Why Catesby Estates?

For those unfamiliar with the planning, development and selling land, selecting a strategic land promoter can be a daunting prospect. 

The UK planning system for residential developments can be complex and risky, requiring patience, an eye for detail and significant financial backing.  Catesby Estates take on the risk and financial investment and look to maximise the residential development potential of your land, through the land promotion model.

Catesby Estates has over 20 years knowledge and experience of strategic land promotion with six in-house specialist land promotion teams focused on land, planning, technical, design, public consultation and finance. 

Focused on strategic land promotion and infrastructure delivery, we are well placed to fully assess land opportunities and the prospects of obtaining planning consent on your land.

Strategic Land Site Identification
Our strategic land and planning teams identify sites with strong planning potential, taking into account the Local Plan and a Local Authority's five year housing supply.

We would work in partnership with you to bring forward your land under either a promotion agreement, option agreement or an unconditional purchase to suit your requirements as the landowner.

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The strategy for the the promotion of your land will depend on the characteristics of the site.  Our in-house land promotion knowledge, expertise and bespoke approach to each site ensures your land is in safe hands.

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Stakeholder & Community Engagement
Catesby Estates seeks to interact with local communities as soon as possible within the planning process, using meetings, workshops, events and increasingly online consultation tools such as webinars and videos to interact and convey key messages to local stakeholders.

Strategic land promotion community engagement

Planning Application
Local Planning Authorities are increasing reliant on strategic land promoters demonstrating sites meet planning criteria and the local area housing needs.

We work closely with planning officials and councils, striving for excellence in communication to inform and consult with all parties at every stage of the process.

Consent
Once planning permission has been secured the site is then sold for the highest possible return.  We work closely with a range of housebuilders to ensure the delivery of a residential development that complements and enhances the area and community in which it sits.

Strategic Land Design and Consent

Ensuring Deliverablity Means Added Value for Landowners and Housebuilders

Housing delivery is a critical part of the economy, and central government has been keen to ensure planning consents are turned into houses quickly and efficiently.  As a land promoter, Catesby Estates do not build houses, and therefore it is imperative for us to demonstrate that our planning permissions are turned into ‘real homes’ quickly.

The Government introduced the Housing Delivery Test to ensure Local Authorities grant consent for schemes that are deliverable.  Catesby Estates has a best in class reputation, due to our ability to provide housebuilders with implementable permissions.   

The plethora of technical challenges and constraints on a land site, the constant evolution of innovative technology and building methods, and the ever changing government regulations and requirements, means it’s a challenge to build the 300,000 new homes needed every year to help solve the housing crisis.

As one of the biggest names in the land promotion sector, Catesby Estates are well known by housebuilders for our ability to deliver technically sound and well considered residential land sites. Housebuilders and Local Authorities have confidence that a planning permission obtained by Catesby Estates is deliverable.  This is a key part of our promotion strategy, and one of the main reasons why we are trusted by our partners and stakeholders.

Pioneering In Our Approach

As innovators within in the land promotion sector, we were one of the first to recognise the importance and added value, in-house technical expertise can deliver to both landowners and housebuilders.  We nurtured and developed our own in-house technical team, making our skill set unique amongst land promoters. 

Our technical team have a strong track record having worked for major housebuilders, and through their knowledge they are able to bring forward sites with comprehensive technical background work completed, and offer value engineered solutions to any site constraints.

This means there is less upfront risk for a housebuilder, that comes with a land site that has not been fully considered from a technical and deliverability perspective.  This in turn increases the speed of housing delivery, with housebuilders able get onsite and start construction quicker.  

The technical team are involved in all stages of land promotion from site acquisition and planning through to the final sale process. The team look at the deliverability and constraints of sites, which drive the evolution of the constraints plan and the final illustrative masterplan.  They address issues such as gradients, ground investigation, access, highways, utilities, flood risk and drainage.  This comprehensive technical input at the early stages, reduces the possibility of expensive delays later in the final sale and legal process of the land.  

Added Value For Housebuilders And Local Authorities

Our in depth understanding of the housebuilders and their end product, offers added value for those looking to purchase land sites from Catesby Estates. 

By constantly assessing and dealing with technical issues which can affect site deliverability means Local Authorities and other stakeholders at Planning Committees can have confidence in the planning consent they are granting and the quality of the development coming forward.

We have developed strong relationships with housebuilders, ranging from the large volume providers through to regional and local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) housebuilders, by selling deliverable, implementable planning consents.  Housebuilders have access to our background technical assessments, and are able to meet with our technical team and draw on their expertise and in-depth site knowledge during the final sales process.


Catesby are the exception! They engaged with me and my parish, from the outset of the Longhedge masterplan. Together, with the support of the landowner, they listened and helped deliver much needed community facilities and a great place for people to live.

Councillor Ian McLennanWiltshire Council and Laverstock and Ford Parish

Catesby Estates worked with us on a land site delivering 450 new homes and a retail park in Bude, Cornwall. Their team of in-house professionals navigated the complicated planning process on our behalf keeping us in the loop throughout all stages of the land promotion. We would have no hesitation in recommending Catesby Estates to other landowners who are looking to capitalise on the development potential in their land.

Barry & Ann Jose Land Site at Binhamy, Bude, Cornwall

We have worked with Catesby Estates across a number of land promotion sites, and have been impressed by their attention to detail and ability to bring forward well designed and sustainable residential development through the planning system. 
Their dedicated in-house land, planning and technical teams are skilled at implementing a bespoke strategy for each site, ensuring our clients have the best opportunity of maximising value from their land.  We have found Catesby to be diligent, fair and honest and we look forward to continuing our working relationship with them.

Luke BrafieldFisher German LLP

We are working very closely with Catesby Estates on this exciting new residential development taking shape at Myton Green. We have been impressed by their attention to detail and ability to bring forward this site with early investment in high quality infrastructure delivery and public realm works. 
This sympathetic and well-designed development will be a welcome addition to helping boost the supply of much needed housing in the District, and we look forward to continuing our working relationship with them.

Chris ElliottChief Executive - Warwick District Council

We work closely with Catesby Estates who are delivering the infrastructure for 735 homes at our site in Myton Green, Warwick.  We have been impressed with their attention to detail; from working with Warwickshire District Council to discharge planning conditions and agree Reserved Matters for infrastructure and public realm works, to the appointment of a preferred contractor.
We have regular progress meetings, and their team of in-house land, planning and technical professionals are a pleasure to work with.

Europa Way Consortium Myton Green, Off Europa Way, Warwick

Catesby Estates have worked meticulously on our behalf to obtain planning permission for a development of 65 homes on land at Haughley, Suffolk.
The professional team consulted fully with Haughley parishioners at open days and Parish Council meetings and the early ideas were subsequently amended to address local concerns. They have been complimented on this friendly approach.
Catesby then successfully negotiated the complicated planning application process resulting in approval by Mid Suffolk District Council. We have been kept fully informed throughout.
We would thoroughly recommend Catesby Estates to any other owners who are seeking a promoter for their land development.

Rosemary Welburn and Robert Stiff Land Site at Haughley, Suffolk

Wanting to build on our previous successes at the Dorridge View and Dorridge Gate developments in Solihull, we worked closely with Catesby Estates to purchase the 115 unit development opportunity at Kenilworth Road, Balsall Common , following the grant of outline planning consent.
This is a fantastic site for Crest Nicholson and it was a pleasure to work with Catesby Estates whilst securing the site. The purchase has enabled us to expand our operations in a very desirable area of Solihull whilst allowing us to create a sympathetic design-led development of 115 houses and apartments.
Catesby Estates brought to the market a site that was technically considered and deliverable, and following a very quick reserved matters consent we are now operational, with sales looking positive following the launch of the show homes.  I am confident this will be a very successful site for Crest Nicholson and look forward to being able to conclude another deal with Catesby Estates in the future.

Tom Heathcote Development Director for Crest Nicholson plc - Midlands Division

What could your land be worth?

It is never too early to start thinking about whether your land has development potential, and putting together a land promotion strategy for your land.

As housing demand increases, so do the opportunities for landowners to offer up land (including green belt sites) for potential residential development.

This means your land could be more valuable than you expect!

Your land is an important asset, whether you have surplus farmland, a country estate, large garden, grazing land and paddocks or defunct rural business land.

Land is the key ingredient in the building of new homes, and one of the most common questions is, how much is our land worth?

Answering that question isn’t as simple as it might seem.   The development potential of any land is affected by the planning system, supply and demand, comparable sites and site specific calculations.

There are some key questions to consider:

Is the site sustainable? 

Land located adjacent to existing development and within walking distance to schools, shops and other services is a big plus.

Is the site technically deliverable?

Drainage, gradient and access also have a strong influence on its suitability for housing. As innovators within in the land promotion sector, Catesby Estates were one of the first to recognise the importance and added value, in-house technical expertise can deliver to both landowners and housebuilders.  We nurtured and developed our own in-house technical team, making our skill set unique amongst land promoters. 

Our technical team have a strong track record having worked for major housebuilders, and through their knowledge they are able to bring forward sites with comprehensive technical background work completed, and offer value engineered solutions to any site constraints.

This means there is less upfront risk for a housebuilder, that comes with a land site that has not been fully considered from a technical and deliverability perspective.  This in turn increases the speed of housing delivery, with housebuilders able get onsite and start construction quicker.  

What is the different in land value between agricultural land and land with planning permission? 

The uplift in land value can be significant, however obtaining planning permission for a site can be extremely expensive and time consuming with no guarantee of success.

At no cost to the landowner Catesby Estates uses its in-house expertise and financial resources to fund the land promotion of your land through the planning process.

Once planning permission has been achieved the land site is then sold for the highest possible return, therefore maximising the value of the land.

We work in partnership with the landowner during the whole process, and as your appointed strategic land promoter our return is based on a pre-agreed split of the sale proceeds. 

Therefore, as your appointed land promoter our interests are aligned with yours to ensure the maximum value for your land is obtained, and we only get paid once the site has been sold.

What are the options available – promotion agreement, freehold purchase or option agreement?

Promotion Agreement - We use our resources to fund the strategic promotion of the land through the planning process.

Once planning permission has been achieved the site is then sold for the highest possible return.

The landowner is consulted during the whole process and our return is based on a pre-agreed split of the sales proceeds.

Freehold Purchase - For landowners wishing to dispose of land quickly, an outright purchase of the land can be agreed.

This can be with an overage in favour of the landowner to capture the uplift in value when a planning consent has been obtained.

Option Agreement - In return for a non-refundable sum of money, we have a legally binding option to purchase the land at some point in the future. This period of time is known as an “option period”.

Do you have the housebuilder contacts to ensure you get the best possible price for your land?

As one of the biggest names in the land promotion sector, Catesby Estates are well known by housebuilders for our ability to deliver technically sound and well considered residential land sites.

Housebuilders and Local Authorities have confidence that a planning permission obtained by Catesby Estates is deliverable.  This is a key part of our promotion strategy, and one of the main reasons why we are trusted by our partners and stakeholders.

For a no obligation appraisal of your land site, submit your land details here

For the planning process to work effectively, land promoters, housebuilders, councils and residents need to work together in partnership to achieve a positive outcome from residential development for local communities.

We work at both a local and national level to help build policy which supports the delivery of new homes and infrastructure in key areas across the country.

We believe the key to our success is our collaborative approach and commitment to delivering sensitively designed housing developments tailored to the character of the local area and providing real community benefits.

Acknowledging the significant roles local stakeholders play in the planning process we have an in-house communications team who engage directly with stakeholders, rather than using external third party agencies.

Land for housing development is in high demand.  Find out today if you land has residential development potential.

01926 836910 / info@catesbyestates.co.uk / Submit your land details here