Project: Wantage


Project Status

Land Acquired

Land Under Promotion

Planning Application Submitted

Planning Application Granted

Infrastructure Commenced

Land Sold to House-builder

Development Complete

Project Overview

Lands Improvement worked with the trustees of two landowning families, both of whom lived close to the site and were imbedded in the community of Wantage. Delivering a quality place that would leave an enduring positive legacy was of primary importance along with the desire to maximise value.

The primary objectives of the project were agreed with the landowners at the outset – these included securing a deliverable planning permission for a new neighbourhood that complimented the existing settlement and provided for enhanced community facilities and amenity.

The approach that we undertook put a key focus on designing a masterplan that would ensure the development that came forward provided a sense of place strongly connected to the existing community of Wantage.

Project Progress

The planning permission for Wantage consists of 1,500 homes, a 2 form entry primary school, local centre providing retail, community hall, a care home, community orchard, c.100 acres of recreation and informal open space, and a strategic link road. Financial contributions are committed towards the improvement of a number of existing community facilities in Wantage.

The sale of the property was structured to maximise the value for the landowners, to optimise early land receipts and to retain an ongoing interest in the development through a development agreement with the purchaser St Modwen Developments.


Located on the north east edge of Wantage, at the foot of the Berkshire Downs, the site is 225 acres, it is largely covered by extensive arable fields with limited woodland. The site in general is predominantly level

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