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Peter Goddard

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Birketts LLP

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Social Housing




Peter joined Birketts in 2006 as head of our social housing team.

Peter has extensive experience of social housing and has advised a number of national and regional RPs and local authorities on a broad range of property and regulatory matters. He has led teams dealing with stock transfers and has also advised a number of RPs and local authorities and developers on the affordable housing requirements of s.106 Agreements. For many years Peter has acted for RPs on all types of development schemes for both general needs and supported housing, including advice on joint ventures and mixed tenure and private sale schemes (where he has advised on the consequent vires issues and the impact of Housing Corporation/TSA Regulation and charity law). He has also set up numerous disposal schemes for Housing Associations for RTBs/RTAs, Homebuy and Shared Ownership. In 2004 Peter led the team acting for Peterborough City Council on the disposal of all its housing stock - the largest LSVT in East Anglia to date. He has also led a team who completed all the property aspects of a £150m refinancing package for a major regional RP- one of the largest refinancing facilities in the sector to date. Peter also advised on the affordable housing provisions for the master s.106 agreement for the 2012 Olympics site.


Peter is an affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, has written extensively for the housing sector press and regularly speaks on social housing topics. He was previously a board member of Hereward Housing Association and Sanctuary Hereward, and Chair of both organisations' Development Committees for several years. He was also Chair of Norwich City Council's Housing Improvement Board for the three years of its existence.

East Anglia: Real estate

Social housing

Within: Leading individuals

Peter Goddard - Birketts LLP

Within: Social housing

Birketts LLP is best known for acting for registered social housing providers in development, sales, funding, planning, housing management, employment and specialist constitutional and regulatory matters. It also advises on the set-up of new registered providers for private housebuilders, of which it completed two in 2017, and also assists with the set-up of assets and liabilities registers. Among its clients are Orbit Group Limited, Flagship Housing Group Limited, Broadland Housing Group and Havebury Housing Partnership. Peter Goddard leads the social housing and residential development practices, with support from a deep multidisciplinary team. Senior associate Emily Groom handles development and regulatory matters; partner John Scannell deals with housing management and property litigation; Tom Newcombe and senior associate Sue Chadwick focus on planning matters; associate Lottie Fletcher advises on corporate structures; and newly promoted associate Sarah Fish handles development matters including the acquisition of s106 sites. For Orbit Group, the practice handled the multimillion-pound acquisition of a scheme in Norfolk with 220 dwellings, and for Chelmer Housing Partnership Limited it assisted with the acquisition of 99 freehold and leasehold units, as well as the leaseback of a commercial unit at Taylor Wimpey’s Waterside site in Chelmsford.

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