Housebuilding & Land Development

Specialist lawyers for all your building and planning requirements

Specialist lawyers for all your building and planning requirements

Your Housebuilding & Land Development specialists under one roof

The housebuilding industry is the cornerstone of the British Economy. 

Our specialist Housebuilding & Land Development team has been undertaking a wide range of general and complex transactions specifically for property developers, house builders and landowners for over 50 years.

Our unrivalled experience and depth of expertise in one team makes Goughs the obvious choice when deciding who to speak with about your planning and development requirements.

Your housebuilding experts

How can we support you?

Our house building expertise include:

  • Sale and acquisition of development land.

  • Planning matters which includes Section 106 agreements, unilateral undertakings and affordable housing disposals.

  • All matters of site development 

Our specialist approach at Goughs ensures we can draw on experts from a range of disciplines and can therefore also offer associated services, such as Shareholders agreements, corporate structures and employment matters, as well as Wills and Trusts to protect your investments for future generations.

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The South West's Housebuilding & Land Development specialists

Your property development
questions answered

At Goughs we have unrivalled experience in terms of both residential and commercial property acquisitions. We can offer you detailed and bespoke guidance and advice on:

  • Option agreements and conditional contracts
  • Unconditional sale and purchase agreements
  • Advice on ransom strips and restrictive covenants
  • Collaboration and promotion agreements
  • Overage provisions
  • Landowners’ agreements

All planning and development work is different, and as such we draw on our many years of experience to give you a bespoke and realistic quote for all aspects of your project. 

Get in touch for your quote today.

Yes, of course! We completely understand that living and working in the world you do, you don’t often have time for detailed conversations with your legal team, so we will work around you. 

Our local offices are available during the week, but video conferences and calls can be arranged to suit you and your busy schedule.

Our corporate and commercial hub based just off the M4 provides an excellent space to host development and planning buildings with all parties that need to be involved.

Our clients rate us excellent

Sue Greenman

Everything was completed professionally and within my tight time scales. I would like to say thank you and would definitely go back to Goughs should I need help in the future.

Ali McBrine

Thank you Alice Blackmore for your fantastic professional support, with care, compassion and kindness, of our need for explanation and understanding of the system and language in a lot of correspondence. Thank you too for being always being honest and empathic of our feelings.

Andrew Alvis

Another well-managed transaction handled promptly and professionally by Nadine Cook and her team. We have used Goughs before, will use again and would not hesitate to recommend their services to anybody.

Phil Carter

Goughs Solicitors provide a friendly, professional and extremely reassuring service. The whole team, especially Georgina Catlin, are empathetic and provide sound advice when required, you definitely feel you are in safe hands.

Your Housebuilding and Land Development specialists

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.

Rebecca Bailey

Senior Associate Solicitor

Rebecca joined Goughs in 2014 having previously spent 15 years at two major law firms in London and Leeds and advises on all aspects of property and construction.

Elli Crosby


After joining the firm in 2017 Elli qualified as a solicitor in January 2021. Elli deals with all aspects of housebuilding, in particular acting for both housebuilders and landowners in relation to the purchase and disposal of land for residential development.  

Hannah Delaney

Plot Sales & Development Conveyancer

Hannah started as a legal assistant within the team and quickly progressed to the role of Plot Sales and Development Conveyancer in January 2019. She handles all our plot sales, on a wide range of sites. Hannah is currently on maternity leave.

Sophie Crawford

Associate 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.

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.

Alexine Moran


Alexine is an experienced Private Client solicitor and has been qualified for over 10 years. She deals with sensitive matters in a professional and courteous manner and takes a pragmatic approach to her work, allowing her to relate to all clients.

Gemma Rodriguez-Molloy

Licensed Conveyancer

Gemma joined the Residential Property Department at Goughs in 2015. She thoroughly enjoys every aspect of buying and selling properties and the excitement of clients when they reach completion!

Gemma Sumsion

Head of Real Estate & Corporate

Gemma is a Partner and Head of Real Estate & Corporate. She specialises in commercial property and corporate matters, acting for a wide range of clients.

Hannah Jackson

Trainee Solicitor

Hannah joined Goughs in April 2022, having received her LLM from the University of Law in 2020. She specialises in all areas of residential and commercial property, and values building lasting relationships with her clients.

Specialist home & property lawyers

Local since 1882, with an excellent reputation

First-class, effective service

Largest solicitors in Wiltshire

Seven offices throughout the county

Nationally accredited law firm

Recognised by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners

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