John’s particular area of expertise is the understanding of land value and how best to maximise this. He has extensive knowledge of estate agency, buy to let investment, residential development and land promotion.
John is one of the most experienced land agents in Devon and Cornwall. Prior to setting up Westcountry Land, he worked as an estate agent providing services in the Plymouth – Tavistock area, before he became a director of one of the region’s most prolific land agencies, acquiring sites for large housing developments on behalf of most of the region’s major house builders. He also set up and ran a successful international relocation agency specialising in property in Europe.
Having worked in the land and property development industry for many years, John identified a gap in the market for a fresh-thinking private development company which could offer a more flexible approach than existing land developers and PLC organisations in the South West region. So, in 2009 he launched Westcountry Land together with Justin Dodge.
Over the last twenty years, John has built a great reputation with a huge network of professionals, including solicitors, accountants and others. John also has his own portfolio of buy-to-let investment properties both in the UK and abroad.
Driven and entrepreneurial by nature, you will find that John brings high levels of energy and commitment to your project.
Justin is well established as one of the leading experts in gaining planning permission in the West Country. His career has included involvement in many of the largest land developments in the region as well as successfully managing many contentious planning approvals.
Justin started work in commercial agency in Devon and Cornwall, before joining CSA Architects in 1998. He studied Valuation and Estate Management at university which enabled him to develop a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of financial viability and the importance of profitability in a project from a young age. This gave him a unique capability, merging financial viability and development consultancy, combined with traditional architectural services.
Due to this unique skillset, he was appointed as a director of CSA in 2001 and under his stewardship, transformed the company into one of the most successful and largest architectural practices in Devon and Cornwall. His reputation as a planning specialist for development sites preceded him, and CSA benefitted, securing work from most of the national house-builders and regional developers.
Justin is renowned for his in-depth planning knowledge as well as his architectural expertise. Throughout his career, in addition to the architectural services, Justin has acted as a commercial agent and development facilitator, encompassing some of the largest land development sites in the region. His experience also encompasses project management, having been involved with and completed more than 1,000 projects during his career to date. He was also shortlisted for an international design award, Design Et Al, in 2014.
Being renowned as one of the premier development consultants in Devon and Cornwall whilst at CSA Architects, Justin established Westcountry Land together with John Schuttkacker in 2009, to undertake their own developments, using their complimentary skills. He managed the two businesses in parallel until Justin sold CSA Architects in 2014, to focus full time on Westcountry Land. He now undertakes all aspects of the planning and architectural work personally for the company.
South West Business Insider magazine has described Justin as one of the top ‘bright young things taking South West business by storm.”