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The construction industry is not simply recovering; it is growing with confidence, with both residential and commercial developers more active than they have been for years.

Bruton Knowles partner Scott Winnard said the development team plays a vital role spearheading commercial recovery across the region.

“Our development team works closely with landowners and developers to identify schemes. Just like land values, the regional recovery is highly localised and a good working knowledge of development sites is essential if the client is to be properly represented.  

“The development team based in Gloucester is one of the largest in the South West, and includes Chris Oldershaw as one its most experienced members. Chris is recognised as one of the leading authorities on urban regeneration having steered the regeneration of Gloucester city centre.

“The increasing confidence we are seeing has prompted an increase in the number of speculative developments across the West. Given his long experience, especially dealing with multi-agency sites, Chris plays a key role in the development team, helping us unlock further development opportunities.”

“He is one of the leading authorities in the country on urban renewal, tackling tricky issues such as the challenges of population growth on housing in the region, analysing how drivers like the Help to Buy and reforms to Stamp Duty will impact on the number of new homes being built.”

Scott went on: “With the commercial sector continuing to improve in both urban and rural settings the market place is changing day by day and we remain committed to delivering the very best deals for our clients.”

Planner Paul Barton is the latest addition to the team, a qualified Town Planner, Paul has nearly 20 years’ experience in handling both urban and rural planning issues.

He said: “The Government’s decision to overhaul the planning system in a bid to kick start the construction sector has made life interesting and there remain good opportunities -especially in the residential sector given the historical undersupply of housing.

“There are opportunities out there for those who can bring forward convincing, sustainable development, especially as so many local authorities have been unable to identify adequate provision for new homes.”

Qualified since 1998, Paul has worked with  private landowners and house-builders to promote single units schemes up to 200+ units and is also experienced dealing with housing associations, local authorities and a range of important clients.

Scott Winnard said: “Paul comes to us with a wealth of experience in all aspects of planning including submitting and negotiating planning permissions, listed building consent and appeals.

“His skill set means we are even better equipped to tackle Section 106 agreements as well as negotiating around restrictive conditions – he can also handle representations for or against developments.

“Bruton Knowles has a truly cross-discipline development team with the capacity to offer a full range of sales, development, valuation and planning services to clients.”

For further details contact Scott Winnard on 01452 880000 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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