Partner, Residential Development

Ian has worked in the development sector for over 25 years focussing on residential development. He acts for clients across East Anglia and the South-East advising on development land sales and promotion and option agreements. He also acts as an Expert Valuer. 

He advises a range of landowning clients including Cambridge Colleges, private landowners, plcs, trusts, charities, public sector organisations and small businesses. He qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1995.

Prior to joining Bidwells Ian held positions in development consultancy with an international property advisor in London and in a development role for a plc property company. Since joining Bidwells in 2004 he has focussed on residential development land transactions and advising landowners on the promotion and disposal of strategic land.

Key recent and past projects

Development Agency and Land Sales

  • Harlow, Essex – Private clients (900 units £47m)
  • Chelmsford, Essex – Genesis Housing Group (8.5 acres £30m)
  • Bishops Stortford North, Hertfordshire (330 units £30m)
  • Cambridge – Bell Educational Trust (275 units £28m)
  • Papworth, Cambridgeshire – Varrier Jones Foundation (300 units £25m)
  • Melbourn, Cambridgeshire – Cambridge College (200 units £22m)
  • Peterborough – East of England Agricultural Society (200 units - £15m)
  • Stamford, Lincolnshire (12 acres £12m)
  • Milton, Cambridgeshire – URV/Helical (£7m)
  • Rayleigh, Essex – E.ON UK (£7m)
  • Harrietsham, Kent – Cambridge College (£4.7m)
  • Harlow Swimming Pool, Harlow Council (£4m)
  • Walton, Suffolk – Cambridge College (190 units £3.9m)



 Strategic Land – Acting for Landowners

  • Leatherhead, Surrey – 368 acres - Hybrid Promotion
  • South Woodham Ferrers, Essex – 244 acres - Option
  • Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex – 58 acres - Hybrid Promotion
  • Stamford, Lincolnshire – 152 acres Hybrid Promotion
  • Orpington, Kent – 42 acres - Freehold Sale with overages
  • Harrietsham, Kent – 12 acres - Option
  • Wilmslow, Cheshire – 17 acres - Promotion Agreement


 Development consultancy, valuation and appraisal


  • Expert Work – acts as Expert Valuer and Independent Expert in relation to the agreement and determination of residential development land value under option agreements and conditional contracts.
  • Viability appraisals for landowners and developers in relation to Section 106  negotiations – has undertaken over 25 on schemes of up to 1,000 units.


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