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Welcome to Property on Fire!

You might think, why should I listen to an episode on HMOs (Houses of Multiple Occupancy)? I don’t own one! But HMOs impact every part of the property market, listen in to hear some thoughts on why Ian thinks HMOs are crucial to property investors.

Welcome Daryn Brewer on the show today! HMOs were recently being asked for council tax per every single bedroom. This would mean whoever’s living there would be paying their own council tax which could be a £1000 or more, to the local authorities, an INSANE amount. Along with a huge group of people, Daryn has decided to fight back and revert the decision to change council tax. He and many others are finally starting to make some headway, listen to his journey in this episode! A huge thanks to him.

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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!



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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.