Dec. 21, 2020

#008 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: Bedsits, Development finance & Slopes! PLUS: Ian's Rant & Ian's A-Z of Property

#008 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: Bedsits, Development finance & Slopes! PLUS: Ian's Rant & Ian's A-Z of Property

Welcome to the Christmas edition of Property on Fire. On this episode, Ian discusses important dates for next year. If you want to sign the SDLT petition he talks about, you'll find it here:

Ian's Rant is back, and this time Ian has his crosshairs firmly set on EPCs and storage heaters.

Ian's A-Z of Property is still on A, and you'll learn all about about "Article 2 land"

As always, Ian's had many questions land on his desk during the week. This week on Property on Fire, he answers one about the options for a 4-storey building in Suffolk which has planning to convert to 7 bedsits. There's another about measuring the size of a slope, and because it's Christmas you'll hear a third about Development Finance which is kindly answered by Darren Dow from Acumen Finance.

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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A regular podcast from your host Ian Walmsley. Join him every week for a dynamic podcast with Ian and his guests on how to seize the opportunities out there before others do! 

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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