This Handbook provides an essential guide to landowners, developers, investors, land promoters and agents on some of the key considerations and pitfalls in dealing with strategic land for rural and urban development. The Handbook covers key areas such as overages, promotion agreements, planning, options and conditional contracts as well as constraints in developing land and land assembly.

The Handbook draws on the Firm’s considerable experience and knowledge unlocking a site’s potential and securing and protecting investments in land prior to development at the planning phase, for site and development delivery and disposal strategy. Strategic land transactions are often complex and long-term arrangements where specific expert advice is required to be able to draft documentation to anticipate and deal with the issues before development or sale, as the case may be.

The sections noted below cover some key areas; other sections will follow as we continue to build up the Handbook.


Chapter 1: Overages – making the most of your overage
Some of the more common issues which the developer and landowner need to consider when entering into overage agreements

Chapter 2: Options – thoughts on options
Considers whether or not an option is actually the correct approach and from a developer’s and landowner’s perspective, the important commercial points in a negotiation.

Chapter 3: Promotion agreements – points to consider
Notes to consider when advising a client on the terms of a promotion agreement and in discussing any heads of terms.

Chapter 4: Development management agreements and Airspace agreements
To follow

Chapter 5: Contracts conditional on planning
To follow

Chapter 6: Residential development and plot sales
To follow

Chapter 7: Sale of commercial interests in mixed use
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To follow


Chapter 8: Planning
To follow

Chapter 9: Constraints and ransoms
To follow

Chapter 10: Environmental
To follow

Chapter 11: Insurance
To follow

Chapter 12: Eccentricities and oddities
To follow