Carter Jonas acquired around 90 acres of agricultural land in the Green Belt near Gloucester for an institutional client, being part of an ‘area of search’ within the then draft Regional Spatial Strategy.
We then advised our client on methods of taking control of a second similar sized landownership in the area. Consideration was given to various methods including purchase, taking a promotion or option agreement, and entering into a landowner collaboration agreement.
In the end, our professionals negotiated a collaboration agreement with the adjoining landowner before project managing the promotion of the overall site. A draft allocation in the joint core strategy was secured and planning permission for a strategic mixed-use development scheme, including 1,500 new homes, was secured following a ‘call in’ public inquiry. The allocation was subsequently confirmed on the adoption of the joint core strategy.
Carter Jonas have since been project managing the discharge of planning conditions and the delivery of primary infrastructure to open the site for housing. We have now sold three individual residential phases with capacity for 635 new homes to national house builders. During this commission, Carter Jonas have also negotiated and settled ‘overages’ due to former landowners, the surrender of easements affecting the site and resolved many other issues to enable delivery.