On Monday, 27th November, Rana and myself attended a meeting at the offices of Chiltern District Council and Buckinghamshire County Council.
This meeting was with the Planning Officers from the Council, and our Planning Consultants were also attending.
In this 3 hour meeting we discussed the many considerations in taking a Planning Application further.
This included the impact of 300-350 additional homes on the local area.
The impact on Schooling, health and Doctors, Traffic flow and the environment.
It was clear the Council Planning Officers are extremely supportive of our intentions are now working very closely with us to ensure a positive outcome.
The next meeting has been arranged for late January for all local stakeholders to discuss timelines to include the following:
Removal of our site from the Greenbelt.
Formal date of our planning application.
A highways report on new traffic improvements.
Estimated Building and Completion times.
This is indeed good news and a major milestone in the history of Herald Land.
There is of course a lot of hard work yet to take place but the rewards are enormous.
We are already speaking with major UK House Builders and Developers on what will happen next.
In fact 2 House Builders have offered to take an option on the site, but at this point we do not wish to entertain the proposals.
We will continue to provide regular updates.
It’s been 4 months since my last Managing Director’s message and so much had happened.
The most monumental thing that happened revolves around our Holmer Green, Buckingshire site.
Only last week at a Joint Committee Meeting at Wycombe and Chiltern and South Bucks Council it was decided to remove our site from the Greenbelt.
The area in which our site sits is now going to be part of a development proposal.
With this in mind (and future sites) we are strengthening the department that deals with our planning applications.
It is a compliment to our strategy and professionalism that we are the only Company with a clear strategy for our investors.
Not only are we looking at our own sites for planning but we are now being asked by other Land Sales Companies to act on their behalf.
We truly are the best at what we do.
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to take 3 of Herald Land’s finest Investment Consultant on a trip to the UK.
This enabled them to not only visit the sites we are selling or have sold but to experience the diverse culture of London.
The trip following quickly after a visit by Cyrus,our Marketing Manager and myself, shows the commitment Herald Land has to the Product Education of its employees.
Far too many of our Competitors have people selling and advising who has no knowledge of the UK. In our opinion that’s wrong.
At the Dubai Property Show in Mumbai I was privileged to be awarded the Real Estate Tycoon Award for 2017.
This award was made by Dubai Government and The Dubai Land Department in recognition to services to Dubai Real Estate.
This for me is a Team Award for everyone at Herald Land and the effort every member of staff has made in making Herald Land a success.
Well done to us all and it’s our second award of 2017.
For the remainder of 2017 and Q1 of 2018 our focus and strategies are very clear:
Since my last message in March of this year a lot has been going on at Herald Land.
Our new office in Barsha Heights, Dubai is well and truly open and doing extremely well.
This new office in Dubai houses our UK Property Team whilst Emaar Square is our Head Office with our Land team also based in it’s HQ.
Our commitment to being specialists in what we do continues.
This is why our UK Property Team now stands alone from our land team. We believe you should be a specialist in what you offer to a client.
This thought process also extends to us as a Company. As a Company all of our staff are trained and are specialists in the UK.
We do not market and sell various other countries, we are specialists in 1. We only sell UK Investments.
We rightly claim to be the leading supplier of UK Investment Land in the GCC.
Why do we make such a “brash” and “arrogant statements”? Purely and simply the facts speak for themselves.
We care about our clients and their investment.
To date we have submitted 3 planning applications on behalf of our clients.
In Holmer Green, we have a first class development site under consideration by the local council to be removed from the greenbelt.
In the last 6-9 months, I personally have attended numerous meetings with developers and planners discussing how this site will progress.
All we can say at this moment in time is “WATCH THIS SPACE”
We will shortly have a GAME CHANGING announcement soon.
To this end we will be increasing our team even more.
As our commitment to being NUMBER 1 we have hired our own in house Lawyer.
They will start working for us in September with a sale objective of pushing all our sites to having a planning application submitted.
As a company, we also choose and select our land very carefully.
There are many reasons why we choose the lands we sell and decline others.
Our main criteria is ensuring the land we choose is offered with good potential for planning and at a fair and honest prices.
Only recently I personally spoke to 2 clients who had bad experiences with our so called competitors. One was in the past. One only a few weeks ago.
The first client had purchased many many plots in 2010 from a Company operating out of Bahrain.
He had invested a substantial amount of money.
The land was situated in a good location with a medium to long chance of development potential.
However, the company he bought from has closed down and therefore he has no one to take his plots forward for development.
Our recommendation: only purchase UK Land from any company who can prove they have a plan for your plots in the future. Beware of companies making false claims.
The second client has contacted a company offering plots in Sevenoaks in Kent.
He had asked us for an appraisal on the land and its value.
They are asking 86 GBP per square metre.
The lands are remote, over priced and with an extremely low chance of any further development.
50 GBP per square metre would be a respectable price.
Our recommendation: always undertake some research on the lands you are offered and especially check the location and price.
As you can see, our claims to be NUMBER 1 are backed up by facts.
I hope to have further good news and updates in August.
However, if you have any questions feel free to ask me and my team anytime.
We are already into 2017 with a flourish.
There is so much going on it doesn’t seem to tell you it all in one simple message.
At Herald Land we realise the importance of offering good honest responsible investments.
That is why unlike any of our competitors we place a high importance on what we do after a sale of a land plot.
To date we have submitted planning applications on some of our sites and we are in the process of taking this a lot further.
It is our intention to have planning applications submitted for all our sites by the end of 2017.
This involves an enormous amount of work to cover this we will be strengthening and growing our team.
In the last few months I have had many meetings in London regarding planning.
The main purpose of these meetings was to select UK Professionals that could help us achieve our ultimate aim, of planning on our sites.
I now feel we have been able to align ourselves with excellent UK Planning partners. A major announcement will be made in the next few weeks.
Herald Land is growing at an amazing rate.
From our early beginnings as a “Land” Company we have grown into one of the leading suppliers of UK Property Investment Opportunities.
Recently, we opened a Branch office in Doha, Qatar.
This opened following the enormous demand and appetite from Qatari investors for London Property.
We recently held an official Opening Event at the Four Seasons Hotel, Doha which was attended by some VIP and VVIP guests.
This included the Ambassador for the UAE Embassy and The Chairman of the Qatar Chamber of Commerce.
This week we have opened our first branch office in Dubai.
Emaar Square will remain our Head Office in Dubai and will house our Land Teams and all administrative departments.
Our new office in Barsha Heights (Tecom) has been opened to accommodate our specialist UK Property Team.
There will be some further updates soon as we make major announcements regarding new developments.
Earlier today I made some comments regarding the outcome of the EU referendum in the UK.
What does this mean for Investors?
As the Market Leaders in UK Property related Investments we only sell and market the UK. What we don’t do is sell in a host of countries without having a kind of expertise in one.
We are UK Property experts and as such have a finger on the pulse.
The re-adjustment of the financial markets (equities and currency) was to be expected. This just didn’t affect the UK.
Britain simply doesn’t have enough homes and it needs to build urgently.
There now stands a truly unique business opportunity.
Our investments are geared for medium to long term investors, not short term raiders.
I myself traded AED for Sterling on Friday as I saw the rate fluctuate before selling.
As a GCC investor “NOW” is the time to invest in one of the world’s biggest economies.
London has and always will be a safe haven for investors. It was one of the first cities in the world to recover from the global financial crisis of 2008.
We would urge true visionary investors to take advantage of the currency rates as they are now and not when they recover to their original state.
On Thursday 23rd of June the people of the UK voted by 52% to 48% to leave the European Union.
This historical National referendum showed true democracy in action.
As someone born and bred in London I pride myself on having core British values in both my business and personal life.
The result of the referendum had immediate effects around the world.
Stock exchanges reported losses:
CAC 40 (France) – 8.04 %
NIKKEI 225 (Japan) – 7.92 %
DAX (Germany) – 6.82 %
DOW JONES (USA) – 3.39 %
FTSE (UK) – 3.15 %
HENG SENG ( Hong Kong) – 2.92 %
The UK FTSE was by no means the biggest loser.
Will this “spark” a new Global Financial Crisis, of course not.
This was a fully expected reaction to an unexpected result.
Traders throughout the world jumped on an opportunity to make high volume trades. Where there are losses there are also gains.
Sterling weakened against the US $ which had ad immediate effect against AED.
On Friday I sat all day glued to UK News Channels and the Financial Markets.
The FTSE at on point lost 8%, it recovered to 3.15 %, the same point it was at the start of the week.
The GBP fluctuated between 5.10 and 4.87 against the AED.
We are in a period of change but this will be a short term change.
The UK is still open for business.
In my previous messages I have said how this year is going to be a “huge year” for Herald Land.
Our application for Iver is now fully progressing very well.
Our outline application for the construction of 138 dwellings, 1 retail unit (Class A1) and 1 Café Unit (Class A3) has received initial good signs from the local council.
In fact, since our application we have received an approach from a Development Company expressing an interest in the future.
Applications for 4 other sites are now underway.
We have also seen some companies trying to replicate what we do.
We welcome competition, as long as it’s fair and honest.
If you are considering any kind of UK Property Investment here are our tips for ensuring a safe investment.
At Herald Land we only sell products in the UK, we only sell products we have physically seen, and we have never made false claims.
Also this month we signed an exclusive agreement with Property Partner in UK. The trading name of London House Exchange Ltd.
This is truly an amazing and secure UK Property related investment.
In effect it offers an opportunity to buy shares in a variety of Properties in the UK.
It has an easy exit strategy and offers a totally secure investment with proven results.
It is also a Financial Conducts Authority (FCA) approved scheme. The first such product to be offered in the GCC region.
Yet another reason why Herald land is Number 1 when considering a UK investment.
When I last posted a message back in October I spoke of us proceeding with our quest to gain Planning Permission on our sites.I am pleased to say that our first application on our Iver site has been submitted to South Bucks Council.
This is a major milestone for Herald Land as we continue to re-inforce our claims to be NUMBER 1 in this industry.
In our opinion too many other companies make misleading or false promises on how they will deal with their clients post sale. At Herald Land we do what we promise.
It is now our intention to press ahead with Planning Applications on all of our sites. Regular updates are being sent to individual plot owners.
Exciting times indeed.
The growth of Herald Land has been nothing sort of remarkable and we continue to grow.
The decision to concentrate purely on UK investments means all of our staff are professionally trained to the highest degree.
We never wanted to be a Company offering Investment products all over the globe.
Due to this we have now formed Specialist Divisions throughout Herald Land.
This ensures our staff know their individual Product and have direct contact with Owners, Agents, and our Business Development Team in the UK.
In 2016 we plan to launch 4 new exciting land sites all situated in and around M25. Proving yet again that London and the South East is the place to invest.
We plan to launch exclusive Student, Buy to let, Car Parking, Land and Property Projects in Quarter 1 2016.
As we say all the time the Biggest just got BIGGER.
For quite a while now we have boasted that we are the largest provider of UK Property related investments in the GCC region.
Our claim is based upon a number of factors not least of which we are in our 7th year of trading and we continue to go from strength to strength.
To better serve our clients this month saw us move to a larger office whilst remaining in the same location in Emaar Square, Downtown Dubai.
Emaar Square has long been considered one of the major business hubs of Dubai with Standard Chartered, Barclays, and HSBC having a major presence there.
It made perfect sense for us to stay in this location.
The move enabled us to build on our success and restructure our operations both corporately and physically.
Our new offices now feature 2 state of the art meeting rooms enabling us to present our projects to our clients in a highly professional manner.
The new board room is incredibly spacious which means it will be perfect for both Company Board Meetings and External and Internal Training.
We pride ourselves on our level and commitment to training both our own staff and Agents who sell on our behalf.
That level of pride is further strengthened by the fact we have our own in-house Full Time Trainer.
Corporately the re-structure has been immense.
The Board of Management of Herald Land has now been strengthened and we will post announcements regarding this on our website soon.
During 2015 we have achieved many milestones which has seen us achieve record sales in all departments and record growth.
Our aim of obtaining planning on our sites is now forging ahead and we are expecting to be able to make regular monthly announcements of the progress.
Our aim in the last Quarter of 2015 is to build on our Business and make 2016 huge.
Now that the summer is nearly over we find ourselves at Herald Land busier than ever.
We are currently undergoing a major company re-structure brought about mainly by our success during 2015.
Due to the fact we only concentrate on UK based investment opportunities we are becoming a victim of our own success.
Many UK Developers are approaching us to market and sell their projects.
We have therefore decided to build internal teams that will specialise on specific products only. This will mean that they will have a level of product knowledge by product unrivaled in the market place.
Also due to this company re-structure we have decided to close the office in Warrington.
Further announcements in this regard will be made in the next few weeks.
All of our restructuring is designed to improve our service to our clients and assist us in bringing new and exciting projects to the market place.
In the next few weeks we will be making some amazing announcements that cover both our internal and external restructure.
We will also update you on the progress of our planning applications and the launch of new site.