“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."
‘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. 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.’
‘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’
"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.”
Trant Engineering Ltd
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.
Partner at Gowling WLG
Richard heads up Gowling's WLG Residential Development team. This team, which is part of a 190-lawyer real estate practice, is one of the leading providers of legal services to UK house builders. They act for almost all the major house builders, handling large, high-value, complex cases.
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
HLS will be a key issue at many inquiries concerning residential development. In these days of SHLAAs, SHMAs and delivery-driven policies, Mark's expert evidence can be crucial to the outcome. His long experience of house-building from the inside gives him a reach beyond that of ordinary planners. His detailed knowledge of the industry's economics and the commercial realities of the market, together with his ability to engage with the key individuals, enables him to supply incisive information on the implementation of permissions and the pace of delivery on the sites put forward by LPAs. His evidence at the Redbridge Lane inquiry in Test Valley fundamentally undermined the Council's assertion of an adequate HLS
Mark and I worked together for some years; in fact he worked for me when he first joined the development industry. He is particularly talented at spotting development angles that can add significant value to projects. I would expect anyone considering developing their land would find his counsel extremely
Divisional Managing Director at Taylor Wimpey
The UK’s Largest House builder
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.
Managing Director of Wates Developments Ltd
Mark Hewett's 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. Mark's experience from within the housebuilding industry allows him 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 him again.
Peter Harrison QC
I wish I had met Mark 10 years ago. I have all the building skills you could wish for but Mark has an undoubted talent and 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 him.
During the last ten years we have worked with Bryant Homes, Taylor Woodrow and Bayview Developments where Mark Hewett has been employed to optimise the value of sites through the development process. On every occasion Mark has 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 Mark to anyone who wanted a second opinion on a development proposal who was seeking to improve its financial viability.
Director, Luken Beck Limited
Mark always starts from the basics and with great determination finds practical means of adding value to even the most complex projects……his talent for spotting an angle combined with a natural gift for communication, enables him to exploit opportunities and extract maximum value ……substantially improved the value of one of the UK’s leading developer schemes.
John McLean BA (Hons), Dip Arch, RIBA
John is the partner responsible for MCP’s major residential and mixed use regeneration projects and specialises in unlocking difficult sites sterilised by problems such as financial viability, flood risk, planning policy, neighbouring uses, contamination, etc.
We have enjoyed working closely with Mark for some 10 years now on a variety of housing schemes, large and small. His 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. He knows how to push the limits to optimize development value and is fully aware of the important role design quality plays in the development equation. Mark’s involvement has led us to win several significant national design awards on schemes he’s initiated. Moreover, with Mark in the team you know you’re in for an enjoyable time!
Ian Bailey Architects
I consult with Mark on any residential development matters and have introduced him to several close friends. He has 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, waters edge schemes. He is extremely pleasant to do business with. He is one of the good guys.
Managing Director and Owner
One of the most successful commercial developers in the south of England
Mark is an exceptional talent. He has a skill in development that is extremely rare. I consult with him on all projects and have worked on a joint venture with him. He is a thoroughly decent chap and adds significant profits to development schemes. If you have the opportunity to have him on your side, take it. He will more than repay his cost.
Managing Director at Trident Homes - Trident Homes plc has been building in the Dorset and Hampshire areas since 1996. Projects range from one bedroom flats to multimillion pound seafront developments
Mark worked for me as a Director of my Bournemouth office over a 3 year period. He added significant value to a number of my existing schemes. His talent and ability to maximise profit totally surpassed my expectations and I recommend his talents highly.
Managing Director and Owner