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Our values & our work

OUR VALUES

PEOPLE

in all that we do, we try to help people, as clients, stakeholders, staff, colleagues, associates and neighbours. We will always try to be equitable, fair, honest and transparent in the way we treat people.

PLANET

we seek to protect and conserve the natural environment and finite resources of the planet. We will seek to reflect this in the way we advise our clients, design schemes and select our partners.

PROFIT

we believe our work leads to staff who are more fulfilled and experienced, more resilient communities, a conserved environment, and equitably shared financial rewards.

WE WORK WITH CLIENTS WHO SHARE THESE VALUES.

OUR MAIN AREAS OF WORK

Our team of planners are involved in delivering a wide range of manufacturing, housing, manufacturing, rail, mixed use, retail, sport, logistics and energy-related developments across the UK. We offer the following services; site appraisal, due diligence, preparing and submitting planning applications, master planning, neighbourhood planning, cultural & historic planning and economic development, representation of interests, appeals & inquiries, expert witness, environmental statements, planning obligations and agreements, community consultation.

True to our commitment to sustainability, we have been involved in designing and building sustainable housing for more than 15 years – long before it became fashionable or topical! We’ll design and specify passive houses, Scandinavian log houses, kit houses, and low-impact eco homes

 We offer full design services in the retail and commercial sectors.

We have successfully secured planning permission for a wide range of energy infrastructure – including individual wind turbines and wind farms, anaerobic digestion plants, combined heat & power (CHP), biomass power stations, large-scale solar and hydro schemes requiring Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA). Our clients include farmers, landowners, charities and investors.

We offer a comprehensive range of ecology and landscape services to both public and private sector clients that enable clients to design developments and other schemes that are sensitive to the needs of wildlife, landscape and habitats. We help our clients protect and conserve local and global environmental resources. We have been successful in securing standard and bespoke environmental permits and have an excellent working relationship with the Environment Agency and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency .

SPECIALIST SERVICES

Building a new house in the countryside requires key criteria to be satisfied in order to obtain the relevant planning permission. We have considerable experience and success in securing permission for such houses through Paragraph 79 (National Planning Policy Framework), ranging from an Arts & Crafts movement inspired house, to a home and garden based on permaculture principles, to a modernist pavillion designed around the needs of a disabled family member. These exciting projects always require a thorough knowledge of the policy context, an ability to understand client and architect to help them deliver their aspirations, and an analytical, out-of-the-box strategy to create opportunities out of constraints. 

Renovating historic buildings can be a complicated process, but we have abundant experience of completing and coordinating applications to secure all the necessary permissions. Ethical Partnership’s recent projects include the conversion of redundant agricultural buildings to new homes (which included the restoration of a Scheduled Ancient Monument, the highest category of heritage listing in England); and the transformation of a derelict cottage in a conservation area to create a design for a beautiful home that marries old and new. 

These are just some examples of the types of projects on which we work. Having an efficient, friendly and knowledgeable Planning Consultant is imperative for driving projects forwards and getting the best results. 

We offer ‘auditing and certification’ services for clients who want to ensure their buildings conform with Part M and ‘Lifetime Homes’. We can advises clients on how to incorporate accessible designs into their projects. 

We are working increasingly on projects such as new rail stations and refurbishment of existing stations, logistics hubs and on the planning aspects of road developments. As an environmentally-conscious organisation, we seek to do so in a way that means the public will benefit from these projects, with as little environmental harm as possible. We have a track record of researching the ways in which new technologies can be integrated to minimise pollution and energy usage.