Monthly Archives: November 2015

The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) have opened a ‘call for projects’ as part of a second round of funding under the Marches Investment Fund.

Marches LEP are inviting projects from private developers, housing companies and companies that have expansion plans to take advantage of £4m of funding that will help bring forward development projects across the Marches to create much needed homes and jobs.

The fund, the first round of which was launched July 2015, followed an award from Governments Growing Places Fund and can provide funding in the form of a loan, equity or joint venture, supporting stalled projects. Additionally loan assistance for projects needing to complete their final stage feasibility studies can also be awarded.

Rachel Lister of Thomas Lister, who administer the fund on behalf of the Marches LEP commented;

“This second round of funding will be aimed at further compounding the positive level of interest and applications received following the first round of funding. Thomas Lister are currently undertaking detailed due diligence of projects with a total funding request of £3.5 million. Announcements will soon be made in respect of those successfully awarded funding. The fund is intended to provide a means of overcoming issues of access to institutional finance and is intended to kick start stalled developments and to assist in undertaking final stage feasibility work which will enable development to proceed”.

For further information on the fund please visit the Marches LEP website where you will find detailed fund guidance as well as preliminary project assessment application forms.

Alternatively you may contact Caroline Cattle the Marches Investment Fund Manager on 01743 462026 or Rachel Lister on 01527 871640 who will be happy to discuss the fund.

Thomas Lister are delighted with the reappointment as consultants to the Derby Regeneration Fund, incorporating the City Living Initiative.

Our team have been providing consultancy services for the implementation of the highly successful Fund since October 2010, with several major projects delivered and operational, resulting in significant investment and job creation to the City.

The consultancy appointment was subject to a retendering exercise with Thomas Lister now formally appointed for a further term.

Rachel Lister commented;

“We are delighted to be reappointed to the highly successful Regeneration Fund commission and to continue to work alongside our valued clients at Derby City Council. The commission provides the opportunity to continue our involvement with various exciting initiatives in this evolving and dynamic City.”

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Redevelopment of a brownfield site on Newburn Crescent in Swindon has commenced long awaited redevelopment by local property developer, E.P. Keogh Contractors Ltd.

The site which transferred to the ownership of the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) in 2013 as part of a portfolio of surplus public sector land, was subsequently acquired by E.P. Keogh Contractors Ltd following a marketing campaign implemented on behalf of the HCA by Thomas Lister.

Planning permission was secured in October 2015 for redevelopment for 14 new dwellings on the land which had been vacant and derelict for well over a decade.

Rachel Lister at Thomas Lister said

“We are delighted that the disposal of this site will deliver high quality and much needed new homes for Swindon. The derelict nature of the site means that this is not particularly straight forward to deliver given the challenges which exist”.

“E.P. Keogh Contractors Ltd has demonstrated that through their enthusiastic and pragmatic approach that they possess both the technical and local experience to deliver a high quality scheme. The new dwellings are anticipated to be completed by Autumn 2016”.