Last edited 05 Dec 2016

Development appraisal

Development appraisal involves research into constraints and opportunities evolving from the location, legal and planning aspects of potential sites as well as their physical characteristics.

This can be a complex process, and independent client advisers may be required by the client to supplement in-house expertise and assist research and evaluation. This might include:

Potential sites will need to fit reflect the developers corporate strategy in relation to:

  • Region and location.
  • Size of the potential development.
  • Type of development and its market.
  • Proximity to transportation or centres of population.
  • Order of costs.

Research into legal issues may include:

Government policy on planning is now set out in the National Planning Policy Framework. When considering potential sites, developers may which to consider whether the proposed development will impact on, or be impacted by:

NB For more information on the powers and influence of local authorities and local communities on local planning policy and permissions see the article on the National Planning Policy Framework.

Key physical characteristics of potential site will need to be assessed. This assessment might include:

  • Existing site survey information including drawings of public utilities and services including overhead cables
  • Assessment of shape and topography of the site.
  • Any history of flood risk.
  • Condition of existing buildings on site.
  • Geotechnical information such as previous foundation drawings and any boreholes or trial pit information.
  • Characteristics and condition of surrounding buildings affected by the development.
  • Ground contamination.
  • Landscape features, water run-off and surface drainage.
  • Proximity of surrounding occupants likely to be affected by nuisance the redevelopment.
  • old wells, basements and underground obstructions or underground storage tanks.

NB For additional information see articles on technical due diligence, site appraisals, site information and site surveys.

Market research might include:

  • Estimate of time before the development is completed
  • Local amenities attractive to the market, such as; location, ease of parking , public transportation.
  • The scale of potential tenant’s or purchasers requirements.
  • Site and local features that may be attractive to future tenants or purchasers.
  • Lessons learned from similar developments.
  • Current demand and competing supply of facilities coming onto the market within the timeframe of the development.
  • Future proofing building requirements.
  • National and regional economic trends.
  • The potential effect of technical change.
  • The potential effect of social trends such
  • The potential effect of changes in working practices.

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