new housing has seen unprecedented changes in recent years to the way in which
land is brought forward for development.
There continues to be pressure on planners and developers to increase
for a number of private landowners where land has been identified as having
development potential. Depending on the
current status of the Local Plan it can sometimes take many years to secure
planning consent; occasionally sites are in the Green Belt and have to be
removed before a planning application can be made.
farmers and landowners could instruct planning consultants to secure consent,
the costs are often prohibitive and risks significant. Oakwood can facilitate the introduction of a
Land Promoter or Developer who will fund the planning process. They will instruct, for example, all the
necessary reports, such as environmental, ecology, highways, housing demand and
make representations to the local authority.
Besides the funding, the right partner will also bring a wealth of
experience in dealing with the various stakeholders, ensuring the right balance
between obtaining a planning consent and the commercial viability of any
scheme. Developers’ requirements for
land change in line with general housing trends so it is important to work with
a partner who has good market intelligence.
proportion of planning applications are refused first time so either have to be
appealed or re-submitted. This is not
unusual for schemes which are often speculative. The partner will work with landowners to
agree the best way forward to achieve a satisfactory outcome.
provide advice on an appropriate deal and prepare detailed Heads of Terms
setting out what is agreed between the parties.
We can also signpost our clients to other professional advisers where
expertise is required, for example on VAT and tax, or the establishment of