Pure Town Planning highly experienced Chartered Town Planner

Darryl is an eager Chartered Town Planner who benefits from significant Local Planning Authority experience, earned before joining Pure Town Planning. Darryl is a pro-active planner who actively engages with clients and planning officers to offer design solutions and constructive arguments to secure planning permissions.

Darryl originally comes from Weymouth however moved to Bristol in 1993. Darryl studied at University of the West of England (UWE) between 1993-1997 leaving with a BA (Hons) degree in Town & Country Planning and a separate Bachelor of Town Planning degree. Darryl’s first job in the planning profession was as an assistant in private practice in Bournemouth. As a planning assistant Darryl assisted the partners with submission of planning applications and appeals for various clients. Darryl qualified for full Membership to the Royal Town Planning Institute in July 2000.

In January 2001, Darryl joined Borough of Poole as a Planning Officer and commenced his Local Planning Authority experience working on multiple housing schemes and larger commercial development including a mixed- use scheme of an office conversion to 115 residential units. Darryl excelled in presentations to Planning Committee and defending appeals at all levels. In 2006, Darryl became the Planning Enforcement Team Leader continuing his career and experience into the enforcement field where under his influence, the enforcement team were pro-active in serving all types of notices ranging from Enforcement Notices, Temporary Stop Notices to Section 215 Notices. During this time, Darryl continued handling complex planning applications including a scheme for 32 flats that was approved but then challenged by a High Court Judicial Review in London. Having submitted the relevant evidence, the Courts exonerated Darryl’s planning judgement and found in favour of the Local Planning Authority.

Shortly afterwards, Darryl returned to the Development Management team as a Senior Planning Officer handling complex and controversial planning applications and appeals. Regeneration schemes such as the development of West Quay (300+ flats, commercial space, new harbour-side and transportation improvements) were handled by Darryl. Other schemes include care homes, flatted development for retirement living accommodation, large affordable housing developments, commercial developments, and multiple residential schemes.

Darryl actively sought management responsibilities, mentoring fellow planning officers, benefited from delegated powers to sign off applications and was lead officer at Planning Committees advising Members of planning legislation and considerations. Darryl created the pre-application service currently offered by the Borough of Poole and undertook other procedural changes to speed up decision making processes and create funding streams.

In 2015, Darryl was seconded into the Planning Policy & Implementation team for 12 months to undertake the initial review of sites that might be released from the Green Belt as part of the new Core Strategy review. In addition, Darryl participated in public consultation exhibitions and produced the final version of the Sustaining Poole’s Seafront (Supplementary Planning Document) which is now adopted and identifies financial opportunities for Poole’s beaches to generate additional income and improve infrastructure.

Away from the office, Darryl is a fan of theme parks and enjoys travelling to the United States, Las Vegas’ & Orlando in particular. Whilst at home he enjoys spinning, planning golf and watching formula one. At the weekends, Darryl often spends his time learning about fine wines (resulting in drinking many of them), and eating out at fine dining restaurants.

Darryl Howells | 01202 585524 | 07791 960 007  | darryl@puretownplanning.co.uk