5 reasons to why green belt land must be released for residential development

We’re all well aware of the fact that the UK is facing a serious housing shortage. The main reason behind this is the stringent policies on green belt land. Below are 5 reasons to why green belt land must be released for residential development:

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5 reasons to why green belt land must be released for residential development

  • Not all of it is “green”: The aim behind greenbelt is to prevent a concrete jungle from growing. However, most of these “greenbelt” land sites are used for farming and are privately owned, meaning they aren’t accessible to public.
  • Green belt does not hinder growth: Cities will develop and buildings will be constructed, regardless of greenbelt land sites. Cities and towns are developed and have created commuter belts. For example, London commuter belt stretches from Isle of Wight to Yorkshire. Also, in south Cambridgeshire, there has been a proposal of 19,000 homes to be built, all of which are far from greenbelt surrounding the city. Residents face a lot of inconvenience as they face more traffic and pollution since everything is crammed up in one spot.
  • The common misconception: People believe 50% of England has been built upon; it’s a myth. Only 10.6% of England actually has urban development. Speaking of UK as a whole, it is only 6.8%, including gardens, parks and sports arenas. Greenbelt however, takes up 12% of England.
  • Housing shortage: It’s a simple formula. More land sites released=more houses=eliminating housing shortage. London has 35,000 hectors of greenbelt land and a separate 75,000 hectors or greenbelt just within M25. If you even take ¼ of that and build homes, it could provide over a million houses!
  • Causes inflation: The reason the prices of houses are so high is because the supply is low and demand is high. Especially in areas like London, Oxford and Cambridge, owning a house is not affordable by many. This fails to provide shelter to many middle-low income groups, forcing them to travel long distances.

Herald Land Real Estate Brokers provide lucrative real estate investment opportunities all over the UK. Our portfolio comprises of a wide array of investments ranging from UK land to student accommodation and airport car parking spaces.

Delivering exceptional services to our clients, is at the top of our priority list. Our vision is to build long term relationships with our customers and continue excelling in this field of UK real estate.

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British people need more housing – use it to your benefit, find out how

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We know for a fact that the UK is confronting an intense housing shortage. The Confederation of British Industries (CBI) accepts Britain needs to manufacture 240,000 houses a year to match up to rising population.

With net relocation to the UK being 298,000 in 2014, the most recent evaluations suggest that Britain needs to construct one house every 7 minutes to meet a net rise in population of 298,000. Considering a family unit of four individuals, 74,500 homes are needed to house 298,000 individuals. Dividing 525,600 minutes in a year by 74,500, you get one home expecting to be fabricated at regular intervals.
The CBI proposal of 240,000 homes a year is to keep up with population growth and not simply migration. Migrants represent 60% of populace development. Accordingly, as indicated by this figure – 60% of the CBI’s housing necessity – an aggregate of 144,000 homes every year would be required by new immigrants. As per this balanced figure and utilizing the same count as over, one house needs to be manufactured each four (3.6) minutes rather than every 7 minutes, to provide housing facilities to new migrants.

It is imperative to notice that different sorts of transients, with diverse rights, opportunities and assets are prone to have altogether different encounters of and effects on the UK housing sector.

Keeping these facts and figures in mind, it is safe to say that land investments are safe, lucrative and will be constantly sought after. This investment is something that can make you richer in your sleep! This is the principle of land investment, you buy land and wait.

Today, Herald Land are offering one of our newest and best-selling UK land site just 32kms northwest of Central London. This is a highly desirable location, with convenient road links to Central London and the metropolitan area. Moreover, this investment is tax free with no maintenance of hidden charges.

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The world of property investment keeps getting better for those investing in the UK
The UK has the second lowest tax rate on development at 8.88% following Luxembourg’s 8.46%.
Making the UK even more attractive is the fact that there is no tax on land ownership.
For the investor looking to build a long-term portfolio with increasingly greater yield over time, nothing beats UK property.

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Herald Land offers tailor-made real estate investment solutions to large investors securing investments of £300,000 to £20 million.

The one thing property has going for it over equity investments is stability. Moreover, that stability is one of the reasons the UK has been such an attractive investment location for so long. Other than the downturn caused by the housing crash – which affected everyone else in the world, too – the UK property market has remained solid for decades.

The stability of housing investments is really the result of one simple thing: need. In other words, there will be a need for rental housing as long as there is a need for housing. That means the housing market is not as easily influenced by every little thing like equity markets are. When you invest in stocks, you could be independently wealthy one day and flat broke the next. It is a great way to invest for those who do not mind the risk. Nevertheless, property is a better way to go for those who want a greater return than savings and pensions without the instability of equity markets.

It is true that you will not make 10% or better with property overnight. Property investing is a long-term strategy that requires patience and vision. However, over a ten-year period of investing in cheap houses in the right locations, you are likely to do far better than most other types of investments you can think of. Property is stable, property is a necessity, and property is not subject to as much fluctuation as other investments. You can bank on that.

Bespoke Solutions

Whilst many investors face challenges within today’s property market, often the solutions to these challenges are based uniquely on a customer’s context.  Therefore, we provide bespoke solutions to help our customers to define, design, implement, and support the tailored investment needs and scenarios that underpin our customers’ business.

Herald Land offers tailor-made real estate investment solutions to large investors securing investments of £300,000 to £20 million. Whether our client is an individual or large financial institution, our experts will source the appropriate real estate in strategic location, in order for them to maximize on their ideal investment. We have extensive experience in advising our clients on joint ventures, and in special circumstances, we consider strategic alliances with us, at Herald Land.

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UK land investments

Hi everyone,

In this post I will talk about who are Herald Land, why invest in the UK and highlight benefits of land investment.

UK land investments

UK land investments

Who are Herald Land

Herald Land is British owned and managed real estate Investment Company headquartered in Dubai, UAE. Our company is registered at Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA), with the number 661 in the Emirate of Dubai. All staff RERA compliant.

We are differentiating ourselves from other real estate companies as specialist in UK property market. Specialization, concentration and consistency is the key to our outstanding performance.

We know more and more about less and less 🙂

We at Herald Land offer a wide range of low entry, high yielding, safe, secure and lucrative investment opportunities around the UK, through our extensive portfolio of investment options such as land, student property, buy-to-let, airport parking, residential.

We have genuinely global presence with our offices situated in UAE, UK and Hong Kong.
Our multinational team speak 13 different languages.

With a diversified team of dedicated people Herald Land endeavors to uphold the highest possible standards in everything we do to ensure our service exceeds all expectations.

Our 30 investment consultants includes professionals from different parts of the world…  15 nationalities – British,  Belarussian, Indian, Egyptian, Lebanese, Ukrainian, Chinese, Jordanian, Pakistani, Uzbekistani, Kenyan, Romanian, Sudanese, Filipino, Algerian

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”. A very thoughtful quote by Henry Ford. I would like to flaunt Herald Land as living example of a flourishing business.

Who are Herald Land

Who are Herald Land

Why UK

Let’s think strategically. The market is buzzing with opportunity as investors and developers pledge to focus on the UK market recovery.

For the investor looking to build a long-term portfolio with increasingly greater yield over time, nothing beats UK real estate investments.

The one thing property has going for it over equity investments is stability. The stability of housing investments is really the result of one simple thing: need.

UK real estate investments

UK real estate investments

UK’s real estate market is like a magnet, attracting wealth from all over the globe. We have foreign investors shell out thousands of pounds in UK investments because of its great value in today’s time. And now, there’s no stopping.

Over the years, it has been noticed that there is an escalating rise in demand for houses in the UK, however demand and supply in this case aren’t at par. This is what makes land THE-most valuable asset.

Changing economic conditions have made the UK real estate market an attractive prospect for international private and institutional investors. We have investors from all over GCC who are very keen on investing in our UK projects as UK property market payoffs.

UK land

UK land

UK land

Land investment in the UK is the best way to generate wealth!

Now, it is the most fascinating investment then at any point of the history.

The massive gap among housing market supply and demand in many of UK’s most popular and dynamic cities is pressuring local economies, and hampering their ability to drive national growth. It’s putting massive cost and pressure on people who live there, as housing affordability falls. Everybody agree across the political band that something must be done.

Garden cities, brownfield land, greenbelt land – these are the main topics of today debates. With vast housing crises all options are on the table to make it closer to the progress UK housing market and economy need. Local authorities are discussing how they can meet these needs not only have new housing, but also truly affordable housing, and that means the government needs to free up the council’s hands to build social homes in momentous numbers.

During last decade some green belt land has already been released and government recognize its importance in housing past, present and future. No one is arguing that there is a need for growth in the UK, and we can see more and more that councils go through a very careful evaluation of the green belt bounties, and the number of houses needed for 2031, and could they be met without building on the green belt.

For the investor looking to build a long-term portfolio with increasingly greater yield over time, nothing beats UK land investments.

Land investment opens up a whole new world of possibilities, where you can safely invest in a lucrative stable market which is always on the rise.

What plays a positive impact when considering land as an investment?

UK property is now selling in much greater proportions than at any time in recent years, with demand and the continued low supply meaning that homes are being snapped up far quicker than in the past. This increased demand, in a market where supply remains constrained, means that land values are expected to continue their upwards trajectory.

This accentuates the need for the volume of land coming through the reformed planning system to continue increasing at the rates we have seen during the last 18 months.

With very restricted and limited availability of land we can build on, it become impossible to not see big potential of UK land investment.

Herald Land is bringing to you the best opportunity to generate wealth! Now you can take advantage of all factors which are driving land values up and become a proud land owner in one of the most stable countries in the world – the UK.

We are happy to offer you strategic land sites situated in highly desirable locations, close proximity to residential developments and rail way stations.

UK land – your number one investment choice!

  • The pass of becoming land owner in the UK is simple and straightforward with Herald land. These are some benefits of land investments over other investment types
  • 100% ownership of land guaranteed by title deeds with the UK Government Land Registry
  • No TAX on purchase price
  • No maintenance fee
  • No hidden charges
  • Very desirable location, close to existing settlements
  • Excellent road and rail links within Central London
  • Low cost, solid investment of this caliber are in short supply and very high demand.
  • Real property, not allied with financial markets and protects you against unexpected market variations
  • Prices growth driven by a strong demand for land

Land in the UK has proved to be a stable, secure, tangible asset that is a prudent diversification tool to any investment portfolio in these hard times.

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This is one of our most successful sites. In such a short span of time the first two phases of Kings Langley were quickly sold out, while we are currently in the process of selling the third and just launched the fourth phase.

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Buy UK land

What are you waiting for, come and join us 🙂

The time is now, the right choice is not to delay, the initiative begins with taking action and knowing that your valuable assets will be ones which will make you proud. Don’t wait to buy land, buy land and wait!

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2015 is shaping up as UK property market defining year for land investments

2015 is shaping up year for the land market, especially in the UK.

Herald Land is a specialist in UK land investments, and we see rural properties with economies-of-scale and value-adding opportunities as being particularity sought-after next year.

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UK land investments with Herald Land

Fast growing demand and very low supply of housing is not leveling up with rapid population grows, and prospects of substantially higher cattle prices with all have an influence on property trends next year.

For potential foreign investors in land sector, the recovering movement of UK housing market is adding considerable attraction to investment in the UK land.

Not a secret that the level of land supply on UK property market is very tiny, and to meet housing targets this is putting a lot of weight on local councils around the UK. Today we see more and more land being rezoned for developments in areas which had restrictions for ages. UK land in 2014 became more attractive asset to buyers than ever before, and grew in probably one of the smarter thing an investor could do. We have seen further interest from Chinese & Hong Kong investors this year, which are prepared to take a longer-term view on UK land investment. They also typically recognize benefits such as geographic position of our land sites close to London, tax and maintenance exempt investments, stable and strong country, and the generally positive outlook and attractive investment option. Interest in land investment is rising from Middle Eastern investors as well.

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Moving into 2015 we expect demand to focus on rural assets offering value-add opportunities through land ownership. Property prices have risen to record highs with increased demand. It is notable that the recent increase in property prices is leading to value resetting in land sale, and we see next year as a strong year for UK land market. To point to the rise in land value in the majority of UK regions in recent years – most of which had recorded double digit grows rates. UK land investment represent a low deflation risk, corrected market place with potential upside on both cash and capital returns.

Importantly, market confidence is a critical component and improved sentiment is steadily building at a investor-to investor level.

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We will be happy to guide you to though all benefits of UK land investment and our easy purchase process. You can register by following link below, and we will be in touch with you shortly http://www.heraldland.com/Eblast/2014/Social/

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Is Developing the Greenbelt the Answer to London’s Housing Crisis?

Is Developing the Greenbelt the Answer to London’s Housing Crisis?

CityGeographics: urban form, dynamics and sustainability


Following rapid growth and a chronic lack of new development, housing affordability has reached crisis levels in London. Median house prices are at £300k (8 times median household income) while average prices have passed half a million. London is now amongst the most expensive cities in the world, a situation with severe consequences for economic competitiveness and for inequality. Rents continue to increase faster than wages, ownership is being restricted to affluent populations and the social housing waiting list now stands at 345,000 households, nearly double the figure from 15 years ago.

Recent development figures have been very low. London needs at least 50,000 new homes per year to meet demand, yet only 21,000 were built last financial year, and this figure has been below 20,000 for all of the last five years. Nationally around 200,000 houses a year are needed, and we are building around 100,000. These figures amount to a comprehensive failure of national and…

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Rural pastures have become the asset of choice for investors looking to add to their portfolio, with a new report revealing that farmland prices are rising at a rate second only to gold.

The latest Knight Frank farmland index for 2014 found the average value of agricultural land has increased by 15% over the last year and a staggering 187% over the last decade.

The news comes as the latest farm incomes survey reveals one in five livestock farms are trading at a loss and market volatility in other sectors means many farmers have had to diversify to take jobs off the farm to survive.

Although the trend for investing in rural property is nothing new, the recent surge in prices has been received with mixed feeling by members of the farming community.

Industry leaders described it as “good news” for established farmers, but admitted it could create problems young people trying to break into the industry.

The report, which looked at market results for the third quarter of 2014, found farmland prices in the UK had risen by 12% this year alone,  giving land owning farmers a big asset against which to borrow.

Knight Frank head of rural research, Andrew Shirley, said the increase was likely being driven by a number of factors, including scarcity of high grade plots and growing interest from non-agricultural investors.

“What investors tend to be looking for is a large expanse of land that is easy to manage. This means flat, arable land which does not come with other residential properties,” he explained.

“Much of these large blocks are coming up in the South East of England, but there are also big prices being paid for land in the South West region, particularly in Somerset and Gloucestershire.”

One result of the recent boom is a subsequent rise in the number of deals taking place off the market, with private deals estimated to outnumber public ones by as much as two to one. “Off-market deals have always happened but they are becoming more significant,” said Mr Shirley.

“If land is available publicly this can result in a bidding war so investors often approach sellers to see if they can reach a deal before it goes on the market.” He said investors were also starting to take “a more hands on approach” to the land they purchase in an effort to get good returns.

“Buyers used to be interested in simply renting land to tenants – now they’re thinking about how they can make money more directly through business and renewable energy options.”

National Farmers’ Union tenant spokesman, Chris Cardell, said that commercial interest and investment in land in the Westcountry was already having an impact on those in the farming industry.

“There is a lot of outside corporate money coming in to the region as companies buy land to establish themselves down here, as well as other plots being sold off for house building and renewable energy sites. This is all coming together to drive up prices and rents,” he said. “This is good news for farmers coming up to retirement and ready to sell off as it will guarantee them a pension pot. But it is making it more difficult for young people breaking into farming.”

2008 crash made land a safe haven

Devon-based land agent, Hugh Townsend, believes many land purchasers are making a savvy investment after catching a cold in the 2008 financial crash.

“After the 2008 financial crisis, land became the safe haven for investment,” the farms expert and WMN farming columnist explained.

“Before then there was a market, but the demand was for large properties where the land was seen as an add on. Now you are seeing properties and land being split up, with greater value being achieved on parcels of land.”

He said the continued popularity of investing in farmland could in part be put down to a desire to avoid inheritance tax. Agricultural Property Relief allows land owners to pass on working farmland during their lifetime or as part of their will free of tax, if certain conditions are met.


The housing market has reawakened in many parts of the UK as consumer confidence has improved and long frustrated house purchasers have sought to trade-up or buy their first home. This revival has heightened the debate over the consequences that long term under-supply of new homes is having on the cost and access to housing and the threat to sustained economic growth.

I want to share with you an article by ”The Telegraph” published 11-Aug-2014, where they are talking about current pressure on green belt, and strong demand for development sites in the UK.

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Invest in UK land today!

New housing volumes have been increasing. The government’s National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) appears to helping developers to bring more sites forward for development. However, the rising volumes are also amplifying the debate over the location of new developments. Demand for development sites is strong and set to grow even further as the UK economic recovery gathers momentum. As demand grows, potential pressure on Green Belt locations is likely to intensify.

Glenigan analysis of recent planning applications for English Green Belt sites in the report Greenbelt under development, prepared exclusively for The Daily Telegraph, reveals some striking trends. While on the face of it, overall Green Belt planning applications and approvals have been relatively stable over the last five years, the number of residential projects securing approval is on the rise.

In reality Green Belt land has never been a ‘no development zone’. Overall, some 4,700 projects secured full planning consent during 2013/14; a 16 per cent increase on 2009/10, but 7 per cent down on the 5,050 approvals granted in 2011/12. The vast majority of approved planning applications are for non-residential schemes, with 72 per cent of planning approvals in 2013/14 for non-residential developments. Farm buildings accounted for a quarter of all planning consents.

However, a growing proportion of projects are for new residential developments – especially for schemes of three or more units. Last year saw the approval of 5,600 new homes on the Green Belt, compared to just 2,260 in 2009/10, a 148 per cent increase over the five-year period.

Of these, 834 projects in 2013/14 were for one or two unit schemes, typically in-fill and ‘self-build’ projects. This compares to 657 in 2009/10. Developments of three or more homes account for a growing majority of residential units built on Green Belt sites.

In 2009/10, 87 projects secured approval for 1,600 homes. Approvals have risen progressively over the period with 227 projects approved in 2013/14 – a 161 per cent rise over the five-year period.

Furthermore, the average size of the successful projects has risen. A total of 4,773 homes were approved in 2013/14, a 198% rise on five years ago, with the average number of units per development rising from 18 to 21 units

The success rate for new build residential planning applications for three or more units on greenbelt sites over the last five years is 62 per cent, slightly lower than the English average of 69 per cent for residential applications. This approval rate appears to be in part attributable to a lower proportion of applications being withdrawn (7 per cent) than the national average (12 per cent). In contrast, the refusal rate is higher, at 31 per cent, compared to the English average of 19 per cent.

Strikingly, the approval rate appears to be higher for the larger developments. As a result, on a unit basis, three-quarters of residential units were approved during the five years to 2013/14, with only 18 per cent refused. The lower withdrawal rate for Green Belt schemes is likely to reflect the complexity and cost of successfully bringing forward a Green Belt site into development, with developers only advancing projects that they believe have a good chance of success.

Glenigan analysis shows that Green Belt sites still account for a very small proportion of all residential planning approvals. In 2013/14, 1.6 per cent of planning approvals for schemes of three or more homes were on the greenbelt land. However, the number of new homes involved is growing. As the economy recovers and demand for new homes increases, so will the potential pressure for the release of more the Green Belt sites.

Factors listed below are definitely are playing positive impact when considering land as an investment, and making LAND – Your ideal investment choice.

  • UK housing market recovery
  • Increasing housing volumes
  • Demand for development sites
  • Growing proportion
  • The success rate for new build residential planning applications on greenbelt sites

Herald Land  offer land for sale in a most desirable locations around the UK. Sites situated near settlement served by excellent road and rail links within Central London.

The path to becoming a land owner in the UK is simple and straightforward. Our Customer Service team ensures that the process for transferring the title deed to your name is handled professionally.

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How to get rich: Property tycoon Donald Trump. Classic advice (hear it from the man himself)

If you want to get rich, very rich, you need to hire good people and you need to lead by example. This is advice you may have heard before, however Donald Trump – US property tycoon who has been through business ups and downs – gets into the details of how to actually do this. Trump shares some of the details on how to get other people to work for you to maximum effect. This is classic wealth-building inspiration from a giant of the real estate industry.

Property tycoon Donald Trump

How to get rich

1. If you don’t tell people about your success, they probably won’t know about it.

He says: “Deals are my art form. Other people paint beautifully on canvas…I make big deals, that’s how I get my kicks.” Don’t work purely for the money, is his message.

2. Look for good managers and creative people. Creative people aren’t driven by money.

3. Stay focused. In this recording, the real estate player speaks of how he believed, as did others, that everything he touched would turn to gold. But, his lack of attention was killing his business. When the real estate market crashed, he owed vast sums. At one point, he realised a beggar was worth more than he was.

4. Work hard. After being king of the 1980s, he survived in the 1990s. “I’ve learnt my lesson. I work as hard as I did when I was a young developer,” he says.

5. Maintain your momentum. Don’t become complacent. You need to know all the details about your business, he says.

6. Surround yourself with people you can trust. And don’t fall for people who always tell a good story but never deliver the goods.

7. Ask God for a great assistant. “A great one can make your life a whole lot easier,” says Trump, noting his own personal assistant is “tough, smart and indefatigable”.   It helps if they are beautiful, but don’t underestimate skills. “I have been accused of admiring beautiful woman. I plead guilty,” he says.

In the workplace you need brains and beauty. Trump says he made a mistake hiring an Ingrid Bergman-type beauty who could barely speak English and lacked the general knowledge to understand who the important people were on the end of the telephone line. She relegated famous people to her list of psychos, refusing to put a range of movie stars and successful business players through to Trump’s office.

8. If you are the boss, remember the “buck starts here”. “Set the standard. Don’t expect your employees to work harder than you do,” he says. If employees can see and feel your energy it is bound to affect them, points out Trump.

9. Take a firm stand on whether you like or don’t like a development possibility. Don’t equivocate as it is an indication you are unsure of what you are doing. Trump cites the example of a manager he asked to make a call on a development his company was considering.

“Judging from what he was telling me, there were just as many reasons to drop the project as to go ahead. He was on both sides of fence at once and didn’t want to take a stand.” When pressed, the manager said he thought the project under consideration “stinks”.

10. Hiring new people is a gamble. Look for people with a sense of responsibility that goes beyond merely sufficient. Some will do the bare minimum. Others see themselves as having a direct relationship to the success or failure of an organisation, says Trump.

“People who take pride in their work are the kind you want to have around.”