Our Land and New Homes team are currently offering two unique development opportunities; a former agricultural building in Hawley and a family home in West End, Woking with planning permission for a new property to be built in its place. Relatively new to the market for sale, Hawley Green Farm in Hawley, Surrey offers great… Read More


In April 2016 the House Builders Federation and Glenigan published the New Housing Pipeline Q4 2015 Report. The report outlines quarterly data for the number of housing units and number of housing projects granted detailed planning approval since 2008. To view the report, please click here. Table 1 of the report shows the number of… Read More


I was speaking today to Katherine Gray, our Land and New Homes expert, about the possible benefits of the Housing and Planning Bill; she had this to say; “The Government has started putting additional measures in place to ensure as many first time buyers as possible are able to become homeowners by the end of… Read More


Our Land and New Homes Department has had an exceptionally busy period over recent months. Not only with Developers acquiring sites throughout our area but also success with Planning Permission Applications being granted by Local Authorities. The sites are for a variety of schemes and are located in the Districts of Hart, Rushmoor, Basingstoke and… Read More


Katherine Gray LL.B (Hons) LPC

As the importance of building new homes becomes more and more evident, among the steps taken to reduce barriers and bureaucracy in the housebuilding process is the assessment of what threshold is appropriate for Environmental Impact Assessment. Changes to the thresholds, when Environmental Impact Assessments screening is required when submitting a planning permission application for… Read More


Katherine Gray, Land Manager

On the 20th February the Department for Communities and Local Government has released a consultation paper regarding the current planning procedure of Section 106 agreements and planning applications. This follows a commitment in the Autumn Statement 2014 to consult on measures to speed up the negotiations and agreement of Section 106 agreements. The document advises… Read More


New Housing Minister has First Hand Experience

Newly appointed Planning and Housing Minister Brandon Lewis is being well received by the public and property industries as the government elevates the housing issue within the government. His appointment to a role which now combines housing and planning for the first time in five years as well as promoting the housing and planning areas… Read More


Possible Planning Changes in the Infrastructure Bill

There appears to be some recognition from the Government that even once planning permission applications are granted by Local Authorities, it can take quite some time for conditions associated with the grant of planning to be released.  The Infrastructure Bill [HL] 2014-2015 went before the House of Lords for its first reading on 5th June… Read More


2013 has proved to be a successful year for Mackenzie Smith.  Governmental help schemes such as ‘Help to Buy’ have aided the sale of New Homes in our area.  This coupled with the recent rise in house prices has enabled developers to buy land with confidence in their projected property resale values; which has resulted… Read More