Strategic land

Strategic land is key to providing the new homes and communities needed to deliver national housing growth. Whatever your project, from start to finish we have the expertise.

Strategic land projects are no longer simply about buy-develop-sell. Landowners now seek ways of staying in for the long haul on the delivery of large-scale sites. They are focussed on place-making and achieving higher values over extended periods, to maximise the potential of their investment return - often referred to as the stewardship model.

Whatever stage you are at, we have the experience and technical expertise to guide you through the journey, from site acquisition to completed scheme. At each step along the way, we can help you make choices which will underpin the success of your project and protect your reputation through a long-term legacy.

Our lawyers

Our large team of specialist lawyers, working in multi-disciplinary teams have a wealth of project-based experience and expertise, to give commercially-focused advice enabling you to achieve a strong market position.

Our experience

We advise a wide range of clients in both the private and public sectors on a variety of projects, on greenfield sites and brownfield or urban regeneration. We help deliver residential schemes creating new neighbourhoods with significant public realm, green spaces and community amenities, as well as strategic commercial developments in business parks and on university and hospital campuses.

Our work currently includes:

  • Supporting a master developer in assembling a large site through a series of promotion and option agreements, in the absence of a landowner collaboration agreement.
  • Providing strategic advice on the options for disposal, collaboration with adjoining landowners, joint venture arrangements with a house builder development partner and Homes England funding for enabling infrastructure works.
  • Devising and implementing bespoke and innovative documentation to enable place-making and multi-phase sales of serviced land parcels for residential and commercial development on a large scale sustainable urban extension sites. 
  • Advising master developers on infrastructure delivery, construction of new schools and other community buildings, new homes, neighbourhood centres, major commercial premises and manufacturing facilities on several very large sites.
  • Establishing estate management strategies and service charge recovery schemes for in-perpetuity provision of high quality open spaces and community facilities, creating a long-term legacy for the developing landowners, acting for landowners, developers and stewardship bodies.

Our clients

We work with a range of clients – private individuals, corporate landowners, stock market listed developers, central and local government, and other public sector organisations, including: 

  • Urban&Civic plc
  • Marshall Group
  • Countryside Properties
  • Oxbridge colleges, Trinity College, Cambridge and Christ Church, Oxford
  • Church Commissioners
  • The Land Trust 
  • Defence Infrastructure Organisation
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Northampton
  • Ipswich Borough Council
  • Over 50 landed estates

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