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GL Hearn announce a dedicated Garden Towns & Villages team

7th March 2018

GL Hearn part of Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure, announces today a dedicated team focusing on garden settlements, and bringing forward strategic development sites.

The team embraces the well-established and experienced combined skills of GL Hearn and Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure and is overseen by Deborah McLaughlin (Executive lead for Housing), and headed up by Roland Brass (Planning), and includes David Maxwell (Planning), Nick Ireland (Strategic Growth), Neil Pickering (Viability) and Martin Kelly (Masterplanning).

Garden Towns and Villages have a lead role to play in tackling the housing crisis, and equally importantly, in creating high quality new places based on nine garden city principles. Site opportunities include new settlements between 5,000 to 10,000 new homes and urban extensions over 1,500 new homes.

This new team has been mobilised to provide end-to-end services for both public and private sectors from identifying sites, creating a vision, promoting land and delivering schemes. Services provided including town planning, masterplanning, land assembly, cost and project management, public engagement, transport, landscape and suite of environmental services as well as partner procurement.

The multi-disciplinary Garden Towns & Villages team has most recently been instructed on behalf of housebuilders, landowners and local authorities at Ebbsfleet Garden City, Eastleigh Garden Village, North Cheshire Garden Village, St Cuthbert’s Garden Village, new settlement at Braintree/Uttlesford, as well as undertaking strategic studies at Aylesbury Vale, Tunbridge Wells and around Birmingham.


Artist impression by Paul Barnes | Ebbsfleet Green

The Town and Country Planning Association’s revitalisation of the Garden City principles for the 21st Century has created an added dimension to strategic land promotion opportunities, reinforcing the need for us to plan for the highest environmental, design and social standards whilst effectively delivering new development for the benefit of all. Garden Towns & Villages remain only part of the housing solution and they have a significantly greater role to play beyond meeting local needs through innovative and strong visioning to build places where we want to live, work and play.

Deborah McLaughlin, Managing Director, Real Estate Projects Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure

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