Gladman looks to capitalise on councils' land supply woes

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 28 Oct 2015

Vicky HessonA developer says it is taking advantage of local authorities' lack of land supply to target planning applications for housing.

Gladman Developments' managing director Vicky Hesson (pictured) told Planning: “We are predominantly a residential-led company at a time of big housing shortages.

“Most local authorities are not able to demonstrate a five-year land supply and we are targeting a lot of applications."

Her company recently boasted success in 41 out of 43 planning approvals.

A recent win was in the village of Linton, South Derbyshire, for 110 new homes following a public inquiry.

The firm wants to recruit a land planner in Congleton, Cheshire, to appraise new land opportunities in the UK, meet with landowners and give planning support to the land team.

“All local authorities are getting on with their local plans and need to get them adopted within a certain time frame,” explained Hesson.

“This means we have to take strategic considerations now, in six months and for the next year in preparing planning applications.”

She said Gladman Developments was continually seeking to acquire more land for developments throughout the UK. 

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