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      Strategic Planning Advice

      Creative planning advice at an early stage of the development process helps you spot value where others may not see it, opening opportunities and creating value.

      3-4 Station Square, CB1
      CB1

      Creating a home for three of the world’s four trillion-dollar companies

      We’ll help to assess value, masterplan, calculate planning risk and unlock development opportunities by advising on the planning potential of your site.

      Getting planning permission might be the goal but our advice aims to ensure it’s the right type of permission - one that is deliverable and maximises value. Our early guidance will help define your vision and make good early decisions.

      We’ll help you assess existing planning permissions or strategies, advising on whether there may be an alternative path to the same goal. Our experience in our chosen markets will also help us navigate your scheme through the local politics of planning.

      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 reap the rewards

      Service options

      Sourcing opportunities

      Finding opportunities before other buyers is where development value lies. After more than 180 years in our markets, we know how and where to access the opportunities most worth pursuing.

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      Site and option analysis

      Your site has prospects, but only after its opportunities and constraints have been uncovered can you spot potential problems and turn them to your advantage.

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      Financial modelling

      Fully maximising your development returns and accurately modelling your cash flow requires bags of experience. Getting the correct numbers out means putting the right information in.

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      Development funding

      We structure and agree creative development funding deals, sourced within our long-established global investor networks, helping you offset risk and maximise your profitability.

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      Pre-letting and leasing

      By leveraging our on-the-pulse market insight into what national and international occupiers need from their space and business locations, you can align your proposals to fund and develop with confidence.

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      Affordable housing and viability

      The scheme looks fantastic and ticks all the boxes, but can someone deliver it? Fully understanding the viability of your scheme from an early stage ensures it will be.

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      Biodiversity net gain

      When the property sector was still grappling with mitigating environmental harm in development, we were busy pioneering a start-to-finish biodiversity net gain solution.

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      Land assembly

      Big is beautiful. By joining forces with neighbouring landowners or buying more land you can be more ambitious with your proposals, generating higher returns than you might going it alone.

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      Phasing and disposal

      You need to know when the money will start coming in and how quickly. Our local understanding gauges the market’s likely absorption rate and builds a phasing strategy to suit.

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      Project management

      Our project managers provide detailed benchmarking data from a broad portfolio of completed projects, allowing developers to make informed decisions.

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      Featured Insight

      A bold and brave step towards prosperity

      Bidwells' 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.

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