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Countryside delivers enduring value for all our stakeholders whilst creating successful places. We succeed because we work in partnership with landowners, their agents and advisers, local authorities and local communities.

Our skills and experience in place making receive a positive response from planning authorities which means we can achieve planning consents where others may not succeed.

We operate under both the Countryside and premium Millgate brands.


A highly skilled and experienced place maker

Countryside’s success in creating quality residential developments and major residential-led schemes has given us a reputation that sets it apart.

We believe that we are one of the most effective strategic land developers in the UK. 

Unrivalled track record

We have promoted and delivered successful new places with homes of exceptional quality for over 60 years. We have received more Housing Design Awards than any other developer.

Dedicated team

Our specialist team provides the land, planning and technical skills needed to successfully identify, promote and deliver quality residential developments.

Committed and involved senior management

We offer continuity, experience and personal commitment at senior management and board level. Our senior management team is dedicated to the promotion of land through the planning system and to creating value through place making.

Landscape-led approach

We put existing landscapes and historic features at the heart of our master planning. We evolve them sensitively to create a sense of place that will stand the test of time through intelligent use of planting and open spaces.

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Kings Park, Harold Wood, Essex

Utilising our design skills

We respond to the local vernacular and the opportunities and constraints of each site to achieve a design solution that utilises our standard house types without losing our ability to create differentiation between developments. However, where warranted we will create bespoke house types.

Building homes

Countryside’s expertise in home building gives us a real understanding of what makes a successful place and the power of creating a cohesive community. It also means we can demonstrate to local authorities that we will deliver the housing that they are under pressure to provide.

Enabling new facilities and funds

Our partnerships with public and private organisations have at times specifically focussed upon the provision of much needed new facilities or funds to enable the delivery of key services. Our reputation for integrity and transparency has given strength to our credentials as a partner of choice to many reputable organisations.

Our new business requirements include:

  • Residential led development opportunities.
  • Sites capable of accommodating 20 to 300 homes.
  • Affluent locations in London, South East, and East of England.
  • Areas of constrained supply with good planning prospects in short to medium term.
  • Option agreements or conditional contracts, subject to planning and unconditional contracts considered.
  • Greenfield, Green Belt or Brownfield opportunities considered.
Douglas Bradshaw, Landowner re Hawkhurst in Kent

“Our land was sensitive in planning terms, and therefore it was very important to work with a developer with both the planning and design skills to finally unlock a consent. Countryside’s design-led ethos and corporate values appealed to me, and I have found their people to be professional and approachable. They have big company resources, whilst maintaining speed and pragmatism in their decision making.”


Millgate’s land and planning team offer a combined experience spanning over 80 years. By blending vision with practicality they enable Millgate to fulfill the potential of even the most challenging sites. The skill of their team and the quality of Millgate’s developments means they are often able to far exceed existing local values.

Millgate specialises in land without planning permission and has considerable expertise in resolving difficult planning problems, especially sites with previous planning refusals.

The Millgate land team will quickly assess the potential of your site and follow up with a discreet professional service to facilitate the purchase promptly and efficiently.

Millgate is constantly seeking land opportunities throughout the Home Counties. Please contact the Land team to discuss any enquiries.

Andrew Omand (Land & Planning Director)
0118 934 8081    
[email protected]