More, YES MORE new things! (Covid has officially sent us crazy…)
Introducing our new ‘Land & Development’ service. What the heck are we up to now? Well actually it’s just another arm of what we already do... in a slightly different way…
Whilst we admit there’s lots we don’t know, one thing we do know a bit about is getting planning on farms, buildings, barns, land and villages. Over the years we have learnt a few tricks of the trade and a planning loophole or two.
There is HUGE opportunity out there using these loopholes, permitted development rights, planning precedents and more for farmers and landowners to make money out of existing assets, for example getting planning for residential dwellings or commercial change of use, where you might not expect to be able to. We recently got planning – where it was not expected we would - for three dwellings in a rural location, worth in excess of £500,000 as three plots.
So, we have set up this service, specifically to identify and make the most of these opportunities in a proactive way, working with the landowner in a more hands on way, to bring projects to fruition. So, as well as identifying the opportunity, we also undertake the whole process of obtaining planning, including management, strategy and application at our cost and risk, including all third-party costs.
In other words, we put our money where our mouth is. If the project doesn’t work, you lose nothing, we take it on the chin and move on. If it does work, we all go out for a G&T and enjoy it.
So how would we describe ourselves? ‘Thinking like a developer, planning like a planner, but firmly on the side of the farmer’.
So how can we help you? If you have any of the below, get in touch with an address / postcode or plan and we can review it to see whether it has any legs.
What are we currently looking for?
1) Agricultural buildings with Class Q potential
a. NOT in an AONB
b. Steel or concrete frame or VERY good condition wooden frame
c. Existing side walls, block, concrete or clad
d. Preferably by itself, on edge of farmyard or isolated but not essential
2) Land in Wychavon near a village, NOT in greenbelt
3) Farmyards that have had some commercial use for a number of years
4) Any land or buildings that are not agricultural, eg retail, plant nurseries, scrap metal, storage
5) Any land you are considering selling as agricultural land, to see if we can increase value prior to sale
And of course we are always on the lookout for any strategic or land suitable for future residential planning – we can work on your behalf promoting it, or selling it, or agreeing with a developer – but again always on your side, maximising the opportunity.