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Development Advice and Consultancy


As surveyors, agents and valuers working actively in the local market, we are well placed to comment on market conditions, the demand for commercial land and premises and to make an assessment of supply. This allows us to analyse market trends and advise clients on proposals for development of premises and also to inform decisions on conversion opportunities and potential change of use on existing buildings.

Our intimate knowledge of market conditions allows us to provide considered advice to clients on the options and form of development for both commercial and residential development sites and conversion opportunities.

The Optimum Form of Development – Maximising Value

Our service will advise on the optimum scheme of development and the scale, height and form of the buildings which will be appropriate. Our planning and agency teams will work closely together so that you can be assured that not only will the value of your land be maximised, but that you will have the best possible chance of obtaining planning permission for the scheme of development as quickly as possible. Our planners are experienced in negotiating with the local planning authorities will be able to deal with all matters arising following the decision to proceed with an agreed scheme of development.

Project Team Co-ordination

Our development and planning teams will co-ordinate the appointment of the project team, including architects, quantity surveyors, engineers and other consultants. See our planning services section for more information in this respect.

Valuations and Appraisals

As development options are considered, our development team will undertake market appraisals and valuations of the subject land so that decisions on the way forward can be made. Residual appraisals are undertaken with the help of BOE development software which enables a detailed and accurate view on value and profit to be established together with cash flow projections and profitability analysis.

Planning Advice and Applications

For more information on how we can assist with your planning application, see the pages relating to planning applications and project team co-ordination.

For more information on development advice and consultancy, please contact Phil Halmshaw on 01480 213811 or email phalmshaw@barfords.co.uk

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