We are a chartered town planning consultancy established in 1986 and provide advice and services on all aspects of planning & development matters. Our clients range from major development and regeneration companies to individual members of the public and we are involved in a wide variety of projects across the North West of England and the UK. We adapt our role to meet the needs of our clients, whether this is acting as lead consultant co-ordinating multi-disciplinary teams, preparing stand-alone statements / assessments or simply providing planning advice.
De Pol provide advice and services on all aspects of planning and development – helping clients realise the development potential of their land and property or identifying solutions to their planning problems.
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Who we are
We are a family-run chartered town planning consultancy which for over three decades has helped clients both large and small.
De Pol Associates was originally founded by Marco De Pol in 1986, although the 9 strong team is now led by managing director Alexis De Pol. Our headquarters are in Farington near Preston, Lancashire and we operate nationally, but have a strong client base in the North West.
Our practice provides advice and services across all areas of planning from strategic land promotion and major development schemes to small domestic planning matters.
We guide our clients through the increasingly complex planning system – helping realise the development potential of their property and land, identifying solutions to their planning problems and helping them avoid the pitfalls that can hinder development.
What makes us different is our size and our personal approach. We have the in-house expertise and capacity/manpower to manage large and complex cases but we’re rightly proud of the personal attention, together with the frank and realistic advice, we’re able to give to all our clients.
Depending on what a client needs we can fully manage a planning project from start to finish, act as lead consultant co-ordinating multi-disciplinary teams or provide stand-alone statements, assessments or planning advice.
Clients will benefit from the combined experience and input of the whole team, all working together to achieve the best results for our clients, with every project, large or small, having Director involvement.
Our approach is to work cooperatively with local planning authorities because this is often the best way to achieve our clients’ goals on time and to budget. However, we have an excellent track record of obtaining planning permission on appeal, including the award of costs against Councils who’ve acted unreasonably.
Meet the team
Clients will benefit from the combined experience and input of the whole team all working together to try to achieve the best result for our clients, with every project, large or small, having Director involvement.
Please click on the member profiles to find out more about our team.
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Senior Planner or Associate
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What our clients say
I have worked with De Pol Associates for a number of years on a wide range of major projects and in my opinion their professionalism, expertise and capability is second to none. I would have no hesitation whatsoever recommending them for any planning related work irrespective of the scale or complexity.
De Pol Associates assisted with my project which involved developing a double barn conversion and the erection of a detached double garage in the green belt. After having a difficult time and upon deciding to take professional advice I found the team at De Pol to be very friendly, open and easy to deal with. They took time to explain to me the intricacies of developing within the green belt and made what had become a frustrating project much more straight forward and easier to manage. Their advice was precise, clear, timely and resulted in two successful planning applications for which I’m very grateful. I found their assistance invaluable and would happily recommend their services.
De Pol were appointed by East London Biogas in 2015 to achieve planning permission for an expansion to its Anaerobic Digestion facility in Dagenham, East London. De Pol’s approach to the matter was proactive, thorough and well-structured, and their engagement with the local planning officer was very effective. The application was successful and achieved well within De Pol’s initial budget. East London Biogas and its shareholders would have no hesitation about using De Pol again for any planning matters across its broad portfolio of environmental projects.
De Pol Associates were recommended to us and now we too highly recommend them and their Associate Planners. We engaged their services part way through an extremely difficult planning enforcement dispute with our local council which eventually proceeded to a Public Inquiry. We found them to be precise, energetic, technical and articulate. We have no doubt that without their management and direction of our case we would not have been successful. We were also able to recover a significant amount of our costs through the Inspector’s favourable decision. We are very proud to say De Pol handle all our ongoing projects.
I have found De Pol to be extremely professional in all aspects of their service offering… Equally important this company get results and I could not be more delighted with the outcomes that they have been able to achieve on my behalf. I was recommended to De Pol and I in turn will be sure to recommend them. This is a superb business with a team of staff that all really know their job.
De Pol have been integral to the success of our businesses in recent years. They handle all our planning matters – advice, applications and appeals – from green waste composting and planning policy representations through to rural planning issues such as agricultural developments and livery stables. At all levels, junior planner to Managing Director, their staff are friendly, knowledgeable and hardworking…it’s fantastic to have experienced advisors just at the end of the phone and the trustworthy approach of the family run business genuinely shows through.
I was recommended to use De Pol Associates by quite a few business people I know in Preston and what a great recommendation it was. The simplest way of describing the De Pol team is, “they do what it says on the side of the Tin”. They took all the pressure, stress and concerns away from me and did it all, just the kind of service I was hoping for, and left me to run my business whilst they sorted out our future, superb.
Keyworker Homes firstly employed the services of De Pol Associates in 2004 in connection with a contentious planning application for 200 student Halls of Residence which they later secured for our company at appeal. Since then De Pol have guided us to successful planning applications on Residential (including specialist care and retirement) , Commercial (including offices and Medical developments), and more recently they have assisted us with our retail planning applications. Whether dealing with our £65 Million mixed use development at Hope Park Macclesfield or a single residential plot development, De Pol have always handled, and continue to handle, our planning applications with absolute care and professionalism.
Get in touch
Please contact us for further advice or an initial discussion about any planning issue by telephone or email.