“We have been working with Focus for over 6 years now. Being development-led planning consultants and architects working for developers, house builders, renewable energy and commercial clients we now understand, with Focus’s help, how important understanding biodiversity is to succeed in the planning process, and how important it is to get it right and use the right people!
We feel comforted taking the advice from Graham, Fern and the team and throwing it into the gauntlet that is the planning system. It has been a pleasure to have Focus on the development team, particularly when any issues arise and we require comfort. Interestingly our clients are now also opening their eyes to the world of development v ecology, and taking a new approach. Recent large scale developer clients welcome enhancement and mitigation as part of their schemes seeing how the benefits can be shared. We look forward to working with Focus in 2017 and the future!”
Dan Stiff – Director at BB Architecture & Planning Ltd.
“Having worked with Focus for over 2 years on new build and regeneration schemes, I arranged for them to run a training session for me and colleagues across the repairs and planned maintenance departments.
The session was well attended and feedback received was very positive indeed. All members of staff at Focus are incredibly knowledgeable, happy to help and passionate about what they do. Graham ran the training and provided us with an excellent overview of things to consider and was more than happy to answer queries as we went along.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Focus for ecological services and would implore others to arrange similar training sessions.”
Alison Salter – Cheltenham Borough Homes Ltd.
“I am very pleased to write on behalf of Tetlow King Planning in support of your recent work supporting an application and appeal for a recent large housing proposal at Calne, Wiltshire.
In my dealings with Focus Environmental Consultants I have found the team to be very organised, professional, focused, honest and quick to act. This was even more evident when working with Graham, as at all times you provided pragmatic advice tailored exactly to the client’s and site’s complex needs. Your work at the appeal hearing was a masterclass in how to deliver specialist advice in an open, informative and persuasive manner, getting buy-in from the Inspector, the local authority’s expert and interested parties in the face of stiff opposition. This carried on to the appeal site visit, in which the delivery of your expertise was central to showcasing how ecology can be effectively managed and development mitigated. This provided the client with the greatest chance of securing a valuable planning consent.
I have no hesitation in recommending you to our clients and look forward to working alongside you in the future.”
Jonathan Adams – Director at Tetlow King Planning
“Working in Architectural Design we often require additional professional services such as bat and tree reports to assist with our application. Having recommended Focus for bat reports in the past I was keen to use their Arb services too. Callum was prompt in setting up a fee proposal for our project and provide clarity on the types of work he could assist with.
Despite my very little knowledge of ‘tree’s’, Callum provided a thorough report that was perfect! He was clear in his explanation and provided a good line of communication throughout the work commissioned. I was delighted to have receive the report so quickly and on time as estimated by Callum. Following issue of the report Callum couldn’t do enough to make sure that the document was to my satisfaction and assist with any queries I had.
I have recently contacted Callum to assist on a different site and wouldn’t hesitate to do so again in the future. Thank you!”
Emily James - Architectural Designer & Planning Consultant at Engineering & Building Design Ltd
“Thank-you to you and your staff for your work.
Particularly the speed of your responses, which greatly contributed to the successful outcome of our application.”
Mr & Mrs Scaiff – Private Client
“On behalf of Costain, EM Highways and the HA, I just wanted to thank you and team for assisting us…
Throughout the time you have worked with us, you have been very professional and have shown a great pro-active attitude to keep the process moving swiftly and effectively.
We were very pleased with how quickly you were able to get the approval of bat licence for us and it has been a very interesting experience for all of us.
Many thanks and we hope that in the future should any similar situations arise we will be able to work with you again.”
Gavin Jones – Project Manager at Costain
“Thank you for your email. I am one very happy client!
I am so thankful for your service which has been a pleasure dealing with you and your company.
Professional, friendly, realistic, don’t waste time or money, passionate for what you do, easy to work with, I would highly recommend your company to anyone.”
Mr Parsons – Private Client
“I am pleased to recommend the services of Focus Environmental Consultants. Having commissioned their expertise regularly now on a wide variety of projects, I have been impressed by their highly professional, knowledgeable and valuable advice, as well as their methodical approach to a wide variety of ecological problems.
Focus Environmental Consultant’s work is thorough, well presented and perceptive, and I have also found it to be timely and reliable.
Graham and Fern are also approachable, good problem solvers and have the happy knack of being able to explain sometimes complex ecological issues in straightforward client friendly language.”
Bob Jolly – Director at EJ Planning Ltd.
“Focus Environmental Consultants have provided ecological advice and undertaken many types of studies, monitoring and obtaining licences for me over the past two years.
I have found them friendly, helpful and willing to discuss various issues which may occur on potential development sites. They’re good at highlighting things that could save months on a development project. All in all, a great team!”
Jude Gregory – Project Manager at GreenSquare Group.
“Fern Fellowes-Day has worked for us on two major great Crested Newt relocation exercises, in West and South Yorkshire, including the required annual follow up reviews.
Throughout both projects Fern has acted with exemplary professionalism maintaining the interests both of the GCN’s and our operational needs. I have no hesitation in recommending her services for other appropriate projects.”