We have big news

The best things come in threes! Well, here are our THREE big announcements. New Director New brand New Websites So, here goes…. Meet our new Director We are thrilled to announce that Richard Stacey MRICS has joined our team at Director level.   Richard previously held the position of Director at Brendons and Buntings Surveyors working in Leasehold reform, Compulsory Purchase …

If I were in charge – Dan

In the first of our ‘If I were in charge’ blog posts, our Director Dan Knowles shares what he’d do if he were in charge of the country. As with the posts from other team members to follow, there will be 2 Property related proposals and 2 other proposals. Stamp duty – switch who pays At the end of 1991, …

Hartopp & Lannoy Points, Fulham

Hartopp & Lannoy Points in Fulham have somewhat of an interesting history. They were built in the late 1960s using the Large Panel system form of construction which involves off site assembly in concrete and then bolted together on site. They were heavily featured in a 1984 documentary about the construction type called ‘The Great British Housing Disaster’, by Adam …

Heathrow Masterplan consultation

Publication Date: June 2019 Heathrow Consult on expansion Masterplan On June 18th 2019, Heathrow revealed its’ Masterplan for the construction of a third runway. Major consultation on proposals like these are not unusual. In fact, there was major consultation undertaken from January – March 2018, the results of which will have fed into the current proposals. The Masterplan consultation which …

ACTON HOMELESS CONCERN £4,000

Pictured are Ian Breen, Centre Manager for Acton Homeless Concern along with our Director, Dan Knowles and Senior Surveyor Natasha Lamptey. Natasha lives on the nearby South Acton estate and nominated the charity. Dan Said “having been homeless myself, I empathise with those who have little to turn to and admire the work of Ian and his colleagues as they …

GRENFELL TOWER £4,000

On 14th June 2017, there was a horrific and devastating fire at Grenfell Tower, a high rise Council block on the Lancaster West Estate within the borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Some estimates have put the death toll at over 100. On 21st June 2017, we donated £4,000 to the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation who are raising funds for a …

YORK ROAD PROJECT £3,000

In April 2016, Dan Knowles presented Cath Stamper, Chief Executive of York Road Project, with a cheque for £3,000. Cath told us, “Four computers and a printer are now in place and will make a huge difference.  Now that The Prop is open, we have the space a security to provide an area dedicated to IT use and it will …

DISABILITY RECREATION UNITY MOVEMENT (DRUM) £2,250

Disability Recreation Unity Movement (DRUM), is a local charity in Watford, which provides a range of affordable, innovative and high-quality day activities for adults with physical and/or sensory disabilities. Some of the daily activities and creative crafts include ceramics, yoga, tai chi, gardening singing and dancing. They cater for a large number of attendees each day, ages ranging from 25-95 …

HILLINGDON FOOD BANK £500

Hillingdon Food Bank help the growing number of people who live below the poverty line, which now affects 1 in 5 of us.Their manager Vine-Daniels said “The Hillingdon food bank relies on donations to keep hunger off the streets of our community. This donation will go a long way to put smiles on the faces of a lot of families …

KISHARON £1,500

Kisharon is a local charity predominantly based in Hendon, Golders Green and Stamford Hill. The provide aid, education and jobs to children and young adults with special needs. Their vision is that people with learning difficulties will live in a world where they have the same opportunities as their mainstream peers. Kisharon was founded in 1976 to provide an education …

NORTH LONDON HOSPICE £1,000

North London Hospice, established in 1984 provides those with potentially life-limiting illnesses with 24-hour physical, emotional and spiritual care. They encourage their patients to live life to the fullest, despite whatever ailments they may have. Our Graduate Surveyor, Adam Newman, was given the opportunity to choose a charity to support during 2018. In December, along with our Director Dan Knowles, …

REGENERATE £2,000

‘Regenerate’ provide support to the youth of Roehampton and surrounding areas. One of their centres is based in the heart of the Alton Estate in Roehampton, which is undergoing Regeneration and which we are involved with. With local authority funding for youth work across London being heavily cut in recent years, the work that organisations like Regenerate do is hugely needed. …

PACE £1,750

PACE Charitable Trust is a voluntary organisation which promotes the inclusion and participation of young disabled people in sports, leisure and social activities. Since its establishment in 2004, PACE has gone from strength to strength in the delivery of competitive sport programmes, with the aim of enabling their members to improve their confidence, communication and physical and social skills, empowering them …

Carpenters Estate, Stratford

The Carpenters Estate is located in Stratford, East London and falls within the London Borough of Newham. Stratford, over recent years has seen significant development, mainly due to the London Olympic Games in 2012. It is home to the Westfield (Stratford) Shopping centre, which including the surrounding shopping area, is the second largest urban shopping centre in the European Union …

Custom House, Newham

The Custom House regeneration area in East London falls within the London Borough of Newham. Home of the London Excel Centre, Custom House is very well connected to the City’s financial district, with the Dockland Light Railway (DLR) servicing the area as well as the Crossrail’s Elizabeth line due to start running in the next year or so. The Custom …

Heathrow Expansion Legal Challenge Rejected

Published Date: May 2019 Heathrow Expansion Legal Challenge Rejected The High Court on 1st May 2019 rejected legal challenges against Heathrow Airport’s decades-long campaign to expand the aviation centre. The challenge was brought by local councils, residents, environmental charities and London Mayor Sadiq Khan after the House of Commons voted in favour of building the runway, approving transport secretary Chris …

Green Man Lane Estate, West Ealing

Rydon, as developer and contractor, is working to regenerate the Green Man Lane estate in the London Borough of Ealing. The project is being delivered in a 50:50 joint venture partnership with A2Dominion. The existing local authority housing estate, comprising 464 flats, is being demolished to make way for 770 new homes. The scheme will provide over 300 homes that …

High Lane Estate, Ealing

The High Lane Estate, located in Hanwell, is a small housing estate comprising 264 homes built of BISON large concrete panel system in the 1970s. The Council’s proposed development aims to provide some 450 new homes as well as a community centre and a local shop. After an extensive consultation process with estate residents. The council’s cabinet, on 21 July …

Havelock Estate, Southall

Located within Southall is the Havelock Estate which was built between the 1950s and 1970s. The estate originally comprised a total of 845 homes spanning across approximately 21 Hectares. The proposed regeneration of the estate will see the demolition of 692 homes to pave way for the development of 904 new build properties, both for private sale and affordable housing. …

Clapham Park

The Clapham Park area is spread over 36 hectares in the London Borough of Lambeth. It spans over Brixton, Streatham, Balham and Clapham. The area is well served by numerous bus routes and is also within walking distance of Clapham South and Clapham North Underground Stations on the Northern Line. Back in 2005 a stock transfer was made from Lambeth …

Developers change toxic leases

Developers commit to combat Toxic leases About time, many may say! Many leases of newbuild properties have rather onerous ground rents, described as toxic. Ground rents are typically annual payments paid by a leaseholder to a freeholder to reflect that the latter owns the ground on which the property sits. For too long, they have been seen as an income …

Leasehold reform

Leasehold reform The Housing, Communities and Local Government (HCLG) committee recently released its report into leasehold housing, in their report the select committee set a range of recommendations to the government to implement: • Ensure that commonhold becomes the primary model of ownership of flats in England and Wales • Require ground rents on new leases to be set at …

Govt. borrowing cap removed

Removal of the borrowing cap As long as anyone at Sawyer Fielding can remember, successive governments have talked up the need to build more housing. Also, as long as we can remember, the country has failed to do so. This has been the case for a number of reasons including supply and demand cycles and a complicated and protracted planning …

Alton Estate, Roehampton

The Alton estate is a large council estate located in the London Borough of Wandsworth. It occupies a large piece of land to the west of Roehampton Village. The Estate is split between Alton East and Alton West these are recognisable by their differing architecture. Alton East finished in 1958 is a mix of low and high rise modernist architecture …

Telfer House, Islington

Telfer House is a small block of residential flats that makes up part of the King Square Estate built between 1959 and 1965 in Islington, EC1V. We were appointed by the three remaining leaseholders on the estate shortly after the CPO was made. We submitted objections to the CPO on behalf of two leaseholders and a Public Inquiry was set. …

Woodberry Down Estate, Hackney

The Woodberry Down estate comprises 57 blocks of flats that were built between 1949 and 1962, making it one of the largest estates undergoing regeneration in Europe. Interestingly, the land was originally compulsorily purchased in 1934 so it is undergoing the same procedure for a second time. The current regeneration scheme began in 2007. It is located within the London …

Winstanley and York Road Estate

The Winstanley Estate is within the London Borough of Wandsworth and lies directly opposite Clapham Junction Station. It is considered a ‘large estate’ with an estimated population of over 10,000 people. A smaller estate known as the York Road lies adjacent to this and the regeneration has been planned to include both. We first became involved on the estate in …

Land Value Capture reforms

Potential reforms of Land Value capture The Communities & Local Government (CLG) committee are currently examining reform to Land Value Capture (LVC) methods. LVC is a method of tapping into increased value of a property by virtue of a planning permission being granted (“planning gain”). The three most common methods are – Section 106 contributions A Section 106 contribution is …

Jonathan becomes Chartered

Published Date: November 2018 Our Jonathan becomes a Chartered Surveyor In November 2018, our Graduate Surveyor Jonathan Nesbitt successfully passed his Assessment of Professional Competence (APC), which is the final hurdle to become a Chartered Surveyor. He has also now successfully become an RICS Registered Valuer He started with us in 2017, having previously worked in Development Surveying and prior …

CPO Law Changes

Changes to Compulsory Purchase Law Compulsory purchase law has recently been affected by changes made to legislation which came into effect on the 22nd of September 2017 and 6th April 2018. The main changes affect the Confirmation of Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs), claims for CPO compensation and Advance payments of CPO compensation. This article will summarise what the effects of …

CPA Committee

Published Date: October 2018 Dan Knowles co-opted to Compulsory Purchase Association National Committee The Compulsory Purchase Association is a ‘Not for Profit’ member organisation which seeks to encourage and develop best practice within Compulsory Purchase and Compensation. It brings together and channels expertise in Compulsory Purchase and Compensation from professions such as Solicitors, Chartered Surveyors, Town Planners and Accountants. It …

Team crazy golf

Published Date: August 2018 Dinosaur Safari Crazy Golf At Sawyer Fielding, we take the service we provide very serious. However, we don’t always take ourselves seriously. On one of our team social events, we went to the Dinosaur Safari Crazy Golf centre in Borehamwood. The website advertises it as – “18 holes of action-packed adventure golf. Plenty of dinosaurs and …

Social Housing white paper

Published Date: August 2018 Social Housing White Paper In August 2018, Government launched it’s new Social Housing white paper. This document is a series of proposals that Government are consulting on. It is widely acknowledged that the lack of social housing is a significant part of the housing crisis. Not enough are built and of what there is, much is …

Conference presentation

Published Date: August 2018 Compulsory Purchase Association National Conference On 11th July 2018, the Compulsory Purchase Association (CPA) held their annual conference. The CPA is a member organisation consisting of professionals who work within the niche specialism of Compulsory Purchase. All of the Surveyors at Sawyer Fielding are members and dedicate all of their time to Compulsory Purchase. The Association …

3 year tenancies

Introducing 3 year tenancies The Government are currently looking at increasing the minimum term for tenancy agreements to be three years. Research suggests that 81% of tenants have agreements for 6 or 12 months whilst the average tenant remains at a property for 4 years. The justification is clear. It can be very difficult for tenants to uproot their lives …

Securing vacant possession

Dealing with private tenants Compulsory Purchase is flawed when it comes to dealing with private tenants! The system doesn’t work! On Estate regeneration schemes, it’s arguably even worse. When Landlords sell properties on Compulsory Purchase terms, they are almost always required to secure vacant possession. That means evicting their tenant. In many cases, the tenant is in receipt of benefits …

Natasha becomes Chartered

Published Date: May 2018 Our Natasha becomes a Chartered Surveyor In May 2018, our Graduate Surveyor Natasha Lamptey successfully passed her Assessment of Professional Competence (APC), which is the final hurdle to become a Chartered Surveyor. She started with us in 2015 in her first job in property and with our support, successfully completed a Masters Degree in Real Estate …

Shared Equity

Shared equity schemes Shared equity on regeneration estates is becoming increasingly more common. Some love it, some hate it. Some schemes work very well. Some fail badly. As with many things, the devil is in the detail. This article is designed to help leaseholders affected by Compulsory Purchase consider whether shared equity is a good option for them or not. …

Access to Justice

Entering the Lands Chamber The Lands Chamber plays a hugely important role in resolving disputes. Disputes are common place, sometimes because of genuine disagreements and sometimes because of one party being unreasonable or unrealistic. For example, where leaseholders wish to extend their leases, there is a process where disputes could end up in the First Tier Tribunal of the Lands …

Grahame Park delays

Delays at the Grahame Park Estate In December 2017, Mayor London Sadiq Khan directed London Borough of Barnet to refuse a Planning Application submitted by Genesis Housing Association for the redevelopment of the Grahame Park Estate. The direction was due to an unacceptable loss of social housing of 257 units. Discussions ensued between Genesis and the Mayors Office with attempts …

Love Lane Estate, Tottenham

Situated right next to the redeveloped Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Ground, London Borough of Haringey propose to regenerate the Love Lane estate. With excellent transport links such as at White Hart Lane underground station and a bustling high street, there are an array of high and low rise buildings with a mix of tenures. Sawyer Fielding are appointed by a …

Entering the Aylesbury

Published Date: May 2018 Now working on the Aylesbury Estate We are now representing homeowners on the Aylesbury Estate in Southwark, possibly the most hotly contested estate regeneration scheme in history. The various residents group active on the estate have between them done some sterling work in helping to support leaseholders. With some residents opposed to regeneration and some focused …

Aylesbury Estate, Walworth

The Aylesbury Estate is a sprawling estate comprising a mixture of tenures and construction types. Much of the construction is of Large Concrete Panel design which is non traditional. To suggest that the estate has become politicized in recent years would be an understatement. A very strong local community has banded together, forming a number of residents groups. Some are …

Internal promotion

Published Date: January 2018 Jessica Moss promotion to Office Manager As of 1st February 2018, our Office Administrator Jessica Moss was promoted to Office Manager. Jessica started only a year prior bringing 7 years of experience in office administration with her. Since joining she has taken on more responsibility, most recently adding Human Resources to her duties. Jessica’s attention to …

South Oxhey Estate, Watford

The South Oxhey estate lies within the Three Rivers District of Hertfordshire and was constructed during the late 1940s and early 1950s to provide accommodation for some 4,000 families. The estate itself comprises a mix of properties, including commercial retail units on the ground floor with residential units on the upper floors. It is surrounded by the Oxhey Woods Local …

Our Natasha Lamptey gains an MSc

Published Date: October 2017 Congratulations Natasha Our Assistant Surveyor, Natasha Lamptey has successfully gained a Masters Degree in Real Estate Development from the University of Westminster, passing very comfortably. Natasha joined us in 2015 and began her Masters degree, funded and supported by Sawyer Fielding. She is also currently studying for her Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) with a view …

£4,000 Donation for Grenfell Tower

Published Date: June 2017 Our fourth Sawyer Fielding Gives Back Donation : £4,000 for Grenfell Tower On 14th June 2017, there was a horrific and devastating fire at Grenfell Tower, a high rise Council block on the Lancaster West Estate within the borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Some estimates have put the death toll at over 100. On 21st June …

Sheerwater Plans

Published Date: April 2017   Regeneration plans given go-ahead On 6th April 2017, Woking Council’s Cabinet approved the Council’s proposals to take forward the regeneration of the Sheerwater Estate.  Proposals had originally been bought forward by New Vision Homes, a Joint Venture between Pinnacle PSG and Balfour Beatty for the regeneration of the estate, at the request of Woking Council. …

Consultation to Mayor’s Estate plan

Published Date: March 2017 Good practice guide to Estate Regeneration (Homes for Londoners) Mayor London, Sadiq Khan has provided a draft good practice guide to estate regeneration and as part of the consultation exercise, has asked for written responses to it. The deadline of 14th March 2017 for responses has now passed. View the draft guide here In our opinion, …

Grahame Park, Colindale

The Grahame Park Estate in Colindale, NW9 is the largest Council estate within the London Borough of Barnet. A Compulsory Purchase Order in 2007 started the regeneration of the estate but progress then stalled, largely due to the financial crisis which began shortly after. Fast forward a few years and in 2016, a Government loan kickstarted the regeneration which was …

Congratulations to our Louie

Published Date: January 2017 Louie becomes an RICS Registered Valuer In January 2018, our Senior Surveyor Louie Webb qualified as an RICS Registered Valuer. He previously qualified as an Associate Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Louie has worked hard for his qualifications and at Sawyer Fielding, we are proud of his achievements. RICS qualifications are seen …

Rectory Park, Northolt

This 1970s housing estate comprised of two and three storey maisonettes in four storey blocks, some of which had deck access. The majority of the privately owned properties on Rectory Park Avenue, Northolt, UB5 were occupied by the owners. A smaller number were rented out. The Compulsory Purchase was being promoted by London Borough of Ealing who were buying properties. …

Heathrow third runway Compulsory Purchase

Published Date: October 2016   In October 2016, HM Government announced that they want to take forward proposals for a third runway at London Heathrow. To build the new runway, approximately 750 residential properties will need be demolished. Approximately a further 3750 residential property owners nearby will be offered the ability to sell under Compulsory Purchase terms. Sawyer Fielding are …

South Acton negotiations and phasing

Published Date: July 2016 Compulsory Purchase at South Acton   Nearly all of the properties in phase 7.1 have now reached negotiated settlements. On many of these, our involvement saw increased settlements of over £100,000. In phase 7.1 alone we were appointed by owners of 26 different properties. Across the entire estate, we are appointed by well over 50 properties …

West Hendon Estate, North London

This 1960s & 1970s housing estate comprised of low and high rise flats. The construction type was Bison which is a form of Large panel concrete construction. Our involvement began shortly prior to the Compulsory Purchase Order being made in June 2014. It quickly became apparent that the most of the estate’s residents felt angered and disenfranchised by a regeneration …

West Hendon CPO

Published Date: January 2016 West Hendon Compulsory Purchase Order Confirmed On Thursday 12th November 2015, the London Borough of Barnet (West Hendon Regeneration Area) Compulsory Purchase Order No 1 2014 was confirmed by the Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government. The Secretary of State agreed with the recommendations made by the Planning Inspector, Zoe Hill, who held the Inquiry …

Sheerwater Estate

Published Date: January 2016 Planning Application submitted on Sheerwater Estate On 13th November 2015, New Vision Homes submitted a planning application to Woking Council. Since approved, it grants permission for the development of up to 922 new residential units, a new community & youth centre, health centre and leisure centre amongst other uses. The development would be likely to be phased …

Join Our Team

Published Date: January 2016 Recruiting for Chartered Surveyors It has perhaps never been a more interesting time to work in Compulsory Purchase. Housing Estates across London are being regenerated, leaving more potential clients to represent than there has been in decades. Residents are facing a difficult challenge of navigating their way through compulsory purchase and securing financial settlements that are enough …

Brent Cross Public Inquiry

Published Date: January 2016 Whitefield Estate (Brent Cross, Cricklewood) Public Inquiry The Public Inquiry to assess whether or not London Borough of Barnet should secure Compulsory Purchase powers for the redevelopment of Brent Cross Shopping Centre and the Whitefield Estate began on Thursday 17th May 2016 and took a few weeks to conclude. This Public Inquiry heard representations by the acquiring authority (London …

Law Reform Comments

Published Date: January 2016 Housing and Planning Bill to reform Compulsory Purchase Law In December 2015, the final sitting of the Committee considering the Housing and Planning Bill took place. The Bill is wide-ranging, affecting a number of highly important and divisive issues such as ‘Pay to Stay’, the sale of high value Council housing and the ability for Housing …

South Acton Estate, West London

The South Acton Estate is London Borough of Ealing’s largest Council estate, originally comprising over 2100 homes. Even when we got involved after 9 blocks had been demolished, it was still the largest estate in the borough. With large estates, often comes large residents’ groups. We originally met with South Acton Residents Action Group (SARAG) and explained how we could …

Sheerwater, Woking

The Sheerwater Estate is a leafy housing estate of brick built houses some of which were built as recently as the 1990s. It is for many reasons not the sort of housing estate which would typically be demolished to make way for new homes. However, soaring development land values in the area and the potential to approximately double housing density …

Colville, Hackney

North of Old Street Station lies a number of small and medium sized Council estates that merge into each other. One of these is the Colville Estate which is about 10-15 minutes’ walk from the station and is just south of the Regents Canal. It comprises of predominantly low rise brick built flats with Harwood Court being the one high …

Stonegrove & Spur Road Estate, Edgware

This 1960s & 1970s housing estate comprised of low and high rise flats, the majority of which were of large panel concrete construction. Our Director, Dan Knowles LLB PG Dip MRICS, negotiated on behalf of owners of 58 properties, most of which were owned by Landlords. As these 58 represented the majority of privately owned properties on the estate, our …

Dollis Valley Estate, Barnet

This 1960s & 1970s housing estate comprised of low rise flats, the majority of which were of large panel concrete construction. A number of houses were excluded from the regeneration scheme. Our involvement began after London Borough of Barnet had made the London Borough of Barnet (Dollis Valley) Compulsory Purchase Order 2014 which was confirmed a short time later. In …

Southall Gasworks

This scheme was different to most of those that we work on for three reasons – 1) It is not a Council estate. Two terraces of housing need to be demolished to make way for an access road to a new housing development 2) The scheme promoter is the Greater London Authority. Because the land required for the scheme is …

Whitefield, Brent Cross

The Whitefield Estate is one of the smaller Council estates within London Borough of Barnet, comprising of a number of houses, low and high rise flats. The regeneration of the estate is strongly linked to the redevelopment of nearby Brent Cross Shopping Centre and the construction of a bridge to improve access to it. Like with many estates, plans to …

High Path Estate

Sawyer Fielding are representing a large number of leaseholders and freeholders whose properties are on an estate which is likely to be subject to regeneration. Our role is to negotiate sale terms including additional compensation and to guide home owners through the Compulsory Purchase process.  Where instructed, we shall also seek to negotiate alterations to the scheme offer to ensure …

Fenwick Estate

The Fenwick Estate is within the London Borough of Lambeth and is located off Landor Road. The Estate is adjacent to Clapham North Underground Station on the Northern Line. The estate was built in the 1960’s and comprises a mix of linear and courtyard blocks. That are a maximum of 4 storeys in height. The estate is predominantly surrounded by …

Kings Norton, Birmingham

We represented 24 owners of houses of a Wimpy No Fines construction type on the Primrose Estate in Kings Norton in South Birmingham. Our representation saw significantly increased financial offers for the sale of their properties. With some of these, the offers increased by as much as 60%. Our clients were home owners at Tern Grove, Dee Grove, Ithon Grove, …

Newtown, Birmingham

We represented 15 owners of houses of a Wimpy No Fines construction type at Melbourne Avenue and Markford Walk in North Newton, all B19. Our negotiations saw increased purchase price offers and settlements. With the final 4 owners, the Council decided not to proceed with the regeneration scheme and as such, we informed our clients and took no further action. …