I have worked extensively with my Land Team with Trusts & Estates since establishing the business in 1991. There are complexities working with Trusts and Estates, but a well managed project, communicated and delivered to all parties is a pre-requisite. Land & Brand New Homes has a propensity for resolving various issues that arise on residential project developments.
The key to guiding commercial success starts with Land & Brand New Homes listening and building relationships so we are able to provide peace of mind. The quality of our advice is based on our philosophy that "we are custodians of your trust to get the project to fruition". We provide you with solutions as groundfloor level, or as a troubleshooter, when negotiations could become fraught.
Sites we have worked on:
St Barnabas, Columbia Drive, Worthing had been part of the Durrington community for nearly 40 years. In September 2005 RWH & Co were instructed by the Chief Executive of the hospice, a charitable Trust, to investigate the sale of the current site. Thus began the implementation of site and soil surveys and asbestos reports. The sale was completed in March 2010 to Wilmington Homes, for a proposed development of 51 homes. We were also tasked with investigating sites to where the hospice could be relocated. A suitable site was
Identified in a 5.5 acre area known as Lower Northbrook Farm, Titnore Lane, Worthing The new hospice was opened in 2011.
In 1998 25 hectares of the former Hellingly Hospital in Netherne-on-the-Hill became available for redevelopment. On top of a hill overlooking the East Sussex countryside the site was granted outline planning permission for 400 dwellings. Applications were granted for a combination of new build, conversion and refurbishment of the original buildings.
The planned redevelopment of the site, which finally closed its doors in 1996, saw the creation by Persimmon and Charles Church of a number of one and two bedroom apartments and two, three, four and five bedroom homes, and an allocation of affordable housing. In terms of design, emphasis was placed on homes being built in a traditional Sussex vernacular style and blending seamlessly into the local landscape.
During construction, many issues had to be overcome including contamination with asbestos, lagging to piping, demolition access and the provision of utility services. Several ecological issues emerged including ensuring that natural habitats and wildlife were retained and protected. The new site also adopted a sustainable urban drainage system.
Extensive works to facilitate the development also had to be undertaken, including the provision of a community pavilion within the park, an extensive package of off-site road improvements and traffic calming both in the proximity of the site and along the A271 south of the development.
In 2000, Bob Hilder, identified the potential of redeveloping this strategic site in Courtwick Lane, Littlehampton, West Sussex.
Establishing Freehold Land ownership of The Courtwick Partnership and GE Capital Real Estate, meetings between all parties agreed the site’s disposal, subject to contract and planning.
The site was promoted through the Local Plan with Gleeson’s Strategic Land, which was neither allocated nor identified as a site for residential housing. An Outline Application, with extensive detail, was submitted in 2008. Planning Consent was eventually granted in December 2011 for 600 residential dwellings with up to 4,000 sqm of B1a and B1b employment floor space. The Section 106 Agreement was not forthcoming until late January 2012. Issues relating to right of way, bus route, ground conditions, and a restrictive indemnity covenant policy all came to the fore as the transaction progressed.
Development is now underway.