First of 5,000 new homes at Linmere development to be delivered by Bellway Homes
The Houghton Regis Management Company (‘HRMC’), the consortium bringing forward the Linmere development in Houghton Regis, has completed the sale of a 7.3 acre parcel at Linmere, the major urban extension located to the north of Houghton Regis in South Bedfordshire, to Bellway Homes.
On behalf of its consortium partners Aviva and the Diocese of St Albans, Lands Improvement is leading on the development of Linmere, which will ultimately deliver up to 5,150 homes, 1.25 million sq. ft of distribution and up to 1 million sq. ft of retail, office and leisure development, together with associated open space, schools and community facilities.
The sale of the site, for which Bellway Homes secured detailed planning approval in July, will see work begin on the first 153 new homes at Linmere. Bellway Homes’ development will offer residents the choice of a range of contemporary three and four-bedroom houses as well as one and two-bedroom flats. The new homes, 10% per cent of which will be made available and accessible via Affordable Rent and Shared Ownership schemes, will be located opposite one of three new schools planned for the urban extension, and a local centre.
Once complete, the first phase of Lands Improvement’s masterplan will deliver a total of 1,000 new homes including self-build properties. With over 190 acres of public green space, the equivalent of 62 cricket pitches, Linmere is very much focussed on creating a place where wellbeing is prioritised and outdoor living is a way of life. All properties will be located within 5 minutes’ walk from public green space and ‘The Farmstead’, a visitor centre and café to be opened in January 2021, will serve as a community hub and a lively destination where residents, locals and visitors are welcome.
This green space will be accessible to all residents in Houghton Regis, not just those living at Linmere and once completed the overall development will contribute more than £36m towards local education, transport, open space and leisure facilities. The project has already provided a substantial financial contribution to deliver the A5-M1 Link Road, which has been open since 2017, and will bring benefits to the wider area including helping to relieve traffic congestion in the nearby town centres.
The whole development is projected to deliver 2,400 new permanent operational jobs, in addition to 2,550 temporary jobs during the construction phase. The supermarket chain Lidl has also signed up to deliver a new 1 million square foot logistics warehouse adjacent to the M1, as part of the first phase of the development, which will be more than double the size of any other Lidl UK warehouse and will create up to 1,000 new jobs.
Nigel Reid, Development Director of the HRMC said: “This is a significant milestone for the project and will see the first new homes come forward at Linmere alongside The Farmstead visitor centre in the coming year. Reaching this stage is a massive achievement and the culmination of a huge effort from the whole Lands Improvement team. We will continue to work closely with Bellway Homes and other development partners, to be announced shortly, to ensure Linmere becomes a place its residents and the wider Houghton Regis community can be proud of.”
Luke Southgate, Sales Director for Bellway Northern Home Counties, said: “It is brilliant news that our plans for 153 new homes in Houghton Regis have been approved, and we are really looking forward to starting work at the development.
“There is a great demand for new homes in Houghton Regis, so we are really pleased to be able to provide a range of homes to help meet this need.
“These new homes promise to be a fantastic addition to Linmere. The wider neighbourhood also offers a great range of amenities for all types of buyers and we are looking forward to welcoming visitors to the development in the future.”
The first homes being built by Bellway at Linmere are set to be released for sale in 2021.
For further information regarding Bellway at Linmere, or to register your interest, please visit www.bellway.co.uk.
Barratt Homes to deliver a further 300 plus homes at Linmere development in Houghton Regis
Barratt Homes is set to deliver more than 300 properties in the first phase of Linmere, the new development brought forward by the Houghton Regis Management Company (HRMC), a consortium comprising Lands Improvement, Aviva Investors, and the Diocese of St Albans.
Situated north of Houghton Regis, Linmere’s collection of leafy and walkable neighbourhoods is set to be a new centre for South Bedfordshire. On behalf of its consortium partners, Lands Improvement is leading on the development of Linmere, which will ultimately deliver up to 5,150 homes, 1.25 million sq. ft of distribution and up to 1 million sq. ft of retail, office and leisure development, together with associated open space, schools and community facilities.
Barratt Homes’ development sits within the largest plot at Linmere, and will include a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bed homes, with a number available on Affordable Rent and Shared Ownership schemes. Sizes will vary from c.450 sq ft to c.1500 sq ft, catering to first home buyers and families.
Work will begin on site this year and once complete, residents will benefit from over 190 acres of green space (the equivalent of 62 cricket pitches) and its close proximity to The Farmstead, a visitor centre and café to be opened in Q3 2021 that will serve as a community hub and a lively destination where residents, locals and visitors are welcome. The opening of a new supermarket and the extended Thornhill Primary School is also due in 2021.
Linmere is very much focussed on creating a place where wellbeing is prioritised and outdoor living is a way of life. The vast amount of green space will be accessible to all residents in Houghton Regis, not just those living at Linmere and once completed the overall development will contribute more than £36m towards local education, transport, open space and leisure facilities. The project has already provided a substantial financial contribution to deliver the A5-M1 Link Road, which has been open since 2017, and will bring benefits to the wider area including helping to relieve traffic congestion in the nearby town centres.
Nigel Reid, Development Director of HRMC said: “To have another major housebuilder on board is further endorsement of our vision for Linmere and we look forward to construction beginning on these new homes shortly. The Barratt team has bought into the Linmere philosophy of quality and easy access to our parkland schools and amenities. We look forward to working with them to complete more new homes.”
Simon Francis, Managing Director at Barratt Homes North Thames, said: “As a five-star housebuilder, we are thrilled to be delivering much needed homes in Houghton Regis and look forward to contributing to the new and existing communities in and around the Linmere development. We are pleased to play a part in the regeneration of the local area and see Houghton Regis as being a great place for first time buyers and families to move to.”
Ben Littman, Development Director, Real Assets, at Aviva Investors: “We are pleased to see the first homes now being constructed on-site. Linmere is a significant regeneration scheme with a focus on maximising the wellbeing of residents. With a range of properties to be developed, including affordable housing and shared ownerships schemes, we believe the scheme offers opportunities to create a community from a broad base of backgrounds. The addition of retail and leisure facilities should add to the appeal of the area and make Linmere an attractive community in the coming years.”
For further information regarding Barratt Homes at Linmere, or to register your interest, please visit www.barratthomes.co.uk.
Lands Improvement forms joint venture with Taylor Wimpey to deliver 350 new homes at High Leigh Garden Village
Lands Improvement Holdings (‘Lands Improvement’), the leading strategic land development company, and Taylor Wimpey, one of the UK’s largest residential homebuilders, have formed a joint venture partnership (JV) to deliver 350 new homes at the High Leigh Garden Village development in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.
The 92.5 acre mixed use development was granted planning permission by Broxbourne Borough Council in 2015. The masterplan for the site includes 523 new homes, a new primary school, sports pitches and pavilion, a local shop, a hotel with ancillary gym and restaurant, a residential care home, commercial floor space, public open space and allotments. Lands Improvement and Taylor Wimpey will provide a mix of one, two, three, four and five bedroom homes, including 20% affordable properties. It is anticipated that construction of the first homes will start in the first half of 2020.
As part of the planning obligation for High Leigh Garden Village, the JV will provide over £9 million towards major local infrastructure improvements to help unlock the development’s potential and enhance its integration within the local area. Contributions will be made towards improving local bus services, local healthcare facilities, primary and secondary education, facilities in Hoddesdon town centre, as well as off-site leisure, sports, pedestrian and cycling facilities.
Lands Improvement separately invested over £7million towards the construction of a new roundabout off the Dinant Link Road, ground preparation and bringing utility services to the development areas which enable the first phases of housing.
Commenting on the JV, James Stone, Managing Director at Lands Improvement, said: “This investment gives certainty to the delivery of High Leigh Garden Village as a family-orientated place to live, which combines the very best of its surroundings, both town and countryside. This is an exciting opportunity to create a sustainable new neighbourhood for this part of Hertfordshire and establish numerous community, recreational and employment facilities.
Lands Improvement is delighted to be working in partnership with Taylor Wimpey, which brings a wealth of experience as one of the UK’s largest housebuilders and shares our ambitious vision for delivering a thoughtfully designed and high quality development faithful to the Garden Village principles.”
Andrew Holloway, Land and Planning Director at Taylor Wimpey North Thames, said: “At Taylor Wimpey we are proud of the homes we build and the communities we help to create and we are pleased to be working with Lands Improvement to deliver much needed new homes in Hoddesdon. High Leigh Garden Village is a really exciting new development which will also provide some fantastic new facilities for local people and we look forward to starting work on site next year.”
Savills advised Lands Improvement on the JV partnership.
Lands Improvement support children’s charity Barnardo’s in Houghton Regis
On Friday, 20 and 27 September two teams from Lands Improvement spent a day each painting part of the Barnardo’s Centre in Houghton Regis, five minutes away from our large scale, mixed-used development Linmere.
In 2017-18 Barnardo’s reached, helped and transformed the lives of 301,100 children, young people, parents and carers, providing mental health support to children and young adults across the UK. Her Majesty The Queen was Barnardo’s Patron from 1983 to 2016, when she handed over the role of HRH to The Duchess of Cornwall.
Lands Improvement encourages staff to take part in volunteering projects and get involved in practical community tasks. The work at Barnardo’s involved painting and upgrading a meeting room, providing ‘hopscotch’ stencils in the play area, refurbishing and painting picnic tables and installing a basketball hoop.
Jeremy Dann, Local Volunteer Coordinator at Barnardo’s, said: “Barnardo’s is very grateful for the work done by the friendly team from Lands Improvement, who have spruced up a tired room and refreshed some designs on the playground, to make it a more inviting and welcoming facility for our service users. We always welcome involvement from local business and the team from Lands Improvement have done a great job.”
Lands Improvement hope to develop and maintain a long-term relationship with Barnardo’s over the development of the Linmere project.
To find out more about Barnardo’s, please visit: https://www.barnardos.org.uk/
Lands Improvement take part in JLL Property Triathlon 2019
Location: Dorney Lake, Buckinghamshire
Five teams from Lands Improvement, comprising 12 LIH people and two from Telereal Trillium completed the 2019 JLL Property Triathlon on Friday, 28 June 2019, where relay teams ran, swam and cycled to raise over £2 million for charity.
The event took place at Dorney Lake in Buckinghamshire, on a perfect day with 26 degrees, breeze and sun.
Well done to all the teams who participated and big congratulations to Sam Mogridge who participated as a relay team on his own and came in with a very impressive time of 1hr, 15 mins and 32 seconds!
• Team Sam LIH 3 came in with the fastest time at 01:15:32 – coming 39th out of 178
• Team LIH 4 which was Georgina, Chris and Ed, came in at 01:21:06 – coming 72nd out of 178
• Team LIH 2 which was Matt, Steffan and James, came in at 01:22:43 – coming 84th out of 178
• Team LIH 5 which was Patrick, Louis and PDT, came in at 01:29:32 – coming 136th out of 178
• Team LIH 1 which was Kari, Nick, and Nigel, came in at 01:36:53 – coming 156th out of 178
The annual triathlon event is now on its 13th year running and it is the largest one-day triathlon event in the UK. It consists on swimming 750m in the clear water of the rowing lake, biking 21.2km four laps of a flat tarmac circuit around the lake and running 5km, two laps along the side of the rowing lake on tarmac paths.
For more information, please visit: https://www.propertytriathlon.com/
Job opening: Graduate Development Surveyor
(Graduate Level – Year 1 or Year 2)
Location: London, UK
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Graduate Development Surveyor to join the expanding teams at Telereal Trillium and Lands Improvement’s London office. This unique role will offer the successful applicants two, 12-month rotations between the two businesses. The role will be focused on realising value on surplus property assets (through planning and/or due diligence) in advance of managing the disposal process. It is also an opportunity to work with a team delivering over 1,500 units directly or through joint ventures. APC support is provided to achieve full RICS membership. Please download a copy of the full job description here >>.
New development reaches major milestone and gets an exciting new name
The HRN1 development to the North of Houghton Regis has reached a major milestone this Spring with work starting on the initial part of the new spine road through the site.
The new spine road will provide access to the first phase of development on land to the North of Thornhill Primary School. Now that the development is moving into the construction phase the developer is delighted to announce an exciting new name for the HRN1 site – “Linmere”.
Project Director, Nigel Reid said:
“We wanted to give the site a name that would celebrate the landscape-led design and quality of the new development, whilst simultaneously retaining strong links with the local community and Houghton Regis. The name Linmere means field of lime trees – a native British species which occur naturally in Houghton Regis.
Linmear appears on a 1762 map of the site and is also the name of a pedestrian route in the town. The ethos of the Linmere masterplan is to create a place where wellbeing is prioritised and outdoor living is a way of life. The plans guarantee around 78 hectares (equivalent to 62 cricket pitches) of open green space that will be accessible to all residents in Houghton Regis, not just those living at Linmere. It is the intention that Linmere locals will never be more than 5 minutes’ walk from public green space.”
Nigel Reid added: “I would like to thank the local residents, stakeholders and Councillors who have given their time to attend and participate in all of the consultation exhibitions, workshops and other events that we have held in recent years, whose feedback has been invaluable to us. We look forward to continuing to work with the whole Houghton Regis community as we move into the next phase of the scheme.”
Over the next 15 years, Linmere will deliver an extension to Houghton Regis of 5,150 homes, of a wide range of type, style, character and tenure, as well as three state-of-the-art primary schools, exciting retail, leisure, healthcare and entertainment offerings along with excellent employment opportunities for new and existing residents alike.
The Area Masterplan for this first phase has been approved by Central Bedfordshire Council and will comprise an extension to Thornhill Primary School, 1,000 residential units (including self-build properties), a local centre, formal and informal public open space. An Area Masterplan for the second phase of development has also been submitted to the Council and will include the Visitor Centre, café, site offices, a supermarket, and circa 100 residential units.
The project has already provided a substantial financial contribution to deliver the A5-M1 Link Road which has been open since 2017 and has national supermarket chain Lidl signed up to deliver a new 1 million square foot logistics warehouse adjacent to the M1. The Visitor Centre, café and the first houses are expected to be under construction by 2020. When complete, the whole development is expected to deliver 2,400 new permanent operational jobs, in addition to 2,550 temporary jobs during the construction phase.
HRN1 Archaeology dig help tells history of the town
The Houghton Regis North Site 1 covers 630 acres to the North of Houghton Regis.
The scheme is a mixed-use development of up to 5,150 new homes; employment land; 75 hectares of public open space incorporating wildlife corridors, wetland areas, brooks, community gardens and facilities and sports pitches along with 3 primary schools. Works will commence on road construction for the first phase imminently.
Part of the initial preparatory works included several archaeological digs onsite on land adjacent to Sundon Road and South of the Sundon Link. The dig took almost six months to complete and finished at the end of February 2019.
The findings suggest that the earliest settlers in Houghton Regis on the HRN1 site were likely to be from the Bronze Age, indicated by a series of pits and dispersed burials. The majority of the remains found date to Iron Age and Roman Periods, when the area contained a village and a series of farmsteads, which were linked by trackways through the surrounding fields. The presence of a number of Anglo-Saxon buildings were also uncovered and during the medieval period most of the area was open fields associated with nearby villages.
Archaeological remains investigated and recorded included: a Bronze Age burial monument, drying ovens, the footprint of a Roman building, water pits and trackway.
Nigel Reid, Development Director for the project said “several local schools were invited to come and see the archaeological team in action and we were delighted to welcome pupils from Thornhill Primary School, Tithe Farm Primary School and Central Bedfordshire College to view the dig for themselves.”
Once all of the assessment, analysis and publication work is complete all finds will be deposited locally.
More information on the project can be found at www.hrn1.co.uk. If you have any questions on the archaeological dig or any other queries on the project please call 0800 232 1794 or email email@example.com
Epping Sports Club excited to announce Lands Improvement as new sponsor
Local land owner Lands Improvement is excited to be sponsoring the Epping Sports Club for the 2018/2019 season.
The Epping Sports Club is located in Lower Bury Lane and comprises the Epping Cricket Club, Epping Bowls Club and Epping Tennis Club. The Sports Club has a long history in Epping – with the first record of an Epping Cricket team playing a match as far back as 1768 and the Club being founded over 150 years ago.
James Stone, Managing Director at Lands Improvement said: “Lands Improvement has a strong focus on ongoing engagement with local communities. We recognise the important role that the sports club plays in Epping, providing a range of sporting opportunities for all ages in the community and we are very pleased to be able to support them.”
John Brades, Chairman, Epping Sports Club added: “Epping Sports Club is delighted that Lands Improvement has decided to sponsor us for the 2018/2019 season. We currently have 190 members, and with families and friends attending, it means that more than 400 people use our facilities, and we are looking to expand further. The additional funds to support the club are very welcome and we look forward to continuing to build on our relationship with Lands Improvement moving forwards.”
In addition to regular league matches, Epping Bowls Club hosted ‘Come & Try’ sessions in July for over 60 Year 8 (age 12-13) students from Epping St John’s School. Many of the students had never heard of or seen Bowls played before, therefore this offered the students the opportunity to try something new, while also meeting the school’s plans to offer alternative sports to students at the end of the school year. Due to the success of this initiative, there are plans to establish the ‘Come & Try’ sessions as a regular annual event, for both juniors and adults alike.
Epping Cricket Club play in the Shepherd Neame Essex League on Saturdays, with friendly cricket matches on Sundays. A new impetus has been created within the Club, and so for the 2019 season, they are looking to increase the number of senior teams from three to five, while also planning to increase Colts cricket opportunities for boys and girls alike.
Epping Tennis Club provide group and private lessons through their LTA Senior Coach, with over 50 juniors receiving regular coaching. The Club runs a number of Men’s, Ladies’ and mixed doubles teams, and also play in the South West Essex League. Epping town was paired with Eppingen, a town in Southern Germany, in 1981. Since this association, the two Tennis Club’s from these countries have bi-annual fun and friendly tennis tournaments together with an opportunity to party on their ground.
Lands Improvement sells retail parcel at Haddenham, Buckinghamshire to Henry Davidson Developments with Co-Op and Bright Horizons on board
Lands Improvement is pleased to announce the sale of 1-acre of land at Haddenham, Buckinghamshire to Henry Davidson Developments (HDD).
HDD plans to develop the site to provide a Co-Op convenience store, a Bright Horizons Nursery and Preschool, and 17 high quality two-bedroom apartments, subject to planning consent.
The site acquired by HDD forms part of a wider 158-acre (64-hectare) mixed-use development by Lands Improvement, already consented and will deliver up to 233 new homes (including affordable housing). The plans, approved by Aylesbury Vale District Council in 2015, also include a 12-acre (5-hectare) extension to the existing Haddenham Business Park, a new community pavilion and sports pitches, open space and a 64-bedroom care home, recently announced to be operated by Majesticare Luxury Care Homes. Lands Improvement has worked closely with the local community in developing the masterplan and delivering major improvements to local transport links.
The Henry Davidson Developments group is a specialist retail-led developer with expertise in creating mixed-use developments. These range from convenience stores at the heart of new residential communities to larger schemes. HDD has delivered over 40 mixed-use developments across the UK, providing over 420,000 sq. ft. of retail space, 250 homes and numerous community and leisure facilities.
Scott Davidson, Managing Director at HDD said: “We’re an ambitious company and we’ve got a pipeline of exciting developments right across the country. We have acquired the Haddenham site unconditionally which demonstrates that we are confident we can deliver a high quality development that addresses the needs of local people.”
James Stone, Managing Director at Lands Improvement said: “This is another major step forward in the sustainable, mixed-used regeneration of our site at Haddenham. HDD and Co-Op have a proven track record of working together on similar developments and the new retail and nursery facilities they will deliver will benefit the existing Haddenham community, as well as the new residents and businesses our development is attracting to the area.”
In addition to HDD and Majesticare Luxury Care Homes sales, Lands Improvement has also sold parcels to CALA Homes, DAF Trucks Limited and crane hire specialist GGR Group.
Lands Improvement secures 68-bed care home for Haddenham Airfield site, Buckinghamshire
Lands Improvement has sold a 1.38 acre (0.56 hectare) site adjacent to Haddenham Airfield in Buckinghamshire to Majesticare Luxury Care Homes for an undisclosed sum. Savills represented Lands Improvement.
The site has been sold with outline planning permission in place for a 64-bedroom care home. It forms part of the 158-acre (64-hectare) mixed-use development, of which Lands Improvement has worked closely with the local community in developing the masterplan and delivering major improvements to local transport links. Three parcels have already been sold to CALA Homes, DAF Trucks Limited and crane hire specialist GGR Group.
Aylesbury Vale District Council granted outline planning consent for the development as a whole in 2015, featuring up to 233 new homes (including affordable housing), a 12-acre (5-hectare) extension to the existing Haddenham Business Park, a new community pavilion and sports pitches, open space and a retail convenience store, in addition to the care home. The site is located to the north of Haddenham Business Park, six miles south west of Aylesbury and adjacent to Haddenham and Thame Parkway railway station.
James Stone, Managing Director at Lands Improvement, said: “We are delighted to welcome Majesticare to Haddenham and to be able to confirm plans for the care home element of our sustainable masterplan. This advanced, new facility will offer the local community the highest standard of care as well as a significant number of new job opportunities.”
Colin Rees Smith, healthcare director at Savills, adds: “We are pleased to have supported the progress of one of Buckinghamshire’s most significant new mixed-use developments with the sale of this site to a leading care home provider.”
Roger Pratap, Majesticare Chairman, commented “We are delighted to have worked with Lands Improvement to secure this site and appreciate the support of Savills in progressing the transaction. This acquisition complements our strategy of developing Majesticare as a leading luxury care home provider and we will continue to pursue strong demographic high-quality sites.”
Lands Improvement acquires strategic land opportunity in Stoke Mandeville
Lands Improvement has completed the acquisition of the freehold interest in circa 100 acres of land in Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury.
The site is located immediately to the south of Aylesbury, close to the Hospital and to the north of Stoke Mandeville with a railway station into Marylebone. It has been identified as a allocation for residential development in the emerging Aylesbury Vale Local Plan.
James Stone, Managing Director of Lands Improvement, said: “This site represents a great investment opportunity for Lands Improvement. It has excellent planning prospects and is in a highly sought after location, as well as being only 46 minutes from central London by train. We will be working closely and collaboratively with the local planning authority, the community and other stakeholders as plans for the site evolve.”
We will be looking to build on our relationships and experience in Aylesbury Vale to support the Council in bringing forward new homes and community infrastructure as part of their Garden Town vision.
Lands Improvement also owns 164 acres of mixed-use development land next to Haddenham Airfield, near Aylesbury. The land, which is partially covered by the airfield and Haddenham Business Park, lies six miles south west of Aylesbury and adjacent to Haddenham and Thame Parkway railway station, from which trains run to London Marylebone in 35 minutes.
In September 2015, Aylesbury Vale District Council granted outline planning consent for Lands Improvement’s proposals for the site, which included up to 233 new homes (including affordable housing), a further 12 acres of employment land; a new community pavilion and sports pitches; open space, new footpaths and planting; a retail convenience store and a 64-bed care home.
This vision is now taking shape following the sale of three development plots for a mixture of commercial and residential development earlier this year.
Lands Improvement acquires major strategic land opportunity in Essex
Lands Improvement has completed a busy summer of sales and acquisitions with the purchase of the Epping Portfolio in Essex for £24M.
The Epping Portfolio, also known as the Copped Hall Estate, lies within walking distance of Epping underground station at the eastern end of the Central Line. Previously a family-owned Estate, it covers a total of 1,940 acres and currently includes a mix of agricultural and residential uses including 8 farms, 21 houses, as well as the Epping Sports Club.
The acquisition represents a significant strategic, long-term investment for Lands Improvement, which was acquired by the Telereal Trillium Group for £120M in September 2015. It is one of the UK’s oldest land investment companies and specialises in working with farmers and landowners to progress residential-led development through planning and strategic infrastructure delivery.
Lands Improvement has appointed Strutt & Parker to assist with the day-to day management of the Estate and advise on the short and long-term priorities for its management.
James Stone, managing director of Lands Improvement, said:
“We are delighted to announce that Lands Improvement has taken over the ownership of the Epping Portfolio. This is a long-term investment for the company and we will be working closely and collaboratively with tenants, community groups and other stakeholders to ensure the estate realises its full potential as a sustainable and prosperous place to live and work.”
Lands Improvement’s investment in the Epping Portfolio follows a number of recent disposals of ready to build land that the Company can now confirm represents a total consideration in excess of £67M and circa 950 new homes.
- The sale on August 1st of Phase 2 of its site in Colchester to Bellway Homes, comprising 17.5 acres with outline planning permission for up to 120 homes. This follows the successful development of the first phase of 200 homes.
- The completion in July of the sale of 33 acres of Lands Improvement’s holding (97 acres) at Gateford Park on the northern edge of Worksop, Nottinghamshire. The land has been purchased by Barratt Homes and Jones Homes and will accommodate 461 new homes. This followed an investment by Lands Improvement of c.£3m to prepare the development platform and deliver roads and services to the land to provide a ready to build proposition for the house builders.
- The purchase in June by Harron Homes of Lands Improvement’s holding of 22 acres in Ripon, Yorkshire. The site, a former sand and gravel quarry, was granted outline planning permission in July 2015 for 150 homes.
- And as previously announced by Lands Improvement, the sale of approximately 58 acres at its mixed-use development adjacent to Haddenham Airfield in Buckinghamshire to housebuilder CALA Homes, DAF Trucks Limited and crane hire specialists GGR Group.
James Stone, managing director of Lands Improvement, said:
“The last few months have seen the successful culmination of years of hard work by the Lands Improvement team; acquiring, priming and preparing land for residential development. These disposals will enable much needed new homes to come forward in well serviced and sustainable locations where people want to live.
We plan to reinvest the proceeds in a number of exciting projects coming forward this year and will continue to make further acquisitions.”
Planning application submitted for 850 homes and a new open space at Poole’s biggest regeneration site
Exciting plans to create 850 homes and a new quayside public realm area at Poole’s biggest regeneration site have been submitted by the landowners.
Gallagher Estates and Lands Improvement, who jointly own the site, have submitted an outline planning application to the Borough of Poole for a new mixed-use development in Hamworthy, known as Newbridge Point.
The brownfield site has been vacant since the former Poole Power Station was demolished in 1993. The site redevelopment faces various challenges due to its previous uses, including as a former oil depot, which has left the site with below-ground structures, mass concrete foundations, quay wall and contamination matters to resolve.
The recent Local Growth Fund allocation by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (DLEP) to Borough of Poole will significantly help the delivery of housing and employment by enabling the necessary infrastructure improvements on this site, which Government has designated as a Housing Zone.
The new plans would involve creating in the region of 850 new homes, a mix of houses and apartments, on 13 hectares of land next to the iconic Twin Sails Bridge which together with the new road around the site has helped unlock the site for development since 2012.
The development also includes new floorspace at ground floor level for commercial and community uses along the Quayside, as well as a new high-quality outside space.
A new central public park is proposed, which would include a children’s play space and informal recreational space, that can be enjoyed by both new and existing residents of the area. The development would be easily accessible for walkers and cyclists and provides a network of streets linking Hamworthy Recreation Ground, the Quayside and Poole town centre.
Gregg Wilkinson, managing director of Warwickshire-based Gallagher Estates, said these plans, following local consultation, would have a significant positive economic impact on Poole.
“We are pleased to have reached a point where we can submit plans we feel are market-facing for Poole and focus on delivering high-quality homes which will include more family housing,” he said.
“We believe the retail and restaurant units will complement the provision on the existing Poole Quayside, while there will be a focal green space for residents to enjoy as well as providing a link to the Eastern Quay.
“Newbridge Point will be a distinctive new neighbourhood for Poole and the local economy would be boosted by the increase in new residents as well as by the jobs that would be created during the construction phases.”
James Stone, managing director of Lands Improvement, said: “We are committed to delivering new homes and a quality new urban environment on this challenging brownfield site. The development has evolved over the years and it is now more focused on family housing to respond to the local housing demand in Poole.
“We are grateful for the progressive and collaborative approach of the Borough of Poole and Dorset LEP and are pleased to secure funding to develop important infrastructure that will benefit the wider community and support the delivery of housing and local jobs through this development.
“We are excited to be submitting our new proposals and look forward to working with the Borough of Poole and local community stakeholders on the delivery of this important regeneration scheme.”
Barton Willmore is acting as architects and planning consultants on the scheme.
Over 300 homes to be built in Worksop
Work will commence on the Gateford Park development this year.
More than 300 new homes will be built on the new Gateford Park development in Worksop, Nottinghamshire following the successful sale of 40 acres of residential development land by Savills development team on behalf of the seller, Lands Improvement.
The land at Gateford Park is situated adjacent to the very successful and sought after residential development at Gateford. It is less than two miles from the centre of Worksop, with excellent access to surrounding towns and cities via the A57, A60, A1 and M1.
Following a successful application submitted by Lands Improvement for outline planning permission in May 2015 for up to 750 new homes at the site, Savills Nottingham development team has worked closely with the land promoter to carefully select house builders for phase one of the development, which will be built by Barratt Homes, David Wilson Homes and Jones Homes. They have committed to building 152, 98 and 168 homes respectively.
James Stone, Managing Director at Lands Improvement said: “This sale marks the beginning of an exciting creation of a new, high-quality community in north Nottinghamshire. It will involve the immediate delivery of homes, facilitated by our servicing of land parcels to create efficient ‘ready to build’ parcels for development. We were looking for partners to share in the vision and deliver an exemplar housing scheme, in addition to holistic placemaking across the site to set the tone for the wider development.”
Ann Taylor from Savills Midlands development team said: “For Barratt Homes and Jones Homes, this offers the chance to be at the forefront of the vision for this project and to work alongside our client, Lands Improvement to establish themselves as a key delivery partner for the long term strategy in housing delivery across the site.”
The site is well contained by mature woodland to the north and west and is promoted as a sustainable residential scheme comprising 97 acres with consent for up to 750 homes, which will integrate into the adjacent Gateford development.
In addition to the new homes, for which building work is expected to start on site in September 2017, the planning permission includes provision for a primary school including a community hall and two junior playing pitches, surrounding landscaping work and highway and drainage works. The school site has been prepared and serviced by Lands Improvement and will be transferred to Nottingham County Council who are delivering it.
The development of Gateford Park will also help fund improvements to local road junctions to reduce congestion.
David Ruffley, regional director at Jones Homes, comments: “We are thrilled to be part of the innovative Gateford Park development, which will see the delivery of much needed new build homes in Worksop, complemented by purpose-built community facilities. It is an exciting scheme for Gateford that will create a whole new community, and we are very much looking forward to starting the build, providing 168 well-designed, high-quality homes.”
IBB Solicitors acted on behalf of Lands Improvement, Shulmans for Jones Homes, and Eversheds on behalf of Barratt Homes.
Lands Improvement sells off large part of Haddenham Airfield development
Lands Improvement Holdings’ (‘Lands Improvement’), one of the UK’s leading strategic land development companies, has secured three buyers at its major mixed-use development of land adjacent to Haddenham Airfield in Buckinghamshire.
Lands Improvement owns 158 acres to the north of Haddenham Business Park, which lies six miles south west of Aylesbury and adjacent to Haddenham and Thame Parkway railway station, from which trains run to London Marylebone every 35 minutes, in less than an hour.
The sales to housebuilder CALA Homes, DAF Trucks Limited (‘DAF’) and crane hire specialist GGR Group (‘GGR’) account for approximately 58 acres.
In September 2015, Aylesbury Vale District Council granted outline planning consent for Lands Improvement’s application for the site, which included up to 233 new homes (including affordable housing), a 12 acre extension to the existing Haddenham Business Park; a new community pavilion and sports pitches; open space; a retail convenience store, and a 64-bed care home.
This vision is now taking shape following the sale of three development parcels for a mixture of both commercial and residential development.
Two hundred jobs will be moving to Haddenham Business Park following the sale of development land to two major employers, DAF Trucks Limited and GGR Group.
DAF, which is the UK’s largest manufacturer and supplier of commercial vehicles has acquired 4.5 acres at the entrance to the business park and already started work on a three-storey, 50,000 sq ft office building, which will be its new UK and Ireland headquarters for marketing and sales. The company is expected to move from its current premises in Thame in July 2018.
GGR, Europe’s leading lifting solutions specialist has acquired a 4.8 acre plot. The company, which currently operates out of depots in Manchester, Glasgow, and Long Crendon in Buckinghamshire, will be using its new Haddenham premises for expansion.
High quality new homes on the site will be delivered by housebuilder CALA Homes, which purchased the residential parcel in early 2017 and has now secured reserved matters approval to build 233 new homes, a children’s play area, sports pitches, and a community pavilion to be used by local teams.
James Stone, Managing Director at Lands Improvement said: “It is exciting to see construction begin on site after all the hard work we have dedicated to developing the masterplan, working with the local community, and delivering major improvements to local transport links. The expansion of Haddenham Business Park and new residential development will bring both quality new jobs and homes to this part of Buckinghamshire.”
Lands Improvement is in discussions with a number of other potential purchasers in relation to the retail and care home elements of the development.
Houghton Regis project (HRN1) supports town Carnival for 2nd year running
The Houghton Regis Development Consortium (HRDC) were delighted to once again sponsor the Houghton Regis Carnival 2017.
The floats on parade are of an incredibly high standard and this year was no exception. Russell Goodchild, Commercial Manager of Houghton Regis North Site 1 (HRN1) had the pleasure of joining Houghton Regis Town Mayor, Councillor Joanna Hillyard to judge the procession competition.
Houghton Regis Town Mayor, Councillor Joanna Hillyard said: “It was great to see so many local groups and societies involved in the carnival, and we would like to congratulate all of the winners and runners up.”
The development of HRN1 to the North of Houghton Regis will deliver up to 5,150 new homes along with retail, commercial, extensive green open space and community facilities. HRDC remains committed to working with the local community as the development progresses.
For more information about the Houghton Regis scheme, please click here.
New dual carriage way completed as part of Houghton Regis scheme
A new dual carriage way between the A5-M1 has been completed and is set to unlock new housing and jobs in Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire.
The £200m project completed by Highways England was created to help relieve congestion and improve connections between local villages and communities.
The dual carriageway was part funded by developers Lands Improvement and Axa Real Estate, who contributed £45m to delivering the link road as part of the Houghton Regis North (HRN1) scheme. The new road also joins the new Woodside Link road that Central Bedfordshire Council are building as part of the Dunstable Town Centre Masterplan, and provides access to the new Houghton Regis North (HRN1) development.
This scheme is expected to improve road safety and bring economic benefits to the region. In particular, it is expected to unlock the development of 7,000 houses and 40 hectares of employment land, potentially providing 4,000 jobs in the Houghton Regis area.
For more information about the Houghton Regis scheme, please click here.
James Stone appointed managing director at Lands Improvement Holdings
Lands Improvement Holdings (‘Lands Improvement’), one of the UK’s leading strategic land development companies, has promoted James Stone to Managing Director with effect from 1st April 2017.
Formerly Land Director at Lands Improvement, James takes over the role of Managing Director from Kevin Moriarty. Kevin has overseen the integration of the Lands Improvement business with Telereal Trillium, following the company’s acquisition by Telereal Trillium from BlackRock Europe Property Fund III, in September 2015 for £120m. With the integration process now complete, Kevin has chosen to leave the company to explore new opportunities.
Since joining Lands Improvement in 2004, James Stone has been closely involved across all of the Company’s activities from site acquisition, asset management and planning, to disposal. He was appointed to the Board in June 2011.
Commenting on his appointment as Managing Director, James said: “I am grateful for the opportunity to lead Lands Improvement, one of the UK’s oldest land investment companies, through its next stage of development.
Having been with the business for more than 12 years, and worked closely with Kevin for the majority of that time, I know that Lands Improvement is very well placed to deliver the size and calibre of strategic land developments the UK so desperately needs. We have a number of exciting projects coming forward this year and are looking to make further acquisitions.”
Kevin Moriarty said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Lands Improvement which started in 2009 when I was with the previous shareholder. Throughout that time, we have achieved so much as a team. The business is in great hands going forward, being led by James with an excellent team supported by Telereal Trillium.”
Lands Improvement’s portfolio of landholdings consists of c.2,500 acres of land across the UK – a total of 26 assets at different stages, from planning promotion to land sales. Current projects include a major site at Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, where the Company has secured permission to start work on a 5,150 home residential development with 2m sq.ft of commercial, leisure and retail space.
Kier Living Eastern to redevelop former hospital site in Peterborough
Kier Living Eastern is delighted to confirm it will soon be building quality new homes on the site of the former Peterborough District Hospital.
Lands Improvement sign up to the Peterborough 900 Corporate Partnership
Peterborough Cathedral is delighted to announce that Lands Improvement have demonstrated their support for the Peterborough 900 campaign by becoming Silver Corporate Partners.
Kevin Moriarty of Lands Improvement today said “We are delighted to be supporting the Cathedral and the City, through the Peterborough 900 Campaign. Our development of the former Peterborough District Hospital site includes the preservation of the buildings of historical importance on the site and we are well aware of the value of preserving Peterborough’s heritage.”
Lands Improvement join over 90 existing members, all of whom give their support in recognition of the Cathedral’s unique and iconic role at the heart of the city of Peterborough.
Corporate Partners can join at various levels and payment can be spread over four years, so the scheme is accessible to companies of all sizes. All Corporate Partners benefit from invitations to networking events and enjoy special rates for use of the Cathedral’s meeting and dining spaces.
The Acting Dean of Peterborough, Canon Jonathan Baker said, “We are delighted to welcome Lands Improvement as a new partner. Their development will sit at the heart of the City alongside this Cathedral, and we look forward to celebrating with them in 2018 as we both work towards making Peterborough an inspiring place for people to live and work.”
Peterborough Land Sales
In relation to the 24 acre former Peterborough District Hospital site in the city centre, Lands Improvement are pleased to announce contracts have been exchanged for land sales which will provide up to 350 new homes.
The sales comprise of 7 acres for up to 61 homes to Weston Homes and 14 acres for 289 homes to Kier.
This is a successful conclusion to what has been a challenging project that has seen Lands Improvement complete initial land acquisition, obtain planning permission for up to 350 high quality homes, and complete all site remediation and demolition works in approximately 2.5 years.
The extensive on-site regeneration works comprised of the demolition of c750,000 sqft of previous building floor space and the recycling of 100,000 tonnes of material, plus the careful removal of modern extensions and protection of the grade 2 listed Gables building. In addition Lands Improvement managed the preservation of the property know as 60/62 Thorpe Road, which is recognised as a local building of importance in regards to maintaining the traditional appearance of Thorpe Road leading to the City Centre.
In March 2015 Lands Improvement achieved a key milestone successfully transferring regenerated land to Peterborough City Council enabling the construction of a brand new 3 form elementary school which is under construction.
Also part of the Lands Improvement works was to protect and retain the former Memorial Hospital’s Administration Block. This was achieved through specialist works on-site in conjunction with the Council’s Heritage Officer, and now we look forward to seeing the building façade incorporated into the new school – which is due to open in time for Autumn term 2016.
The Peterborough Development demonstrates Lands Improvements ability to acquire Public Sector assets with environmental challenges into places for much needed new homes in a very short timescale.
Telereal Trillium acquires Lands Improvement Group for £120 million
Telereal Trillium is pleased to announce that it has completed the acquisition of Lands Improvement Group from BlackRock Europe Property Fund III for £120 million.
Colchester Planning Approval
Unanimous planning approval was granted by Tendring District Councillors on 22nd September for 120 dwellings with significant areas of open space and very low density housing. Comments from Councillors were very positive “I have never been so impressed before when I have been to a site. There’s so much here that is good.” and “the firm was told it had set an example to be followed with its design and the way it had engaged with the local community.”