The key to boosting the pipeline of new homes lies in unlocking development sites.

  • Development Appraisal - A development appraisal is crucial to establishing the financial viability of a proposed residential scheme. By analysing the nature and cost of any planning constraints associated with the proposed project, such as Section 106 obligations and affordable housing contributions, we are able to ascertain the level of likely returns as well as determining the residual site value.
  • Strategic Land - Strategic land – that which has the potential to be developed in the longer-term – is well-suited for residential development. We can prepare and submit detailed technical evidence demonstrating a site’s suitability for development and manage representations with the local planning authority in order to secure an allocation within a local plan.
  • Urban Design & Master-planning - How things work and look matters. From feasibility projects for half a dozen homes on tight urban sites, through to large masterplans for mixed-use urban extensions with thousands of new homes, we knit together commercial urban design advice and skills to deliver better places and built environments that promote social and environmental value as well as enduring commerciality.
  • Planning Applications & Appeals - We can help you prepare and submit a watertight planning application, flag and address any potential issues and increase your chances of securing permission in the quickest time possible. From time to time, applications are refused and it is necessary to lodge an appeal. We can evaluate the reason for refusal and advise on the most appropriate strategy to have the decision overturned and provide expert witnesses at appeal.
  • Negotiating Developer Contributions - Where a planning permission requires a legal requirement to mitigate site specific impacts, such as Section 106 or Community Infrastructure Levy, we can advise on how to modify or discharge your obligations to remove any onerous clauses and make the development more financially viable.
  • Procurement Advice - We provide clear advice on OJEU regulations, develop strategies to ensure the cost and resources required to comply with the regulations are proportionate and provide recommendations on evaluation criteria, application of available frameworks and requirement for expertise in order to deliver efficient procurement.
  • Management Consultancy - Thinking about the practical aspects of how a residential development will operate at the development stage is crucial to optimising its performance. Our specialist advice provides an opportunity to eliminate any potential design issues thereby enhancing tenant satisfaction and mitigating any costs associated with remedial works once the scheme has transitioned to a working asset. We can also help to set up the management framework, including drafting the service charge budget and schedule to provide greater transparency over future operating costs.