matt dawson
Associate, Residential Development

Matthew joined Bidwells in 2014, having gained a Masters degree in Planning and Development from the University of Sheffield, and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in November 2017.

As part of the Residential Development team, Matthew works alongside colleagues advising developers, local authorities, institutional landowners and private individuals on a range of consultancy projects.

Matthew is able to offer clients a diverse range of skills in property consultancy, particularly in development agency and viability analysis. He has advised on the sale and purchase of land for residential development across the east and south east of England, including unconditional and subject-to-planning transactions.

Matthew’s experience also extends to strategic land opportunities, where he assists landowners in releasing value from sites with potential for residential development. Matthew is able to guide clients through each stage of the project, from initial feasibility discussions, through the planning process, and ultimately the marketing and sale of the land, ensuring at all times that value in maximised for the client.

Matthew has also become proficient in assessing the economic viability of development, including the preparation and interpretation of development appraisals. Working as part of a wider project team, he has successfully negotiated favourable planning contributions and affordable housing requirements on a diverse range of development schemes, thus maximising value for the client and securing the delivery of much-needed housing in some of the country’s most under-supplied local authorities.

Through his academic and professional work, Matthew has developed a strong awareness and understanding of local and regional housing markets. He is able to evaluate and interpret a wide range of data, including economic indicators, planning documents and comparable evidence, reporting to clients and colleagues on the potential opportunities and constraints that may exist for residential development.

Recent projects

  • Negotiation of Promotion Agreements on behalf of landowners in Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.
  • Sale of consented residential development land in Faringdon, Oxfordshire.
  • Completion of viability assessments and negotiation with local authorities in support of planning applications for residential development across the South East region.
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