Shortlisted and received commendation for “New Centre Award” at the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC) Gold Awards consecutively for Carters Square, Uttoxeter (2014) and Princes Gate, Catterick Garrison (2015)
“I was first introduced to Lingfield at a time when we were seeking redevelopment of Carters Square Uttoxeter, a former cattle market in the heart of the town centre.
During these challenging times, the Council and Lingfield needed to work together in a flexible and entrepreneurial manner, to ensure that a fit-for-purpose regeneration scheme could be delivered.
Given the prolonged weakness of the economic climate, securing premium end-users proved difficult. This in turn affected both the design of the scheme, and at times, its commercial viability. Some tough decisions had to be made. However, Lingfield, working closely with East Staffordshire Borough Council, persevered.
In May 2014, we finally saw the reward for that hard work, when an Asda anchored retail scheme was opened for the residents and visitors of Uttoxeter. Carters Square is now proving to be the most vibrant part of the town.
It had been a tough five years, when a lack of resilience could have scuppered the outcome we all wanted. It is to Jonathan and his team’s credit that they persevered through these challenging times, while keeping their humour. The finished scheme looks pretty good too.
We would be delighted to work with Jonathan and his team again.
Andy O’Brien, Chief Executive, East Staffordshire Borough Council (June 2014)
“The Council worked with Lingfield on design options and appropriate uses for the site that ran in parallel to the emerging alterations being made to the adopted local plan. The culmination of this process was an acceptable outline planning application submitted for residential development.
My experience of Lingfield is that they are a friendly and engaging firm who are prepared to commit resource to projects, are prepared to work with the local authority ensuring that the council’s objectives are understood and delivered”
Nigel Jacobs, Planning Policy & Implementation Manager, Poole Borough Council (October 2008)
“The above company has been known to us for some considerable time and in particular, relating to their development at Lichfield South.
The site had considerable development problems, as it was previously a developed site with contaminated land but technically in the green belt. It required extremely sensitive management and I believe that Lingfield were large enough to have the resource and small enough to offer senior management input which has made a major contribution to the success of this site which is a key land mark….at the entrance to Lichfield. I have also been impressed by their ability to attract blue chip occupiers who have added to the commercial profile of high paid positions which complement Lichfield’s growth strategy.”
David Smith, Leader of the Council, Lichfield District Council (October 2008)
“The Wall Island venture has been established now for a number of years and represents a high quality and successful business offer.
The planning permission just recently granted by the Authority would provide for an additional 12,500 square metres of Grade A office space together with a research and innovation centre. Potentially the development could provide some 1,350 jobs on site with indirect job creation being an additional 170 jobs in Lichfield District and 285 in the wider area catchment area.
Using current average salary levels applicable to the Lichfield area this scale of job creation would equate to approximately £60m+ of gross income being generated. This however is viewed as a rather conservative figure given the types of jobs that are likely to be provided for at this prestigious development. Assuming retention of 30% income and expenditure locally this would equate to some £19-20m going into the local economy per annum” Mike Wilcox,
Leader of the Council. Lichfield District Council (January 2015)
“Now that the Princes Gate scheme is completed and most of the units are occupied and trading I wanted to place on record my appreciation of the achievements of the joint venture partnership of Lingfield (Catterick) Ltd in delivering this pivotal element of the District Council’s development strategy for both Catterick Garrison and Richmondshire as a whole. As you know, it was a concept that had been in gestation over quite a long period before the joint venture became involved and it was testament to the commitment of the partnership that you had the confidence to, not only share in the vision which the Ministry of Defence and the council had for the new Town Centre, but also to bring it to fruition at a time when the economy was emerging from the recession.
We are already seeing the benefits of the scheme for the residents of Catterick Garrison and elsewhere in Richmondshire in providing the comparison shopping and leisure opportunities that had been lacking. The new hotel is also meeting the need for additional bed spaces in accommodating visitors to Catterick Garrison. The feedback and comments that I have heard from the community about the scheme has been entirely positive and people are clearly enjoying the new facilities which your scheme has brought.
We worked together for several years on this scheme and I believe it has been a shining example of partnership working between the various private and public sector interests in delivering a scheme that makes a real difference to this area. The unwavering commitment of the joint venture partnership has been one of the prime reasons for this and I would like to thank yourself and everyone else that has been involved with the scheme from the outset for helping the Council to deliver its vision.”
Peter Featherstone, Planning and Development Manager, Richmondshire District Council (January 2016)
“The council’s most notable experience with Lingfield on a major development project is a project at Wolverhampton Road by J10 of the M6 in Walsall. This consisted of a significant proposal for 2 hotels, large warehouse / B2 unit, drive-thru restaurant and 7,500 sq.m of offices. Lingfield were the applicants and we worked with them on this between 2000 and 2005 approx…..The application required a lot of negotiation which resulted in many meetings with the agents and Jonathan Hart, Director of Lingfield Developments in particular. The negotiations revolved mainly around transport issues, design and planning policy. We found Lingfield to be courteous, capable, co-operative and professional”
David Elseworthy, Head of Planning and Building Control, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council (February 2009)