Rafe Courage


Gateley Legal

  • London
  • t: 020 7653 1701
  • m: 0781 064 5838


Rafe specialises in residential development, acting for developers, housebuilders, social housing providers and landowners on the sale and purchase of development sites.

The type of work that Rafe undertakes includes conditional development/sale agreements involving planning obligations, site assembly and investigations and infrastructure logistics. Rafe is experienced in negotiating sales, planning and/or revenue overage agreements, commercial lettings and complex infrastructure/energy (CHP) arrangements.


  1. Acquiring large scale development sites across London for a range of private developers and social housing providers with schemes having a GDV well in excess of £100m.
  2. Acting for a top five house builder on a high profile and innovative £450m deal which will see the construction of 737 new homes, an 80,000 sq. ft. supermarket and a further 27,000 sq. ft. of retail, leisure and office space. The development simultaneously involved negotiating a Land and Works Agreement to avoid CPO. The GDV being £1bn.
  3. Negotiating a tri-party development agreement of a 120 acre site conditional upon planning, ecological consents, relocation of a college, finance and entering into a land agreement with an adjoining landowner to facilitate S.106 infrastructure obligations for the delivery of 700 homes. The transaction included a building lease, leasebacks, parallel planning applications and a six phased drawdown with promissory notes.

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