What people say
“Intelligent Land know the housing market like the back of their hand. At examination their evidence is measured and presented very authoritatively. They know exactly what they are talking about. They bring a tremendous amount to 5 year housing land supply and I will be wanting to call them again."
Christopher Young QC No5 Chambers
‘I have called Intelligent Land at four inquiries to give the Housing Land Supply evidence and in every instance they have done it superbly. Their additional house-builder experience has been invaluable and highly pertinent to the discussion because of their ability to deal with all issues arising on deliverability from a commercial perspective.’
Sasha White QC Landmark Chambers
‘Intelligent Land couples the expertise of demographers with hands-on practical experience of housing delivery. As such it is able to bring a unique and powerful perspective in assessing Housing Land supply compared with planning professionals used to policy and DC matters. I have found this particularly of use where delivery of sites is relied upon by the LPA supported only by estimated trajectories rather than a proper understanding of the real-world constraints on the developer deriving from the operation of his landowner and the market as well as the LPA.’
Christopher Boyle QC Landmark Chambers
‘Instructing Intelligent Land is like having a spy in the enemy camp.. they get underneath the superficial appearance of the evidence, and test its substance - both by challenging what is said in the monitoring reports etc, and by sourcing additional information and testing it. They do not take things at face value’
James Pereira QC FTB Chambers
"We have used several planning practices over the years and been involved in a wide range of projects. What impressed us about the Intelligent Land team was their approach; they didn’t tell us what we wanted to hear but they told us exactly what we needed to hear. This has resulted in a significant cost saving for our business combined with a low risk approach and a significantly higher chance of success. They provide planning and commercial advice which we highly recommend.”
Patrick Trant Chairman Trant Engineering Ltd
I have worked with Mark on a number of significant land acquisitions and on each occasion he has shown a clear talent for optimising the commercial viability of the transaction. His business acumen led Taylor Woodrow to place him in charge of some of their most significant and complicated acquisitions during the period I acted for him at that company. He can spot creative angles in deals and is certainly capable of adding significant value to deals in imaginative ways. He is also extremely good at getting along with people from all walks of life and in my experience does what he says on the tin.
Richard Bate Partner at Gowling WLG Richard heads up Gowling's WLG Residential Development team.
'Housing Land availability is the starting position for examining all housing applications. The science of land supply can no longer be left to a generalist approach. Landowners and developers know this is a crucial step towards a successful application. The NPPF has to be interpreted by experts in this field and none come better than Intelligent Land who have a proven track record.'
'HLS will be a key issue at many inquiries concerning residential development. In these days of SHLAAs, SHMAs and delivery-driven policies, Mark's expert evidence can be crucial to the outcome. His long experience of house-building from the inside gives him a reach beyond that of ordinary planners. His detailed knowledge of the industry's economics and the commercial realities of the market, together with his ability to engage with the key individuals, enables him to supply incisive information on the implementation of permissions and the pace of delivery on the sites put forward by LPAs. His evidence at the Redbridge Lane inquiry in Test Valley fundamentally undermined the Council's assertion of an adequate HLS.'
Richard Phillips QC
'Mark's evidence drew on a deep understanding of the dynamics of the house building industry. He was able to provide telling insights to the proposed supply forecast by the local planning authority.'
Mark Lowe QC
'Mark and I worked together for some years; in fact he worked for me when he first joined the development industry. He is particularly talented at spotting development angles that can add significant value to projects. I would expect anyone considering developing their land would find his counsel extremely
Divisional Managing Director at Taylor Wimpey
'Intelligent Land take a complex and often confusing subject and apply a structure and process that delivers clarity. They are innovative in their approach and forensic in their investigations and that makes a tremendous difference when compared to traditional planning analysis.'
Managing Director of Wates Developments Ltd
'Mark Hewett's evidence in the recent Picket Piece Inquiry in Test Valley was thorough and carefully researched. Presented with authority and credibility, it was central to setting out a realistic picture of the 5 year HLS as opposed to that presented by the local planning authority. Mark's experience from within the housebuilding industry allows him to present robust estimates of the likely housing numbers to be produced by particular sites year on year. This level of detail is important if numbers being put forward by a local planning authority are to be successfully challenged as they were in this case. I very much look forward to working with him again.'
Peter Harrison QC
'We are absolutely delighted with the Intelligent Land team; they have added significantly to many aspects of this project and been a real find.
Trustee, Barker Mill Estates'
'We have been delighted with all aspects of the Intelligent Land team. They took a long term problem and delivered a solution that really works for us.'
Dr. L. Lear
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