Strategic Land

Expert legal advice for your strategic land and development plans

Land and development solicitors

Your real estate experts

 ‘Strategic land’ usually refers to land that has future development potential. It is invariably land that has not been allocated by the local planning authority for future development, but which has the potential for such development.

We act for a range of clients in relation to strategic land matters including housebuilders, landowners and promoters and we have considerable experience in dealing with a wide variety of structures designed to bring forward the future development of strategic land.

Our expertise

Strategic land deals can take a number of forms. We can assist with:

  • Conditional Sale Agreements and Contracts
  • Option Agreements
  • Promotion Agreements
  • Joint Venture Agreements
  • Landowner Agreements
  • Collaboration and consortium Agreements
  • Land assembly

 

We have a wealth of experience in dealing with all forms of strategic land deal structures and our experience of acting for a wide range of clients means we can understand the other party’s key drivers in a given transaction and can provide pragmatic and commercial advice to facilitate the completion of a given deal.

Undertaking complex transactions for housebuilders and landowners

Your local real estate solicitor since 1882

Recent highlights

  • Acting for a housebuilder in relation to an Option Agreement to secure a key site on the outskirts of Bristol for 70 plus homes;

  • Collaboration Agreement and a series of Option Agreements for Redcliffe Homes for a 1000 unit site in South Chippenham

  • Acting for a number of landowners in a complex land assembly and series of Promotion and Option Agreements for a high value site in Bath

  • Acting for a landowner client on a complex Promotion Agreement and Overage variation for a site near Frome;

  • Acting for a housebuilder client in relation to a joint venture agreement for the development of a large site in South Gloucestershire

Testimonials

Andy Turner | Managing Director | Princeton Homes

Rebecca is professional, efficient and extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of Construction Law.

2021-03-03

Tom O'Connor | Managing Director | Redcliffe Homes

Andrew is an experienced, diligent and pragmatic development lawyer.  Highly recommended.

2021-01-12

Bath Property Awards 2021

Goughs prides itself on its first-class service, with growing property marketing reach and increasing areas of expertise. Enquiries also escalated by 20%, a commanding showing this year!

2021-03-20

Peter Hellyer

I have found Goughs Solicitors in Chippenham & Trowbridge to be fast and very efficient in their services to me, they understand your instruction and get on with it! They are very easy to talk to, which is equally very important to me. They are my first port of call for all legal services.

2021-02-14

Philip Fowler

Very professional service

Very professional service - at a difficult time due to Covid 19.

2021-03-08

Jane Weller

Helpful

Helpful, prompt and efficient

2021-03-08

Ms Michelle Fielding

I would definitely recommend Goughs

I definitely would recommend Goughs they were very efficient, very helpful and always informed us of what was happening in the chain.

2021-03-02

Ms Kathleen Lucas

Thank you very much for doing a great job

Thank you very much for doing a great job as always, would recommend you for sure for being so efficient and getting the job done as quick as possible.

2021-03-01

Very helpful

Very helpful. Advice clear with plenty of time for us to consider all the options before making decisions.

2021-02-14

Mr Wood

Very thorough

Very thorough, and we also got forces discount.

2021-02-02

Testimonials

Andy Turner | Managing Director | Princeton Homes

Rebecca is professional, efficient and extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of Construction Law.

2021-03-03

Tom O'Connor | Managing Director | Redcliffe Homes

Andrew is an experienced, diligent and pragmatic development lawyer.  Highly recommended.

2021-01-12

Bath Property Awards 2021

Goughs prides itself on its first-class service, with growing property marketing reach and increasing areas of expertise. Enquiries also escalated by 20%, a commanding showing this year!

2021-03-20

Peter Hellyer

I have found Goughs Solicitors in Chippenham & Trowbridge to be fast and very efficient in their services to me, they understand your instruction and get on with it! They are very easy to talk to, which is equally very important to me. They are my first port of call for all legal services.

2021-02-14

Your strategic land questions answered

Conditional contracts are usually used by developers as a means of securing an interest in land which has development potential but without being under an obligation to buy the land unless the conditionality (usually a planning condition) is satisfied;

Options are similar to conditional contracts except that they do not oblige the developer to purchase the land in the event that a planning permission is granted.

A promotion agreement is usually between a landowner and a developer but sometimes it is between a landowner and a planning promoter. The developer/promoter will usually be obliged to promote the land for development and to obtain planning permission to allow for the relevant development. If planning permission is achieved, the land is sold on the open market and the proceeds split according to the agreement.

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Knowledge

We draw from a wide range of disciplines to support you in keeping your business moving forward.

Heritage

Goughs have been providing legal services to businesses across the south west since 1882.

Experience

We deal with a wide variety of real estate clients so have the expertise to ensure all your needs are dealt with by one team.

Your land & development team

Elli Crosby

Solicitor

Elli initially worked in the Land & Development team as a Plot Sales Conveyancer before starting her training contract in January 2019. She moved back to the team in summer 2019 and recently qualified. Elli deals with all aspects of development work whilst also managing all the team’s Infrastructure projects.

Aimee Glover

Senior Associate

Aimee has been working in development land since 2011 and has acted for a number of national housebuilders. She joined the team in late 2020 and manages our Planning matters whilst also dealing with both strategic land and land acquisition.

Sophie Crawford

Solicitor

Sophie joined the team in December 2020 and works closely with Aimee on strategic land projects as well as dealing with all aspects of development land work.

Andrew Given

Partner and Head of Land & Development

Andrew has been head of the Land & Development team since 2014 and acts for SME Housebuilders, Land Promoters, and Landowners on all aspects of development land.

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