The Land Promoters & Developers Federation (LPDF), formed in early 2018, is a collection of the UK’s leading land promotion and development businesses.
The LPDF represents the views of land promoters, and is working with government, local authorities and communities to enhance the planning process, and help deliver the new homes and communities this country needs.
Members specialise in the promotion and development of strategic land across the UK, delivering from 30 new home sites to larger scale sites of up to 10,000 new homes alongside, community facilities, employment and supporting infrastructure.
LPDF members support the housebuilding sector by providing “oven ready” land with planning permission that can easily be acquired and built out by national and regional housebuilders, helping bring homes to the market in a timely manner to meet local need.
Land promoters invest the time and funding needed to undertake the necessary technical, planning and design work required. They engage with local authorities, local residents, stakeholder groups and statutory consultees throughout the process.
The LPDF’s inaugural annual conference was a great success, with 115 members and guests enjoying the event in London. We were fortunate to be joined by some excellent speakers, with a focus on how we can build more new homes and tackle the UK housing crisis.
A company with expertise in the politics of planning is the latest to join the LPDF, bringing the total number of members to 75. SP Broadway - a public relations consultancy specialising in planning and development - has joined as an affiliate member. It provides communications and PR assistance on development projects at all stages of the planning and construction process.20th Oct 2020
The LPDF has hit a major milestone, gaining our 25th full member with the welcome arrival of land promoters and developers Jaynic. Jaynic is a very well-established land promotion and property development company, with a transparent and professional approach, covering the South East of England.9th Oct 2020
The Prime Minister’s promise to create two million more owner-occupiers by introducing five per cent mortgage deposits for first-time buyers has been welcomed by the LPDF. The Government is keen to transform ‘Generation Rent’ into ‘Generation Buy’ and has announced a number of initiatives that could give young people the help they need to get a foot on the property ladder while also boosting the housebuilding sector, the LPDF said. Boris Johnson confirmed plans to press ahead with the introduction of long-term, fixed-rate mortgages worth up to 95 per cent of the value of a home for first time buyers.The move would deliver the biggest expansion of home ownership since the Thatcher era 30 years ago.7th Oct 2020
The LPDF is delighted to welcome Keating Chambers - a leading set of commercial barristers’ chambers, with a thriving domestic and international practice - as our latest affiliate members. Comprising 65 barristers, 30 Queen’s Counsel and 35 Juniors, and 9 international members/honorary associates, Keating Chambers has added planning and environmental regulatory work to its market leading construction, procurement, PFI/PPP, energy and infrastructure practice.30th Sep 2020
It's wonderful to see that our membership is really developing as we announce the arrival of another great company - Brookbanks. Brookbanks is a leading Master Developer and Development Consultant, providing specialist support to infrastructure engineering projects, highways and environmental planning, development management and commercial management. Visit www.brookbanks.com.25th Sep 2020
You know you're on the right road when a company of the stature of Tarmac joins your organisation. We're delighted to welcome the company to the LPDF as a full member. The LPDF is growing stronger every week. We now have a total of 72 members (24 full members and 48 affiliates), all great companies with first class reputations, working hard to deliver the housing the UK needs. Tarmac, a CRH company, is the UK’s leading sustainable building materials and construction solutions business. www.tarmac.com.17th Sep 2020
Transport Planning Associates (TPA) - which boasts teams of transport planners, traffic engineers and infrastructure designers - is the latest company to join the ever-growing list of LPDF members. The company works with clients to promote the sustainable integration of land use and transport, to minimise the production of travel-related carbon emissions, to develop successful communities.1st Sep 2020
As the LPDF goes from strength to strength, we're delighted to announce that our latest new member is Dandara - one of the UK's largest independent property development companies. Established in 1988 from the desire to provide innovative homes and commercial properties, which would offer real value for money without compromising on design, durability or quality, Dandara has over 10,000 happy customers and more than 100 industry awards for design and quality.17th Aug 2020
The LPDF is build, build, building its membership and is delighted to welcome Lexington Communications to the growing list of affiliates. Lexington Communications is the UK’s leading strategy and communications consultancy working with global brands, helping clients manage risk, enhance and protect their reputation and build trust.11th Aug 2020
Long-awaited Government proposals for the transformation of the planning system in order to boost the delivery of new homes have been welcomed by the LPDF. The Government White Paper – Planning for the Future – recommends some of the measures the LPDF called for in its recent ‘Building a Recovery’ report to simplify the planning system and encourage the construction of more housing.7th Aug 2020
Valorem Investment Partners is the latest land promoter and developer to join the growing ranks of full members of the LPDF. Our 23 full members and 46 affiliates are speaking as one voice to help shape national and local policy on issues affecting the housing sector as a whole.29th Jul 2020
We're delighted to welcome planning consultants Woods Hardwick into the LPDF fold. We now have 69 members, working together to help our sector lead the economic recovery. Woods Hardwick Planning is a specialist planning consultancy of highly resourceful and diligent town planning professionals advising developers, land promoters, housebuilders, property and landowners and other parties who need to engage with the town planning system.23rd Jul 2020
Turley working with Zack Simons of Landmark Chambers, and supported by the LPDF, have succeeded in persuading the Government to introduce new legislation to get the Local Plan system moving after weeks of delay. The Government announced on 16th July that it has laid legislation before Parliament for Local Plan consultations to take place without the need for a hard copy being made available in the council offices.20th Jul 2020
The LPDF is delighted to announce that The Land Trust, a charity that is committed to the long-term sustainable management of open space for community benefit, has become our latest affiliate member. The charity's vision is to improve the quality of people’s lives by creating sustainable, high quality green spaces that deliver environmental, social and economic benefits. It is passionate about identifying cost-effective solutions to deliver high quality and sustainably maintained open space.15th Jul 2020
William Davis Homes - one of the most reputable housebuilders in the Midlands - is the latest company to join the LPDF as affiliate members. Privately owned and with over 85 years’ experience, the Loughborough-based company has a genuine commitment to quality, tradition and craftsmanship, all reflected in its status as a HBF five-star housebuilder.1st Jul 2020
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak are being urged to take urgent action to stimulate the housing sector to enable the UK to accelerate on the road to recovery as it emerges from the Covid-19 lockdown. A Stamp Duty holiday, extending the Help to Buy scheme, a simplified planning system and supercharged incentives for local authorities to deliver housing, are among the measures being demanded by the LPDF and Barton Willmore.29th Jun 2020
Peel L&P - an ambitious regeneration business based in North West England - has become the latest full member of the LPDF, we're delighted to announce. With assets across the UK of £2.6 billion, 20,000 acres of land and water, and a pipeline of 50,000 new homes across all residential sectors, Peel L&P becomes our 22nd full member. We have a further 42 affiliate members.15th Jun 2020
After 15 years, Paul Brocklehurst is stepping down with immediate effect as chief executive of Catesby Estates, one of the UK’s leading land promotion specialists. However, we are delighted to confirm that he will be continuing in his role as chairman of the LPDF.26th May 2020
As our sector begins to get back to work, leading the recovery of the economy, we're delighted to welcome a new full member to LPDF. London Strategic Land (LSL) is a fund set up to acquire land in, and commutable to, Greater London with the aim of creating value through obtaining or changing existing planning permissions, primarily with the aim of building residential housing.20th May 2020
Home-builders have been given the green light to get going again. Robert Jenrick, Minister for Housing & Planning, made a statement to Parliament and later delivered a powerfully upbeat speech at the Downing Street Coronavirus briefing, in which he urged companies to ‘Get back to building again’. He also praised those builders who were delivering housing for key workers and highlighted the Government’s ‘First Homes’ scheme for first-time buyers and key workers. Here, John Acres takes a look at what it all means.18th May 2020
With so much bad news making the headlines in these testing times, we're delighted to be able to share some good news. Despite the lockdown, our membership continues to grow with the arrival of Strutt and Parker - one of the largest property consultancies in the UK. The company has a national team of experienced professionals advising on the promotion, planning, marketing and sale of residential-led development projects.17th Apr 2020
Leading global professional services firm RPS is the latest major company to join the LPDF. RPS defines, designs and manages projects that create shared value to a complex, urbanising and resource-scarce world. Navigating the planning process presents complex challenges. With deep expertise, founded on almost 50 years of experience, the company supports clients throughout the entire planning life-cycle: smoothly, efficiently and with confidence.31st Mar 2020
None of us is immune to Covid-19 or the huge impact it is going to have on British businesses. The housing sector has been through many recessions and tends to come out of each better prepared to fight the next challenge. Here at the LPDF, we are certain that the housbuilding industry will be critical to the economic recovery. We will be working constructively and positively with the LPAs through the challenging months ahead to ensure that planning applications are determined.23rd Mar 2020
We're starting the week on a high as we welcome PDI to the LPDF family. London-based PDI are strategic political and community engagement consultants for the development industry. They work closely with publicly limited companies, funds and developers on residential and mixed-use developments whether Brownfield, Greenfield or Green Belt. (www.pd-i.co.uk)22nd Mar 2020
The LPDF is delighted to welcome Generator Strategic Land as a new full member, bringing our total membership to 60 companies operating across our sector. A division of Generator Group, Generator Strategic Land (GSL) was founded in 2017 in a joint venture with Topland Group, one of Europe’s largest privately-owned investment groups.18th Mar 2020
Against the background of the growing Coronavirus epidemic, the new Chancellor, Risha Sunak, delivered an ambitious £600bn capital spending programme for the current Parliament in his first budget statement, triggering a substantial increase in Government borrowing. Coming hot on the heels of the OBR's decision to reduce the interest rate by 0.5% to 0.25% earlier in the day, the Chancellor committed the Government to tripling infrastructure spending and ‘changing the mindset of Government’ by reviewing the ‘Green Book’ which assesses value for money in capital spending as part of the ‘levelling up agenda’.11th Mar 2020
There's strength in numbers, and the LPDF's voice is getting stronger as membership continues to grow. Our latest new affiliate is Walsingham Planning. Established in 1984, the company has successfully helped hundreds of clients achieve their development ambitions thanks to its specialist planning advice and support.6th Mar 2020
The LPDF staged a very productive round-table meeting with Steve Quartermain CBE, the Government’s Chief Planner, and two of his civil servant colleagues, before he retires at the end of March. This arose out of an earlier introductory meeting at Marsham Street last month. Some 15 land promoters joined the open discussion held in London.5th Mar 2020
Regeneration specialists Countryside Partnerships has become the 59th company to join the LPDF. The company creates places of character and quality, designed to strengthen people’s sense of belonging and build enduring value for all. Its partnerships division specialises in medium to large-scale urban regeneration of public sector and delivering private and affordable homes.26th Feb 2020
Wharton Natural Infrastructure Consultancy has put down roots in the LPDF. The latest company to join as affiliates, Wharton provides topographical surveys, tree and ecology advice and analysis and detailed landscape architecture, working on a wide range of projects, for a variety of clients including architects, planners, developers, local authority and landowners. Working collaboratively with project teams and stakeholders, the company assists with one-off residential developments to multi-phase strategic development projects. It provides complete feasibility and opportunities to help plan sites, taking them through detailed design and implementation. Its unique approach helps clients clearly understand the constraints and opportunities of a site, saving time, money and adding value to projects. https://www.wnic.co.uk/21st Feb 2020
We are looking for an individual who is passionate about planning policy, the housing agenda, new home delivery and the economic growth that is needed to help solve the UK’s housing crisis. You will be responsible for taking forward the next elements of the Federation's planning policy and help highlight the role land promoters play in housing delivery. You will understand the underlying political dynamics affecting planning policy and housing delivery and the opportunities and challenges this presents to the Federation and its members. This is a key position within the Federation and one that brings with it a lot of responsibility but also opportunity.19th Feb 2020
Mario Wolf, founding director of the Right to Build Task Force and influential expert in the UK custom and self-build sector, has joined the Custom Build Homes’ senior management team. The appointment strengthens the custom build specialists’ strategy to focus on growth of delivery within the sector. Mario is the company’s new director of planning and strategic engagement. He joins after a highly accomplished career in the Civil Service and the planning and development sector. He is a Corporate Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and, prior to working in Government, enjoyed an extensive career in planning across the globe in both private and public sector roles. In the Civil Service, Mario led the introduction and implementation of a range of housing programmes and planning reforms spanning almost 20 years. His final two years as a civil servant was on secondment to the National Custom and Self-Build Association (NaCSBA) as director of The Right to Build Taskforce.18th Feb 2020
Lanpro - an independent multi-disciplinary consultancy specialising in town planning, urban design, architecture, landscape, the historic environment and transport - has joined the growing ranks of LPDF members. The company works to secure the best planning outcome possible for clients. With a focus on planning, design and development outcomes, it constantly strives for excellence and has the right staff to deliver it by placing clients' best interests at the heart of everything it does. Lanpro is proud to deliver good schemes, providing buildings and places that are valued and enhance the way people live, work and interact, all fuelled by creativity and a desire to leave things better than they found them. https://www.lanproservices.co.uk18th Feb 2020
It was great to see so many members at our Rosewell in Action event in Birmingham, hosted by Eversheds Sutherland and King's Chambers. Stuart Andrews, of Eversheds Sutherland, and Giles Cannock QC, of King's Chambers, gave interesting presentation about the impact of Rosewell on planning inquiries. A lively question and answer session followed, with some members sharing their experience of the new guidance. Our next event is our annual lunch in London on April 1st - tickets are going fast so please get in touch soon to reserve your place. Email email@example.com Feb 2020
We had some very interesting discussions with local authority leaders when we attended the District Councils' Network annual conference in Kenilworth, with the theme of 'Better Lives, Stronger Economies'. Chairman Paul Brocklehurst led our delegation at #DCN2020, discussing how we can improve the housing supply to meet the Government's target of 300,000 each year. In a Q&A session, he answered questions including: How many of the 300,000 need to be social/affordable homes, and how do we build enough of this type of housing? How can we get the high volume house builders to embrace low carbon construction? We'll be following up on many of the conversations we had and we would like to say thank you to everyone that showed an interest in the LPDF and our members.7th Feb 2020
Our membership inbox has been busy at the start of 2020, with several companies joining the LPDF. The latest new affiliate member is Mosaic, based in Notting Hill, London. Mosaic is a masterplanning and urban design practice focusing on strategic land across the UK. The company designs across a range of contexts, scales and land uses via a commercially aware, collaborative and process driven approach. Current projects range from mixed-use new settlements, through to smaller schemes for bespoke house builders, covering every scale in between.5th Feb 2020
Hard on the heels of the Government’s ‘National Design Guide’ issued in October 2019, MHCLG has indicated that they will be issuing a ‘Design Code’ in the near future to guide developers and housebuilders on design issues – which will doubtless be used by local authorities to determine local interpretations of design guidance, writes John Acres. The LPDF will be represented at the launch of the final ‘Building Better, Building Beautiful’ report on Thursday 30th January, which is likely to focus on the key elements expected to create a more ‘beautiful’ townscape – a theme developed in the draft report issued by co-chairman Nicolas Boys Smith and Sir Roger Scruton in June 2019.27th Jan 2020
As the LPDF's influence continues to grow, there's been a rush of companies becoming new members. The latest is Orion Heritage, which provides independent advice to the private sector aimed at resolving the often conflicting demands of conservation while achieving profitable and sustainable developments. The company prides itself on understanding clients' businesses and projects and responds positively to their aims and objectives. In order to do this, it provides the following services: Land Acquisition/Due Diligence; Desk-Based Assessment; Scheduled Monument Consent applications; Negotiation with LPAs and Statutory Consultees; Defining, Procuring and Managing Fieldwork; Environmental Impact Assessment; Expert Witness. http://www.orionheritage.co.uk20th Jan 2020
Landscape architecture specialist Bradley Murphy Design (BMD) has joined the growing ranks of LPDF members. BMD is a well-established and highly respected landscape architecture and ecology practice operating throughout the UK from three strategically-located studios in Birmingham, Cambridge and Warwick. BMD specialises in the creation of people-focused, sustainable landscapes, open spaces and public realm, partnering with developers, house builders and local authorities to help unlock landscape value, using a landscape-led approach to transform spaces into places. www.bradleymurphydesign.co.uk16th Jan 2020
Shoosmiths, which is listed as a top 10 UK real estate firm in the Lawyer’s Global Real Estate 50, has joined the LPDF. With one of the largest multi-disciplinary real estate practices in the UK, Shoosmiths brings market-leading insight to any transaction or dispute, regardless of size or complexity, ensuring a highly-skilled and commercial approach that goes beyond just advising on ‘the law’. www.shoosmiths.co.uk.15th Jan 2020
CSA Environmental is the latest company to join the LPDF. The company has been working alongside the UK’s leading property developers, project managers and government agencies since 1998. They rely on the company’s detailed understanding of the environmental issues that affect planning and development. www.csaenvironmental.co.uk.9th Jan 2020
Another great company has recognised the benefits of joining the LPDF as affiliate members. We're delighted to welcome master builders Davidsons to our ranks. Davidsons are high quality master builders and place makers. They believe in heritage, deliver quality developments, engage with local communities and have built their company to reflect the same customer focused service and build quality that the Wilson family has developed over generations of master building. Their main focus isn’t to build new homes at record speed. They take time to make sure they are right for the surrounding area, paying great attention to the site layout, exterior designs, brickwork and detailing. Each development is built to fit seamlessly into the local area. www.davidsonsgroup.co.uk16th Dec 2019
It was great to see so many members at our Christmas drinks event at The Alchemist in Birmingham. We hope you all enjoyed the fantastic cocktails and food, and made the most of the opportunity to network with so many like-minded people. Here's to a very prosperous new year for all our members. We'll be having many more events which we would encourage you to come along and support.10th Dec 2019
One of the biggest names in real estate services has thrown its weight behind the LPDF. JLL is the latest company to join our organisation as affiliate members. JLL buys, builds, occupies and invests in a variety of assets including industrial, commercial, retail, residential and hotel real estate. From tech startups to global firms, its clients span industries including banking, energy, healthcare, law, life sciences, manufacturing and technology. For more information please visit www.jll.co.uk.6th Dec 2019
Green belts are often described as the best-known, but most mis-understood, UK planning policy, says LPDF policy director John Acres. In a year when we celebrate the 70thanniversary of the National Parks & Access to the Countryside Act 1949– which heralded both National Parks and Areas of Outstanding National Beauty – one might be excused for thinking that green belts are part of that same objective – to promote, preserve and protect Britain’s landscape. They are not.2nd Dec 2019
Leading independent planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore has bolstered the ranks of LPDF members. The company is the latest to join as affiliate members. Barton Willmore, which has 13 offices nationwide, combines national influence with local knowledge to offer clients the very best advice.29th Nov 2019
We are delighted to announce that Thakeham - one of the south east's leading developers - has joined the LPDF as full members. We now have 18 full members and 31 affiliates, with 12 of those joining since our annual conference in September. Thakeham delivers private residential development and quality affordable homes, with infrastructure, road improvements, community facilities and schools.27th Nov 2019
Some of the UK’s leading companies, working to end the housing crisis by encouraging the development of more than 300,000 homes each year, are joining forces by supporting the Land Promoters and Developers Federation. Membership of the LPDF has grown significantly, with 12 companies signing up in just the past two months, including infrastructure-led developer and land promoter, Thakeham.25th Nov 2019
We're delighted to announce that we have welcomed Custom Build Homes as the latest LPDF member. Custom Build Homes is the UK's leading enabling development company which supports the sale of serviced plots and customisable homes. It enables individuals to create their own home through an enjoyable and supported process, providing help for those who own or have identified land for development to bring forward custom build homes and maximise value.19th Nov 2019
The LPDF has welcomed Irwin Mitchell to the ranks of new members. The company provides legal services to land promoters, developers, private and institutional landowners operating from 15 locations across the UK. Ranked as a market-leading law firm in the independent Legal 500 and Chambers UK guides, with over 250 lawyers personally recommended, its real estate team consists of over 130 real estate lawyers with specialists focusing on strategic land and residential development.8th Nov 2019
Vectos - an innovative provider of transport planning, infrastructure design, and flood risk and drainage services to the development industry - has joined the LPDF. With 150 staff in eight cities, it operates across all land uses on projects of all scales and complexities. Drawing on its international R&D sustainable mobility work, Vectos is one of the leading consultancies in the promotion of development-related sustainable and active travel design.6th Nov 2019
We are delighted to announce that Barratt Developments PLC has joined the LPDF. The company, which last year completed 17,856 homes, is the latest to join the growing ranks of affiliate members. Barratt Developments has built nearly 500,000 homes in the last 60 years and, as the nation’s largest housebuilder, is creating great new places to live throughout Britain.4th Nov 2019
BECG, the sector specialist communications consultancy for the built environment, has joined the LPDF as an affiliate. From offices across the UK, it provides private and public sector clients with expert counsel and award-winning communications services. Its expertise and understanding of the built environment delivers commercial value by maximising opportunities, managing reputations and reducing risk.15th Oct 2019
Shakespeare Martineau and Marrons Planning are the latest companies to join the ever growing list of LPDF affiliates, giving us an even stronger voice in the housing debate. Shakespeare Martineau's comprehensive end-to-end service, covering everything from leases to litigation, is focused on devising inventive and cost-effective solutions to your operational or investment needs. www.shma.co.uk Marrons Planning's team of town planning consultants provides advice and guidance on a wide range of planning and development issues. www.marrons-planning.co.uk8th Oct 2019
A generational injustice is manifesting itself as more and more young people’s dreams of buying their own homes are crushed by the dramatic rise in house prices due to the lack of supply of land caused by planning policy, according to the LPDF. LPDF chairman Paul Brocklehurst told delegates at the organisation’s first ever annual conference that the 500% increase in average house prices over the past 30 years has left many feeling excluded from the possibility of owning their own home.11th Sep 2019
International law firm Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has joined the growing ranks of LPDF affiliate members. Headquartered in London, with offices in the south of England, it has a strong focus on real estate and acts for many institutional and private landowners, land promoters and developers.5th Sep 2019
Leading boutique planning law firm Town Legal LLP is the latest company to join the growing ranks of LPDF members. Based in London but working across the rest of England and Wales, they provide unparalleled planning law advice in relation to larger complex planning law matters.26th Aug 2019
We are delighted to announce that Eversheds Sutherland, one of the top 50 largest law practices in the world, and Landmark Chambers, leading barristers chambers specialising in planning and property, have become the latest in the growing list of affiliate members of the LPDF.19th Aug 2019
The first wave of the Planning Delivery Fund, totalling £15.8 million, has been awarded to enable councils to process more applications, implement new reforms and also train planners to tackle the housing challenges faced by their local area.24th Feb 2018
The worsening of the UK housing crisis is well publicised, with the Government vowing to deliver 300,000 new homes every year.
The LPDF's members are committed to helping deliver new homes across the UK. The pressure on the housing market is significant, with the demand for homes outstripping supply.
An increase in life expectancy, immigration, single person occupancy and the demand for second homes, being just some of the contributing factors.
Outside of London, there are approximately 541,000 dwellings with outline planning permission on sites of over 100 units.
Specialist land developers and promoters are responsible for securing outline planning for 41% of these dwellings. The volume housebuilders are responsible for 32%.
Approximately 100,000 dwellings (20%) are held in outline permissions secured by the public sector and other civic bodies.