Assetz in £100m commercial-to-residential scheme

Assetz Capital CCO Andrew Fraser

Manchester headquartered specialist lender Assetz Capital said it has launched a new planning assistance loan product aimed at supporting the conversion of commercial buildings in to residential dwellings.

Assetz said the new product is “specifically designed to help experienced property developers acquire commercial buildings, with the intent of securing residential, PBSA, or PRS Planning Permission for onward redevelopment during the period of the loan.”

There will also be an option “to convert the facility into a new refurbishment loan upon gaining successful and implementable planning permission.”

Assetz said: “With a new 10.5% fixed launch rate, the Planning Assistance Loan scheme aims to support developers following a period of significant interest rate volatility.

“The scheme will see Assetz Capital deploy a further £100m over the next two years to property developers, over and above its existing lending aspirations.

“The new scheme will also allow Assetz Capital to become more involved in supporting the repurposing of under-utilised commercial spaces in city centres across the UK.

“The team has already supported a number of experienced developers over the last few years, having created over 955 new beds, with gross debt of over £54m in conversions of offices to PBSA developments alone.”

Assetz Capital CCO Andrew Fraser said: “At Assetz Capital, we are always looking for areas where we can continue to increase the support we provide to property developers across the UK.

“This new product will provide £100m of funding to developers in acquiring commercial property with a residential conversion focus over the next two years.

“We will consider commercial properties with clear residential-led development potential. We want to support realistic projects and be part of the larger repurposing of city centres across the UK.

“Assetz Capital has been heavily involved in some fantastic repurposing schemes, such as turning old office or warehouse facilities into modern, vibrant, and much needed housing stock, with a core optic being in the student space, but not exclusively.

“There is vast amounts of opportunity to convert these underutilised commercial sites in our city centres, so we’re excited to be part of the solution to drive residential development over the coming years.”