What Should Be Included in Your Technical Land Assessment?


Undertaking an appropriate technical land assessment before site purchase and mobilisation is a critical part of any profitable development.

Here are some key things to consider and include.

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How to Access Govt. Grants to Develop Brownfield Sites


Let’s start by looking at what grants are out there and who provides them.

The first thing to understand is, that there is no single, UK brownfield grant that developers can apply for.

They vary on a sub-regional basis.

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The Benefits of Public Consultation


As a developer you’ll want to have the best possible relationships with local authorities, landowners and local residents near to (and possibly even occupying) the site you want to develop.

This blog will help you do this.

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Key Issues to Consider in Viability


Preparing a strong viability case to support your planning application is not a straightforward process and requires the right type of support.  If you are considering submitting a viability case in respect of your scheme, you may want to seek advice from a specialist viability consultant who can help you and who will consider the following key issues.

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5 Key Steps to Getting Your Planning Application Passed


Achieving planning consent is not just about what your scheme looks like, it is about a lot more.  The context within which your application is submitted is incredibly important. That’s why it’s important to get the right a
dvice and that’s why you may need to work with a planning consultant.

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Planning Fees are Increasing!


The Statutory Instrument with respect to an increase in planning fees was made on 20th December 2017 and comes into force on 17th January 2018. Planning fees are to increase by 20%. The Statutory Instrument has also introduced a fee for the submission of a Permission in Principle application. The Town and Country Planning (Permission in Principle) (Amendment) Order 2017 was made on 19th December 2017 and comes into force on the 1st
 June 2018. This introduces secondary legislation that allows landowners and developers to apply for a Permission in Principle, or Pip, rather than the only current mechanism for this being through Local Planning Authorities granting the Pip under Part 2 of the brownfield land register.

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RCA's 38 Days of the Housing White Paper; Day 1...

Everyday for the next 38 days we will be providing a link to our responses to the Government's Housing White Paper; here is our reply to Question 1... 

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‘Enabling Development’ – What is it?!

Recently I have been dealing with more cases for 'Enabling Development', either where it has been enforced by a Local Planning Authority to try and restrict development on a site, or adopted by an applicant who is seeking to increase development on a site. In either case, there has been an apparent lack of continuity and understanding in the way this planning tool is implemented. Having delved into this topic in quite some detail, it has only become more apparent to me why this is the case...

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RCA Regeneration Launch New Mobile App to Make Development Site Recording Quick and Easy

Have you been on the lookout for an easier, more convenient way to record development site details?  With our new RCA Mobile App you can do just that.  Our intuitive mobile application allows you to record site details whilst on location with an easy to complete form, location and photo upload.

Using the RCA App you can upload, save and edit details about a proposed development site and even submit them to us for some initial advice.  Sending us the details, saving them for later editing or sending the details to an alternative email of your choice can save you time pulling information together when you’re back at home or in the office.

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Highways Agency (HA) to become Highways England (HE) – Access Restrictions Eased under License, Powers of Direction Abolished

Much excitement and confusion amongst those long suffering Civil Servants at the Highways Agency when the much touted Infrastructure Act finally went through, confirming the end of the Executive Agency concerned with the Strategic Road Network. From now on Highways England is to be an ‘arms length’ organisation which will operate in a similar manner to that other UK ‘not for profit’ monolith; Network Rail.

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