Development Consultancy

Alfred Homes
Prestigious housing development in Winchester

We have a solid record of success across a range of developments, from small plots, to large housing schemes, to complex, mixed-use new towns. We provide a comprehensive consultancy service from conception and acquisition, through planning and development, to profit and exit.

Whatever stage you are at - analysing opportunities, doing the technical assessment, planning or marketing - we can advise on how to maximise the value of that opportunity. And how to minimise the risk. We do this by examining a range of discrete legal, technical, planning and design points – up to 37 of them! – to identify the cost and value drivers. From that analysis we identify the best options to maximise value, and then put in place the delivery mechanism to achieve that. We can support, guide and advise you every step of the way.

Highlights of our services in this area include:

Land Value Optimisation (LVO): Some clients simply want an audit of their development proposals or intentions. We provide this service from a developer’s perspective. We analyse proposals before you take action, and can therefore either reassure you that the proposal optimises value, or identify action required to improve it. This is particularly useful if development is not your core activity, or you haven’t had the time to examine the detail. Typical LVO studies reveal the potential to increase value by up to 40% per plot.

Making mixed use development work: whatever the combined uses might be, we provide advice on all aspects; from strategic site identification and acquisition, development land optimisation with feasibility studies, to planning, master planning, advice on the most beneficial legal structures, development appraisal, funding (e.g. Joint Venture and Special Purpose Vehicle Opportunities), land and property sales, lettings and yield optimisation.

Market Analysis: We have expert consultants in our team who can determine demand and assess a project's ‘hidden’ economics. We have created a unique service to guide house builders, investors, landowners, planners and private developers to deliver development which is strategically targeted at unmet demand. Our bespoke Market Reports identify key characteristics of the local population; highlight emerging and long-term trends; identify values being achieved in both the second-hand and new homes markets, detail what people are looking for in that area and in that type of development: and provide a clear analytical commentary on all of the above, drawing conclusions from the data and interpreting how this affects your interests. Our practical recommendations are therefore based on evidence, showing how you could bolster sales rates and achieve a price premium. This service reveals what is happening in the market, and goes deeper to uncover the less obvious, hidden characteristics which can be used for your benefit.

Section 106, Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and Affordable Housing Negotiations: a crucial part of the development process is the timely identification and successful negotiation of Section 106 agreements or CIL liabilities. Intelligent Land has a proven track record in this crucial yet rapidly-changing area. We deliver the most viable solutions which are often vital for developments to succeed financially.

Project Management: Getting from the start to the finish line in the most efficient and cost effective way requires experience. We currently manage projects, either wholly or in part, of thousands of acres of development land for, and on behalf of, clients. We use our managements skills in projects in strategic land, emerging or adopted allocations or sitting alongside (or above) planning teams to drive projects forward, with a clear eye on viability.