Housebuilders and housing associations

Residential and mixed-use property developments have become increasingly complex in recent years. Housebuilders and housing associations need clear legal, commercial and practical advice to help them identify and overcome key challenges and unlock maximum value from projects. Our Development of Land team brings together property, planning, environmental, construction, dispute resolution and plot sale specialists, allowing us to cover every base when it comes to supporting your development objectives.


Key Contacts

Rebecca Dixon

Legal Director 0117 930 9542

Rosalyn Trotman

Partner 0117 930 9577

Guiding you from site acquisition to sale

For housebuilders and housing associations, the expert Development of Land team at Thrings offer experience, insight and technical knowledge at every step of the development process. From initial due diligence and advice at pre-acquisition stage, we will provide guidance and negotiate on your behalf to ensure you get the best deal possible.

We provide value at each step, including site assembly and planning stages. Our infrastructure experts make sure you have the right agreements in place, while our specialist plot sales team will work closely with your sales teams to help you dispose of land and plots. And, if disputes arise at any point in the process we can act for you to bring them to a swift and firm resolution.

For housing associations, our team has specialist knowledge in affordable housing and is also able to provide clear, pragmatic advice on issues that may arise including advice on corporate governance and regulatory matters.

We do more than simply provide you with your legal options, we help put you in the best position to achieve your strategic goals. The breadth of our experience and expertise allows us to create tailored teams for each of our housebuilder and housing association clients. By immersing ourselves in the day-to-day commercial aspects of your property developments, we ensure that we are proactive and valuable partners.

Our dedicated Development of Land team has been involved in advising on a number of significant sites and transactions in this area. Highlights include:

  • Advising a housing association client on the acquisition of a a 275-unit development site in Wiltshire dealing with complex title, planning requirements and access issues and providing highways and rights of way advice
  • Advising a regional housebuilder on the purchase of development sites and sub-sales with development agreements to housing associations in the South West
  • Advising on conditional acquisition and sub-sales of sites for builder-developers acting as intermediaries and building contractors for housing associations in the South West
  • Advising on the acquisition of a 40-unit brownfield site in Southampton with existing planning permission
  • Advising a regional housebuilder of over 55s residential properties on the disposal of a development site for development involving complex title and contractual issues along with in-depth highways advice
  • Acting for developers and lenders in mezzanine finance and site refinances for a range of residential schemes in the South West and South East, from 20 to 300 units

Our expertise in this area encompasses:

  • Land promotion agreements
  • Conditional contracts
  • Consortium agreements
  • Pre-emption agreements
  • Securing rewards for promoters and investors
  • Uplift agreements
  • Joint venture agreements
  • Planning agreements
  • Infrastructure agreements
  • Development agreements
  • Land owners
  • Commercial developments