About us - Land acquisition


Land Acquisition

Living up to
our reputation

Our ethos of doing what’s right to the highest possible standard applies to every area of our work, including land acquisition. Our approach to buying land has earned us a reputation for fairness, efficiency and for securing the best outcome for everyone.


Our skilled and experienced land team will work closely with you throughout the process.


Because we’re independent, we move quickly – so you’ll have our decision without delay.


Our reputation for excellence precedes us and helps maximise your land value.


We understand land has an emotional resonance, so we create a legacy you can be proud of.


Every piece of land is unique, so we tailor our method to you and the land you’re selling. We believe the best approach is a personal one, so you’ll meet a member of our land team face-to-face as soon as possible.

We understand the importance of flexibility, too. Sometimes we buy land with planning permission, sometimes without. Sometimes we develop in partnership with the landowner, sometimes we look at different ways of funding the sale.

We also believe in embracing and overcoming challenge to transform a site into a Hopkins Homes development. If we see your plot of land has potential, we’ll move heaven and earth to realise it.

What we're
looking for

From concept to completion, our in-house team of experts advise, masterplan, design and deliver developments that offer people beautiful homes, and you the best possible value. If you own land in East Anglia that you feel would suit development according with the following criteria, do please get in touch:

  • Greenfield or brownfield sites across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and adjoining counties.
  • Sites that can deliver residential or mixed-use opportunities with short-, medium- or long-term potential.
  • Strategic land that can be promoted through the planning system
    • Unconditional purchase
    • Subject to planning
    • Option agreement
    • Joint venture
    • Build licence


Joint Venture at Alconbury Weald

Hopkins Homes was selected as the initial Joint Venture Partner to deliver the first phase of 128 homes at Alconbury Weald by Urban & Civic. The development was the first phase of a 5,000 unit scheme on the former airfield adjacent to the A1 which covers in region of 1,420 acres.

The Development was a stand-alone site and therefore required a partner to deliver the first phase and make sure a high-end scheme with premium design credentials could deliver sales and most importantly add value for future phases.

Through the first phase, significant increases in value were seen and this resulted in Urban & Civic being able to attract further developers on site; and Hopkins Homes remains a key part of the development, now delivering a further 189 units on the next phase.

Bury St Edmunds, Abbots Vale - Strategic Promotion

Hopkins Homes, along with Strategic Partner, Pigeon Bury East Ltd, managed to assemble numerous land-ownerships to secure 155 acres of land between 2006 and 2011 under a number of legal agreements, to enable the promotion of a large residential development to the East of Bury St Edmunds.

Hopkins Homes was instrumental in putting a strong and professional team together to create a vision for the growth area and the design, technical and planning work enabled the site to be promoted through the Local Plan.

In December 2015 an Outline Planning Application for 1,250 units was submitted to the Planning Authority and in March 2020 an Outline Planning Permission was secured.

Melbourn, Kingley Grove - Unconditional Purchase

In October 2016 Bidwells LLP, on behalf of Peterhouse College Cambridge, offered the site at Melbourn to the market with the benefit of an outline planning consent in place for 199 residential units.

Due to the site being located in the competitive area of South Cambridgeshire, Bidwells achieved a great deal of interest on behalf of their clients and we understand in the region of 12 developers submitted a formal proposal for the site. Hopkins Homes was shortlisted as part of this process and started engaging with the landowners and their agents.

Peterhouse College was looking to maximise value through the disposal of their asset but also make sure that the site they had owned for over 500 years was developed in a way which would leave a legacy they could be proud of. Hopkins Homes managed to deliver on both these elements and in August 2017 completed the purchase of the land.

Needham Market Quarry, St George's Park - Subject to Planning

Needham Chalk Quarry was a site which had been offered to the market for many years before Hopkins Homes became involved. Many developers in the market had considered it but not managed to unlock the potential for development. The site was one of the most technically challenging sites we had ever looked at. A team was put together which enabled a technical strategy to be agreed, a detailed design to be produced and then a value attributed to the site. Bidwells LLP were advising the Needham Chalk Group and with the quarry looking to cease operation, it enabled us to sign a contract with them on a Subject to Planning basis to promote the site, which was secured in May 2013.

Hopkins Homes worked very closely with the Town and District Council to show how the site could be delivered and this enabled the Council to approve a Detailed Planning Application for 266 homes in December 2015.

Stalham, Broadbeach Gardens - Option Agreement

North Norfolk District Council had identified Stalham as being an area for growth, but at the time Hopkins Homes became involved, the town had not yet identified the location of growth. Hopkins Homes, through working with Savills, found a development partner and entered into discussions on how the site could be promoted through the local plan process.

Due to uncertainty on timing of delivery and what quantum of development would be suitable on the site, we entered into an Option agreement with the landowners with obligations on us to promote the site.

In December 2012 Hopkins Homes managed to secure a detailed planning consent for 150 units and then entered into price negotiations with the landowners and their agents. The site was acquired in May 2013 with build commencing that autumn.

Speak to our experienced land team for confidential expert advice and guidance

Matt Ward

Land Director

01394 446 910
07917 171 997

Neil Griffiths

Senior Land Manager

01394 446 866
07788 724 984

James Rackham

Senior Land Estimator

01394 446 913
07475 039 420