Residential developers and landowners

Residential and mixed-use property developments have become increasingly complex in recent years. Whether you are a developer or landowner, we will create a bespoke team to help you identify and overcome key challenges. Our clear legal, commercial and practical advice ensures you have the support you need to achieve your development objectives.

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Clear guidance, extensive support

With extensive expertise in a range of property development issues, we will work with you to understand your business, your project, your needs and your goals.

Drawing on support from our specialist planning, environmental, construction and dispute resolution teams, we provide straightforward guidance tailored precisely to your requirements. We advise on all forms of conditional contracts, options, joint venture agreements, collaboration agreements, promotion agreements and statutory agreements. And we can also guide you through planning permissions, title defects, adverse possession and a range of other development issues.

Our specialist plot sales teams will ensure your sites are set up accurately and quickly, working closely with your sales teams to make the plot sales process as smooth and effective as possible.

Above all, we will immerse ourselves in the day-to-day commercial aspects of your property developments, using practical experience and business acumen to help you achieve your objectives.


Our dedicated residential development team has been involved in a number of significant transactions in this area. Highlights include:

  • acting for a major regional developer on the acquisition of a significant development in the Cotswolds (100+ units), conditional upon planning and release of ransom strips/covenants
  • acting for a well-established developer (specialising in age-restricted living) on the purchase of a site in the Cotswolds with sub-sale of the open market and affordable housing provision
  • acting for a prominent regional developer on the acquisition of a substantial green field site to be promoted through the LPA’s core strategy and released for a residential development of more than 90 units
  • acting for a strategic land promoter on a multi-party hybrid Promotion/Option/Collaboration Agreement regarding an urban extension of Canterbury
  • acting for a land trader on the acquisition of a contaminated brown field site to redeveloped (under a joint venture with a local authority) for residential and mixed use with an adjoining marina scheme
  • acting for the Horseworld Trust on the strategic disposal of the Horseworld Visitor Centre (a popular south-west visitor attraction) for residential development



Our expertise in this area encompasses:

Case Studies

Thrings’ success in acting for housebuilders, Newland Homes, resulting in a deal figure of close to £30million, is the result of a robust understanding of their business challenges and the ability to provide a “cradle to grave” service to those in the housebuilder sector.

Colin Stratton is a true residential development specialist with an ability to understand complex matters and deliver commercially focussed solutions.

Mike Glen, Managing Director, Cotswold Homes Limited


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