In 2017, we’re delighted to say that we enjoyed a 100% success rate when it came to getting planning appeals approved. That compares to a national rate of just 27.5%. Getting planning permission for a project quickly and efficiently is vital to ensuring that unnecessary time and money are not wasted. We’re proud to be market leaders in offering the very best advice.
At Maxey Grounds we work with professional developers from the start of a project in order to assist with every aspect of the development process. We’ve got extensive experience and in the last 12 months alone we’ve been involved in planning applications for things such as new build residential homes, commercial properties, the conversion of farm buildings and also the renovation of existing buildings.
We’ve also been involved in some big projects including promoting large amounts of development land through the Local Plan process. Doing this means we represent land owners and ensure they are included in Local Plan allocations.
Senior Partner, John Maxey, explains: “Currently, we are involved in major schemes in King’s Lynn, Wisbech, March, Chatteris, Whittlesey, as well as the majority of local villages. At Maxey Grounds, our aim is to provide a one-stop development consultancy; taking sites through from first identification of potential, allocation, planning consent through to the sale of development schemes. In addition, we can also help to assemble land holdings, if required, and assist groups of land owners to form sensible tax efficient joint arrangements for bringing their land forward. We are also well placed to assist developers with the marketing and sale of the completed schemes as well, whether they are houses, retail units, industrial or other specialised schemes”
The professional team at Maxey Grounds works closely with developers, primarily to ensure that we maximise the value of land for all parties. We recognise that everything is cost to a developer so one of the key ways we help is through the planning process, where we utilise our local contacts in both the local authority and private sector to troubleshoot any issues immediately. With such a rich local history, Maxey Grounds is in a privileged position to be able to offer extensive knowledge of the local market, an understanding of the development economics and be able to call upon our network of strong working relationships with Planning Officers across the area.
John Maxey continues: “We recognise how we add value for our clients; we know who to talk to in order to overcome planning issues. We know what additional information will cut through a bottleneck and enhance the scheme, combined with a clear sense of realism over what to propose and what will not be acceptable. We have spent over thirty years dealing with planning in Fenland and the surrounding areas and in that time we have honed our skills to get the best result every time.”
Very occasionally a refusal decision will be made, and in that case Maxey Grounds will work to immediately lodge an appeal and challenge the decision, if we believe that the case is strong and has merit. This year we submitted just two appeals and both were successful – one in the Fenland District Council area and one in the South Holland District Council area. The Fenland decision has also established some important principles in terms of the requirement to provide affordable housing and the Council’s five-year land supply figures, which will have precedent for future applications in the district.
From single plots or properties, to development schemes involving several hundred acres of land, if you are unsure of the planning opportunity of your property, or have property with potential but are unsure of the way to bring the land forward, talk to us today to get straight-forward, realistic and cost-effective advice on how to maximise the value of your property assets.