Whether you’re a large national housebuilder or a local landowner looking to diversify, our specialist residential development team at Thursfields Solicitors has the essential expertise needed to make your project a success.

Residential Development Services

Our Residential Development Services

Dedicated to providing a holistic service, our team can assist with all aspects of residential development. Our specialities include:

  • Site & land acquisition
  • Option & Promotion Agreements
  • Investment & financing
  • Strategic land services
  • Lock Out & Exclusivity Agreements
  • Building Leases & Licences 
  • Residential development set up
  • Management Company formation
  • Sales and purchases of new homes
  • Shared Ownership housing
  • Managing environmental issues
  • Planning advice & protection (including Section 106 Agreements)
  • Gas and Electricity Wayleaves and Deeds of Easement

No matter what your requirements are, the residential development team at Thursfields Solicitors will take care of everything for you.

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Strategic Residential Development Advice

Residential development is a multifaceted sector that demands a high level of legal acumen and commercially-focused advice if you want to ensure your project is completed as smoothly and as profitably as possible. 

Achieving a swift, satisfactory outcome is your number one priority. Thursfields’ residential development team has the expertise to deliver first-class results for both regional and national clients without impacting your completion date. From site acquisition and governance, to utility connection and plot sales, we offer a holistic service that caters to all your needs. 

Our team has a particular strength in high-value developments and have represented a large number of international clients. Additionally, we’ve helped the clients of several national housebuilders with plot purchases, while also assisting localised bespoke developers with setting up their projects and achieving volume plot sales.

Our residential development solicitors are led by Louise Jones, who has many years in-house experience with one of the largest national house builders in the industry — leaving us perfectly placed to pre-empt potential pitfalls and provide proactive solutions to ensure your goals are met.

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Residential Development Team

Whatever you’re looking to achieve, the residential development team at Thursfields Solicitors can help you reach your goals.

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Louise Jones

Director, Residential Conveyancing

Louise is an articulate and focused professional with over 30 years experience, thus ensuring that she is able to provide a timely and effective service to her clients. Louise’s experience and expertise covers all areas of residential property, from sales and purchases of freehold and leasehold property for first and second time buyers to the more complex property transactions for those seeking to add to their property portfolios.

Having worked in-house for one of the largest UK house-builders for eight years, Louise also has substantial experience in all aspects of a new-build transaction, including Shared Ownership. In addition to supporting buyers of new-build properties, Louise is also able to act for developers once they have acquired land for development, setting up even the most complex of developments. Louise’s ability to provide timely and effective advice ensures that she is able to guide her clients through even the most complex of transactions in a smooth and stress free manner.


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Residential Development Advice

Built Around You

As a housebuilder, you’ll want to effectively manage timescales and cash flow. However, each residential development project will ultimately have its own challenges to navigate. It’s therefore essential to work with a law firm that can effortlessly tailor its approach and provide you with strategic advice across many areas. While you concentrate on construction and sales, you can be confident that our residential development team will ensure all the legal aspects surrounding set up and plot sales are taken care of. 

The residential development team at Thursfields Solicitors takes a vested interest in the success of every one of our clients, often forging lasting relationships along the way. We approach each project individually and customise our service to ensure it’s tailored to your commercial objectives. The Thursfields team will be with you at every step on the journey.

As a full-service law firm, we can call on the expertise of other departments to deliver an end-to-end service. From employment matters and litigation, to succession planning and projects within the agricultural sector, our team can manage all aspects of running a residential development business, so you can concentrate on what you do best.

A Holistic Approach to Land Development

It’s not just residential property where our team excels. We can support you through all aspects of purchasing land for development, including for commercial purposes and buying farmland. Whatever you need, we have the expertise required to succeed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Residential development involves the purchase of land for the purpose of building houses or flats, before carving up the land during the planning process and thereafter selling the individual houses or flats to make a profit. Projects can vary greatly in size, from small developments to those on a much larger scale — known as major residential developments.

A major residential development is classified as a project that consists of 10 or more houses or flats, or where the buildings have a floor space of at least 1,000 square metres. Such schemes will require planning permission to ensure disruption to the local area is kept to a minimum. 

Residential development projects are complex, multifaceted operations with unique challenges to navigate through. Working with a specialist team ensures all your requirements will be met, potential pitfalls are avoided, and your scheme is able to be as profitable and hassle-free as possible enabling you to concentrate on construction and securing sales whilst we carry out the legal work. 

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