Development agreements

The Sharpe Pritchard real estate team has particular expertise in advising local authorities in the procurement and management of private sector partners for property development.

The development agreement is critical to protecting the interests of the local authority and we have helped many clients within the public sector achieve agreeable contracts between themselves, landowners and private sector developers.

Our lawyers can ensure our clients reach an agreement that specifies how the development of the site will be governed and ensure its terms are suitable to your needs. This includes expert advice on planning permission, obtaining licenses, warranties, specifying time scales and development costs.

Sharpe Pritchard has a reputation for innovation in advising the public sector on the most appropriate delivery vehicle for joint venture and other collaborative arrangements to bring major regeneration projects to fruition.

We will work closely with our clients throughout the process and ensure the agreement is drafted with the client's best interests in mind.

Recent work

  • advising on the relocation of a school on the route of HS2;
  • advising Epping Forest Council on a mixed use residential and commercial development scheme including a complex overage mechanism in favour of the council;
  • negotiating an option agreement on a strategic site which the local authority wished to see developed promptly;
  • drawing up the development agreement for London Borough of Enfield regarding the regeneration of Ladderswood estate;
  • a collaboration agreement with the development of an adjacent site in order to bring services to a development site on the outskirts of Cambridge;
  • negotiating a development agreement for a new school on the site of the former Putney Hospital;
  • advised on £1.4 billion West London residual waste PPP;
  • assisted in the planning of University of Cambridge development including a primary school and training school;
  • acted for local council and assisted in the obtaining of a section 106 agreement for the development of the Cambridge North West Fringe.


What others say

Clients describe her as "a good sound land lawyer who knows the property market, understands what others are up to and brings this benefit to what she does for us" Chambers UK, 2015.

“Sharpe Pritchard’s Jo Pickering heads a team recommended for its public sector work, advising on large-scale, complex and often strategic and innovative regeneration and redevelopment projects, both housing and mixed-use” Legal 500, 2015.

"excellent knowledge and willingness to work flexibly" Legal 500, 2014.

"always available to offer advice and guidance" Legal 500, 2013.


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