Meet the Team - Jessica Nevin

<strong>Jessica</strong> Nevin

Jessica Nevin

Development Consultant

Jess graduated from the Royal Agricultural University in 2017 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Real Estate and is currently undertaking her Assessment of Professional Competence in order to become a Chartered Surveyor.

Jess started her career as a Land Buyer at Newland Homes where she gained experience in site acquisition and negotiation before moving into consultancy here at RCA. Since being at RCA, Jess has gained much experience in undertaking Red Book Valuations and Financial Viability Assessments on behalf of both the private and public sector.

In addition to this, Jess also undertakes S106 and CIL calculations and negotiations, development appraisals and Grant Funding submissions.

Outside of work, Jess regularly competes her horse Ernie in dressage, show jumping and eventing competitions alongside being captain for a netball team who play every week.

Currently in the process of undertaking my APC to become a Chartered Surveyor, I graduated from the Royal Agricultural University with a Bachelor of Science (with honours) in Real Estate. Having worked as a land buyer, I have gained experience in many areas, including identifying potential short term and medium-term development opportunities; undertaking site appraisals; writing offer letters; reviewing Option Agreements and Contracts; undertaking market assessment work; purchasing of sites; and tendering affordable housing units.

In my role as a Development Consultant working alongside the Managing Director, I have been working on a wide variety of projects. My main areas of experience include Financial Viability Appraisals on behalf of Local Authorities and private sector clients; Red Book Valuations; Development Appraisals; S106 and CIL calculations and negotiations; Grant Funding submissions; and Written Responses to Local Authority Viability Assessments.

Financial Viability Assessment for a major mixed-use development at King’s Quarter, Gloucester
(Client: Gloucester City Council)

I undertook a financial viability assessment (FVA) of the applicant’s FVA submission in support of their planning application for the regeneration of the King’s Quarter area. The proposals include 156 residential units, a multi-story car park, a hotel, offices and a number of other commercial units. This assessment involved an analysis of the applicant’s figures which included market assessment work for both commercial and residential units, and a review of planning policy both in a national and local context.

Full Business Case submission for Saddlers Quay, Walsall
(Client: Total Homes & Developments Ltd)

I completed and submitted a Full Business Case application form, on behalf of the client, to the Black Country LEP. The proposals are for the regeneration of a redundant brownfield site on the Walsall Waterfront for a 222-unit residential apartment scheme with on-site parking. The site is the last remaining part of the regeneration of the waterfront. Given the site’s abnormal costs, the development is unviable, so the client is therefore seeking grant funding to enable it to go ahead. The Full Business Case requires a development appraisal to establish the level of grant required and to establish at what stages they will require the grant. An assessment of the project’s outcomes and how they contribute to national and local policy was also undertaken.

Red Book Valuation for a development site in Wolverhampton
(Client: Walsall Housing Group)

I produced a Red Book Valuation for a consented scheme consisting of 92 open market residential units. This included a market assessment to inform values which were then used in the appraisal, resulting in a residual land value. In addition to this, I undertook a market assessment of rental values within the area which then enabled me to produce affordable housing calculations for shared ownership and affordable rent tenures. I also assessed existing use values as of 1st January 1999 for each individual unit type.

Meet the Team