David Coates

MSc Environmental Planning
Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute since 1997

David has spent over 20 years in local government and private practice consultancy, building a wealth of experience of planning in both urban and rural parts of the United Kingdom. His career started out in 1983 with a local firm of Estate Agents and Valuers before turning to work as a Planning Technician at South Lakeland District Council and the Lake District National Park Authority.
Having graduated in 1993 he went onto hold a number of Planning Officer posts firstly in Scotland with Argyll & Bute Council in the Statutory Plans section where he worked on the Local Plan involving housing capacity studies and policy formulation for settlements and the islands as well as guiding the use and development of their geographical information system (GIS) for this work. Between 1999 and 2001 he broadened his experience into development control, working for both Barnsley Metropolitan Council and Bolton Metropolitan Council, dealing with a range of planning applications and appeals from telecommunication masts and advertisements to factory extensions and housing developments.
Having returned to Cumbria David briefly worked as Director of Planning for another planning consultancy where he was involved in planning applications for hotel, caravan site and office space developments and certificates of lawful development to regularise existing uses. He then went onto establish Coates Associates in September 2001.

Liz Coates

BSc (Hons) Geography
M Phil Landscape Design
Member of the Landscape Institute since 1991

Liz has over 20 years experience as a landscape architect in both local government and private practice. Her career started in Manchester as a Landscape Assistant for a national housing developer preparing detailed designs and supervising landscape contracts.

In 1987 she returned to Cumbria as a Landscape Architect with the County Council Planning Department where she provided a wide range of landscape advice on policy formulation and development control to county and district planning authorities. With a background in geography combined with an analytical and systematic approach she was well placed to meet the increasing demand for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) work not only in the review of Environmental Statements for windfarms, mineral and waste disposal schemes and pipelines etc but also in their preparation for the County Council’s own developments. She took a lead role in a number of publications including: ‘Cumbria Design Guide: Layout of New Residential Development’; ‘Cumbria Landscape Classification’; ‘Cumbria Landscape Strategy’ and ‘Curwen Park Historical Assessment’.

In 1994 she moved onto County’s Construction Services Business Unit working on designs for public parks, school grounds, community centres, and major highway projects. She continued her environmental planning work and provided expert witness evidence at a number of public inquiries including landscape capacity evidence in support of several allocated housing sites in the Lancaster Local plan. Latterly she worked for Capita plc in Lancaster as a Principal Landscape Architect and Environmental Co-ordinator concentrating on major engineering projects for the Highways Agency such as the A66 Stainburn Bypass and M6 extension as well as specialist design and contract supervision for recreation projects such as artificial sports pitches, multi use games areas (MUGAs) and bowling greens.