Land & Planning

Our Land and Development department specialises in identifying potential building plots, barn conversions and development sites, as well as the subsequent sale of new build properties. We have experience ranging from renovations and small single garden plots, through to advising on medium to large developments, and sites ear marked for inclusion within the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan.

We work closely with various Architects, Planning Consultants, Ecology Consultants and Structural Engineers to enhance the development potential of your property, whilst ensuring the whole process is carried out with minimal outlay by you, and in as efficient time as possible. We have also built strong relationships within local authority departments, the county council and with legal counsel to ensure the advice you receive is nothing short of expert.

We are often called upon by large developers carrying out feasibility studies of developments, land owners wishing to maximise their land values, and homeowners planning extensions. Our professional services department is well versed in carrying out development valuation work, and we have close contacts with barristers specialising in land and planning who can help with more contentious or complex issues.

As members of the Land and New Homes Network, a group of likeminded property professionals across the country, we are able to offer the following services.

 

Development Consultancy Services

We offer on the ground insight and advice that is regularly converted into profitable results. Come to us for design advice and tactical guidance on key regeneration projects or press our team on anything from option appraisals and scheme optimisation to feasibility studies or getting the housing mix right for a specific location.

Understanding the requirements of our clients and delivering value drives our service offering. We will tailor our strategies to your specific needs enabling you to maximise the value of your assets.

Come to us for specific advice and commonly requested services such as:

  • Pricing
  • Market Research
  • Concept Analysis
  • Scheme Analysis
  • Value Engineering
  • New Home Sales

 

Land

Delivering Value for your Land

As a land or property owner you will no doubt appreciate that you possess a valuable asset. But are you aware of all the development opportunities available to you? And if you have already applied for planning consent with a view to selling did you know that there are many lucrative options open to you that are often overlooked? Put simply your land could be worth more than you think. We are specialists in providing land owners with unrivalled insight and intelligence and on introducing you to trusted property buyers and local specialists.

We specialise in helping land owners navigate the many pitfalls that can occur when assessing a valued site. Plus, we have got the expertise and experience of dealing with a range of national, regional and local house builders, so if you are thinking of selling we can often introduce you to a serious buyer.

What types of sites are of interest?

Currently many shapes and sizes of land are in demand – from uniquely shaped parcels that often suit bespoke properties in densely populated areas to large open plots more suited to mixed use developments. Gardens, office buildings and commercial properties are also all desirable.

Brownfield, Greenfield and Strategic Land all have potential for any number of prospective uses – from residential housing and care homes through to retirement developments and affordable housing.

We are sensitive to the needs of those thinking of selling land in close proximity to their homes and neighbours. So we will work in partnership with you, carry out community consultations when necessary and clearly explain the process to help you achieve the level of planning consent you require to secure a sale.

 

We are adept at adding value for our clients at any stage of the process.  Submitted planning? Awaiting a decision? Been refused? Consented? We can help.

  

What part does planning play?

Land tends to be offered for certain in one of three ways.

  1. With planning consent.
  2. Without planning consent.
  3. Subject to planning consent.

When a piece of land is sold subject to planning, the interested buyer will agree to buy the site and exchange contracts as long as they are able to secure the planning consent they need to develop on the land. (This agreement will be covered by what is known as either an option or conditional contract). So it becomes the buyer’s responsibility to submit the planning application at their own cost and when/or crucially if the planning consent is granted the sale will be completed. And while selling a site in this manner has risks and can be protracted a lengthy process It is by no means insurmountable.

Our Land and Development department specialises in identifying potential building plots, barn conversions and development sites, as well as the subsequent sale of new build properties. We have experience ranging from renovations and small single garden plots, through to advising on medium to large developments, and sites ear marked for inclusion within the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan.

We work closely with various Architects, Planning Consultants, Ecology Consultants and Structural Engineers to enhance the development potential of your property, whilst ensuring the whole process is carried out with minimal outlay by you, and in as efficient time as possible. We have also built strong relationships within local authority departments, the county council and with legal counsel to ensure the advice you receive is nothing short of expert.

We are often called upon by large developers carrying out feasibility studies of developments, land owners wishing to maximise their land values, and homeowners planning extensions. Our professional services department is well versed in carrying out development valuation work, and we have close contacts with barristers specialising in land and planning who can help with more contentious or complex issues.

Below are some case studies, detailing how we have helped some of our clients. To see some of the developments we have sold on behalf of local builders please see our New Homes page.

 

CASE STUDY ONE – Ford Farm, Eggesford

Mr S contacted us to give a market appraisal of his small holding near Chulmleigh. We visited the property and identified three barns that had potential for conversion. Our colleague, Simon Archer of Architectural Services visited the site with us, and using our combined experience we were able to work out the accommodation that would best suit the layout of the barns and provide the client with the best possible return.

A Heritage Assessment and Wildlife Survey was carried out and drawings prepared for the conversion of two of the barns to residential use, while the third was to be utilised as car ports and parking for the new dwellings and existing two bedroom cottage. We divided the land using Promap and working closely with local solicitors amended the Title Deeds, as well as ensuring that all services and access routes were properly accounted for in the deeds. Mr S now had three properties to sell, two being barns for conversion with a good amount of acreage.

CASE STUDY TWO – Woolsgrove Court, Morchard Road

Mrs S from Morchard Road asked us to look at her large Edwardian House with outbuildings. The property had been on the market for several years with various estate agents, and the client was asking just under £850,000. She invited our firm in to advise on a realistic valuation, and we suggested obtaining planning permission for two of the outbuildings to be changed to residential use, splitting the large gardens and then selling the new properties off individually. This approach put the entire land value in excess of £1 million, and opened the market to more buyers.