Development Agreements and Funding Urban Regeneration


28 April 2016, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch) Weightmans, Leicester

East Midlands

Presented by Weightmans and Geldards


Course overview

Suitable audience:

Legal teams, property teams, surveyors, regeneration teams


Analysis of a “typical” Development Agreement

Funding regeneration and improving viability

Other delivery structures – is the route and structure “fit for purpose”

Tax implications – SDLT/VAT

Topics to be covered include:

  • Development Agreements
  • Development obligations
  • Delivery structures
  • Tax implications for Development Agreements and Delivery Models
  • Direct Development by the Public Sector
  • Attracting Finance
  • Using Local Authority covenant strength through head leases and other guarantees
  • Enterprise Zones
  • Prudential Borrowing
  • Grant Funding

Interactive elements

Discussion will be encouraged

Case studies of approaches to funding development

Duration: Half a day (3 training hours) including lunch


B Technical legal practice 

B4 Draft documents

C1 Communicate clearly and effectively

Presenter profiles

Zo Hoida, Weightmans has 15 years’ experience in Real Estate and has worked on a full range of property matters including acquisitions and disposals, development, landlord and tenant, secured lending and social housing. Her specialism is development work within both the public and private sectors, including acting on complex mixed use developments for clients from both backgrounds. Zo has recently acted on several major high profile regeneration projects for local and central government and has advised on emerging Enterprise Zone schemes.

Lee Gordon heads Weightmans’ Planning team and has considerable experience of all aspects of planning and related law. In addition to local authority clients, Lee represents private sector developers and statutory consultees and consequently has an excellent insight into the issues faced by all parties for development projects. He regularly advises on complex planning agreements and applications, ancillary highways consents and rights of way, CPO and appropriation, EIA law issues, defending permissions from judicial review challenges and planning appeals. Lee has significant knowledge and experience of residential development schemes. Lee’s experience also includes advising on various nationally significant infrastructure projects and CPO issues. 

Tiffany Cloynes leads the public services and regeneration team at Geldards and has an excellent reputation and unmatched experience of acting on large scale, complex regeneration projects often including procurement and state aid issues.  

Tiffany specialises in all aspects of commercial development and urban regeneration including public sector funding, CPO and non CPO backed regeneration, public sector structures, infrastructure contracts, development agreements, building agreements, overage agreements, joint ventures and funding. Tiffany is skilled in project managing input into large scale projects from a number of advisers and has acted on a number of high profile transactions involving both the public and private sector, taking a leading role in the negotiation of key aspects.

Andrew Evans is a tax partner at Geldards and as well as being a lawyer is a Chartered Tax Adviser.  Andrew advises on a wide range of taxes for clients in the business, public sector and third sector fields.  He works very closely with the commercial property teams to ensure that tax advice is built into different types of transactions, including property redevelopment and regeneration, with particular emphasis on vat and stamp duty land tax.  Andrew is advising Welsh Government on the development of the SDLT replacement in Wales as a member of the Welsh Government Tax Advisory Group 

Anthony Everitt, Urban Delivery is experienced at turning ideas into projects, and delivering high profile physical regeneration and economic development projects across the UK. Anthony began his career working as a consultant for clients spanning the public and private sector. Anthony has recently joined Urban Delivery having spent the past four years working as a Senior Local Authority officer on the South Coast of England and in Nottingham. Anthony has an in‐depth understanding of local authorities and the interface between the public and private sectors in the delivery of complex strategic regeneration projects.

Simon Davis, Urban Delivery has over 25 years’ experience advising the public and private sectors on major urban area and regeneration projects throughout the UK. He has built up a detailed understanding of the complexities of projects and works closely with specialist advisors through a wide range of professional disciplines. He has worked on many mixed use projects, residential led projects, plus waterfront regeneration, and has set strategies for towns and cities. He specialises in the creation of commercially robust frameworks and masterplans, backed by property, economic, financial viability and strategic advice. He also specialises in creating strong implementation plans to establish the most appropriate mechanisms for delivery of projects. Specialist advice includes procurement, CPO and financial structuring.

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