Phil Roberts

Specialist firm offering land procurement services launches



Atlas Land & Planning, a firm providing services in land procurement and development opportunities, has launched.

The Birmingham-based company aims to enable landowners, investors, builders and developers to capitalise on the growing opportunities in the city and beyond.

It offers a personal approach to every stage of land disposal and development planning.

Atlas is part of the ARMCo group, which combines specialist lending, corporate support and insurance services, so can arrange for funding to be in place if needed by the developer — as well as tax advice or specialist risk insurance.

The business is headed up by managing director, Phil Roberts (pictured above), who is an expert in land procurement, having worked in the industry for almost a decade.

“The pandemic has brought many challenges to the development landscape, including furloughed staff causing delays in development or planning application progress, and a shortage of building materials causing a price hike and impacting profit margins — also exacerbated by Brexit,” said Phil.

“At the same time, as restrictions now ease, the development opportunities are soaring as land becomes available again.

“Land that was earmarked for office development is now likely to be repurposed for residential use, while property such as disused office space, as a result of the remote working scenario, will also be ripe for redevelopment.

“Additionally, with the plans around HS2, city living will become a much more attractive prospect.

“There is also, of course, a real housing shortage, and we work closely with providers of affordable housing.

“All of this is great news for developers, and we think there is a rapidly growing appetite and that the market is set to accelerate again.”

Atlas deals exclusively with each landowner, working with them to manage expectations around land worth — all off market to avoid de-valuing the land.

ARMCo founder, Russell Martin, commented: “Atlas Land & Planning is a great addition to our group and significantly aids our clients who benefit from this central services approach.

“The opportunities in the property and development market are currently there to be capitalised on, and we are confident that our offering is the best solution to the specific needs of this sector — regionally and nationally.”

In March, ARMCo launched new specialist lender, Chordis Capital, led by Rob Lankey and Russell.



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