Welcome to Property on Fire, on this episode…..

Learn about the exciting opportunities that lie ahead for commercial to resi with the new GPDO. Learn what to look for and which types of buildings you should be looking for NOW! A few nuggets on how to look outside the box as well.

You’ll hear a Leading Homes update: As the 22-flat site in South Devon awaits building control sign-off, the team have just completed on the land at Westward Ho! and are preparing to build 14 bungalows. Listen to future episodes to see how work progresses here.

The new GPDO is expected in July of this year, on this episode Ian runs through the expected changes to use Class E and how you can use this knowledge to really “UP” your property game. As well as a peek in to the changes, Ian will explain how “options” and “subject to” could be your best friends in the not too distant future.

For more on Class E, see this page: https://www.planninggeek.co.uk/use-class/use-class-e-commercial-business-and-service/

Also on today’s show, Estate Agents aren’t “getting away lightly” on Ian’s Rant!

To SEE the progress of the Leading Homes sites, Ian posts every single day on the following social media pages:





A regular podcast from your host Ian Walmsley. Join him every week for a dynamic podcast with Ian and his guests on how to seize the opportunities out there before others do! 

You will learn about planning from a developer’s eye, you will benefit and learn together from the mistakes that Ian makes. He is very grateful for the opportunities that he has had and would love to share these with you.



Ian Walmsley  is a third-generation experienced developer who loves Planning. Referred to as a ‘Walking Encyclopaedia’ by a mentor he developed a passion for planning in 2015 having got fed up with inaccurate information on some websites as to what was possible with property or land that he was looking to develop.

In 2017 he set up the site ‘Planning Geek‘ as a way to inform others as to the possibilities of using permitted development rights on both domestic and commercial property. This has now grown to cover many other aspects of planning, giving plenty of ‘wow’ moments. To the best of our knowledge, It is now the largest planning website in the UK, apart from the national planning portal.

He now speaks around the UK at both property meets and with mentorship groups as a developer/planning geek.

As a developer with his company, Leading Homes, he has 40 dwellings under construction with a further 50 plus in legals or pre-construction.

The one thing he is not is a Planning Consultant – he is a Planning Geek – although a chartered town planner said ‘Ian knows more about planning than most planners!’. He is simply ‘A developer who loves planning’. As a result he has nothing to sell from his talks, which is always a refreshing change!



Podcast website: https://PropertyonFire.co.uk

Podcast email: [email protected]

Ian’s official website: https://IanWalmsley.com/

Facebook: https://facebook.com/Ian.C.Walmsley

LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/iancwalmsley/

Leading Homes: https://LeadingHomes.co.uk

Planning Geek: https://PlanningGeek.co.uk

Planning Geek Facebook Community: https://facebook.com/groups/planninggeek


The views, thoughts and opinions expressed in this podcast belong solely to the hosts and guest speakers. Please conduct your own due diligence before investing in property, undertaking a new business venture or Joint ventures with new partners.