MIDLANDS OFFICE |02475 097555

SOUTHERN OFFICE |01473 898100

MIDLANDS OFFICE
|02475 097555
SOUTHERN OFFICE
|01473 898100
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WELCOME TO HARRIS Strategic Land

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OUR TEAM

Tony and John each head up different geographical areas. John principally covers the Midlands whilst Tony covers specifically East Anglia and the South. We are always on hand to discuss requirements with clients at short notice and pride ourselves in the prompt and personal service that we can give. We are backed up by a fantastic office team headed up by Nisha Gaskin in our Suffolk Office to help with all day to day enquiries. Our consultant team has been built up over many years and we pride ourselves on only using the best.

TONY HARRIS

Tony has spent the last 22 years working in the property development industry with the last 15 years promoting strategic land throughout the UK and delivering strong results for his landowner partners. 

Tony has an expert team of planners working with him drawing on the best expertise in the business to deliver the best results for our clients. Tony spent much of his early career developing and refurbishing properties as well as building an extensive commercial portfolio. His knowledge of the overall market has been key in understanding and getting the best results out of the land projects he undertakes.

JOHN PAYNE

John has been involved in the property industry for over 30 years working for national and independent companies and has acquired an unrivalled knowledge of how the business works during this time.  His experience and contacts together with his practical knowledge enable him to advise clients on variety of property and development solutions. John was also Chairman of the N.A.E.A. in 2001 and represented the association across the West Midlands and Warwickshire, and an active member of Round Table for over 20 years and was elected National President of Round Table Great Britain and Ireland in 2011.

OUR CASE STUDIES / TESTIMONIALS
Tony has but up a close working relationship with many House builders and land agents over the years. We pride ourselves on delivering the best product for our clients to maximise their land value whilst understanding what it is that the large house builders want. This understanding of need to fit various sites to their local markets helps us achieve the best possible results for our clients.
Barretts Lane Farm
Balsall Common
Having seen an opportunity in Balsall Common in 2014 Tony met and negotiated with the…
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“Tony Harris and his team have been a very valuable business partner for Taylor Wimpey. Their skills in identifying sites where opportunities might not be apparent to others, and then meticulously processing the planning, legal and technical issues to deliver a developable site has provided us with over 100 new homes in the last couple of years.”

Andrew Wilson | Land Director

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“The Pegasus Group has worked with Tony Harris on a number of varied and high profile strategic development projects across the UK, in the guise of planning, landscape and design consultants. In our experience, Tony has proved himself to be a knowledgeable, helpful and informed client, with a genuine appetite for a clear and design led approach to development masterplanning, and who encourages a collaborative approach to client/consultant working relationships.  Tony is prepared to listen to different ideas and perspectives on problem solving, and recognises the skills on offer from his consultant team, responding to questions in good time and generally offering a straightforward, consultant friendly client experience.”

Jeremy Peachey | Executive Director

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“I have done a number of large deals with Tony Harris over the last decade including the acquisition of sites on an unconditional basis to promoting urban extensions in challenging locations. Tony has always delivered within agreed timescales and on the terms agreed.”

Andy Redman | Director

FAQ'S
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  • WHAT IS A PROMOTIONAL AGREEMENT?
  • You as landowners legally agree to grant us a set period of time to obtain a planning consent. We underwrite all costs and in return we gain payment at an agreed percentage, which is awarded out of 
the sale proceeds of the land and so there is a common aim to maximise the value.
  • WHAT IS THE PERIOD OF TIME?
  • Typically, our agreements will be between 5-10 years as promoting land may involve a strategic approach, which may include promotion through the Local Authorities planning policy, political lobbying and significant research to demonstrate the sites suitability for development. Harris Strategic Land will be committing significant financial resource from the outset and so we need any agreement to provide a sufficiently reasonable amount of time, in order to exhaust the possibility of gaining a planning approval and hence maximise the value.
  • CAN I SELL MY LAND WHILE THE AGREEMENT IS IN PLACE?
  • Yes, but any agreement will need to be assigned to any future purchaser.
  • HOW MUCH WILL TERRA TAKE AS THEIR SHARE OF THE LAND SALE?
  • Harris Strategic Land will receive an agreed percentage of the land value when it is sold, however, if the site does not achieve planning approval we do not get paid, therefore the onus is on us to secure a consent.
  • ARE THERE ANY COSTS TO THE LAND OWNER?
  • None, in fact we pay you to provide us the ability to work on the project and exchange the Promotional Agreement.
  • HOW IS THE LAND SOLD?
  • Once planning permission has been granted Harris Strategic Land will produce a Marketing Strategy to the landowner for approval and discussion. The Marketing Strategy will include a Marketing Pack, which will enable any prospective purchasers to fully evaluate the development. We will discuss each offer received and agree the disposal strategy, which will be based on a number of factors including price and ability to perform etc.
  • WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DO NOT OBTAIN PLANNING PERMISSION OR RECEIVE A REFUSAL?
  • In the event that planning consent is not obtained, Harris Strategic Land will assess the reasons for any refusal and re-evaluate the strategy. We have significant experience of working with highly regarded legal advisors and barristers to successfully overturn planning refusals. If any potential to secure a planning consent remains, we will continue to endeavour to pursue a planning approval.
  • ALTERNATIVE FORMS OF AGREEMENT?
  • Our preferred route is to utilise a promotion agreement as it creates a common agenda between you and us to maximise the land value and work together openly to achieve the best possible outcome. However, if there are any alternative methods of acquisition then we would be interested to discuss these further. Our significant financial resources enable us to have a flexible approach to every aspect of the process.
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