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We can help to secure planning permissions for alternative forms of housing


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As the housing market becomes more complex and with affordability becoming an increasing problem for many people, a variety of new residential products are coming to the market with the aim of helping provide a greater range of alternatives to prospective residents. Our depth of knowledge enables us to offer guidance on a variety of specialist housing types, including purpose-built student housing (PBSH), extra care for the elderly, and co-living spaces for young professionals looking for inexpensive city centre housing.

Our expertise allows us to provide clients contemplating these types of development with the best form of advice.  Our awareness of the range of planning opportunities and difficulties related to these different types of specialist housing means we can help navigate the process on your behalf. Bell Cornwell will examine all potential problems and develop a strategy to obtain the necessary permissions.

Our work across the UK means that we have a wide range of experience in many of the areas where specialist housing may be needed. Bell Cornwell also recognises that no two locations are alike, so we can offer comprehensive advice which reflects the issues relevant to the individual location.

Types of development:

  • Co-living
  • Purpose built student housing (PBSH)
  • Assisted living and care homes
  • Key worker housing

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Other Sectors

Acting on behalf of landowners, estates, farmers and other rural businesses, we can assist with sites even in the most sensitive locations. Our advice will help to unlock the development potential of your rural enterprise and utilise the initiatives on offer.
Whether you’re building new commercial facilities, repurposing existing premises or looking to secure a change of use, our input will add value to your development. We can highlight the economic and employment benefits of your proposals, address concerns about traffic, servicing and noise as well as carry out sequential analysis.
This type of new development will often attract considerable interest from the local community and may be subject to very specific land use constraints. We can liaise with key organisations to minimise risk and meet operational needs for clients within both the state and independent sectors.
There is a drive for renewable and low carbon energy solutions as well as sustainable waste management to be delivered through new development. There are both local and national policies at play and we can advise how to incorporate such technologies into your scheme.
Developments such as care villages, elderly and dementia care homes and assisted living accommodation require a strong understanding of sector specific issues. We can compile arguments related to need, specialist design and regulatory requirements as well as addressing the impact on local provisions.
We prepare heritage impact assessments to accompany applications as well as any additional consents that are required, such as listed building consent. Consult us at an early stage to identify local heritage assets and mitigate potential issues so you can pursue your scheme with greater confidence.
We can help with a range of home improvement projects such as the construction of ancillary accommodation and ‘granny annexes’, changes to allow working from home or extensions to the existing buildings. We can advise what type of permission you require and the best route to obtaining it.
Our experience includes traditional forms of development such as new hotels, holiday parks, campsites and short stay visitor accommodation. We are also specialists in less common schemes which include tree houses, shepherd huts and other high end, bespoke offerings. Our analysis of the site will help to develop a strategy that’s right for you.
We undertake work on residential projects of all sizes and types, ranging from single dwellings up to major urban extension and regeneration schemes. We can help you navigate any planning obligations as well as utilise strategic opportunities such as land supply deficiencies, previously developed land and permitted development, to name but a few.