UNLOCK FUTURE POTENTIAL

STRATEGIC LAND

The function of the Searls strategic land team is to source and secure medium and long term opportunities for its clients, either working to a brief or speculatively.


Using the latest search technology, the team identifies areas of land that have potential for future development and undertakes a series of thorough investigations to establish the land’s physical and planning suitability, before making contact with landowners and potential buyers.


Whilst the main areas of focus for Searls are in the south east, the team regularly undertakes specific searches in other parts of the country for clients and landowners.

Key Services

 

  • Targeted search areas covering the whole of the south of England

  • Use of the latest search technology

  • Direct landowner approaches

  • Initial land appraisals

  • Contract negotiations

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Eastleigh Borough Council
 
Transaction - Acquired
Acquisition - Site acquired under the terms of an Option Agreement
Client - Strategic Land Promotion Company
Land parcel - 7.6 acres
Planning status - Site is being promoted through the emerging Local Plan process
Prior use - Greenfield on the settlement edge

 

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Spelthorne Borough Council
 
Transaction - Acquired
Acquisition - Freehold land acquired unconditionally off-market
Client - Strategic Land Promotion Company
Land parcel - 5.3 acres
Planning status - Site is being promoted through the emerging Local Plan process
Prior use - Green field on edge of settlement.

 

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Wealden District Council

Transaction - Acquired
Acquisition - Site acquired under the terms of a Promotion Agreement
Client - Strategic Land Promotion Company
Land parcel - c. 22 acres
Planning status - Site is being promoted through the emerging Local Plan process.
Prior use - Green field on edge of settlement.



 

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Mole Valley Borough Council
 
Transaction - Acquired
Acquisition - Site acquired under the terms of a Promotional Agreement.
Client - Regional, privately-owned housebuilder
Land parcel - 1.6 acres / 0.66 ha
Planning status - The site achieved a draft allocation in the emerging Local Plan
Prior use - Open Field

 

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Tandridge District Council
 
Transaction - Acquired
Acquisition - Freehold land acquired unconditionally off-market'
Client - Large, privately-owned property company
Land parcel - 20.36 ac / 8.242 ha
Planning status - Site being promoted through the emerging Local Plan.
Prior use - Open field on edge of settlement

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Mid Sussex District Council
 
Transaction - Acquired
Acquisition - Acquired under the terms of a 10 year Option Agreement
Client - Large, privately-owned property company
Land parcel - 97 ac / 39.25 ha
Planning status - Part of the land was refused planning permission for 44 units in February 2016.  Following a successful appeal later the same year the site was sold to a regional housebuilder.  The remaining land is being promoted for future residential development.
Prior use - Farm land

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Mid Sussex District Council
 
Transaction - Acquired
Acquisition - Acquired under the terms of a 4 year Option Agreement
Client - Strategic Land Promoter and Developer
Land parcel - 8.99 ac / 3.64 ha
Planning status - Site being promoted through the Local Plan review process.
Prior use - Poultry farm
 

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Cheltenham Borough Council
 
Transaction - Acquired
Acquisition - Site acquired under the terms of a Promotion Agreement
Client - Strategic Land Promotion Company
Land parcel - c. 75 acres
Planning status - Site is being promoted through the emerging Local Plan process
Prior use - Farm land

 

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Slough Borough Council
 
Transaction - Acquired
Acquisition - Site acquired under the terms of a Promotion Agreement
Client - Strategic Land Promotion Company
Land parcel - 6 acres
Planning status - Site is within an area designated for future housing in the emerging Local Plan
Prior use - Green field on edge of settlement.

 

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London Borough of Bexley
 
Transaction - Acquired
Acquisition - Acquired for a client under the terms of a promotional agreement
Client - Strategic Land Company
Land parcel - 7 ac / 2.83 ha
Planning status - An outline planning application for 67 new residential units, including 35% affordable housing, was refused by London Borough of Bexley in January 2019. Our client is currently considering their options.
Prior use - Open Field on edge of settlement.
 

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Mid Sussex District Council
 
Transaction - Acquired
Acquisition - Site acquired under the terms of a 5 year Option Agreement
Client - Regional, privately-owned housebuilder
Land parcel - 3 ac / 1.2 ha
Planning status - Planning Permission was granted in September 2014 for 23 new dwellings, including 9 affordable units.
Prior use - Open field

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Wealden District Council
 
Transaction - Acquired
Acquisition - Acquired under the terms of a 12 year Promotional Agreement. Land assemble of three plots
Client - Large, privately-owned property company
Land parcel - Combined 15.17 ac / 6.14 ha
Planning status - An planning application is being prepared for submission in summer 2020 for circa 150 units.
Prior use - Equestrian farm & residential house with garden

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Horsham District Council
 
Transaction - Acquired
Acquisition - Acquired under the terms of a 10 year Promotional Agreement
Client - Strategic Land Promoter
Land parcel - 9.5 ac / 3.84 ha
Planning status - Site being promoted through the emerging Local Plan.
Prior use - Residential and equestrian smallholding





 

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Basingstoke & Dean Council
 
Transaction - Acquired
Acquisition - Site acquired under the terms of a Promotion Agreement
Client - Strategic Land Promotion Company
Land parcel - c. 32 acres
Planning status - Site is being promoted through the emerging Local Plan process
Prior use - Farm land

 

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Lewes District Council
 
Transaction - Acquired
Acquisition - Site acquired under the terms of a Promotion Agreement
Client - Strategic Land Promotion Company
Land parcel - c. 39 acres
Planning status - Site is being promoted through the emerging Local Plan process.
Prior use - Green field on edge of settlement.

 

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Spelthorne Borough Council
 
Transaction - Acquired
Acquisition - Freehold Land acquired unconditionally off-market
Client - Large privately owned Property Company
Land parcel - 26 ac / 10.5 ha
Planning status - The site is being promoted through the emerging Local Plan process.
Prior use - Open field on edge of settlement.



 

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Wealden District Council
 
Transaction - Acquired
Acquisition - Acquired under the terms of a Promotion Agreement for residential development.
Client - Strategic Land Company
Land parcel - 14.03 ac / 5.57 ha
Planning status - A planning application has been submitted to Wealden DC for 108 units, including 35% affordable housing and allotments. Decision Pending.
Prior use - Residential house, garden & Paddock.

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Basingstoke & Dean Council
 
Transaction - Acquired
Acquisition - Acquired under the terms of a 14 year Promotional Agreement
Client - Large, privately-owned property company
Land parcel - 54 ac / 21.85 ha
Planning status - Being promoted for residential development through the District Local Plan
Prior use - Farm land

 

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Mid Sussex District Council
 
Transaction - Acquired
Acquisition - Acquired under the terms of a 5 year Promotional Agreement
Client - Strategic Land Promoter and Developer
Land parcel - 48.5 ac / 19.63 ha
Planning status - Site being promoted through the Local Plan review process.
Prior use - Farm land