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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.

Entering 2018 with a Positive Attitude

Louis Fell comments on the outcome of 2017 and discusses what 2018 has in store for the rural sector.

Positive Approach

2017 has been a mixed year in the rural sector. We’ve seen prices generally slowly rising over the past 12 months, with most becoming higher than a year ago, but nothing that would allow significant spare funds for investment. The exchange rate has certainly helped with the BPS payments for this year, but not so on the machinery prices which continue to rise beyond all levels of affordability. Our new agricultural minister, whilst controversial, perhaps is providing some clearly guidance and steer on his perceived future for the industry; we’ve had a small victory for common sense on glyphosate use and I’m pleased to see European grant money coming forward, let’s get it used up and spent before the split from Europe.

I’ve been asked many times this year if land prices are going to come down; whilst many may like to preach the doom and gloom, we are not really seeing it. Yes, poorer land without amenity value is struggling, but in reality what we are ending up with is a market which pays a higher price for good quality, no black grass, well equipped and location driven farms and estates. This is demonstrating that investment and maintenance does relate back to capital value, rather than just short supply – pushing up prices irrespective of quality. Do I think that prices are going to slide? Not really – unless there is change in capital taxes or the housing market slows down. There is still a good deal of roll over money, inheritance tax and overseas investors seeking long term investments, either as tax savings or simply people looking to own a part of England and their own plot of land.

Development in Yorkshire is vibrant at present – we are seeing massive expansion in warehousing and commercial property, often outstripping residential values, particularly on the M62 corridor; perhaps the Northern Powerhouse will happen without interference from the south. Coupled to this is the growth in housing; although it is a shame that all schemes get dragged down a slow and laborious planning process, with everyone attempting to seek a reason not to do this.

I am very optimistic about the future and 2018, hoping that the wider public will take a more positive approach and create a more positive atmosphere relating to the current situations. There are some great farming/rural businesses in Yorkshire along with many opportunities for those seeking new incomes/businesses, however an open minded approach is needed for those that are look for the new techniques or ventures that seek to protect the business in the future. Rural businesses need to look at those sectors that are not heavily reliant on subsidies and are expanding on the back of quality production and processing; having different streams of income from different businesses which reduce a reliance on the brown envelope payment and we feel should be your focus (if not already) in 2018.

For more information regarding the rural sector, please contact Louis Fell on 01665 511995

From everyone at George F White, we wish everyone a prosperous 2018

Development Opportunities in the Selby Area

This consultation includes plans and the initial assessments of all possible sites that could be included in the Site Allocations Local Plan next year in the Selby area; it is also a last opportunity to suggest new sites. The Site Allocations Local Plan will ultimately identify enough land for the homes and jobs and other development needs in the Selby district over the next ten years up to 2028.

Development in Selby

Helen Boston, a planning consultant at George F. White, said: “This is an ideal opportunity for landowners to seek professional and informed advice about their assets and potential development land. We are currently working with a number of landowners across the region providing specialist advice on planning policy and enforcement issues as well as site appraisals, planning applications and site valuations. ”

George F. White provides planning consultancy services for both rural and urban areas across a vast geography from North Lincolnshire and Yorkshire to County Durham, Northumberland and the Borders. The Yorkshire region is a particularly key focus for the business, the Bedale and Shiptonthorpe offices has seen a dramatic rise in planning advice requests from local landowners in the last 12 months.

Helen added: “The planning system in England can be very complicated but navigated successfully it can be a tool to significantly raise the value of land and property in a variety of ways. For example, from gaining planning permission for an extension on your home, to gaining planning permission for a housing site and selling to a developer. Whatever the situation, George F. White is able to investigate the options and provide advice on the best route to achieve our client’s aims and help them maximise value of their assets.”

Please be aware that the ‘Call for Sites’ closes on 27th November 2017 therefore any formal responses need to be submitted prior to this date.

If you have a site which you think may be suitable and would like an initial assessment please contact Helen Boston at George F. White on helenboston@georgefwhite.co.uk or 01677 458209 for further advice.