Strategic Land Development2020-02-26T21:38:20+00:00

Strategic Land Development

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    What is Strategic Land Development?

    Strategic land is usually greenfield in nature and located on the edge or close to existing settlements, especially those sustainable towns and villages with good transport links and local facilities. Usually, such land doesn’t have planning permission but has the potential in the medium to long-term, to achieve planning permission. 

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    Norton Taylor Nunn’s Strategic Land Development Team have vast experience and expertise to help you deliver projects in the most commercially effective and tax-efficient way.

    • Our strategic land team will help assess the potential of your site for development. We can advise on planning, while working with our partners to advise on land sales and acquisitions, site assembly, negotiating promotion agreements, option agreements, joint ventures and acquisitions either unconditionally or subject to planning.

    • Working with private developers (commercial and residential), landowners and the public sector, we have an in depth knowledge of the legal structures and issues relating to the delivery of strategic land to development stage.

    Strategic Land Development FAQs

    What is the development plan?2019-12-31T00:20:01+00:00

    Each local planning authority is required by the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to prepare a development plan for its area. Although the structure and content of plans have been amended, the basic principle remains the same.

    The plan should set out a strategic vision for the area and be subject to an environmental assessment.

    Environmental assessment is a process that ensures significant environmental effects arising from policies, plans and programmes are:

    • identified;
    • assessed;
    • reduced;
    • communicated to decision-makers; and
    • monitored.

    It also gives you a chance to have your say.

    The plan also contains local policies for land use. Certain areas are selected for future uses. These local policies consider how those uses should look, operate and interact with the environment are set out in the plan.

    When a local planning authority receives an application, the first aspect it should consider is whether or not the development follows the development plan. If it would, then normally the application would be approved – although other considerations, such as representations from the public on planning issues, may lead the authority to decide otherwise.

    You should be able to view your local planning authority’s development plan, on the authority’s website.

    Check out the nidirect website for more information about how development plans set out how an area should look in the future by deciding the type and scale of development and where buildings should be allowed.

    What is EIA – and how will I know if it is needed?2019-12-31T00:12:18+00:00

    An EIA is an Environment Impact Assessment. It assesses how the proposed development will impact both on the nearby environment and on the wider environment generally. It is required for some sorts of development under European legislation. You are advised to contact your LPA for further information.

    See “Environmental Impact Assessment” on the government website which explains the requirements of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017.

    What is strategic land use planning?2020-10-10T09:34:27+00:00

    Strategic land development planning is the process of the assessment of land, with the intention of identifying future land uses, and potential for development.  Strategic land use planning helps forecast and control a variety of factors affecting a location, including housing demand, and the need for services to meet subsequent growth caused by any development. Strategic land planning balances controlled growth with sensitive factors such as sustainability and community needs.

    Strategic land development planning is part of a wide network of local planning authorities, and town development plans, ensuring consistency and helping the UK as a whole function efficiently and effectively.

    What does a land developer do?2020-10-10T09:35:52+00:00

    Land developers are generally required to oversee property acquisitions, alongside the subsequent planning and construction process. The real estate organisations to which land developers belong may specialise in one particular area of development, broadly defined as commercial and residential. These categories may be narrowed down to residential, retail, office, and industrial developments.

    When overseeing developments, land developers generally take into account property value, the current state of the economy, zoning restrictions, and the suitability of land. Those specialising in other areas may assist in portfolio development or market analysis. Land developers may work to subdivide land in order to better suit the development project or to maximise potential profit.

    How do you source land for development?2020-10-10T09:37:51+00:00

    The first step in sourcing land for development is conducting extensive research regarding the type of development to be undertaken, and the most suitable type of land for purchase in accordance with this. Any other relevant investigations should also be completed. Following this, interest should be registered with all relevant parties, including land agents, brokers, planning consultants, and real estate agents.

    Property sections of publications such as both local and national newspapers and magazines should be frequently checked, alongside property sales websites. Setting email notifications for property uploads may assist with keeping track of properties new to the market online.

    Land purchasing opportunities may also be found at specialist auctions, which may be accessed through both private inquiries, and government authorities. 

    What is strategic land?2020-10-10T09:40:48+00:00

    Land may be considered strategic for two primary reasons;

    • The location of the land may form an access route upon development, subsequently opening up a larger area of land for potential development.
    • The land may be within the boundaries of an existing developed area, meaning it will tend to gain value regardless of how much is invested in it, and that it may be developed over a short, medium, or long term. Brownfield sites are an excellent example of this.  

    The value of strategic land lies in the way it is processed through the planning application system, or through development, and subsequent sale. As mentioned above, the land may also be held as an investment.

    How do you find development opportunities?2020-10-10T09:42:35+00:00

    Development opportunities can be found through numerous sources of information. Following the conduction of preliminary research relating to all aspects of the development, a prospective developer should register interest with all relevant parties through which land or property may be obtained. This can include land agents, brokers, planning consultants, and real estate agents.  In addition to this, forms of publication through which property can be advertised should be checked on a regular basis, alongside online listings, for which notifications can be set.

    Strategic land may also be found for sale at actions catering to developers, or land auctions, both of which may be accessed through both private inquiries, and government authorities. 

    Not all planning applications will require a town planner

    We can also help you find the appropriate architect or designer of your scheme, along with other consultants who may be needed, from transport planners, heritage planners and environmental consultants, right through to architects, technical draftspersons and/or designers.

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