Housebuilding & Land

Specialist lawyers for all your building and planning requirements

Housebuilding & planning specialist in Wiltshire

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

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Your property development
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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.

Digmore Sid

Excellent service

I engaged the services of Goughs Solicitors in Trowbridge, in particular Ailie Peacock, to act on my behalf for the sale of my house. Ailie was always clear with her advice, acted in a timely manor and answered any questions I had almost immediately. She was very proactive in dealing with the other parties involved in a slightly convoluted chain.

Ailie also managed a very late request from our buyers with calm efficiency and the utmost professionalism. The end result was a smooth sale and completion, with remarkably little stress on our part. I would not hesitate from using them again.


Margaret Wilson

Clear concise advice

Quick response to e-mails or phone calls. Will certainly use again in the near future. Clear concise advice patiently given!


Mr Ian Liddle

Excellent service

Excellent service as usual.



Superb once again.

Superb once again. Goughs provides outstanding service... professional in getting the job done and conducted with grace and care. Thank you Goughs!


Ashley Stone

Rhianna Cole

The solicitor I dealt with at Goughs, Rhianna Cole, was an absolute star, I cannot fault her in any way at all. She made everything in the situation I was in so easy to understand, and she guided me through an extremely stressful time, with extreme professionalism, yet a very personal and sensitive touch. Can't big them up enough.



Matt Saunders

Made first-time buying a (relatively) simple process!

Sophie was very attentive and responsive and understood the need to act quickly in regard to our purchase process. She was diligent with the paperwork and was very easy to talk to and clear at explaining what was required in terms of action from our side and from the seller.



Peter Hellyer

My first port of call for all legal services

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.


Rosemary Griffin

Extremely efficient

I have used Goughs solicitors for conveyancing on more than one occasion. I found them to be extremely efficient and professional and wouldn't hesitate in recommending them.


John Smith

Diligent and trustworthy company

I have dealt with Goughs on a professional level for over 10 years. During that time I have always found them to be a diligent and trustworthy company, always willing to help when I contact them. During the last 5 years in particular, I have had close contact with Phillip Bolton, Sophie Laird, Luchia Hirst and Nadine Cook. I can honestly say these four in particular are truly professional, diligent and hard working people. As a result of their ongoing professionalism and friendly manner, I would always feel happy to recommend them to any of my clients as I feel this is also a reflection on me and the service I provide to my clients. I will only be comfortable recommending people if I truly feel they provide a certain level of service and I can happily say Philip, Sophie, Luchia and Nadine do.




Very human, understanding, trustworthy, feeling of honesty.


Your Housebuilding and Land Development specialists

Phillip Bolton

Partner & Head of Private Wealth

Phillip is a Partner and Head of the Private Wealth Team at the firm. His practice encompasses all aspects of private client work, with a particular interest in complex Wills, wealth preservation, tax mitigation, and estate planning.

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.

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.  

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


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.

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.

Why work
with Goughs?

Local since 1882, with an excellent reputation

First-class, effective service

Nationally accredited law firm

Recognised by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners


Our departments work together so we can address all of your specialist legal needs smoothly and efficiently.

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