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Carter Jonas has invested in its expanding Planning & Development division, launching a new team from its Birmingham office at Two Snowhill in the city centre. Neal Allcock has been recruited as a partner to lead the team, with Molly Stanley recruited as a graduate planner.

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Our northern development team has completed the sale of a residential development site in Honley, Holmfirth comprising around 4.5 acres and delivering 95 new homes.

Acting on behalf of the landowner, our team successfully negotiating the sale price following receipt of planning permission, under the terms of an option agreement with David Wilson Homes. 

The scheme provides a well-planned sustainable solution with dwellings which will meet high architectural standards, creating a pleasant and high-quality living environment.

For further information, please contact a member of our team:

Daniel Sherwood

Associate Partner
07801 666174

Our professionals have been selected to advise Guildford Borough Council on its plan to undertake a proactive role in the regeneration of Guildford Town centre and its hinterland.

The Council has assembled a multi-disciplinary team to develop a viable and deliverable plan for its economic regeneration underpinned by a constraints informed masterplan, technical studies and financial model that will provide its route map for economic based regeneration over the next 15 years.  

Specific advice is to be provided on a number of Council owned development areas that will present the opportunity to address identified needs. The primary sites are Bedford Wharf, North Street and Woodbridge Meadows. 

The constraint led pro-active delivery plan will need to be based on current and future looking evidence base and an aspirational deliverable strategic masterplan.

For further information, please contact a member of our team:

Nick Taylor
07584 681596

Our planning professionals in Cambridge have obtained full planning permission for a 50-unit housing scheme on a former Cambridgeshire County Council maintenance depot site in March, Cambridgeshire on behalf of This Land Limited.

 By optimising the development potential of the redundant brownfield site, our professionals were able to deliver a mix of much needed 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes. The scheme seeks to address the shortage of housing and contribute towards Fenland District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council’s housing targets. 
This is one of three sites which our planning professionals have secured planning permission for on behalf of This Land Limited in March. Together the sites will collectively deliver 91 new homes. 
Dave Gelling, Managing Director of This Land Limited, commented, “This is an excellent result and we are grateful for the support from Carter Jonas. The development will positively enhance the area and bring much needed additional quality housing.”
For further information, please contact a member of our team:

Adam Conchie
Associate Partner 
07584 51765

Do you own land with development potential in Wiltshire?

Wiltshire Council has recently launched a Local Plan Review Consultation.

This is a review of the adopted Local Plan which will assess the future levels of need for new homes and employment land over the period 2016–2036 and will involve new site allocations.            

The consultation provides an opportunity for landowners, developers, and community groups, who are interested in having their land considered for development over the coming years, to get involved.

If you own land with potential for development within the region, get in touch with our planning and development experts who are dedicated to helping secure planning permission for development and are available to assist you with schemes both large and small.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 9 March 2021.

For further information, please contact a member of our team:

Steve Morris
07554 459556

The next edition of Planning & Development bulletin will be published in February, however you can keep up-to-date with our latest firmwide developments on the News & Events section of our website.

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Colin Brown
Partner - Head of Planning and Development Division
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Partner - Head of Planning in the Southern Region
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Partner - Head of Planning and Development North
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Colin is a Partner and was appointed Head of Planning & Development Division in November 2020, he is based out of our Cambridge office.  He has over 25 years’ experience of planning consultancy and has a broad sphere of work.  He acts for a wide range of private, institutional and developer clients and has worked on significant planning applications and appeals.

He regularly instructs Counsel, and has appeared at a number of Local Plan examinations and in Section 78 and other appeals where he has often given evidence.  He carries out much land promotion work and has a strong track record of delivering planning consents taking projects through their entire process from site identification to construction on site.  

Away from work, Colin is Chairman of the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry and of the Cambridge branch of networking group, Interact.  He is also Chairman of the Dining Rights Committee at the Hawks’ Club, a sporting club in the City for Cambridge University sportsmen. He is a regular, if poor golfer, a keen cyclist and a committed, but somewhat less dangerous skier than he once was.

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James is Chairman of Carter Jonas.  Formerly Head of the Planning & Development Division, James advises clients on proposed development projects throughout the south of England with nearly 30 years of experience in residential and mixed use development.  This includes site identification, project management of planning and development strategies, valuation and viability appraisals, marketing and sale of development opportunities. He has specific expertise in option, promotion and other development agreements, joint ventures and landowner equalisation agreements. James has been involved in sites ranging from new settlements to city centre regeneration and smaller provincial and rural schemes, and also provides expert witness and independent expert valuation services for dispute resolution.

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Nick is a chartered town planner and development surveyor with over 25 years' experience, gained across the residential, commercial, retail and industrial sectors for corporate, institutional and private landowners and developers. He has worked at CBRE and Drivers Jonas Deloitte. His professional experience is in three main sectors – Strategic Land / Projects, Retail / Mixed-Use and Central London. Strategic Projects / Land involves the promotion of land for commercial and residential development for landowners and developers. Retail / Mixed-Use schemes are a blend of edge of centre and town centre mixed-use schemes with food stores and other uses, often residential. This sector includes regeneration and waterside schemes. Central London focuses on projects from Canary Wharf to Hammersmith and Camden down to Wandsworth, Southwark and Lambeth.

When he isn’t working, Nick can be found playing golf (increasingly badly) and spending time re-stocking and emptying his wine cellar to indulge his passion for wine.

Steven is Partner and Head of Planning Southern Region and is based in our Oxford office.

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John is Head of the Leeds office and the Planning & Development Team North. John advises clients on proposed development projects throughout the North of England.  He has over 30 years’ experience in residential and commercial development acting for private, corporate, institutional, charity and public sector clients.

This includes site identification, project management of planning and development strategies, valuation and viability appraisals, marketing and sale of development opportunities.

John has specific expertise in Options, Promotional Agreements, Joint Ventures and Conditional Contracts, acting mainly for landowners.  John has been involved in projects such as new settlements, to city centre regeneration, provincial sites, large commercial developments and site sales.

The Development Agency team are currently instructed on 6,500 acres in 150 locations across the North West, Yorkshire and the North East.

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