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Carbis Bay


When Apex Land first met the landowner they had been tied into an option with another developer who controlled the site for 6 years but never submitted a planning application.

Site Details

  • 2 acre greenfield site
  • Carbis Bay, St Ives
  • Neighbourhood Plan Allocation
  • 24 units (40% affordable)


The site is an allocation for residential development in the adopted St Ives Neighbourhood Plan. A planning application was produced and submitted within 12 months of the contract date. Apex Land have represented the landowner throughout and been in regular contact with the developer and the client.

Town Council Comments

The application was supported by the Town Council, who said:

“This is a sensitive, well designed project consisting of good quality homes utilising appropriate materials. This is an admirable development.”

Apex Land Involvement

Apex Land act for the landowners who had previously partnered with another developer who failed to deliver in 6 years

A free planning appraisal was presented to the landowners and a strategy agreed to find a developer

A fee structure was agreed with Apex Land with payments only to be made at exchange and completion of the land sale.

An informal tender exercise was carried out with a select shortlist of developers.

The bids were discussed with the landowners and a preferred bidder identified.

Negotiations took place with the preferred developer and improved terms were agreed.

Heads of Terms were drafted by Apex Land and solicitors instructed.

Apex Land secured the landowner a non-refundable deposit on exchange.

Apex Land oversaw the preparation of the planning application by the developer and provided regular updates to the client.

Apex Land monitored the contractual obligations on both sides to ensure there were no breaches.

Apex Land took care of the agreement of service easements, a licence for a build compound and managing access to the site for the developer's consultant team.