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.

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.
  • Alexis De Pol

    Managing Director

    Alexis is a Chartered Town Planner who started his career in local authority planning departments at the States of Jersey and at Sefton Borough Council, becoming an elected member of The Royal... Read more
  • Marco De Pol


    Marco is a Chartered Town Planner with 40-plus years of professional planning experience in both the private and public sectors across the UK and overseas. He is the founder of De Pol Associates... Read more
  • Chris Betteridge


    Chris is a Chartered Town Planner whose specialisms include advising on main town centre uses, retail led developments and residential schemes. He joined De Pol Associates in 2014 having... Read more
  • Jen Beardsall

    Senior Planner

    Jen is a Chartered Town Planner with expertise in both local authority and private sector planning. She joined De Pol Associates in 2014 having previously worked at Blackpool Council. Since... Read more
  • Nathan Tonge

    Assistant Planner

    Nathan joined the team straight from Manchester University where he graduated with an MSc in Planning. He is now an Assistant Planner at De Pol Associates working towards obtaining his RTPI... Read more
  • Annette De Pol

    Company Secretary

    Annette is an experienced business advisor with expertise in grant funding and applications for capital projects. She joined De Pol Associates in 1998 having previously worked for Lancashire... Read more
  • Simone Howarth

    Office Co-Ordinator

    Simone helps to keep De Pol Associates running smoothly having joined the practice in the spring of 2016 as office co-ordinator. Simone previously worked for a multi-million pound financial... Read more
  • Louis Webb


    Louis is currently mid-way through his Master of Planning MPLAN Honours course at Newcastle University but regularly has summer work placements at De Pol Associates. He assists with background... Read more
  • Gillian Viragh

    Business Support Manager

    Gillian came to us with a background in Human Resources having spent 20 years in the profession.  She has worked for multi-national companies in a number of different sectors including a business... Read more

Join the team

  • We are looking for an experienced Senior Planner or Associate to compliment our existing team of dedicated and forward-thinking professionals in a central Lancashire location. De Pol Associates... Read more
  • We are looking for a Planner or Senior Planner to join our existing team of dedicated and forward-thinking professionals in a central Lancashire location. De Pol Associates Ltd, Chartered Town... Read more

Recent news

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  • It was particularly productive last week for the team at De Pol … Planning Committee meetings at Preston, Fylde and South Lakeland resulted in a TRIPLE whammy of approvals for our respective... Read more

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Get in touch

Please contact us for further advice or an initial discussion about any planning issue by telephone or email.

Farington House
Stanifield Business Park
Stanifield Lane,
Farington, Leyland,
PR25 4UA


T. 01772 888 488
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