Over many years, we have gained a huge amount of expertise in residential development throughout Suffolk and the neighbouring counties.

We provide appraisal and valuation work, including long-term strategy for clients on how best to promote and prepare sites for eventual sale at the best market value, as well as planning applications for schemes of all sizes, from single building plots and barn conversions to sites for 100 homes or more. We also handle planning appeals by written representations and informal hearings, and appear at Local Plan Inquiries.
Strategic Land

Lacy Scott & Knight evaluates possible development opportunities for landowners and makes representations through the Local Plan process. With the increasing complexity and cost of planning applications for potential development land – particularly on larger strategic sites – landowners often prefer to reduce their financial risk and benefit from the expertise and resources of development partners, including national and regional housebuilders and promoters. With our extensive experience and market knowledge we act on behalf of landowners to secure favourable terms with partners. In addition we provide advice and negotiate on the content and terms of option and promotion agreements to ensure the landowner’s interests are protected. We market opportunities to a range of partners to ensure the client’s objectives are achieved.

Professional Advice

​We are often asked to assist in resolving complex and sensitive issues that are slowing down or impeding development. Depending on the circumstances we may be acting for either the landowner or developer. Typically we are engaged to assist in negotiating access over ransom strips, agreeing variation or removal of restrictive covenants and negotiating overage payments, and providing advice on planning obligations. We have recently resolved examples of all of these for clients to enable developments to progress and release value for landowners. We also provide formal valuations of development land and other property.

Building Plots

If you think your property has development potential, we are happy to evaluate it and discuss the opportunities. There is always strong demand for individual plots from self-builders and developers. We can provide pre-application advice and put you in touch with the appropriate professionals to advance your planning application.

Barn Conversions

Suffolk and its neighbouring counties has a rich heritage of traditional barns and outbuildings and many of our clients decide they want to convert them to residential use. We are experienced in liaising with architects and other specialists in order to obtain all the necessary information to submit a planning application, including making representations at planning committee. We have a high success rate and our experience in marketing ensures that we are able to achieve the best prices for our clients. We offer a free initial appraisal service.

New Homes & Land

We specialise in new-build homes and all aspects of residential development from single plots to sites of more than 100 dwellings. We can also advise our clients on the planning potential of land.

Advice to Developers

We have a great deal of experience in pricing new developments and advising developers on the design and specification of their homes to optimise their sales potential.


CONTACT: Alex Turner 01284 748614

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