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

You’ll hear a Leading Homes update, and learn from Ian’s on the ground experiences. The South Devon development is creeping ever closer to sign off from building control (It’s been a “bit of a battle”, and taken longer than anticipated). There’s more interest than ever by potential buyers, and new buyers are waiting to complete and can’t wait to move in to their new homes.

Meanwhile in North Devon at the 14 bungalow site with full planning is in the pre-commencement stage at the moment, during which the team have been reviewing bungalow designs, and bringing them up to date.

Ian and Jonathan have recently secured a new site in Cornwall, and they are now operating an “earn and learn” system for new investors, for details please visit: https://leadinghomes.co.uk/working-with-us/partner/

Ian’s Rant: Is it aimed at YOU this week? If you have an incomplete social media profile which doesn’t explain what you do, then prepare to be shot down in flames! (or just take some time to update it….and we can all be friends again!)

As always, Ian’s had many questions land on his desk during the week. This week on Property on Fire, he answers one for Steve, who wants to know all about annexes. Here’s the URL that Ian refers to during his answer : https://www.planninggeek.co.uk/planning/do-you-need-permission/granny-annexe/

This week’s second question comes from Alan, who wants to know about the legalities of submitting prior approvals for property you don’t own.

If Ian can help you on YOUR property journey, by answering one of your questions, please do get in touch!


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


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