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Cultural Quarter, Leicester – Small New Build Scheme For Sale

The regeneration of the St George’s area into Leicester’s Cultural Quarter continues apace and will be enhanced by the development of a cleared site currently available for sale through Intali. We know it doesn’t look much on the picture (apart from the graffiti – which is NOT listed!) but this is an ideal opportunity to…

Small Development Opportunity – Countesthorpe, Leicester

Small is beautiful – and you may read nothing into that.  While you are thinking about it, allow us to divert you to an unusual opportunity to take a Victorian factory in the South Leicestershire village of Countesthorpe and convert it into five 1 and 2 bedroom apartments.  This is an ideal project for a…

There Once was an Ugly Duckling…….

There once was an ugly duckling – the whole of the St George’s area in Leicester now known as the “Cultural Quarter”. Intali was formed fifteen years ago to bring forward regeneration projects. As this then neglected area was right on our doorstep, it was the focus of our attention. We have been involved in…

Win-Win Student Development Proposed

We have acted for City Styles in Leicester for many years. They have run a thriving business from a very ordinary factory on St Nicholas Circle in Leicester since 1988. Recently the area around them has changed. The Leicester Waterside development directly behind their factory has brought massive new residential schemes with many more in…

London Sets the Viability Agenda

Viability is a mess. A hotch-potch of policy, guidance, case law and interpretation. Benchmarks, inputs, outputs and appraisal. Report, submission, review and appeal. Argument, counter-argument and compromise. The purpose is to tax the uplift in value of land when planning permission is granted. A simple tax would do that but it’s been tried a few…

Barter

When Viability Appraisals Are Simply Not Enough – Barter!

Sometimes, the agreement of planning contributions through viability is not technical. Although we are happy to engage in deep discussion on development inputs, planning policy, national policy and interpretation of case law, sometimes agreement comes down to good old-fashioned barter. A good example of this is a recent viability study we undertook on behalf of…