), Service Industry, Site Design Layout, Technological Industry, Telecommunications, Utilities, Waste Disposal

Information Technology

CAD, Development Control Application Systems, GIS, Internet, Local Authority IT Guidance / Systems


Advocacy, Appeals, Covenants, Direct Professional Access to the Bar, Injunctions, Judicial Review, Land Tribunals, Public Inquiries

Local & Strategic Planning

Area Development Frameworks, Community Plans, Core Strategies, Development Briefs, Development Plan Monitoring, Development Plan Representation, EIP (Examination in Public), Greenbelt, Local Plans, Minerals Local Plans, Planning Strategies, Statements of Community Involvement, Sub-regional Planning, Transport Plans, Waste Local Plans

Local Authority Services

Contracted Out Services, Development Management, Local Plan Making

Minerals & Waste

Landfill, Mineral Local Plans, Minerals/Aggregates Extraction, Mining, Quarries, Waste Disposal, Waste Local Plans, Waste Minimisation, Waste Recycling

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution

Affordable Housing Viability, Contractual Disputes, Expert Witness, Mediation, Planning Gain, Section 106 Agreements

Neighbourhood & Community Planning

Community and Stakeholder Consultation Events, Neighbourhood Development Plans, Planning for Real ™, Public Participation, Schools / Community Buildings, Village Design Statements, Village/Town Appraisals


European Planning Systems, Other Planning Systems


Elected Member Training, Professional Misconduct Investigation

Renewable Energy

Anaerobic Digestion, BREEAM, Energy Efficiency, Solar Power, Wind Power


Environmental Impact Assessment, Feasibility Studies, Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessments, Housing Needs Assessments, Land Availabiltiy Studies, Local and Strategic Housing Market Assessments, Research / Surveys, Site Appraisals, Viability and Planning Assessments and Inquiries


Advertisements / Canopies / Blinds, Car Boot Sales, Change of Use, Factory Outlet Centres, Impact Tests, Markets, Motorway Service Areas, Out of Town Sites, Retail Impact Studies, Shops, Site Design Layout, Supermarkets, Town Centre Management, Town Centres

Tourism & Leisure

Amusement Centres, Caravan Parks / Camping Sites, Cinemas, Family Entertainment Centres, Fast Food / Take Away Outlets, Golf Courses, Guest Houses / B&B, Health Clubs, Hotels, Marinas, Parks, Playing Fields, Public Houses, Rambling, Restaurants, Sport & Recreational Strategies, Stadiums, Swimming Baths, Theme Parks, Tourism, Wildlife Centres / Zoos


Airports, Buses / Coach Stations, Car Parks, Cycle Ways, Motorways, Ports, Railways, Rivers / Canals / Waterways, Roads, Traffic Management, Trams, Transport Impact Studies, Transport planning and design, Travel Plans, Underground (Tube) Systems

Urban Regeneration

Blight, Brownfield Sites, Compulsory Purchases, Design , European Funding, Housing Estate Masterplans, PPP (Public & Private Partnerships), Rural & Village Schemes, Town & City Centre Revitalisation Schemes, Waterfront Sites

Consultancy Profile

Total Staff      25
Total Professional Staff      16
Chartered Town Planners      7
Architects      2
Chartered Surveyors      2
Landscape & Environment Professionals      2
Economic Development Professionals      4
Management Professionals      3
Amenity & Leisure Professionals      1
Quality Assured      ISO 9001:2000

Planning for the Future

Established in 1985, DPDS is a leading independent professional practice offering a comprehensive range of town planning, architectural and design services with offices in Swindon and Derby. We have a multidisciplinary team of town planners, architects, surveyors, urban designers, landscape architects and environmental specialists which enables us to adopt an integrated approach to development projects combining our skills and experience to maximise development potential whilst achieving high standards of design and remaining sensitive to the environment.

We have extensive experience in a wide-range of sectors including town expansion schemes, health care projects, leisure and retail, business and industrial parks, residential development, education, telecommunications and energy.

Our core planning services include:

  • Submission of all types of planning and change of use applications
  • Appeals against refusal of planning permission and enforcement action
  • Representation in respect of Development Plan matters and the presentation at Public Local Inquiry or Public Examination
  • Site appraisals and feasibility studies
  • Strategic land promotion
  • Project Management
  • Preparation of development briefs, masterplans and Design codes
  • Environmental Impact Assessments
  • Sustainability appraisals and audits
  • Retail and leisure planning
  • Energy planning
  • Socio-economic and demographic studies
  • Urban capacity studies
  • Development Plan Monitoring Viability appraisals
  • Land assembly programmes

We actively work with many Local Authorities providing specialist professional advice in the areas of:

  • EIA/ES Audit & Review
  • Retail Impact Assessment and Review
  • Urban Design
  • Landscape
  • Architectural & Heritage
  • Energy

We also provide an Expert Witness services.