In a 2018 article, we highlighted that communities are too often unbalanced and polarised and warned, ‘If age segregation is defining our communities today, then action must be taken to prevent it escalating further’. Three years on, Planning & Development Insite considers whether society and our industry has actually made any progress.
Kadans has added two further buildings at Abingdon Science Park, Oxfordshire to its Pan-European science park portfolio. The assets, Monarch House and Penlon House were acquired from two separate private clients. The two buildings sit adjacent to Kadans existing ownership of The Science Quadrant. Monarch House and Penlon House total c.50,000 sq ft. As part of the acquisition Kadans will be renovating Monarch House and providing new, high quality laboratory and office accommodation.
National property consultancy, Carter Jonas, has acquired JB Planning Associates (JB Planning), an independent planning, urban design, and development consultancy in Hertfordshire, as part of its drive to enhance its presence across the East of England and strengthen its national planning and development capabilities.
The start of the year has been a positive one for the UK’s land market, with enquiry levels increasing and supply coming to the market up on last year. With the Covid-19 vaccination programme in full swing, and lockdown restrictions on course to ease by the summer, we expect enquiry levels and viewings to progress as per a ‘new normal’ during the coming months.
These are certainly interesting times to be working in planning and urban design. The Government has great ambitions for overhauling key parts of the planning system, improving housing delivery and raising the standard of design across the country.
Our professionals are contributing to a range or property webinars over the next few months, including a focus on the Oxford-Cambridge Arc from both a research and housing perspective. We are also outlining the findings of our flagship commercial property research report, Commercial Edge. All events are virtual, and you are invited to attend.
As we begin a new year we inevitably reflect on the last – and there aren’t many sad to leave 2020 behind. Covid-19 and the ensuing lockdowns forced many aspects of modern life to grind to a dramatic halt. Businesses inevitably suffered and, heartbreakingly, many people lost loved ones.
National property consultancy, Carter Jonas, has made four promotions in its Oxford office at Mayfield House, Summertown, and welcomed two new additions to the team. Ross Kent is promoted to Partner, and, Dan Humphry, Natasha Eliot, and Oliver Neagle to Associate level. Additionally, Jack Kibblewhite and Edward Walter have joined the firm as graduate surveyors.
Because of the timing and focus of this feature, it seems right to discuss the pandemic – in the context of what we do. Like many other businesses in our network, we have been working hard to advise and support our clients effectively whilst reassuring them that, despite the unprecedented circumstances in which we are all operating, we are here and available.
Despite the uncertainties of the UK economy and the COVID-19 pandemic, our Oxford based valuation professionals have consistently worked to provide considered valuation advice throughout the last months.
In summer 2019, Carter Jonas were instructed by AMC (Agricultural Mortgage Corporation) to visit an organic pig farm and apple pressing facility near Princes Risborough. Having secured planning permission for a new dwelling at the farm, the owners were looking to re-package an existing mortgage and for a new loan facility enabling them to build phase one of their new home.
Phase three of building refurbishments to the terrace, located to the north side of the front quad at Worcester College, Oxford, began on site in March 2020. This is the final and most disruptive phase of the works to the Grade I listed buildings.
As a firm, we are delighted to have joined Advanced Oxford, a membership organisation which is committed to supporting the long-term development and success of the Oxford region as a place to live and work.
The Vale of White Horse District Council has granted planning permission for the highly specialist facility that will house the UK’s Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre (VMIC) at Harwell. Congratulations to all those involved, including our Planning & Development team.
Despite uncertain forecasts over the past months following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, occupier activity within specific commercial sectors remains extremely encouraging, backed up by continuing speculative development.
Our planning professionals have acted on behalf of Oxfordshire Community Foundation advising them on planning matters and successfully securing the change of use of 33 Iffley Road from office to residential use.
Our professionals have been appointed by Milton Keynes Council to agree the leasing terms for a GP surgery and other medical-use space on the ground, first and second floors of the recently completed Whitehouse Health Centre, which is an advanced healthcare facility and a key development for Milton Keynes.
14 October 2020 – National property consultancy Carter Jonas LLP has elected James Bainbridge, currently head of the firm’s Planning & Development Division, as Chairman with effect from 1 November. He takes over from Simon Pallett, who has held the position since 2015, and who remains with the business as a Partner working with his rural clients from Winchester. Colin Brown is to succeed Bainbridge as Head of Planning & Development and will take his place on the firm’s Management Board.
Steven Sensecall, Partner, Planning & Development, Carter Jonas Oxford said: “Vale of White Horse District Council is now working on a new Local Plan, having launched an initial ‘call for sites’ exercise.
Since my email of 17 March 2020, a great deal has developed in the advice from Government as to how the country might best protect itself from the worst effects of Coronavirus, culminating in what amounts to a lockdown, as announced by the Prime Minister in his 20:30 speech on Monday 23 March.
There has been a noticeable change in the private rented sector in recent years. Legislative developments have undoubtedly served to discourage investment into the buy-to-let market by the private landlord, whilst, simultaneously, the institutional-led build-to-rent (BTR) model is being promoted.
Carter Jonas, the national property consultancy, has been appointed by a London-based investment and development company The Glenmore Group to oversee freehold sales and lettings at Stanley Court – totalling approximately 42,140 sq ft (3,915 sq m) of space on Richard Jones Road in Witney, Oxfordshire.
Carter Jonas, the national property consultancy, has achieved another set of strong financial results in the year ended 30 April 2019, recording a 6.7% increase in operating revenue and a 12% increase in profit before tax.
Carter Jonas, the national property consultancy, has been appointed by the Earth Trust to provide planning expertise for the delivery of the environmental charity’s River of Life II project, which will create new wetland habitats along the River Thames and River Thame.
Carter Jonas, the national property consultancy, has sold a 24-acre employment site off Downs Road, Witney, Oxfordshire to industrial and warehouse developer Tungsten Properties. Carter Jonas’ Oxford Commercial team acted on behalf of Oxfordshire Land.
Carter Jonas, the national property consultancy, has sold a freehold residential development opportunity with vacant possession in Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire, on behalf of The Granite Partnership to Linden Homes.
On Wednesday 6 March, the Carter Jonas team welcomed more than 50 colleagues and associates from across its network to Saïd Business School, for the launch of the firm’s annual Oxfordshire Commercial Edge research report.
The Spring Equinox marks a turning point in the year – and in the property cycle – providing a perfect opportunity to reflect on the market to date, while considering trends and prospects for the spring and summer months ahead.
Carter Jonas, the national property consultancy, and Farmers Weekly, the market leading media brand for the UK agriculture industry, have unveiled that more than two thirds (68%) of farmers and landowners have diversified to support their incomes. The findings are from a new survey completed by 250 Farmers Weekly readers.
Many years ago in my leaving speech from one of the big, global surveying firms, I said to my soon to be ex colleagues “Never forget, this firm is only as good as it is because it has you all working for it. It’s not the other way around.”
Carter Jonas, the national property consultancy, has secured planning permission on behalf of the Society of Antiquaries of London for a new on-site education centre at Kelmscott Manor, alongside the conservation and refurbishment of the West Oxfordshire estate’s Grade I listed heritage buildings.
Carter Jonas, the national property consultancy, has enhanced its Residential sales team in Oxford with the appointment of Julia Wilson as an Associate Partner based out of the firm’s Mayfield House branch.
More than 150 people attended Rhodes House in the heart of Oxford last month for Carter Jonas’ annual summer party. This year, the event was held in aid of regional charity, SeeSaw, which provides grief support for children and young people in Oxfordshire.
In March 2016 the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), led then by Lord Adonis, called for ways “to maximize the potential of the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford corridor (CAMCOX) as a single, knowledge intensive cluster that competes on the global stage.”
Towards the end of last year we highlighted the mixed nature of Oxfordshire’s housing market; overall annual house price growth contrasted with a decline in transaction volumes. Whilst this trend has continued into the first few months of this year, not helped perhaps by an unseasonably cold March, the onset of spring has already started to provide an added momentum that the region’s market needs.
2017 has proved to be a dichotomy for our local housing market. Although Oxfordshire has shown overall annual house price growth, we have undoubtedly been hit by declining transaction volumes following the two rounds of reform made to the calculation of stamp duty, implemented first in November 2014 and then in April 2016.
As we push through the final quarter of the year it is heartening to be able to report strong trading activity with a particular focus on the knowledge/science based sector Whilst general confidence sometimes seems fragile, mostly related to continuing political uncertainty, Oxfordshire’s commercial fortunes appear strong, based on our take-up data and a wide range of views expressed at two recent forums hosted by Carter Jonas.