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      Strategic Planning Advice

      Securing planning permission locks value into your development, but it’s early strategic and creative planning advice that creates it.

      Novotel, Cambridge North
      Cambridge North, CB4

      Creating a new home for science in one of the largest innovation districts in Europe

      We’ll help to realise your vision for a new place, unlock development value, masterplan your site, or repurpose an existing building.

      Our early guidance will help define your vision and inform smart development decisions each step of the way. Getting planning permission is often the goal but our advice aims to ensure the consent is deliverable and maximises the value of your site.

      Navigating a path to planning consent means persuading the doubters and managing conflict along the way. It is not for the faint hearted. We’ll help devise the planning strategy you need to meet your commercial goals.

      It’s like steering an oil tanker leaving a port. You must set it on the right course because even a small degree of deviation is difficult to turn around quickly

      Featured insight

      The new single planning framework could be the vital catalyst that will see the Oxford to Cambridge Arc begin to achieve its vast potential and become a vital part of the UK’s post-pandemic recovery.

      Head of planning, Mike Derbyshire, explains how the spatial framework from MHCLG could provide a viable vision for the growth of the knowledge economy across the Arc.

      Service options

      Land assembly

      It pays to be bold when assessing whether acquiring more land or partnering with your neighbours might deliver something bigger - and perhaps more valuable - than if you went it alone.

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      Opportunity analysis

      By focusing on maximising the opportunity, we will help you look beyond the site’s constraints and see what might be possible.

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      Initial concept design and financial analysis

      At the inception of a project you need someone to have a feel for where you are headed, helping you sense check ideas and look at the financial implications of design choices and technical information.

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      Scoping financials and other priorities

      Understanding what you want from a development project is the starting point. It’s different for everyone but only once your objectives are clear can we shape your strategy around them.

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      Joint venture and partnering

      We pair ambitious developers with long-term UK and global investors, setting up innovative joint venture arrangements that build in flexibility and work for everyone from start to finish.

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      Shortlisting and selection process

      Your site has development potential, but you need a partner to help unlock its full value. Choosing the right one is not always a matter of simply picking the highest bidder.

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      Project commencement and performance monitoring

      Agreeing the right deal up front is important but good performance monitoring ensures project objectives are hit. You need sustained focus from a well-oiled team delivering from day one.

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      How else can we help?

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