"They know exactly what they are talking about"
“Intelligent Land know the housing market like the back of their hand. At examination their evidence is measured and presented very authoritatively. They know exactly what they are talking about. They bring a tremendous amount to 5 year housing land supply and I will be wanting to call them again."
"they get underneath the superficial appearance of the evidence, and test its substance"
"Instructing Intelligent Land is like having a spy in the enemy camp. they get underneath the superficial appearance of the evidence, and test its substance - both by challenging what is said in the monitoring reports etc, and by sourcing additional information and testing it. They do not take things at face value"
"they didn’t tell us what we wanted to hear but they told us exactly what we needed to hear."
"We have used several planning practices over the years and been involved in a wide range of projects. What impressed us about the Intelligent Land team was their approach; they didn’t tell us what we wanted to hear but they told us exactly what we needed to hear. This has resulted in a significant cost saving for our business combined with a low risk approach and a significantly higher chance of success. They provide planning and commercial advice which we highly recommend.”
"I have called Intelligent Land at four inquiries to give HLS evidence and in every instance they have done it superbly"
‘I have called Intelligent Land at four inquiries to give the Housing Land Supply evidence and in every instance they have done it superbly. Their additional house-builder experience has been invaluable and highly pertinent to the discussion because of their ability to deal with all issues arising on deliverability from a commercial perspective.’
"Intelligent Land couples the expertise of demographers with hands-on practical experience of housing delivery."
"Intelligent Land couples the expertise of demographers with hands-on practical experience of housing delivery. As such it is able to bring a unique and powerful perspective in assessing Housing Land supply compared with planning professionals used to policy and DC matters. I have found this particularly of use where delivery of sites is relied upon by the LPA supported only by estimated trajectories rather than a proper understanding of the real-world constraints on the developer deriving from the operation of his landowner and the market as well as the LPA."
"The NPPF has to be interpreted by experts in this field and none come better than Intelligent Land"
"Housing Land availability is the starting position for examining all housing applications. The science of land supply can no longer be left to a generalist approach. Landowners and developers know this is a crucial step towards a successful application. The NPPF has to be interpreted by experts in this field and none come better than Intelligent Land who have a proven track record."
Peter Harrison QC
'Their evidence was central to setting out a realistic picture of the 5 year HLS as opposed to that presented by the local planning authority'
'Their evidence in the recent Picket Piece Inquiry in Test Valley was thorough and carefully researched. Presented with authority and credibility, it was central to setting out a realistic picture of the 5 year HLS as opposed to that presented by the local planning authority. Their experience from within the housebuilding industry allows them to present robust estimates of the likely housing numbers to be produced by particular sites year on year. This level of detail is important if numbers being put forward by a local planning authority are to be successfully challenged as they were in this case. I very much look forward to working with them again.'
'They are innovative in their approach and forensic in their investigations.'
'Intelligent Land take a complex and often confusing subject and apply a structure and process that delivers clarity. They are innovative in their approach and forensic in their investigations and that makes a tremendous difference when compared to traditional planning analysis.'
'We are absolutely delighted with the Intelligent Land team; they have added significantly to many aspects of this project and been a real find.'
'Intelligent Land and their methods can add a lot of value to each project.'
Dr. L. Lear
' They took a long term problem and delivered a solution that really works
'We have been delighted with all aspects of the Intelligent Land team. They took a long term problem and delivered a solution that really works for us.'
'I have all the building skills you could wish for but they have an undoubted talent in improving the value of planning permissions.'
'I wish I had met Them 10 years ago. I have all the building skills you could wish for but they have an undoubted talent in improving the value of planning permissions. I kick myself at the schemes I have developed and how much more profits we would undoubtedly have made. I would urge anyone considering developing a site to consult with them.'
"HLS will be a key issue at many inquiries concerning residential development. In these days of SHLAAs, SHMAs and delivery-driven policies, expert evidence can be crucial to the outcome. Their long experience of house-building from the inside gives them a reach beyond that of ordinary planners. Their detailed knowledge of the industry's economics and the commercial realities of the market, together with their ability to engage with the key individuals, enables them to supply incisive information on the implementation of permissions and the pace of delivery on the sites put forward by LPAs. Their evidence at the Redbridge Lane inquiry in Test Valley fundamentally undermined the Council's assertion of an adequate HLS."
'Their evidence drew on a deep understanding of the dynamics of the house building industry'
'Their evidence drew on a deep understanding of the dynamics of the house building industry. They were able to provide telling insights to the proposed supply forecast by the local planning authority.'
"Have used on a number of significant land acquisitions and on each occasion has shown a clear talent for optimising the commercial viability of the transaction."
"I have worked with Mark on a number of significant land acquisitions and on each occasion he has shown a clear talent for optimising the commercial viability of the transaction. His business acumen led Taylor Woodrow to place him in charge of some of their most significant and complicated acquisitions during the period I acted for him at that company. He can spot creative angles in deals and is certainly capable of adding significant value to deals in imaginative ways. He is also extremely good at getting along with people from all walks of life and in my experience does what he says on the tin."
Graham Beck Director
'We would recommend them to anyone'
''They have been employed to optimise the value of sites through the development process. On every occasion They have retained a high level of enthusiasm for the development and through a number of lateral thought processes has managed to alter proposals to satisfy client needs and local authority policy considerations thus enabling us to achieve positive planning permissions without resorting to appeals and incurring further costs. We would recommend Them to anyone who wanted a second opinion on a development proposal who was seeking to improve its financial viability.'
'They have an undoubted talent for creating value where others cannot see it'
'I consult with them on any residential development matters and have introduced them to several close friends. They have an undoubted talent for creating value where others cannot see it. We have worked on several projects together including 13 storey towers, mixed use projects and waters edge schemes. They are extremely pleasant to do business with.'
'They know how to push the limits to optimize the development equation.'
I have enjoyed working closely with them for some 10 years now on a variety of housing schemes, large and small. Their enthusiasm and wide experience is invigorating and reminds me of a conductor heading an orchestra, knowing just when to bring in the right players at the right time. They know how to push the limits to optimize the development equation. Their involvement has led us to win several significant national design awards on schemes They initiated. Moreover, with them on the team you know you’re in for an enjoyable time!