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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …