LendInvest uses cookies to make our site better. By browsing you agree to our policy.

arrow_back
January 19, 2018

LendInvest named exclusive lender on first phase of 5,750 new homes project in Kent

London, 19 January 2017LendInvest has been named the exclusive development finance lender on the first phase of a long-term development scheme that aims to build up to 5,750 new homes outside Dover in Kent.

 

The borrower, Halsbury Homes, owns a site in Whitfield, four miles from Dover, with plans to build 5,750 homes. Following a competitive process, LendInvest has agreed to fund the construction of 216 units in Richmond Park, the first section of the site to be developed on which Halsbury has consent to build 1,310 homes. This marks LendInvest’s largest development project to date, by the number of units under construction.

The developer initially received a LendInvest bridging loan of £10 million to repay an existing lender. The borrower subsequently transitioned to a LendInvest development finance loan of £7.75 million for construction.

Halsbury also has building consent for further amenities such as a school, shops and a retirement home within Richmond Park. Additionally, the developer has negotiated a new bus route with the local council to run through the site, enhancing accessibility for the new residents.

The development is in a sought-after location for commuters with good transport links to London. Trains to St Pancras International take only 1 hour 5 minutes.

The total loan provision for this site is just under £18 million based on an LTV of 64%. Construction of the first 216 units is expected to be completed by late 2019 and the total GDV is forecast to exceed £59 million.

All of the 216 units funded by this development finance loan will be available for purchase by first time buyers through the government’s Help to Buy scheme.

 

Steve Larkin, Director of Development at LendInvest, commented:  Funding a development on the scale of Richmond Park is hugely exciting as a lender. There is great potential for a very long-term relationship and this deal shows how far we have grown as a development finance backer in two years since our development loans were formally launched. The fact that this will be adding at least 216 affordable homes to the country’s housing stock in an area that’s popular with families and commuters is a significant bonus.”

Jason Green, Chief Financial Officer of Halsbury Homes said: Whitfield is the second largest regeneration development in Kent and is very important to Halsbury. We have been in the fortunate position of having several funders interested in supporting our next phase of growth. However, once LendInvest showed interest in supporting us on the scheme, it was not a difficult decision to partner with them, as they have been a strong partner to us on other sites.

“This transaction was no different to our previous experiences of working with LendInvest. The team moved quickly through the analysis and diligence phases and completed the loan documentation in a short timeframe. Post-completion, the lending relationship is running very smoothly. We are confident and excited about Whitfield and pleased to be enabling people to move, getting new, first time buyers into the market and doing our bit to help the country solve its major housing problem.

 

Naismiths advised LendInvest and Halsbury Homes on the transaction.

Blane Perrotton, Managing Director, Naismiths, added: “It’s not just the scale of this project that makes it special, it’s the ambition. The creation of 216 new, affordable homes in such a sought-after location will make Richmond Park a crucial development in the effort to solve Britain’s housing crisis.

“Naismiths has successfully partnered with both Halsbury Homes and LendInvest over several years. Our relationships are based on respect, hard work and performance, and we’re proud to have served as project monitors on this development from inception right through to construction.”

About LendInvest

LendInvest is the UK’s online marketplace platform for property finance and one of the UK’s largest non-bank mortgage lenders. The company lends finance to professional property investors and developers, and makes it possible for all sorts of investors – from individuals to some of the world’s largest financial institutions – to invest in the loans it originates. To date LendInvest investors have invested over £1.2 billion in loans, helping to bring 4,000 new or improved homes into the UK market.

Launched in 2013, LendInvest is a fast-growing and award-winning FinTech business. In December 2016, LendInvest was named one of the Sunday Times and Virgin Media’s Disrupt 10, a list of the ten most disruptive businesses in the UK; and in September 2017, LendInvest debuted in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 and was named Europe’s Allstar Company at the Investor Allstars Awards.

LendInvest is the only online lender to have been rated three times by a regulated European credit rating agency.

Media contacts

Carmen Dixon VP of PR & Communications
Leigh Rimmer Public Relations Associate