Emma Stainwright

Emma Stainwright


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A brief introduction

Emma specialises in residential development and social housing working with private developers, regional and national housebuilders and regional and national registered providers of social housing.

Emma has extensive experience in all aspects of development work and has been central to some of the key strategic land assemblies, joint ventures and site acquisitions in the South. She was formerly the sole external legal adviser to the Hampshire Alliance for Rural Affordable Housing (HARAH). Emma is a recognised expert in social housing development by the Legal 500 with a caseload covering sites across the south coast from Brighton to Plymouth.


  • advising housebuilders on all aspects of development work
  • acting for registered providers of social housing including management agreements and leasing arrangements
  • exception site planning policy and rural housing
  • planning and infrastructure agreements
  • joint ventures and development agreements
  • strategic land assembly
  • options and overage
  • bank financing of development schemes
  • social housing stock transfers
  • site set up and disposals of developed land or land for development





In Practice

  • acquisition of a factory site for a registered provider of social housing to provide employment to those in housing need
  • negotiation and settlement of planning documentation relating to the demolition of a listed building and erection of units of affordable accommodation including associated infrastructure
  • acquisition of a landmark site from a development company to promote local housing needs and development in the Poole area
  • setting up new office premises for a registered provider of social housing
  • acquiring 76 units of affordable accommodation off plan from a national housebuilder
  • advising on a development agreement and subsequent letting arrangement between a local council and registered provider of social housing acquisition of strategic land for housing development for a local housebuilder
  • negotiating the release of rights of light for a regional housebuilder

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