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#011 Covid grants, Eviction ban extensions & the Lender's market update PLUS: Ian's Rant!
Episode 1119th January 2021 • Property on Fire • Ian Walmsley - Leading Homes / Planning Geek
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Welcome to Property on Fire, on this episode.....

Ian runs through all the recent property and planning news. There's talk of Covid-19 grants for SA providers who aren't registered for business rates, there's also a great tip when searching for information from your local authority on this subject.

Ian touches on future plans for Class E-to-residential conversions. If you want to see the consultation papers, and have your say, you'd better be quick (as it closes soon). For further details, please check this link for the consultation paper: and this one to make your comments on the consultation (before Jan 28, 2021):

There's yet more talk of Robert Jenrick and his plans for the proposed changes to the leasehold system, and the issues involved. Here's a link to his press release

"Ian's Rant" is back - This week his crosshairs are targeting trades people who can't be bothered to quote, or even show up!

With this being the third week of the month, Darren Dow is back with his "Lender's Market update", and a questionable property themed joke! To see more about Darren, check out Acumen Finance here:


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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