This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Commercial Property & Development and Construction & Engineering teams who have recently advised Gravesham Borough Council on the development of the first new Council houses in Gravesend for 16 years.
The project will see five new Council homes constructed and previously vacant land put to good use. The new homes will be allocated to applicants on the Council’s waiting list who are in need. The Council’s Housing Strategy and Development Department worked hard to access Central Government funding earmarked to enable small sites to be put to residential use. To obtain funding in the current economic climate was particularly rewarding. The necessary funding is being provided by the Homes and Communities Agency under a grant agreement. Construction commenced in November 2010 and will complete in October 2011.
Russet Homes, a local housing association which is part of the Circle Anglia Group is providing development services to project manage and deliver the scheme for the Council.
In conjunction with the Council’s Housing Strategy and Development and in-house legal departments, we were involved in the development agency and grant agreements as well as the various construction agreements. The Thomson Snell & Passmore lawyers were Richard Ellard, a partner in the Commercial Property and Development team and Chris Whittington, a consultant and Head of the Construction & Engineering team. The Council team included Sarah McEwan, Principal Legal Assistant, and Sharon Donald, Housing Strategy and Development Manager.
Richard Ellard said: “We are delighted to work with Gravesham Borough Council and to have been able to assist the Council in bringing to fruition this important project, which will lead to the regeneration of a disused site in Northfleet into much needed social housing.”
Councillor Anthony Pritchard, Lead Member Housing for the Council said: “I am pleased that the Council has been able to secure funding for this important project given the very challenging economic climate, and particularly the substantial cut just announced in government funding. I have no doubt that this type of regeneration will bring benefits to the local community and I am delighted to have Thomson Snell & Passmore advising the Council on the negotiations and drafting the complex documentation. It was reassuring to have Richard and Chris supporting us on this important project. Thomson Snell & Passmore provided a high level of service and we thank them for their contribution.”