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Housing

Strength and depth in housing, affordable housing and regeneration.

Recognised as one of the key legal providers to the housing and regeneration sector, Pinsent Masons has been appointed on some of the largest and most high profile projects in the country.

We advise both the public and private sector and act for private developers/investors who develop housing-led mixed-use schemes, house builders and registered providers.  We are the market-leading specialists in developing asset-based public/private joint ventures using public sector assets matched by private sector cash to deliver housing renewal, growth and regeneration.

Expertise and knowledge second to none, to support your needs.

We offer: 

  • Experience advising on all leading edge LABV projects and the majority of other LABV projects in the market
  • A proven track record in delivering housing-based regeneration schemes for both the public and the private sector
  • Over 30 years' experience advising on every model for PFI Projects, non-PFI property or regeneration based public/private joint ventures
  • Extensive knowledge of the market approach, gained both by advising many private sector organisations on housing-led regeneration
  • A real understanding of issues affecting local government (we advised over 100 local authorities last year alone and are members of the HCA legal panel)
  • Experience of structuring schemes to avoid and/or minimise the risks associated with residential leaseholders rights, including enfranchisement, rights of first refusal and service charge consultation and recovery

We can help you with:

  • Acquisition and Development
  • Creation of public/private joint ventures
  • Construction, Procurement and Partnering
  • Constitutional including charity law and group structures
  • Employment, TUPE and Pensions
  • Planning, Zoning and Consents
  • Dispute Resolution

Our recent experience includes:

  • Advising Ipsus Developments on the funding, acquisition and disposal in respect of the construction of 170 residential units and commercial space in Grafton Square, Clapham with an end-use value in excess of £50million
  • Acted for a consortium of developers (CALA Management and Persimmon) in the Development Agreement, Planning and acquisition of the Bellsdyke Hospital and Hill of Kinnaird, Larbert site, comprising 1,700 residential units and associated business/ employment uses
  • Advising Glasgow Housing Association GHA on the financial aspects of the Second Stage Transfer (SST) programme including negotiation of amended or restated grant arrangements.
  • We advised Newcastle City Council on the Scotswood regeneration project which covers a substantial area of the west end of Newcastle upon Tyne. The project involves the creation of a delivery vehicle in joint venture with its private sector partner, a consortium comprising Barratt, Keepmoat and Yuill, to deliver the holistic and sustainable regeneration of this run-down area of the city and promote development further afield.
  • Earls Court We are instructed by Capco on the planning and structuring element of this immensely high profile scheme at Earls Court, one of the largest development projects in London. The scheme is for 75,700sqm of residential use and 21,000sqm of other uses - over 10 million sq ft of development. The scheme is being developed by Capco with TfL and London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham.
  • We advised the Homes and Communities Agency in respect of the UK's largest sustainable new town project, Northstowe in Cambridgeshire on a brownfield former military base. The new town will include up to 9,500 new homes, employment areas, a town centre, four local centres, a secondary school and around five primary schools. Northstowe will be a new place to live for over 20,000 people, and approximately 8,000 jobs will be created encouraging further economic development. The scheme has involved the compulsory purchase of the line for the Guided Busway system which runs through the new settlement.
  • We advised the Homes and Communities Agency on the First time Buyer's Initiative (described by a judge at the Real Estate team of the Year Awards 2008 as, "iconic work").  We also advised the HCA on the KickStart project to invest £400m in stalled development sites.
  • We advised MMC Estates, acting as executive developer of an urban extension to Lydney, Gloucestershire, including complex development arrangements with a house builder, contractor, registered provider, senior debt provider and HCA.
  • We are advising Peterborough City Council on all legal aspects of its Medium Term Financial Strategy, including its requirement to deliver housing growth of some 25,000 new homes by 2020.

Case Studies