A unique personal service for landowners in Cornwall and Devon

Westcountry Land & Homes is headed up by land and property experts, John Schuttkacker and Justin Dodge. 

In 2009, we launched Westcountry Land & Homes with the aim to provide an unrivalled bespoke personal service for landowners whilst maximising opportunities and completing quality investment schemes. 

Not only do we call the West Country home today, but we grew up in the neighbouring counties of Devon and Cornwall too. Our local knowledge and passion for its heritage are invested in the schemes and the developments we deliver, ensuring a positive impact on the local environment.

We have a proven track record in land and property acquisition together with exceptional expertise in gaining planning permission and delivering exquisite architecture. Each project we encounter is unique, from single plots to strategic multi-use developments and we ensure no matter how big or small, each project receives the same comprehensive quality service.

So what differentiates Westcountry Land & Homes from national volume housebuilders? We believe it’s our passion, we simply love what we do. We provide an accessible, honest and accountable service, which we believe is the key to success. We also personally manage and oversee all aspects of the business, from initial enquiry to post build customer care. We’re not tied to any particular land use and have significant experience in all forms of development. Consequently we recommend the best use for land, whether residential, commercial or a mixed use development to secure the highest possible return, focussing on producing the best value for landowners.

Directors Profiles

John Schuttkacker

John is known as one of the most experienced land agents in the South West. A reputation he has earned through a proven track record of highly successful and profitable land schemes and developments.

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Over the past twenty years, John has gained valuable experience in estate agency, buy to let investments as well as residential and land development. John continued to build on his successful career working for some of the region’s major housebuilders in site acquisition for volume housing developments.

Not one to rest in his laurels, John was keen to evolve the development business and take it in an exciting new direction. John and business partner, Justin Dodge, identified a gap in the market to deliver a new flexible personal approach to land and property development; and in 2009 the entrepreneurs launched Westcountry Land & Homes. Their new way of delivering land acquisition and management set them apart from existing developers and PLC organisations and they soon became the go-to for all land and development opportunities in  Devon and Cornwall.

John’s passion for property extends into his personal life too. He’s currently building his own ‘forever’ home with stunning views of Devon’s rolling countryside. He also continues to build on his own buy-to-let investment portfolio with properties in the UK and overseas. 

If you’re looking for a highly motivated, creative, and tenacious business-person to take your project to the next level, then you’re already in the right place. John’s commitment to building lasting relationships and delivering quality and financial return is unparalleled.

Justin Dodge

Justin has an enviable skill set and has built his career combining his love for design and architecture, with his years of experience as a commercial agent and development facilitator.

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Justin personally designs all the new homes schemes and his flair for design, quality and perfection can be seen here

Justin is also known as one of the leading experts in gaining planning permission in the West Country. He has worked on some of the largest land developments in the region and has successfully managed many contentious planning approvals during his career. His experience also encompasses project management, having been involved with and completed more than 1,000 projects to date. 

With a degree in Valuation and Estate Management, Justin has a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of financial viability and the importance of profitability. When taking on new projects and developments, Justin not only sees the unique aesthetic potential but maximises the development’s potential to obtain the best return financially.

In 2001, Justin was appointed director of CSA Architects after a hugely successful three years with the company.  His experience and pragmatic, focussed approach transformed the company into an award-winning practice and cemented CSA as one of the largest and most successful architects practice in Devon and Cornwall. 

Justin’s multi-disciplined skillset went on to gain him an outstanding reputation as a planning specialist and one the best in his field, securing work from the top developers and housebuilders. 

Justin joined his now business partner John Schuttkacker in 2009 and launched the highly successful business; Westcountry Land & Homes. Honing their complementary skills, they took the land and property development business in a new and exciting direction, focusing on the personal approach to business, and delivering the highest possible return for landowners whether financial or legacy. Justin continued to run CSA Architects alongside his directorship at Westcountry Land & Homes until 2014, when he later sold the business to continue working full time with John.

Staying true to his passion for design and architecture, Justin designed his own house (and business partner John’s) earning him a shortlisting at The International Design and Architecture Awards in the “Private House of the Year” category for homes up-to £1m contract value in 2014.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with how I was treated – they took time to get to know me and my family and showed a genuine interest in us all, which helped to build trust and help me feel more assured I was going to be looked after. The word I would use to describe them is ‘gentlemen’ – I know it’s probably a bit old fashioned but I cannot speak highly enough of them, it really was a pleasure to do business with them.”

Anne Glasson

“How refreshing it is to work with developers who do exactly what they say they’re going to do. John and Justin pursued the deal with drive and determination to get the very best result for us. They gave us regular updates and were transparent in their dealings. They made the deal straight forward and stress free. We would definitely work with them again.”

Donald and Annie Hubbard

“I’d describe John and Justin as being excellent to deal with. I felt from the outset they would do a good job and as far as I am concerned they have. They’ve done things extra and in addition to our agreement and they have always taken my interests into consideration. You have to put your trust in somebody in this world and I felt happy to trust them.”

Brian White

“From drawing up the initial sketches to the point at which planning permission was granted, Westcountry Land & Homes handled everything. This took all the stresses we had previously associated with the planning process well away from us, leaving us to concentrate on our core business which would have suffered otherwise. In short, I would recommend John & Justin to anyone with strategic land that they wish to realise.”

Mark Tomlinson