Our expert development finance advisers will help you find the best deal on your development finance.

We specialise in providing property development finance solutions.

Our panel of development finance lenders provide high quality and prompt decisions. Indicative development finance terms will normally be provided within 24 hours. An agreement in principle can normally be expected within 48 hours, once the initial application form has been processed.

We work closely with our funding partners, solicitors, valuers, lenders and other intermediaries to ensure a prompt and efficient turnaround.

Our development finance team are all ex-bankers and property investors with a deep knowledge of the development finance marketplace.
We work with our clients to build the right development finance solution for your circumstances, considering a variety of different factors.
Discuss your idea for a development project with us and we will work with you to build bespoke funding solutions.
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Frequently asked questions

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How much can I borrow with a development finance loan?

Development finance loans tend to start from around £150k, up to £200m.

How does a development finance loan work?

A development finance loan will normally be made up of two distinct parts, the first of these is the purchase loan to buy the site, this is follow up by the development facility which will finance the build costs.

When do I need to pay the development finance facility back?

Most development finance facilities will roll up the interest, meaning that it is repayable at the end of the term. A development finance facility is normally either paid back by sale of the units which have been built, or alternatively through implementing a refinance facility normally with a term loan. The final option is a development exit loan which enables a developer to have more time to sell their units once the development finance facility has/or is due to expire.

How long will it take to obtain funds for my development finance facility?

Development finance facilities are normally secured within 4-6 weeks of the initial enquiry.

How long can I have a development finance loan for?

Development finance loans typically start from a minimum of 12 months, with maximum terms of around 3-5 years depending on the type of facility that is required.

What rates can I expect to pay for development finance loans?

Development finance facilities generally cost around 6-10% per annum, although they may be more expensive if the developer is seeking a higher loan to value (LTV) or higher loan to cost (LTC), or finally a higher loan to gross development value (LTGDV), plus acceptance fees, plus solicitors fees, plus valuation fees.

What types of projects can I get development finance for?

We regularly facilitate development finance facilities for the following types of developments:

  • Office to residential development finance.
  • New build development finance.
  • Student accommodation development finance.
  • PRS development finance.
  • Large HMO development finance.

What costs are involved when taking out development finance?

Development Finance Costs will vary depending on the loan to gross development value (LTGDV) that you require, typically the higher the loan amount against the gross development value the higher the cost of funding. Rates typically start at around 6% per annum.

Additional costs that investors and developers need to consider include:

  • Acceptance fees.
  • Broker fees.
  • Monitoring surveyor fees.
  • Exit fees.
  • Valuation fees.
  • Legal fees.

How long can I take out a development finance loan for?

A development finance loan is normally a relatively short term loan, with normal terms ranging from 12-36 months depending on the size of the construction product. A development finance facility is a type of mortgage, although has some different characteristics.

What criteria do lenders evaluate for development loans?

The lender will underwrite the development facility and they will be evaluating the following elements:

  • Purchase price.
  • Gross Development Value – the total value of the site once works have been completed.
  • Build costs – the cost of the developer building the proposed development.

What does a loan to gross development value mean?

The lender will provide terms based upon a loan to gross development value (LTGDV), this is the maximum amount that they will lend against the future value of the site, most lenders will typically go up to 65%-70% LTGDV, i.e. they will lend a maximum amount of 65% of the total future value.

What is LTC?

LTC – or loan to cost is the maximum amount that the lender will advance based upon the costs.

What is LTGDV?

LTGDV – or loan to gross development value is the maximum amount that the lender will advance based upon the gross development value of the development project.

Will my lender appoint a monitoring surveyor?

The lender will normally appoint a monitoring surveyor, this is paid for by the developer, the monitoring surveyor will visit the site at various points to make sure that the site is being built to acceptable standards and the construction methods being used are acceptable. The monitoring surveyor will ultimately sign-off on releasing funds to the developer once various stages are achieved.

What types of development finance loans are there?

There are a couple of different types of development finance loans, these include:

  • New build development finance.
  • Permitted development development finance.

Will the lender release capital during the development process?

During the development process the lender will normally agree to release capital at a number of different points in the development cycle, these are in brief:

  • Purchase loan used to acquire the site.
  • Drawdown of capital once groundworks are completed and the site is “out of the ground”.

Then the lender will normally agree a schedule of payments, which may be monthly based upon continued progress, there are a few other milestones which the lender will also consider:

  • Weathertight.
  • First fix.
  • Second fix.

Will there be a charge over the development site?

The development finance lender will normally take a “first charge” over the development site, this means that if the terms of the loan are breached that the lender will have the right to enforce their charge, meaning that they can ultimately take ownership of the property, much like a mortgage lender can if you do not keep up repayments.

Why use development finance loan?

A development finance loan can enable a developer to build out a development project reducing the amount of capital which they will need to contribute to the scheme. Most development finance lenders will provide indicative terms relatively quickly, with 24-48 hours.

What are the typical development finance loan rates?

Development finance rates have reduced over the past few years, depending on the size of the development facility required it is possible to secure development finance facilities from around 6% per annum.

How do I exit development finance?

At the beginning of the development finance project the lender will want to understand what the developers exit strategy is. The lender will review the application thoroughly, and have valuations carried out in advance of them lending the funds to the developer. The developer has two real options:

  • Sell the units.
  • Refinance the units and retain them.


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