Land Development & Planning2019-04-09T09:18:07+00:00

Planning & Development

Our Planning and Development Team at DM Hall is here to help you in all your property and land use planning requirements. We have over 25 years’ experience in the planning and development industry both in Scotland and England. We can help you no matter what type of development you are thinking about, be that residential, commercial, retail, business, tourism or renewables.

The planning system has become increasingly complex over the years and the future will bring more changes with a new Planning Bill in 2019, which makes it more important than ever to have a Chartered Town Planning professional to help you navigate through the system.

Whether you want some planning advice, have land to promote, or a planning application/local review/appeal to submit, then get in touch and we will provide you with professional and impartial advice.

• Planning permission in principle granted for major housing and commercial development at Perth Airport, Scone.

• Planning permission granted for the conversion of a listed building to apartments in Stirlingshire.

• Planning permission granted for tourism pods in Stirlingshire.

• Planning permission in principle supported at committee for major residential development in North Lanarkshire.

• Planning permission granted for major housing development in Argyll.

• Planning permission in principle supported at committee for major residential development in Falkirk.

Glenshee Craft Distillers Ltd

We achieved planning permission for change of use from a redundant steading to gin distillery with retail and office at Bridge of Cally. Client Simon Harrison was delighted with our input and successful planning application.

MBM Commercial LLP

We acted as Expert Witness and MBM were very satisfied with our professional planning input in this matter.

“Your work during the Falkirk planning application case was very helpful and if we have any other cases involving planning applications then you will definitely be our expert of choice.”

Liina Tulk, Senior Solicitor MBM Commercial LLP

The Afton Group

We advised on the proposed alterations and improvements to an existing shop front within one of Edinburgh’s conservation areas. Following refusal by planners successfully achieved planning through Local Review Body

“With a detailed understanding of the planning process and how a particular application can be advantageously presented, James's experience and detailed knowledge assisted this Company is achieving planning consent which, by reference to the Development Guidelines, initially appeared an unlikely outcome.”

Michael Tasker Managing Director

Katie Craig, Associate, Edinburgh

The traditional image of the GP surgery has changed out of all recognition in recent decades, with the old model of single practitioners in humble premises giving way to multi-professional health centres offering the full gamut of services.

But while health facilities have become more complex, what has not altered is the need for medical professionals to have objective and impartial guidance on the value of their place of business.

Valuation in this sector is, by its nature, a specialised field since surgeries and health centres do not tend to transact on the marketplace unless as an investment with a formal lease in place.

Most valuations are carried out on behalf of partnerships, for a great variety of reasons such as partner splits, retirals, buy outs or new partners joining the practice in times of expansion. In these circumstances it is essential that advice is obtained from a valuer with experience in this market sector.

Accurate appraisals are fundamental in times of acquisition or disposal and, in the case of practitioner-owners, for lending purposes. It is therefore imperative that the purpose of the valuation is clarified as this will determine the basis of valuation.

In the case of GP’s joining or leaving a partnership, the partnership agreement will normally determine the basis of value. In most instances this will be Market Value where no account of the current market rent reimbursements, cost rent or notional rent is taken into consideration.

In certain circumstances lenders will request separate valuations having regard to cost rent reimbursement and valuers will be required to reflect these specialist assumptions.

Whilst comparable evidence was in short supply initially, this is no longer the case, as many new surgeries have agreed rents with the District Valuer, and there is also an increasing volume of evidence of rent review settlements and lease renewal.

While most towns and villages in Scotland have medical centres, the push now is towards much more modern facilities rather than conversions such as traditional stone built villas which have been transformed for healthcare use in the past.

The primary focus of NHS reform over the last decade has resulted in changes where GP’s have more involvement in the procurement of services.  This together with increasing demands from the NHS and patients has led to a consolidation of services within larger surgeries and health centres.  As a result many investors and developers have entered the sector with a view to providing purpose built facilities.

Changes in legislation relating to the property element have also been a factor and valuers should have experience in considering the suitability of the surgery in terms of location, layout, expansion and demographics in relation to its specific function.

One of the more contentious issues around valuation is where some valuers adopt the Notional Rent in providing their opinions instead of ignoring it as directed by the RICS Red Book, and thus wrongly inflate values.

As ever, professional advice from suitably qualified and experienced specialists in the sector is key.