A Strong Financial Backing

Catesby Estates has over 20 years knowledge and experience of strategic land promotion and infrastructure delivery and is part of the Urban&Civic group of businesses.

Urban&Civic is the leading Master Developer in the UK, and they own or have the stewardship of over 4,000 acres, over 20,000 new homes, more than six million sq.ft. of business space, and eleven primary schools and three secondary schools.

The acquisition of Catesby’s parent company, Urban&Civic by the Wellcome Trust in January 2021, consolidated the position of Urban&Civic as the leading Master Developer in the UK, and further strengthened the already substantial financial backing of Catesby Estates.

To find out more about Urban&Civic plc, visit their website: www.urbanandcivic.com

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Well Established Team Of Land Promotion Experts

Formed over 20 years ago, Catesby Estates are experts in strategic land promotion.

With six in-house specialist teams focused on land, planning, technical, design, public consultation and finance, our team ensures your land is in safe hands.

Many of the Catesby Estates team have worked for major housebuilders or developers, and are affiliated to professionally accredited bodies within their field.

This in-house land promotion expertise, and our policy of working in collaboration with landowners, councils and local stakeholders has built us a first class reputation for bringing forward land with planning consent for new homes.

Find out more about the Catesby Estates team here.

A Reputation For De-risking Housing Delivery 

As innovators within the land promotion sector, Catesby Estates was one of the first to recognise the importance and added value, in-house technical expertise can deliver to both landowners and housebuilders.

Our technical team is unique amongst land promoters, and are able to bring forward sites with comprehensive technical background work completed, and offer value engineered solutions to any site constraints.

This means there is less upfront risk for a housebuilder, that comes with a land site that has not been fully considered from a technical and deliverability perspective.

This in turn increases the speed of housing delivery, with housebuilders able get onsite and start construction quicker.

Housebuilders and Local Authorities can be confident a planning permission obtained by Catesby Estates is deliverable. 

Planning and Housing Land Supply Knowledge

Catesby Estates have in-house extensive knowledge of planning, and meeting housing demand in areas of clearly identified need, working closely with Planning Officers to gain recommendations for approval.

For the planning process to work effectively, land promoters, housebuilders, councils and residents need to work together in partnership.

By researching and understanding a Local Authority’s housing land supply, Catesby are able to identify sites which are suitable for delivery. Residential land sites can be promoted over the longer term in conjunction with the Council’s planning strategy if necessary.

If the Local Authority is unable to demonstrate a 5 year supply of housing land, an immediate planning application may be appropriate.

Catesby work at both a local and national level to help build policy which supports the delivery of new homes and infrastructure in key areas across the country.  

57 Number of sites within land promotion portfolio
4388 Total acres of land being promoted
20088 Number of homes being brought forward

A Year in Review 2020 - 2021

A Record 12 Months for Catesby Estates 

Despite the predicted widespread national economic pressures as a result of the Covid pandemic, the land promotion sector has been boosted by the housing market, which was bolstered by the stamp duty holiday and the unprecedented demand for new homes following the ending of the lockdowns.

This resulted in a record 12 months for Catesby Estates under the leadership of Chief Executive, Myron Osborne in his first full year in the role. The business delivered a record pre-tax profit of £13.4m.

The Catesby business was in a strong position entering the financial year as a result of a number of outline consents granted at virtual planning committees. This resulted in the business being well placed to take advantage of housebuilder land requirements with a number of sites ready for immediate sale.

Catesby disposed of 8 sites to both SME and volume housebuilders, totalling 213 gross acres, with outline planning consent obtained for 1,527 new homes, with a total gross land value of £127m.

The acquisition of Catesby’s parent company, Urban&Civic by the Wellcome Trust in January 2021, consolidated the position of Urban&Civic as the leading Master Developer in the UK, and further strengthened the already substantial financial backing of Catesby.

A focus on the South Midlands, South, South East and East of England, means the average price per square foot of dwellings for private sales by housebuilder customers is £350 reflecting the continued high demand in these areas. This is highlighted in the sale of a 110 home site to Taylor Wimpey in East Horsley, Surrey, where the average house price is in excess of £1,200,000.

Recent sale successes places increased emphasis on the land teams to replenish Catesby’s land promotion portfolio, to ensure a strong pipeline of unconsented sites to promote moving forward. Catesby continues to work closely with agents and landowners, and has secured a further 9 new land sites, totalling 695 gross acres and 3,073 homes.

The wealth of experience within the senior management team has allowed Catesby to keep a strong focus on the core business strategy, with the development of a future sales pipeline for 2021/2022 totalling 7 sites, 220 gross acres and 1,267 homes, with agreements to sell some sites already in place.

Future business risk will be minimised by continually evolving the planning and community engagement strategies to promote sites through the Local Plan process, seeking allocations and gaining consents at a local level where possible.

The Planning environment remains challenging, with new hurdles coming down the track via the emerging Environmental Bill and expected reforms to the National Planning Policy Framework. As we enter the halfway stage in this Parliament, there will be an inevitable acceleration in political influence as we move towards the next General Election. However, the Catesby business model remains resilient and through our careful approach to site selection, these issues have been accounted for moving forward, ensuring we can respond to any changes and quickly adapt our approach to overcome these challenges.

Virtual public consultations have taken place during the last year, and elements of this look set to remain for the foreseeable future, supplemented with smaller in person meetings and the more traditional consultation techniques. Catesby undertook 5 virtual consultations totalling 712 homes and 1,145 gross acres which either have outline planning applications submitted or are about to undergo submission.

At Catesby’s infrastructure delivery and land promotion site Myton Green, Warwick, all four housebuilders are onsite with over 140 residents in occupation. The 25 acres of public open space, including 6 equipped play areas has been adopted by Warwickshire District Council, and the wider A452 Europa Way corridor infrastructure works are due to complete imminently ending our involvement in this 735 home site.

A planned relocation of the head office from Warwick to Rugby is set to take place spring 2022. The new office will provide increased space and facilities to support the next phase of growth for the Catesby business.

Catesby Estates worked with us on a land site delivering 450 new homes and a retail park in Bude, Cornwall.

Their team of in-house professionals navigated the complicated planning process on our behalf keeping us in the loop throughout all stages of the land promotion.

We would have no hesitation in recommending Catesby Estates to other landowners who are looking to capitalise on the development potential in their land.

Mr & Mrs Jose
Landowners - Bude, Cornwall

We have worked with Catesby Estates across a number of land promotion sites, and have been impressed by their attention to detail and ability to bring forward well designed and sustainable residential development through the planning system.

Their dedicated in-house land, planning and technical teams are skilled at implementing a bespoke strategy for each site, ensuring our clients have the best opportunity of maximising value from their land.

We have found Catesby to be diligent, fair and honest and we look forward to continuing our working relationship with them.

Luke Brafield
Partner, Fisher German

Catesby Estates have worked meticulously on our behalf to obtain planning permission for a development of 65 homes on land at Haughley, Suffolk.

The professional team consulted fully with Haughley parishioners at open days and Parish Council meetings and the early ideas were subsequently amended to address local concerns. They have been complimented on this friendly approach.

Catesby then successfully negotiated the complicated planning application process resulting in approval by Mid Suffolk District Council.

We have been kept fully informed throughout. We would thoroughly recommend Catesby Estates to any other owners who are seeking a promoter for their land development.

Rosemary Welburn and Robert Stiff
Landowners - Haughley, Suffolk

Catesby Estates have been a much valued new business partner in recent years.

We have purchased a number of sites from the team, some of which had complex issues, requiring collaboration, technical skills plus knowledge and trust.

We continue to work on new business together and look forward to future success.

Nick Brown
Land Director, Cala Homes

Wanting to build on our previous successes at the Dorridge View and Dorridge Gate developments in Solihull, we worked closely with Catesby Estates to purchase the 115 unit development opportunity at Kenilworth Road, Balsall Common , following the grant of outline planning consent.

Catesby Estates brought to the market a site that was technically considered and deliverable, and following a very quick reserved matters consent we are now operational, with sales looking positive following the launch of the show homes.

I am confident this will be a very successful site for Crest Nicholson and look forward to being able to conclude another deal with Catesby Estates in the future.

Crest Nicholson
Former Development Director

I would say that if we had worked with any other land promoter in our opinion the site may still not have come forward for development. It has been an incredibly long and arduous journey through the planning system, but the successful outcome is certainly down to the experience within the Catesby team.

The site was sold to Bellway Homes within 12 months of the decision being made by the Planning Inspectorate. We would like to sincerely thank Catesby for their tenacious professionalism and say an overwhelming well done. A brilliant team!

John & Keith Dunn
Landowners - Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

Catesby are the exception! They engaged with me and my Parish from the outset of the Longhedge masterplan.

Together, with the support of the landowner, they listened and helped deliver much needed community facilities and a great place for people to live.

Councillor Ian McLennan
Wiltshire Council and Laverstock and Ford Parish

Myton Green Park, part of the Myton Green development.

The Creme de la Creme of parks.

We have visited a lot of parks and this has to be one of, if not the best park that we've been to.

Adventures in Warwickshire and Beyond

We are working very closely with Catesby Estates on this exciting new residential development taking shape at Myton Green.

We have been impressed by their attention to detail and ability to bring forward this site with early investment in high quality infrastructure delivery and public realm works.

This sympathetic and well-designed development will be a welcome addition to helping boost the supply of much needed housing in the District, and we look forward to continuing our working relationship with them.

Chris Elliott
Chief Executive, Warwick District Council

We work closely with Catesby Estates who are delivering the infrastructure for 735 homes at our site in Myton Green, Warwick.

We have been impressed with their attention to detail; from working with Warwickshire District Council to discharge planning conditions and agree Reserved Matters for infrastructure and public realm works, to the appointment of a preferred contractor.

We have regular progress meetings, and their team of in-house land, planning and technical professionals are a pleasure to work with.

Europa Way Consortium
Myton Green, Warwick

We worked with Catesby Estates to bring forward our land in Kenilworth to a very successful conclusion.

Their methodical and productive approach kept what was a complex project moving forwards despite a number of complications and they were able to secure a significantly better price for our land than we had initially thought possible.

I would have no hesitation in recommending the team at Catesby.

Tim Chudley
Landowner - Kenilworth, Warwickshire