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Haven Hill: a perfect sanctuary

Haven Hill development

Offers over £325,000

Haven Hill presents a unique and rare opportunity to purchase a combination of property and land, which offers huge development potential. Located in the Northumberland village of Craster, which is 7 miles from Alnwick and 40 miles from Newcastle upon Tyne, the Haven Hill development has full planning permission for residential use that’s been granted for two properties, each with 3 bedrooms.


Superb Scenery

Haven Hill offers a spectacular view over the historic harbour, which sits on the edge of Craster. Originally named after the Craster family, the village is centred around the historic harbour. The harbour was built to commemorate a death of a member of the Craster family and the memorial is still visible on the harbour wall.

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Idyllic Location

A sought after and highly desired area of Northumberland, Craster is famous for its fishing, especially its kippers, which are exported all over the world. As well as its picturesque walks towards popular tourist attraction Dunstanburgh Castle, Craster is home to the world-famous Robson’s Smokehouse, which boosts lovely views over the harbour from the dining room.

Situated in the centre of the village is an art gallery and popular café which is open daily all year round. There’s also a popular gastro pub. Craster has a lot to offer and is a great place for food lovers. It’s been nominated in the past for a Google Street Award for best ‘Foodie Street’. Craster really does have something for everyone.

The development is also well located for the many golf clubs offered on this part of the Northumberland Coast, all just a short drive away.

For more information about the development, click here, or to view, please contact Simon Brierley on 01665 603231 / simonbrierley@georgefwhite.co.uk

2017: A Landmark Year for George F. White

2017 was a landmark year for George F. White. Richard Garland, Head of Tyne and Wear region for the Group, explains why this last year has been one of the best, and most progressive, years yet.

Richard Garland 2017

“When George White established the business nearly 40 years ago, the consultancy’s services were very much focused on the rural and agricultural sector. By 2017, the Group became a multi-disciplined and diverse consultancy that employs more than 120 people in eight locations from the Scottish Borders down to North Lincolnshire. Our focus is much more commercial these days, which is reflected in the rapid growth of our professional services in the last 12 months, especially in the North East.

Back in April 2017, we opened a Tyne and Wear base at Hoults Yard but just six months later we found ourselves closing that office, and moving to bigger premises, with a much more central presence, that is not only home to the professional services teams but also our letting arm, GFW Letting. We’ve done this to facilitate the growth of the lettings business in the last year, and to integrate the George F. White and GFW Letting brands more closely together. This provides opportunities for all sides of the business at the Newcastle office, by being able to offer a broad spectrum of services to our clients, within teams who can offer specialist advice.

2017… A Change of Focus

Due to the rapid growth of the Group across key service areas in the region, the office, which is based in Newcastle City Centre on Westgate Road, will be focused on our planning and development, commercial property and energy consultancy services. In particular, the office is a hub for the North East planning and development team, meaning it can draw on one of the largest specialist teams in the region and a new offering for development clients in the North East.

The planning and development team has experienced consistent growth in recent years, with 2017 being stronger than ever. While George F. White has grown, the rate of growth of the planning and development team has been even more striking and now constitutes 25% of the business’ turnover.

Because of a growing reputation, the team are flat out on many projects of up to 250 houses and several larger sites of 1,400 to 6,000 houses as well as commercial projects. They act both on behalf of land and business owners as well as in partnership with some of the UK’s biggest house builders.

Team Expansion

Such strong growth has been powered by adding more specialists to the team, we appointed a new operations director, Sally Hart, and also a new regional operations manager for GFW Letting, Donna Cheney earlier in the year. When we first expanded into Newcastle, the company took five staff. Since the second move, the team’s workforce in the city has expanded to 11.

We’re continually growing and currently have several available vacancies in the North East. Indeed, we are looking to expand our team by over 10% in the next year. 2018 and beyond is shaping up to be a busy but exciting year as we look to really establish our presence in Tyne and Wear, like we have elsewhere across the North East region and nationally.

For more information about the Group’s professional services, please contact Richard Garland on richardgarland@georgefwhite.co.uk or 01665 511994.

Autumn Budget 2017 – The George F. White View

Yesterday, Philip Hammond announced his second Budget as Chancellor. Our team share their opinions on announcements affecting their sectors.

Autumn Budget

Richard Garland

Partner, Head of Planning and Development

As anticipated, there have been several significant measures affecting the development industry in yesterday’s budget, with a total of £44bn being allocated over the next 5 years with the intention of boosting housing delivery over 300,000 units per year. Measures include £8bn of financial guarantees to support house building and the private rented sector, alongside £1.1bn to unlock strategic sites and new settlements. On a smaller scale the measures also included a £630m pot for smaller sites, with a view to helping the delivery of 40,000 new homes.

Amongst the announcements was also a curious proposal of reviews into reasons behind delays for developments coming forward after grant of permission and a seemingly linked statement that land banked for “commercial reasons “could be compulsory purchased. Whilst a headline winning statement along similar lines of previous Labour suggestions, I suspect the reality is highly unlikely to have a real world impact. Anyone involved in the technicalities of planning, site appraisal and delivery as well as compulsory purchase has an idea as to how hard a test that would be to prove. Any compulsory purchase would be at market value, which also begs the question, who would fund it and what would happen once it has been compulsory purchased? Sell it to another house builder perhaps to put into their land bank? No doubt, more detail will emerge over the coming days and weeks.

Mike Young

Partner, Head of Commercial

Several positive initiatives have come from the Autumn Budget, especially for the commercial and construction sector. News that, from 1 April 2018, operators of illegal waste sites will become liable for Landfill Tax will see a sigh of relief from ‘formal’ operators, ensuring landfill is sent to their sites. The £44bn in overall government support to meet the target of 300,000 homes a year and the £400m to regenerate housing estates is great news for the construction industry considering the sheer amount of materials needed to fulfil the demand.

Looking into the Northern region in particular – we are to see £320m to clean up the former SSI steelworks at Redcar and kick start the 25 year development plan which will see the site transformed into a ‘hotbed’ of new industry. This is fantastic news for the region as it gives the prospect of 20,000 new jobs which is crucial for economic growth and development across the Tees Valley.

Sheryl Sowden

Head of Residential Agency

For first time buyers it takes so long to save for the deposit to secure a mortgage and added to that the additional funds required for stamp duty mean it is often a lengthy process before they can become homeowners. The announcement today that stamp duty is to be abolished for first-time buyers on homes up to £300,000, with immediate effect, will be a welcome change and we hope it will have a positive impact on the overall housing market.

Story of The Farmers Arms Freehouse

We are delighted to have The Farmers Arms at Muker in Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales on the market with George F. White.

Darren and Emily have been at the helm of this business since 2010 and have continued its long running success with as much enthusiasm and passion for the pub and Swaledale, as the visitors to the area. Now in their fifth season, and ready for a new adventure, they have decided to put the pub on the market in order to fulfil their next set of dreams.

Emily said: “This pub is more successful and profitable than ever, but we feel the time is right to hand the baton of ownership to someone else, someone hopefully as much in love with the pub and Swaledale as we are, who will continue with its success, and uphold the local traditions.”

The Farmers Arms at Muker is a Freehouse, which means it is privately owned and has no ties to a brewery; this gives the owners a huge amount of flexibility as to how the pub is run, what to stock, and how to spend the profits.

With two darts teams, a dominoes league, and being a central part of the local community; the pub is well supported by locals and boasts an incredible trade throughout the year. The tourist season in Swaledale in particular, is longer than some other tourist hot spots, with high volumes of visitors from early April until late October, and the winter trade is incredibly buoyant.

Darren said: “The pub has always been a firm favourite with locals and visitors, and it’s grown more successful with each set of new owners over the years, as we all strive to improve it and make it better than ever; offering a great choice of good home cooked food, well-kept real ales including the much loved Theakstons’ Old Peculier, and creating a lovely welcoming atmosphere. These have all been key to its continuing growth in trade, even during the recession, and there is no reason why it should not continue to do so well.”

To view the particulars for The Farmers Arms, please click here.

For more information or to arrange a viewing contact Jessica Colling 01677 458209/ jessicacolling@georgefwhite.co.uk.