Insight guide: Strategic sites offer huge potential

Given the lengthy timeframes involved, strategic land projects are, if not immune, then certainly shielded from the storms currently raging against the wider economy.

No matter the extreme times we find ourselves living in, it remains important to get everything right from the beginning on a strategic land project, whether that is pulling together the right site with the right landowners or navigating the planning system.

The potential for strategic sites is huge and Smith & Williamson and Property Week have compiled a special insight guide highlighting the wide range of parties involved in strategic land and future trends for the sector.

Topics covered included:

  • Collaboration on strategic site promotion
  • Working with LPAs
  • How MMC can boost housing delivery
  • Developing wellbeing in strategic land sites
  • Community engagement in placemaking


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The changing role of strategic land

Property Week in association with Smith & Williamson brought together a panel of experts to discuss the role of strategic land in the wider development industry. They talked about the impact of lockdown and the changes they expect to see post-Covid-19, the importance of physical environment to wellbeing and mental health, how people’s priorities have changed and the opportunities for developers in the ‘new normal’.


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Strategic Land Tax Time Bomb

Smith & Williamson’s Zoe Thomas features in the recent Property Professionals podcast series from Charles Russell Speechlys, discussing potential tax changes in the strategic land sector and the steps landowners and developers can take to mitigate them.

The latest COVID-19 has left governments with a vast bill and tax rises appear inevitable to balance the books. In the "Strategic Land Tax Time Bomb", Zoe joins Ian Brothwood, a Charles Russell Speechlys Real Estate Partner and Tim Watson, a Director at Savills, to discuss the form these tax rises might take and mitigation options for property developers and landowners.

This episode looks at:

  • The potential tax changes and how each may affect landowners and developers
  • The most common tax structures, including land pooling, collaboration agreements and land pooling trusts, as well as the pros and cons of each for different landowners and developers
  • The potential role of freezer’ clauses: where and how can these be used

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