Our business strategy is focused on helping alleviate the widely recognised and reported housing shortage. The UK Government has committed to generate the building of 300,000 new homes per annum by the mid 2020s.

The UK planning system operates on a plan-led basis. This means any decisions to be made by a local planning authority in connection with a development proposal must be made in accordance with an adopted Development Plan. As such, land needs to be promoted through the planning system’s plan-making process to ensure it can be brought forward for development.

“I want to fix this broken [housing] market... The starting point is to build more homes… We need to build many more houses, of the type people want to live in, in places they want to live… We need more land for homes where people want to live…”.

Prime Ministers Forward taken from the Housing White Paper ‘Fixing our broken housing market’ published February 2017

The plan-making process can take a number of years to come to fruition.

Local planning authorities have to comply with strict regulatory process, and carry out detailed studies and investigations for their local areas in order to evidence the planning policies in their emerging Plans. A successful promotion through the plan-making process, will result in land being identified for housing or mixed-use thereby establishing the principle of development for the duration of the Plan period.

Opportunities occasionally arise for land to be promoted outside of the plan-making process.

Considerations such as housing land supply and past housing delivery can provide for quicker land promotions. The timings around such promotion does however need careful consideration as invariably there is only one shot to achieve a successful outcome.

At Charterhouse we place a strong emphasis on the planning strategy formulation because the success of a promotion hinges on a clear and well formulated road-map.

We invest a significant amount of time and resource in making sure the planning strategy is the right one and will engage with our landowners, or their advisors, in this process as much or as little as they want, however, regularly updating our landowners is a key principle in our business.

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.

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