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Social Housing - “Everyone has the right to safe, decent, affordable housing”

Whatever your affordable housing development requirements, we really can cover every element of the process, from the moment you make an offer, through the planning, construction and development phases, and to completion, and if selling is your ultimate aim, we can cover that too.

What we can do for you

We are proud to work with Housing Associations and we believe in and share your vision. It's widely accepted that England is facing a housing crisis and Housing Associations are at the forefront of the drive to build and provide much-needed affordable homes. We want to stand right beside you. We understand our clients’ vision to create not only homes but communities, the importance of sustainability and a sense of space, and above all to improve lives. For us, it’s about the sense of achievement we get when we see the end product and keys being handed over to those in housing need. We pride ourselves on being pragmatic, proactive and approachable. Clients frequently comment on our clear communication and we strive to present issues in a way which is easy to understand and without jargon. We will work with you to drive deals forward and have a proven record of consistently completing transactions within our clients’ preferred timescales and in line with their commercial objectives.

Acquiring a development site

We are a team of development lawyers with years of experience and a particular expertise in the social housing sector.  Our clients include regional and national housing associations, as well as private developers selling their affordable homes in accordance with their Section 106 obligations.

 

Whether you are acquiring land to build out yourself, or selling or acquiring units on a Section 106 scheme, we can lead you through the process.  We will carry out full due diligence and title investigation, advising and working with you when there are issues we need to overcome.  We are pragmatic, proactive and responsive and will work with you to ensure that your timescales for delivery (and those of the developer) are met. 

 

We have in-depth experience in the negotiation of land sale agreements, conditional contracts, development agreements, option agreements, overage agreements and joint venture agreements.

 

We welcome being involved from Heads of Terms stage to help ensure that certain points of principle are agreed at an early stage.  This should then help to reduce the time taken to negotiate the documentation. 

Planning and infrastructure

We have a team of dedicated planning lawyers who have worked with our Housing Association clients for many years and understand the particular requirements of Housing Associations in all planning documentation. 

 

We will provide advice in particular on the mortgagee protection clause in the Section 106 Agreement and will work with you and the local authority if the wording needs to be varied, and highlight early any other issues that may arise from the planning history, planning conditions or Section 106 Agreement.

 

We can assist with all planning related issues, from pre-planning application stage to infrastructure agreements and managing and discharging of planning conditions and obligations.

 

We are experienced in the negotiation of all ancillary section agreements and nominations agreements that may need to be entered into with statutory undertakers or the local authority and our close links to the local authorities (our planning lawyers previously worked in-house at local authorities) allow us to quickly and efficiently progress these agreements with the council.

Site set up and plot sales

We understand that making sure the homes can be occupied by or sold to your customers is the most important part of the process for you and that structuring a scheme for sale can be a daunting task.  

 

We aim to make the sales process as smooth as possible by putting together a sales pack for the homes to be sold and uploading this to a shared data room giving the buyers’ solicitors immediate access to the sales pack and any documents that may be uploaded throughout the sales process.  

 

Our highly experienced plot sales team will then lead you through the sale process itself, keeping you updated at all times and working hard to ensure that any exchange deadlines are met.

Funding

We are always mindful of our clients’ need to charge sites at open market value if possible and appreciate that your financial model depends on this.  As well as identifying issues during the acquisition, such as with the mortgagee protection clause in any Section 106 Agreement, when the time comes to charge sites, we have a specialist property finance and banking team who can advise on any funding documents required by your lender and deal with all conditions precedent that may be imposed by the lender.

Who we are

If you can't find what you're looking for or would like to talk to us in more detail, please contact Lucy Richardson or another member of our Social Housing team. We'd love to hear from you!

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