Property Planning Professionals

We champion you through the planning process and increase your property’s worth

For Probate


You’ve inherited property that you will need to sell. You are very aware that property sold through probate often fails to achieve its full market value.

It’s probably the very last thing you want to be worried about at this difficult time.

Very few people who inherit property or land realise that, in the time that it takes for the probate process to complete, they might have achieved a planning consent which would have substantially increased the value of their inheritance.

Albright Dene can quickly and expertly evaluate the inherited estate and, if there is potential for planning, advise you on how best to gain a consent.


We carry out an initial appraisal of the estate, identifying opportunities for future development that will maximise the property’s worth.

If we feel there is potential, we can advise you accordingly, providing the full range of services offered by our talented team of property planning professionals.

We can do this for a fee or, in some cases we can lead, manage and finance the entire process ourselves. Effectively in a joint venture with the estate, we then share in the gain that the consent has added.

When we agree these joint ventures, our interests are fully aligned, ensuring that we are both working towards the common goal of adding as much value as possible to your inheritance.

In all of the time that we have been doing joint ventures to date, we have achieved 100% consent success.

We enjoy this outstanding record because we know exactly what works, and we’re experts at managing planning applications through the minefield that is the Local Authority planning system.

If we accept and champion your probate project in this way, you can be confident of receiving our very best efforts to increase your worth.

We appreciate that it can often be a challenging time whilst probate is being completed and the process itself can take several months, especially when land and/or property are involved.

Our timescales for undertaking this work and acquiring a planning consent can often be achieved within the time it takes to complete the legal probate process, enabling you to add significant value to your inheritance without losing time or money in the process.

And you can rest assured that we will always handle these matters with the utmost sensitivity.

Get in touch now to book a free planning appraisal of your property or land.

  • I have worked with Albright Dene on numerous projects over the past 10 years. They usually come to me with quite challenging sites, but they are always very inventive in their approach, and think outside the box when looking for solutions to make them work.

    Their resourceful approach and their great negotiation skills when dealing with planners means that they are successful in achieving planning permission for their sites – even the tricky ones.

    Graeme Towle, Director, TSH Architects

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  • "I owned a site that had a history of failed planning applications. At least four major companies had attempted to secure permission, but failed. Then I asked Albright Dene to help.

    It was absolutely brilliant working with Albright Dene. As it was a tricky plot, many problems arose during the process, but they were able to overcome each and every one, and successfully deliver a positive result.

    Gaining planning for this site converted an unused, derelict paddock into a beautiful setting for two substantial family homes – and that is all thanks to the tenacity and determination of Albright Dene. I cannot recommend their services highly enough."

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    Cliff Puffett

  • "Having met Joe McDermott whilst searching for a building plot in Oxford in January 2009, I was so impressed with the depth of property knowledge he had that I set up a company to work in partnership with him. We are now on our seventh project, all of which have been profitable, with some achieving Annual Rates of Return in excess of 100%. These days Joe has developed his methods and operation even further and the speed and imagination that is employed in gain planning consents time after time is staggering.

    In an environment where the planning process and planning committees are far from an exact science, Joe and Albright Dene find a way of succeeding every time. As Managing Director of I&O Ltd, I intend to continue investing in the talents of Albright Dene for the foreseeable future."

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    Gary Broadfield

  • “I have known and worked with Joe McDermott for the past 10 years on around 15 developments. I am a scaffolding contractor and a property developer and have been in business for over 25 years…”

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    Andy Durkin