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The acquisition and site assembly of development sites is often the most difficult element of residential development.

Straightforward purchases may be appropriate if the site already has a suitable planning consent for development, or property is being acquired as part of a longer-term land banking arrangement.

Perhaps the most common way of proceeding is via a purchase contract conditional upon the purchaser obtaining suitable planning consent. The developer will want to ensure that it has contractual certainty about being able to purchase the property if it obtains a suitable planning consent. We will work with the developer to deal with the question of what comprises an acceptable planning consent and ensure that they will only be obliged to proceed with the purchase once the judicial review challenge period has expired. 

Options can be a very useful tool to control the acquisition of land. Option is just that, they give a purchaser an option as to whether they want to buy the property. It can be used to be able to give certainty about the purchase of the land and to allow various other elements to be brought into line before exercising the option and being contractually bound to purchase the land.

Sites, where there is disparate ownership, can present developers with great difficulties in assembling control of the site without landowners extracting excessive value. We can assist by using a combination of straight purchases; contracts which are conditional upon achieving planning consent; and option agreements. Coupled with the use of non-disclosure agreements we can help with the assembly of a site without alerting the other landowners as to your plans.

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Our Approach & Experience

Myerson's residential development team consists of 20 legal professionals with a breadth and depth of experience. As one of the largest residential development legal teams in the North West, our solicitors pride themselves on putting the client first.

We offer bespoke services to meet your individual requirements and provide reliable legal advice to achieve the best outcomes with as little stress as possible.

We have worked on a number of site acquisition and site assembly projects including purchasing, planning and contracts conditionals. 

Case Examples include: 

  • Purchase of industrial site: Acting for developers in relation to the purchase of an industrial site in Salford.  This also included the development and sale of 400 apartments.

  • Residential Site Development: Purchase and development of a Manchester city centre residential development site on behalf of developers and the forward funding arrangements for the whole block with a PRS fund. 

  • Acquisition of development land: Our team worked on behalf of developers - to build more than 1,000 houses. This included dealing with adjoining landowners to facilitate the access to and servicing of the wider development area.

Meet Our Specialists

Home-grown or recruited from national, regional or City firms. Our specialists are experts in their fields and respected by their peers.

Richard Lloyd

Richard Lloyd

Richard is the firm's Chief Operating Officer

Joanne Perritt

Joanne Perritt

Joanne is a Partner and Head of our Real Estate department

Andrew Chapman

Andrew Chapman

Andrew is a Partner in our Real Estate department

Mark Gillies

Mark Gillies

Mark is a Partner in our Real Estate department


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