DPDS Consulting Group

NameDPDS Consulting Group

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.

Legal: Direct Professional Access to the Bar

Legal: Public Inquiries

Conservation: Ancient Monuments

Conservation: Archaeology

Local & Strategic Planning: Development Briefs

Local & Strategic Planning: Local Plans

Local & Strategic Planning: Development Plan Monitoring

Countryside & Environment: Renewable Energy Sources

Countryside & Environment: AONB (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty)

Conservation: Conservation Areas

Conservation: Ecology

Conservation: Historic Building Restoration

Conservation: Historic Towns / Sites

Conservation: Listed Buildings

Conservation: Rural Conservation

Conservation: Urban Conservation

Conservation: World Heritage Sites

Agriculture: Agricultural Developments

Agriculture: Barn Conversions

Agriculture: Diversification

Agriculture: Estates

Agriculture: Farms

Agriculture: Horticulture

Agriculture: Liveries

Agriculture: Small Holdings

Business: Advertisements / Canopies / Blinds

Business: Business and Science Parks

Business: Change of Use

Business: Car Parking / Access

Business: Enforcement

Business: Extensions / Alterations of Premises

Business: Lawful Development Certificates

Business: New Premises

Business: Working from Home

Countryside & Environment: Ecological Surveys

Countryside & Environment: Environmental Impact Assessments

Countryside & Environment: Strategic Environmental Appraisals

Countryside & Environment: Environmental Audits

Countryside & Environment: Environmental Statements

Countryside & Environment: Gypsy / Traveller Sites

Countryside & Environment: National Parks

Countryside & Environment: Rural Regeneration

Countryside & Environment: Rights of Way

Countryside & Environment: SSSI (Special Sites of Scientific Interest)

Countryside & Environment: Tree Preservation Orders

Countryside & Environment: Visual Impact Assessments

Countryside & Environment: Wind Farms

Countryside & Environment: Wetlands

Countryside & Environment: Wildlife Centres / Trusts

Design: Crime Prevention Design

Housing: Housing Design Layout

Design: Masterplanning

Design: Urban Design

Economic Development: Inward Investment

Economic Development: Marketing

Neighbourhood & Community Planning: Planning for Real & Trade

Neighbourhood & Community Planning: Public Participation

Neighbourhood & Community Planning: Schools / Community Buildings

Neighbourhood & Community Planning: Village/Town Appraisals

Neighbourhood & Community Planning: Village Design Statements

Health Planning: Cemeteries

Health Planning: Crematoriums

Health Planning: Health Centres

Health Planning: Hospices

Health Planning: Hospital

Health Planning: Nursing Homes

Housing: Affordable Housing

Housing: Appeals

Housing: Applications

Housing: Boundaries / Curtilage

Housing: Car Parking

Housing: Housing Needs Studies

Housing: House Extensions

Housing: Light Issues

Housing: Objections

Housing: Residential Developments

Housing: Social Housing

Industrial: Heavy Industry

Industrial: Light Industry

Industrial: Minerals / Aggregates / Extraction

Industrial: Mining

Industrial: Nuclear

Industrial: Oil & Gas

Industrial: Pollution (Air, Water, Noise)

Industrial: Service Industry

Industrial: Telecommunications

Industrial: Mobile Phone Masts

Industrial: Technological Industry

Industrial: Utilities

Industrial: Waste Disposal

Information Technology: Development Control Application Systems

Information Technology: GIS

Information Technology: Internet

Information Technology: Local Authority IT Guidance / Systems

Legal: Advocacy

Legal: Appeals

Legal: Covenants

Legal: Injunctions

Legal: Judicial Review

Legal: Land Tribunals

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution: Contractual Disputes

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution: Expert Witness

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution: Mediation

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution: Planning Gain

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution: Section 106 Agreements

Overseas: European Planning Systems

Overseas: Other Planning Systems

Local & Strategic Planning: Community Plans

Local & Strategic Planning: Development Plan Representation

Local & Strategic Planning: EIP (Examination in Public)

Local & Strategic Planning: Greenbelt

Local & Strategic Planning: Minerals Local Plans

Local & Strategic Planning: Sub-regional Planning

Local & Strategic Planning: Transport Plans

Local & Strategic Planning: Waste Local Plans

Probity: Professional Misconduct Investigation

Probity: Elected Member Training

Research: Feasibility Studies

Research: Land Availabiltiy Studies

Research: Research / Surveys

Research: Site Appraisals

Retail: Advertisements / Canopies / Blinds

Retail: Car Boot Sales

Retail: Change of Use

Retail: Factory Outlet Centres

Retail: Markets

Retail: Motorway Service Areas

Retail: Out of Town Sites

Retail: Retail Impact Studies

Retail: Shops

Retail: Supermarkets

Retail: Town Centres

Retail: Town Centre Management

Tourism & Leisure: Amusement Centres

Tourism & Leisure: Caravan Parks / Camping Sites

Tourism & Leisure: Cinemas

Tourism & Leisure: Golf Courses

Tourism & Leisure: Guest Houses / B&B

Tourism & Leisure: Family Entertainment Centres

Tourism & Leisure: Fast Food / Take Away Outlets

Tourism & Leisure: Health Clubs

Tourism & Leisure: Hotels

Tourism & Leisure: Marinas

Tourism & Leisure: Parks

Tourism & Leisure: Playing Fields

Tourism & Leisure: Public Houses

Tourism & Leisure: Rambling

Tourism & Leisure: Restaurants

Tourism & Leisure: Stadiums

Tourism & Leisure: Swimming Baths

Tourism & Leisure: Theme Parks

Tourism & Leisure: Tourism

Tourism & Leisure: Wildlife Centres / Zoos

Transport: Airports

Transport: Buses / Coach Stations

Transport: Car Parks

Transport: Cycle Ways

Transport: Motorways

Transport: Ports

Transport: Railways

Transport: Roads

Transport: Rivers / Canals / Waterways

Transport: Traffic Management

Transport: Trams

Transport: Transport Impact Studies

Transport: Underground (Tube) Systems

Urban Regeneration: Blight

Urban Regeneration: Brownfield Sites

Urban Regeneration: Compulsory Purchases

Urban Regeneration: European Funding

Urban Regeneration: PPP (Public & Private Partnerships)

Countryside & Environment: Coastal Planning

Agriculture: DEFRA - Consultancy Advice

Minerals & Waste: Mineral Local Plans

Minerals & Waste: Waste Disposal

Minerals & Waste: Minerals/Aggregates Extraction

Minerals & Waste: Quarries

Minerals & Waste: Waste Local Plans

Minerals & Waste: Mining

Minerals & Waste: Waste Recycling

Minerals & Waste: Waste Minimisation

Minerals & Waste: Landfill

Countryside & Environment: Environmental Management Strategies

Countryside & Environment: Countryside Access Strategies

Countryside & Environment: Country Parks

Tourism & Leisure: Sport & Recreational Strategies

Economic Development: Development Strategies

Economic Development: Economic Research

Economic Development: Feasibility Studies

Agriculture: Planning & Development

Agriculture: Development Applications

Health Planning: BREEAM Assessments

Housing: Eco-Homes Assessments

Enforcement: Investigation

Enforcement: Appeals

Enforcement: Prosecution

Renewable Energy: Wind Power

Renewable Energy: Solar Power

Renewable Energy: BREEAM

Local & Strategic Planning: Statements of Community Involvement

Local & Strategic Planning: Core Strategies

Housing: Flood Risk Assessements

Business: Flood Risk Assessments

Research: Local and Strategic Housing Market Assessments

Research: Housing Needs Assessments

Research: Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessments

Research: Viability and Planning Assessments and Inquiries

Employment: Distribution and Warehousing

Employment: Offices

Neighbourhood & Community Planning: Community and Stakeholder Consultation Events

Conservation: Design Layout

Renewable Energy: Energy Efficiency

Countryside & Environment: Green Belt

Countryside & Environment: Code for Sustainable Homes

Design: Architecture

Design: Implementation

Industrial: Site Design Layout

Information Technology: CAD

Retail: Site Design Layout

Local & Strategic Planning: Area Development Frameworks

Local & Strategic Planning: Planning Strategies

Urban Regeneration: Waterfront Sites

Urban Regeneration: Design

Urban Regeneration: Town & City Centre Revitalisation Schemes

Business: Offices

Design: Design Layout

Transport: Travel Plans

Renewable Energy: Anaerobic Digestion

Housing: Code for Sustainable Homes

Transport: Transport planning and design

Neighbourhood & Community Planning: Neighbourhood Development Plans

Conservation: Characterisation Studies

Conservation: Townscape Impact Analysis

Design: Characterisation Studies

Design: Townscape Impact Analysis

Economic Development: Viability Assessment

Housing: Viability Assessments

Local Authority Services: Development Management

Local Authority Services: Local Plan Making

Local Authority Services: Contracted Out Services

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution: Affordable Housing Viability

Research: Environmental Impact Assessment

Retail: Impact Tests

Urban Regeneration: Rural & Village Schemes

Urban Regeneration: Housing Estate Masterplans