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Development Land

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Gilden Park was granted planning for 1,100 homes on appeal and subsequently sold to a consortium. We acted as Agent & Development Co-ordinator for the owner. The development was fought via Local Plan inquiries (include a successful High Court challenge) resulting in ASR allocation and removal from the Green Belt. The sale was subject to a lengthy negotiation of land value given the considerable infrastructure works.

Aspenden Bridge was granted planning on appeal (after refusal against officer's recommendation) and sold to Dandara Homes for a 65 home scheme. We acted as Agent & Development Co-ordinator for the owner. Part of the site was shown to have flooded and a successful Flood Map Challenge from the Environment Agency was required. The previous option to Bovis Homes lapsed and a land value could not be agreed.  

Moult Walker act for Stevenage Borough Council in the matter of the sale of an access ransom strip serving a strategic housing development site at Great Ashby for 360 homes. This is an absolute access ransom and negotiations are ongoing as to a Stokes v Cambridge payment. Matters are delayed by the North Herts Local Plan examination and the deferred planning application for housing development.   

Moult Walker acted as Agent and Development Co-ordinator for a complicated land sale for 108 homes to Linden Homes at Maldon. This was initially promoted as a non-food retail site, but planning was lost on appeal and the revised feasibility favoured residential due to worsening retail rents and yields. Planning was delayed by a series of reserved matters refusals and an appeal. The sale had overage provisions. 

Sanville Gardens was sold by Moult Walker to Taylor Wimpey after we secured outline planning permission for 87 homes. This was a former garden centre which was released from the Green Belt via the Local Plan process. As part of the planning agreement, the owner constructed a new community centre and Moult Walker acted as Project Managers for this new build scheme which we transfered to a Community Charity. 

Moult Walker were appointed to dispose of the surplus Van Hage's garden centre at Stevenage. Having secured the Phase 1 grant of planning permission, Moult Walker tendered the site and sold the 87 home scheme to Persimmon Homes.  We then obtained planning and Listed Building consent for the farmhouse and courtyard barns. This was separately marketed and sold to a specialist heritage developer for housing conversion. 

Gresley Way was sold by Moult Walker for Stevenage Borough Council, subject to planning for 34 homes. The site had a complicated land title that required restrictive covenants releasing and missing title Appropriating by the local authority. Because the Council could not contract with itself under Section 106, a surrogate planning authority was used. The scheme has a shared access with complicated drainage attenuation.

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