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Rachel Lister and her family completed the Rainbow Run and raised £100 for St. Richard’s Hospice.  Here is an account of the day by the two youngest members of the family:

The Mighty Rainbow Run By Laura (aged 8)

It all started on that day when we were running for a charity called St. Richard’s Hospice. The run was called a Rainbow Run as runners got powder paint thrown at them while running round the route. We got to choose a colour paint and threw it on people, so for once adults could have fun with a paint fight! Then we had a warm up that was a bit like a dance routine before we ran.  We had to choose colour sunglasses so while we ran 5kms the paint that people chucked at us didn’t go in our eyes. After that it was time to run to try to change people’s lives who are very poorly.  When we started running it was crowded and we had to be careful not to get lost. We got covered in loads of paint! Elderly people, girls and boys or a machine chucked paint at me.  It was very hot and I felt like my legs could snap in two but it was fun and I kept going!

The Mighty Rainbow Run By Anabel (aged 9)

On the 10 of July, we did something called the Rainbow Run. We had to run 5kms wearing old clothes which you don’t mind getting covered in paint. The Rainbow Run was an event to raise money for St Richards’s Hospice. We started off with a warm up, which was very energetic and fun because it was basically all dancing.  We then ran two laps of the route.  I was running with my mum and dad and sister Laura who is eight and I’m ten this year.

As you run people throw powder paint at you, which is like flour just coloured but obviously in different colours otherwise it wouldn’t be called the Rainbow Run! The powder was thrown at us all through the route and it was lots of fun and at the end we got a chocolate bar and a certificate and we realised we had raised £100.

Thomas Lister are delighted to welcome Lee White to the Practice.

Joining us on 6th June 2016, Lee’s appointment will further bolster our team’s capacity for the provision of professional services offered by the company.

Lee, a Chartered Surveyor and Registered Valuer, says this of his recent career move;

“I am delighted to have joined Thomas Lister and the ability to pursue a career in property development and regeneration, which is where my passions lie. Thomas Lister have a diverse portfolio of really exciting projects and I am looking forward to being involved in the delivery of these, working with both public and private sectors, on a national basis. The wide ranging services that we provide means that there is never a dull day and I look forward to contributing to the delivery of schemes across the property spectrum”.

Lee will be involved in all aspects of Thomas Lister’s diverse and rapidly expanding client base and case load, providing much needed capacity to the team.

A vacant and derelict site at Southfield Lane in Whitwell has now been sold to Welbeck Estates following a competitive bidding process.

The land, extending over circa. 2.9 hectares (7.2 acres), has been vacant for over 25 years and transferred into the ownership of the Homes & Communities Agency as part of a portfolio transfer of non-operational coalfield sites.

The disposal to Welbeck Estates means that the site can be incorporated into prestigious major mixed use development proposals within the immediately surrounding area, currently being prepared by Welbeck Estates.

Rachel Lister, Director at Thomas Lister commented;

“The disposal of this long term vacant site, to Welbeck Estates who have strong historical ties in Whitwell, means that the opportunity to deliver major regeneration to Whitwell can finally move towards becoming a reality”.

Daren Ridout from Welbeck Estates added;

“This site forms an important piece of the jigsaw towards delivering a comprehensive regeneration proposal for the former Whitwell Colliery site  that will offer jobs, homes and a restored tip for the local community”.

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) have now completed on the sale of Plot A Brackmills. An industrial development site of 2.79 hectares gross, located at the heart of the well-established Brackmills Industrial Estate to the south east of Northampton Town Centre.

Thomas Lister acting on behalf of the HCA negotiated a sale to Tungsten Properties Ltd who have subsequently obtained planning permission for the development of 66,700 sq.ft of small scale industrial, warehouse, trade counter units as well as ancillary uses to include A1 shops and A3 restaurant/cafés. The scheme has attracted substantial interest and several units are already under offer.

Simon Herring, Area Manager for the HCA commented that ‘the site suffered from issues of topography and land stability and required a dynamic approach to understanding site constraints to arrive at a development solution which would prove attractive to the developer market. Thomas Lister provided a range of development consultancy and agency advice to the HCA leading to the successful sale of a long standing surplus asset which has historically failed to attract developer interest’.

It is anticipated that the first units will be completed in Q3 2016 by Tungsten Properties Ltd.

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”.

Thomas Lister have been instructed in respect of the disposal of a high profile redevelopment site located to the edge of Chard town centre and forming a potential mixed use development site (subject to planning). Adjacent uses include Tesco Superstore, Tesco Petrol Filling Station, Jewson, residential development and employment uses, including two of Chard’s major employers – Brecknell Willis and Numatic International.

Whilst the 1.05 hectare (2.58 acre) site is presently in employment use, it adjoins a mixed use allocation within the Local Plan, with residential development now proposed to be progressed. Due to the site’s location at the A30 East Street/Tapstone Road roundabout junction, a number of alternative uses might be considered appropriate (subject to planning) including trade retail/employment/residential/care home/leisure.

Offers are required to be received by 30th October 2015.  To view preliminary marketing details click here.

For further information call Andy Croot – 01527 871 640.

The launch of the £15 million Black Country Housing Fund was undertaken on 11th September 2015 to an audience of housebuilders, developers and professionals at the Hawthorns in West Bromwich.

The Black Country Housing Fund is in addition to £55 million of funding secured through the Local Growth Fund, which is available to support the delivery of new housing schemes.

The launch was addressed by Dr. Chris Handy OBE, Board Member of the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership and Chief Executive of Accord Housing Group, who highlighted the opportunities provided by the large areas of brownfield land suitable for new housing to accommodate planned housing growth in the Black Country and the Black Country Housing Fund as a key tool to unlock these sites. Chris Handy commented as follows;

The Black Country LEP recognises the barriers to development provided by brownfield sites and have successfully made our case to Central Government for funding to address the specific issues of development in the Black Country. The Black Country Housing Fund can meet the upfront costs of site remediation and servicing with funding repayable over a period of up to 10 years as sites are developed out.”

 “Additionally we are also able to provide funding for the undertaking of site investigations which are a key requirement to unlocking brownfield sites.”

 “The Black Country LEP is keen to engage with landowners and developers to overcome the barriers to the acceleration of housing development to meet a real need within the area.”

The launch also heard details of measures which have been put in place to simplify and accelerate the assessment process with the requirement to identify a programme of priority schemes capable by early delivery with the support of the Housing Fund by end of November 2015.

Further details of the Black Country Housing Fund and other funding programmes are available at;

or telephone Chris Thomas or Andrew Croot on 01527 871 640.

A conference to promote the availability of £70 million funding to accelerate property development projects across the Black Country was held by the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership on 13th July 2015.

The conference was addressed by Stewart Towe, CBE, Chairman of the Black Country LEP as well as Sarah Middleton of the Black Country Consortium, Chris Thomas of Thomas Lister and Nick Waddington of BNP Paribas. The event was attended by a large number of Launch Eventdevelopers, landowners and agents from across the area.

The event highlighted the availability of various gap and loan funding programmes to support property development and the steps which are being taken to support the accessibility of the various funding programmes – including a single initial project application form, streamlined approval procedures and a bespoke website which contains all of the forms of Agreement which applicants would be required to enter into to secure funding.

It was highlighted that funding is available within each of the four Black Country Local Authority areas comprising Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton and can be used for site investigations/project development, remediation and delivery of both residential and commercial development (B1, B2 and B8). Sarah Middleton noted that funding programmes have been developed which seek to address the specific issues of de-risking development sites through the funding of site investigation works, loan funding to address issues of the availability of finance and gap funding to address issues of project viability.

Stewart Towe, CBE, Chairman of the Black Country LEP said;

‘The Black Country LEP has the best performing EZ in the Country with over 2,000 new jobs and 5 tenants at i54. Central Government is now listening to us. We urgently need to support the growth opportunities created by investments such as JLR, their supply chain as well as the wider renaissance in manufacturing. To do this, we need to work closely with private sector developers to assist them to deliver the good quality sites and premises required to meet this demand.’

Chris Thomas, Director of Thomas Lister said;

‘We are delighted to be supporting the Black Country LEP in this programme. We will be seeking to work closely with interested parties and their advisers to find the right funding to support their project proposals. We will ensure that the necessary support is available to enable applications to be determined as quickly as possible to seek to accelerate the pace of development across the Black Country.’ 

Details of the funding opportunities available are included within a new dedicated website