In 2006 the Charterhouse Property Group acquired its first strategically placed land parcels with a view to securing planning permission. Subsequently, in 2017 Charterhouse Strategic Land Ltd (CSL) was formed specialising in obtaining planning permission.
What we do?
CSL promotes land through the planning system for residential and mixed-use development, covering the south of England and the Midlands. One of the key differences with CSL is that we are a privately funded company, giving landowners certainty of our commitment.
The company promotes land on behalf of landowners. We are similar to a funding partner, the only difference being that we take 100% of the risk associated with securing planning permission so there is no financial exposure to the landowner.
How we do it?
We believe we bring more to a partnership than just funding. CSL has built up in-house expertise and benefits from a knowledgeable team of dedicated Chartered Surveyors and Town Planners. We take control of all aspects of promotion and drive land forward through the planning system.
We take time understanding the intricacies of the local market, working with stakeholders to create the most desirable planning permission. Our ultimate goal is to promote schemes which maximise land value through creation of well-designed environments which make effective and efficient use of land.
At CSL we adopt a flexible approach, tailoring our strategy to each and every circumstance. We work with the following structures:
• Promotion Agreements
• Option Agreements
• Hybrid Agreements
• Conditional Purchases
• Unconditional Purchases
What we are looking for?
CSL is open to a wide range of strategic land opportunities from sites capable of accommodating 20 units upwards with no upper limit. We are looking for greenfield or brownfield (previously developed) land in sustainable locations across the south of England and the Midlands.
At Charterhouse we build long term relationships, but we are also committed to building new ones. If you believe your land has reasonable planning prospects we would like to hear from you.
Please feel free to contact us for a no obligation confidential discussion to see how we can add value.
Michael Holt, CEO
During the planning process CSL always remains highly focused, keeping in regular contact with the landowner or agent. We can only achieve this working with a select number of landowners. We intend to grow the company by keeping our portfolio manageable so that each of our landowners can rest assured their land is constantly the top priority.
Our growing portfolio of sites currently extends to several strategic land interests in Surrey, Kent, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.
Coxheath, Maidstone, Kent 2017
Following a successful promotion through the local plan for 195 houses, Charterhouse secured outline planning permission for up to 210 new homes in November 2017.
We faced major public opposition to the project from local residents, ward members and a local MP.
Our expertise in public consultation and engagement allowed us to carefully steer the application through to a local decision of the Council’s Planning Committee having first secured an officer’s recommendation for approval.
Our comprehensive submission and meticulous project management allowed us to demonstrate that the proposal satisfied all the development requirements for the area and offered significant enhancements for the local community including the provision of open space; improvements to the footpath network and ecological habitat; resolution of existing flooding and improvements to the local bus service.
Rugby, Warwickshire 2018
Terms were agreed in October 2016 to promote a small land holding comprising 2.47 acres on the south side of the town. An application seeking outline planning permission for 10 open market dwellings was submitted to the Rugby Borough Council in February 2017, with a further 10 units anticipated in a second phase. The submitted application was supported by detailed technical reports covering matters relating to ecology, flood risk, drainage, noise, geotechnics, trees, landscape and design work.
The application was concluded within seven months of submission, working through various issues raised by statutory consultees. The application was determined by the local planning authority under their Scheme of Delegation, meaning that the planning officers were able to grant planning permission without reporting the application to Planning Committee to request their approval. Planning permission was issued in early 2018 following completion of a Section 106 Agreement to secure financial contributions towards public open space and biodiversity off-setting.
Chertsey, Surrey 2017
In 2006 Charterhouse acquired a freehold interest in 20 acres of Green Belt land on the eastern edge of Chertsey. With a well formulated and executed planning strategy the seven acres of the site was identified in the emerging Runneymede Local Plan for residential development (approximately 120 dwellings) in January 2017.