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Land & Development

Over many years, Dacres Commercial has built a reputation for advising clients upon the development potential of their land holdings across Yorkshire and the north of England.

We are particularly well placed, via an appropriate combination of in-house skills, to advise landowners on the selection of a developer and suitable scheme, and also to introduce developers to specific landowners and property development opportunities.

We have a dedicated residential development team including Chartered Surveyors who are supported by a network of twenty residential estate agency offices, providing unrivalled local knowledge.

Development Consultancy

Understanding the process of development and market knowledge are the key factors in advising landowners and developers. We can assess the potential of any given opportunity which is underpinned by appropriate research and a strategic overview. More detailed supplementary advice can also be given on many other aspects including:

  • Land assembly
  • Contractual issues including the benefits or otherwise of landowner/collaboration agreements
  • Conditional contracts
  • Option agreements
  • Planning promotion agreements
  • Likely input required from other consultancies eg. town planning, traffic, environmental etc.


Residential Development Land

Our specialist team advises landowners, big and small, in order to maximise the value of their assets by helping them through the sale process and dealing with issues such as: 

  • The risk factors associated with the planning process
  • Whether the landowner or the developer obtains planning 
  • Unconditional versus conditional contracts
  • The optimum sale process
  • Factors affecting value such as abnormal costs
  • Section 106 Agreements and taxation


Mixed Use and Commercial Development

Sustainability is very much the buzz word in planning circles these days. This is leading to an increasing number of developments which seek to incorporate different uses on a site, in order to reduce traffic movements and the environmental impact of development generally. No matter what the end uses are, we can draw upon the skills and expertise of our commercial and residential development teams to ensure that what might be desirable in theory is deliverable in practice and does not sacrifice value unnecessarily.

Strategic Land Opportunties

It is necessary to understand the many issues surrounding timing and valuation, many of which are driven by the planning process, and landowners do need solid advice to minimise the scope for unpleasant surprises years down the line. Many years of experience in dealing with major house builders and developers has demonstrated to us how best to deliver long-term development opportunities.




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