About Us

Our combined expertise in planning law and practice together with environmental appraisal and landscape design offers our clients a unique advantage in securing planning permission for their developments and satisfying planning conditions.

Planning law can often be viewed as a complicated range of statutes. Coates Associates can interpret and analyse planning law and articulate it in a form which is straight forward and meaningful. The firm is always keen to keep abreast of latest court cases and any emerging government advice through white and green papers, to provide a strong basis for the provision of constructive advice.

Environmental impact assessment is recognised as an integral and iterative part of any design process. Our expertise in this field coupled with preparation of design briefs and site masterplans at the outset of a project is regarded as invaluable by our clients in avoiding adverse effects, capitalising on natural assets and achieving a cost effective well integrated scheme.

Working throughout the north-west region and occasionally beyond we specialise in sensitive locations such as National Parks, Conservation Areas or Listed Buildings where delicate planning negotiations and carefully considered solutions are required. We often work in close collaboration with associated professionals such as property agents and architects and have contacts with a range of environmental specialists such as land surveyors; traffic, noise and flooding engineers and ecologists. Where required we can source and co-ordinate different specialists on behalf of our clients. In our experience this is a vital role involving the briefing of experts and ensuring their reports are delivered to meet tight deadlines, balancing issues and resolving conflicts to achieve compatible proposals.