Planning ahead

The summer of 2018 is shaping up to be one that will be remembered for years to come, mostly for the cracking weather and an unexpected glut of goals by the England football team in the World Cup.

It’s also proving to be a period of growth for Lancashire planning consultancy De Pol Associates, which is going from strength-to-strength.

The Farrington-based consultancy is set to welcome two new members of staff this summer. The recruitment comes on the back of a series of new project wins, both from new clients and existing clients increasing their activity.

Resurgence in residential property and commercial development within Lancashire is seeing in a hike in planning submissions, and De Pol is picking up significant instructions throughout the county and beyond as its reputation grows.

It’s all in line with the new business strategy implemented by managing director Alexis De Pol, following his completion of the highly-competitive Goldman Sachs Small Business Management Programme last year.

Investment in resources, focusing on growth sectors, and raising the firm’s profile within Lancashire are all now paying dividends.

“We are assisting numerous clients with their expansion and redevelopment strategies and advising landowners on maximising the value of their holdings,” says Alexis.

“As our clients build for the future, we too are investing in ours. The team is expanding as we deal with higher volume from existing clients, and we are seeing more new enquiries from word-of-mouth recommendation than ever before.

“We find many Lancashire businesses are keen to keep their business local, to avoid the faceless corporates and to deal with people they can get along with, but they want to ensure there’s no compromise on quality, experience or success.

“We have a track record and a client base which provides the reassurance they need, along with a hugely personable team with more than 82 years’ experience between us.

“We are securing the approvals and providing 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.”

Established in 1986, De Pol counts among its client base Pure Leisure, Rowland Homes, Northern Trust, Create Developments, Iceland, and Recycling Lives.