Residential Planning Consultancy in Dorset
Darryl Howells Planning Consultancy is a residential planning consultancy in Dorset and along the south coast, working with property developers.


I have two degrees: A BA (Hons) in Town & Country Planning and a Bachelor of Town Planning degree.

Additionally, I have full membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute, the governing body that supports the highest professional and ethical standards within
the sector.

Many years as a local authority planning officer have given me far-reaching insight and real-life experience into almost every part of the process. From simpler applications, early on in my career, through to complex, large-scale schemes in my role as a Senior Planning Officer – the latter on one occasion even resulting in a change in caselaw in the High Court in London.

Prior to this, my role as Planning Enforcement Team Manager enabled me to argue
against unauthorised development, as well as justify enforcement notices served under the Town and Country Planning Act.

I’ve defended my decisions at hearings and inquiries. And, have often won my contests. Since joining the private sector, I’ve put forward cases for development – overcoming both previous refusals and non-determination applications.

Significantly, a period in policy further expanded my knowledge of policy formation, including the weight of evidence needed to justify it. Or, in the case of an agent, to undermine it.

Work within the private sector has also informed what I do now, adding value and knowledge to my skills set.

Darryl Howells Planning Consultant in Dorset

The DHPC Difference

Founding my own consultancy has been the most positive thing I have ever done.
As your planning consultants, it will be our pleasure to help you navigate the complex
world of planning applications appeals every step of the way. We believe that we’re fully
equipped with the right tools for your best result.


planning permission

Through our highly relevant, both-sides-of-the-fence background and experience. In short, your application will have the best chance of approval.



Identify any problems and opportunities before the application has been submitted


Assessing Application

Know what the concerns and thoughts of the officer assessing your application will be – way before they’ve received it.


robust planning

Offer fully legitimate, robust planning arguments to influence an officer’s judgement


desired outcome

Negotiate positively for your desired outcome


appeals & advice

Offer highly informed appeals advice, and manage the process on your behalf

All things considered, our knowledge empowers us to know how your scheme will (or won’t) comply with the council’s policies. And then, to submit what ‘s needed. Now, isn’t THAT the gold dust you’ve been looking for?

If you’d like to speak to the residential planning consultancy in Dorset that’s different from the others, get in touch.