Dec. 7, 2020

#006 Extensions, converting Residential-to-HMO & the mortgage market update

#006 Extensions, converting Residential-to-HMO & the mortgage market update

On this episode, Ian discusses the consultation paper the government released last week about their plans for the GDPO for July 2021. The main changes will concern properties in use class-e being converted into residential premises. For further details, please check this link for the consultation paper: and this one to make your comments on the consultation (before Jan 28, 2021):

Ian has always promised to share all the details of his property journey "warts 'n' all". There's been some issues for his company's North & South Devon developments this week, that you'll hear about on the show.

Also, this week you'll hear the Property on Fire Monthly Financial and mortgage update for December with Darren Dow from Acumen Finance. You can contact Darren here : 07538 950773 -

As always, Ian's had many questions land on his desk during the week. This week on Property on Fire, he answers one about extending onto an old out-building on a residential premises and clears up a question about a Resi-to-HMO conversion (after an article 4 has come in to effect)

Pease send your questions on any property related subject to - he and his highly experienced guests will answer these questions for you on an upcoming episode.


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You will learn about planning from a developer’s eye, you will benefit and learn together from the mistakes that Ian makes. He is very grateful for the opportunities that he has had and would love to share these with you.



Ian Walmsley  is a third-generation experienced developer who loves Planning. Referred to as a ‘Walking Encyclopaedia’ by a mentor he developed a passion for planning in 2015 having got fed up with inaccurate information on some websites as to what was possible with property or land that he was looking to develop.

In 2017 he set up the site ‘Planning Geek‘ as a way to inform others as to the possibilities of using permitted development rights on both domestic and commercial property. This has now grown to cover many other aspects of planning, giving plenty of ‘wow’ moments. To the best of our knowledge, It is now the largest planning website in the UK, apart from the national planning portal.

He now speaks around the UK at both property meets and with mentorship groups as a developer/planning geek.

As a developer with his company, Leading Homes, he has 40 dwellings under construction with a further 50 plus in legals or pre-construction.

The one thing he is not is a Planning Consultant – he is a Planning Geek – although a chartered town planner said ‘Ian knows more about planning than most planners!’. He is simply ‘A developer who loves planning’. As a result he has nothing to sell from his talks, which is always a refreshing change!



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