A top strategic land promoter is teaming up with South East Farmer to offer landowners in the South East vital advice and information on making the most of land that might be suitable for housing development.

Catesby Estates has put together a team of top speakers to highlight the risks, issues and options available to farmers and landowners looking to maximise their return from sites that could help to solve the housing crisis while earning them a good return.

With the Single Farm Payment being phased out and farming facing a number of challenges, selling a suitable parcel of land for housing is something that many farmers may be considering.

As a land promoter, Catesby Estates works collaboratively with landowners to bring land to the market with planning consent for new homes. At no cost to the landowner, Catesby Estates uses its in-house expertise and financial resources to fund the promotion of land through the planning process.

Once planning permission has been achieved, the site is then sold for the highest possible return, maximising the value of the land. Catesby Estates’ return is based on a pre-agreed split of the sale proceeds, giving them a vested interest in helping the owner achieve the best possible return.

To do that it has land, planning, technical and communications experts in house, all of whom combine to help ensure land sites have the best possible chance of obtaining planning permission.

As our speakers will point out, taking expert advice at an early stage really can make all the difference.

South East Farmer and Catesby Estates are expecting demand to be high for the webinar, which will be held at 5pm on Thursday 22 April, so those interested are encouraged to book their place now. Just visit www.catesbyestates.co.uk/webinar and follow the live link to register.

Joining the webinar is completely free – but the information gained is likely to be priceless.

The webinar will cover:

  • The planning system and the risks
  • The benefits of strategic land promotion
  • The features of a good development site
  • Maximising land value

Speakers from Catesby Estates

Myron Osborne Chief Executive
Myron joined Catesby Estates in March 2012 and became Chief Executive in May 2020. He has a significant track record in land acquisition and planning promotion on both brownfield and greenfield development sites across the country. He is experienced at handling large planning applications, strategic land promotion, bringing forward large scale housing association schemes and working on urban regeneration schemes.

David Morris Planning and Operations Director
David joined Catesby Estates in January 2013 having worked in house building, planning consultancy and property development across a broad range of mixed use projects throughout the UK. He has worked as a planning consultant for CBRE in London and is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), Home Builders Federation (HBF) National Planning Committee and the Land Promoters and Developers Federation (LPDF) Technical and Policy Committee.

Victoria Groves Associate Director of Planning
Victoria is a Chartered Surveyor and member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) with over 14 years’ planning experience in the private sector. She has a wide range of experience promoting land and delivering planning consents on green field sites in the South East ranging from 30 to 500 units. She has worked for Barton Willmore on projects including housing, retirement living and commercial development and for Bewley Homes as Senior Planning Manager.

Katie Yates Associate Director of Marketing and Communications
Katie is responsible for corporate communications and supporting the land and planning teams with site specific marketing requirements including public consultation and supporter mobilisation. Before joining Catesby Estates, Katie spent 15 years with the London and Cambridge Property Group. She is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and a member of Women in Property.

Steve O’Grady Associate Technical Director
Steve is responsible for all technical matters relating to the viability, sourcing and delivery of new land as well as supporting the planning team during the planning application process. Steve has 25 years’ technical experience in the private sector, having worked for national housebuilders including Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon Homes and Redrow. He more recently headed up the technical departments at Bewley Homes and Bovis Homes, managing challenging developments from inception to completion.