Owner and CEO @ Millbank Group (Land, Homes, Partnerships & Development Partners)
Founding Investor & Director @ LandInsight
Head of Land @ Barratt Developments plc
I am a Land, Planning and Property Development specialist with 30+ years’ experience in the sector, a soon to be published author and a successful entrepreneur (still, after coming-back from a severe RBS kicking in 2008!). Throughout my career I've purchased, gained planning permission for and built over 6,000 residential units and 2,500,000 sq/ft of commercial space.
I am a Land, Planning and Property Development specialist with 30+ years’ experience in the sector, a soon to be published author and a successful entrepreneur (still, after coming-back from a severe RBS kicking in 2008!). Throughout my career I've purchased, gained planning permission for and built over 6,000 residential units and 2,500,000 sq/ft of commercial space. Thirteen years ago I formed what is now a multi-million pound property development company, Millbank Group, and in 2013 won The Evening Standard New Homes Award for ‘Best Apartment’.
Many people know a lot about property, far fewer recognise the true value and importance of land. As a result, one of my main aims for 2015 and onwards is to mentor, educate and train more people in the skills required to successfully acquire land, create value, win the best planning permissions and develop property.
Every successful development begins with land (preferably 'Brownfield', which comprises previoulsy developed sites or existing buildings which may have development potential) – Finding the right opportunities, structuring the best deals, adding value through excellent design and negotiating the best planning consents. I specialise in understanding the system inside-out and knowing how to best leverage it - often partnering with land owners, other professionals, agents, deal sourcers or not-for-profits (we love using our skills to make good stuff happen).
As well as continuing to develop award-winning properties myself, my goal is to make a real difference to the supply of good, well-designed housing in the UK by supporting people in realising their dreams as successful entrepreneurs, deal creators, property investors and developers, so I am now training and mentoring others to show anyone interested in making money from land and development how to identify and generate the best off-market opportunities and, if desired, how to maximise planning value, raise capital, buy and develop themselves.
Owner and CEO @ Millbank Group work with land owners and other stakeholders as well as deal sourcers, agents, architects and others to create maximum value in any development situation. We do this through a combination of negotiating and structuring ingenious deals and partnerships, expert design, value engineering and, most importantly, knowing exactly how to negotiate the very best planning permissions.
Because I know that hard work and dedication pays off (and it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from), one of my companies (Millbank Partnerships) has been specifically set-up to work with charities, the not-for-profit sector and community groups to help people (and particularly kids from disadvantaged backgrounds) make their futures brighter, just like I did.
By funding up-front costs, creating planning value and often introducing mixed ‘community’ uses into schemes, Millbank Partnerships help to deliver much-needed spaces that would not be viable for our partners (we like to work with experienced people and organisations to run youth and community facilities) on a stand-alone basis.
Whatever the type of opportunity, if you own or know of land or property with development potential, I guarantee I can help you make the most of the situation.
I’m based between London and Seville so if you need an excuse for a trip away I’m always happy to meet and discuss new prospects.
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www.millbankgroup.co.uk From July 2003 to Present (12 years 6 months) London, United KingdomHead of Land @ From January 1999 to September 2003 (4 years 9 months) Senior Land Manager @ From 1994 to 1999 (5 years) Managing Director @ Developer (mainly refurbs, splitting houses into flats and small new-builds) & Land Trader, securing development opportunities on Option Agreements and Conditional Contracts then trading-on with planning. From April 1985 to September 1994 (9 years 6 months) London, United KingdomSite Manager, Trainee Site Manager, Site Engineer & Trainee Site Engineer @ Misc Construction Management Roles for Main Contractors and Developers - Mainly Freelance in later years. From September 1983 to July 1992 (8 years 11 months)
BSc (Hons), Estate Management @ London South Bank University From 1990 to 1994 Paul Higgs is skilled in: Property Development, Land Acquisition, Mentoring, Training, Investment Properties, Property training, Residential Homes, Urban Planning, Property, Land Development, Commercial Real Estate, Project Planning, Residential Land Development, Project Management, Urban Regeneration
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