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The Business

Catesby was acquired by Urban&Civic in February 2015. The Catesby team, based in Warwick, is specifically focused on the delivery of residential planning consents on 50 to 500 unit largely greenfield sites and, if successful, their onward sale to housebuilders.

Recent sales under development include:

Dickens Heath – Bellway
Bude – Bovis
Haywards Heath – Redrow
Woolton Hill – Bloor Homes

Focused Structure

Catesby has three internal divisions focused on land, planning and technical delivery to fully assess new opportunities, to understand the prospects of obtaining planning for residential (or mixed-use) development and to have full regard for the ability of a housebuilder to deliver a scheme on the site.

Land Model

Rather than acquiring the land outright, the Catesby model seeks to secure it by way of promotion agreement, a legal arrangement whereby a landowner allows Catesby to promote their land, at no cost to them, for development in return for a proportion of the end sales value. Since acquisition and given the backing of Urban&Civic, this has been extended to include option agreements and unconditional purchase terms if the risk/reward dynamics are seen to be appropriate.

Collaborative Approach

The Catesby team prides itself on a collaborative approach to planning with the vast majority of its projects receiving officer recommendations for approval. The focus for the business is to meet housing demand in areas of clearly identified need. This is either through promoting sites identified in existing or emerging local plans or, where plans are out of date, identifying sites based on strong locational, transport and landscape characteristics and submitting an application after extensive analysis and consultation.