A land-promotion company in East Anglia that has seen a big upsurge in the strategic land market is beefing up its capability to meet demand.
Endurance Estates Strategic Land, based in Cambridge and London, is redoubling its focus on delivering major residential and mixed-use schemes in the home counties and eastern region.
Director Tim Holmes told Planning: “Growth in the strategic land market is so big we find it quite hard to cover the ground fast enough.
“In the last two years planning permission has been obtained for more than 2,500 residential units and 200,000 square foot of mixed-use retail and office accommodation.
“Planning applications are currently progressing for a further 1,500 residential units. We expect this growth to continue: the new government seems set to continue promoting development as before.
“Meanwhile, we are comfortable with how the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is working on the ground.”
The firm wants to recruit a new strategic a land and planning manager to evaluate the planning potential of sites for 20 to 250 homes within two hours drive from Cambridge.
Holmes said: “The only negative issue is the lack of planners in local authority. Many have moved into private practice, leaving too few to get things done.
“Although we are expanding we're concerned about the chopping of local authority budgets and asking, 'is planning the right place to chop?'”
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