Residential Development and Plots

You’ll be working with a highly experienced and expert team that includes strategic land acquisition and assembly specialists, planners, corporate and tax specialists. We also have a growing plots team, known for their highly efficient process on volume matters.


Our track-record for success speaks for itself. As one of the leading, largest real estate teams in the country, we act for all of the UK’s leading housebuilders, as well as many specialist developers and housing associations.

Throughout the complete cycle of residential development we’re known for our results-based, strategic approach, as well as our cost-effective solutions. Our ability to handle the most complex of land assembly requirements, frequently requiring joint ventures and partnership agreements, is widely recognised as amongst of the best in the sector.

Our work spans drafting and negotiating complex strategic land agreements (including conditional purchase agreements, options and collaboration agreements for residential and mixed use); negotiating planning permissions and planning agreements; corporate and tax advice (including dealing with joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, setting up LLP and other special purpose vehicles); planning and environmental matters (including dealing with the development of brownfield sites, contaminated land and environmental impact assessments); sustainability and energy supply (including advising on decentralised energy and sustainability requirements, with a particular focus on Energy Services Company (ESCo) structures); public/private partner sectoring agreements (including affordable housing issues and working on schemes in collaboration with the Homes and Community Agency); and residential conveyancing.

Featured experience

  • Advising Vistry Partnerships in a joint venture with Torus Developments on the purchase of the Peel Hall site in Warrington. At 17 acres and with provision for 1,200 homes, this £112m deal is the largest land transaction to date in the North of England.
  • Advising Crest Nicholson on the Malabar Farm scheme in Northants. This 50 hectare, 1,100 home site won “Deal of the Year” at the Business Insider Midlands Residential Awards 2022.
  • Advising on a significant transaction for Countryside Properties at Clapham Park, London in a joint venture with Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing. This will create 2,842 homes, stretching across Clapham, Brixton and Streatham. We dealt with the development agreement as well as structuring the property aspects of the deal, PRS underleases, plot leases and affordable housing documentation.
  • Advising a large housebuilder on all areas of land control, planning and delivery at the award winning Tadpole Garden Village in Swindon.
  • Advising on the sale of 223 BTR homes at a luxury canal-side development in Birmingham for a major housebuilder to a US global investor.

What our clients say

  • DAC Beachcroft has a fantastic team with great in-depth knowledge and it provides tailored support for my business requirements.

    Chambers UK 2023, Real Estate

  • We always get a response in the timescale that we want it. The members of the firm that we deal with go above and beyond.

    Chambers UK 2023, Real Estate

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Who we are

Why choose DAC Beachcroft?

We’re a broad-based commercial firm serving a wide range of sectors with a strong heritage in insurance,
health and real estate. We combine excellent legal skills and cutting-edge delivery expertise to design
solutions that fit the needs of our clients – often involving clever uses of technology.