Mill Lane Estates are property developers who also offer Development Management Services to clients and funders. With a collective experience of over 70 years in the property and construction industry, the team has a wealth of experience and have a flexible and innovative approach. Offering targeted site finding for Operators, obtaining planning consent and arranging funding, we can also deliver contractor procurement and technical management services during the construction process. We are always looking for interesting development and joint venture opportunities so please get in touch if you have a site or are looking for a new project. Our team can help you to maximise value by considering the most viable solutions.

What We Do

Property Development

  • Property Development and Management Services, Mill Lane Estates

    Site finding targeted at operator's locational requirements
  • Agree acquisition terms under option or conditional contract
  • Planning appraisals and securing planning consents
  • Viability appraisals
  • Agree terms with end user or tenants-site sales, turnkey or lease
  • Arrange development finance appropriate to deal with end user
  • Procure construction contract works required
  • Arrange onward sale of the investment

Development Management Services

  • Property and Management Services, Mill Lane Estates

    Provide advice at inception of project on project brief, budget and overall programme for development
  • Manage design development
  • Agree planning strategy and advise on need for reports, surveys and investigations needed for application
  • Manage process of planning application and liaise with planning authority
  • Manage detailed design process ensuring proposals in line with project budget
  • Provide information needed by other stakeholders such as funders in terms of cash flows, programmes etc
  • Advise on appointment of contractor and manage tender process including all necessary insurances and warranties required
  • Monitor progress on site and advise on progress against programme, report to project stakeholders, deal with all requests for payments, manage all change orders, witness testing and commissioning, ensure all documentation issued on completion, carry out inspections and coordinate handover.
  • Manage any defect rectification through post-completion phase

Who We Are

We have been working together over 20 years and offer a wealth of experience in property development and construction. We operate across the UK and have successfully developed sites in the Hotel, Residential, Healthcare and Leisure sectors. Green belt and brown field, new build or conversions, we have experience of all types of development opportunities and we know what works where.


"We are passionate about maximising value and creating sustainable developments that we, and generations to come, can all be proud of."

Glenn Mills


Glenn Mills MRICS Director

Mobile: 07796 270102 | Email: [email protected]

Glenn Miller, Mill Lane Estates


A Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Glenn started his career working in private practice. Subsequently working for Lovell Construction before moving to Jackson Construction in Manchester and Alfred McAlpine as Regional Director in the North West. More recently he has led the Development and Investment business at the GB Group.

Glenn has a delivered numerous high profile schemes across a range of sectors including hotels, leisure, industrial units, residential, healthcare and education. He was responsible for the redevelopment of Chesterfield Football Club Stadium in 2010, adding considerable value to the deal by achieving planning permission for housing on the redundant football ground site. He has worked on many development/land led Housing and Care sites such as Astbury Mere Care home in Congleton for Cannon Capital, Tarporley residential scheme with Stewart Milne and Woodgate care home in Tonbridge for Abbeyfield.

With exceptional ability to appraise opportunities quickly, Glenn is conversant with all aspects of the development and construction process. He has an in-depth knowledge of the planning system, is able to identify strategies for success from the outset and manage risk. He has purchased numerous sites and has worked on several large, complex legal and funding agreements for both Hotel and Care Home developments. Glenn has admirable leadership skills and is able to understand challenges and create successful solutions by working collaboratively. He is driven by achieving the best outcome for all and is widely respected in the property industry for his straight talking and tenacity.

Skills & Expertise

  • Site identification in target areas
  • Detailed understanding of Operator requirements
  • Development Feasibilities and Option Appraisals
  • Risk management and cost control
  • Developing strategies for planning and site acquisition
  • Running planning applications and securing most beneficial consents
  • Site purchase including negotiating with vendors and dealing with all legal matters
  • Sourcing End Users/Operators and agreeing terms
  • Negotiating complex funding agreements
  • Creating and negotiating multi party legal structures such as SPV’s and Joint Ventures

"Glenn appointed us to secure funding on a care home deal in a difficult market. He was always calm and pragmatic whilst driving timescales and ensuring objectives were met to the satisfaction of the ultimate client. He was a pleasure to work with.”

Richard Harris, Director, Vector Property Group

Brandon Riley BSc (Hons) MRICS Director

Mobile: 07554 886823 | Email: [email protected]

Brandon Riley, Mill Lane EstatesBackground

Brandon has worked for various Developers during his 20 years experience including Alfred McAlpine Special Projects and GB Development Solutions.

He has specific experience in the Hotel and Leisure sectors and has delivered numerous high profile schemes including the first Hilton Garden Inn in Luton and the Premier Inn in Sunderland.

With a particular flair for coordinating all aspects of a project, Brandon works from scheme inception compiling feasibilities and option appraisals. He has an enviable network of contacts in the Hotel sector and knows instinctively what sites and locations will be suitable for Hotel use. Widely recognised for his sector knowledge, Brandon is able to identify and work closely with Operators and organise property finance through to the onward sale of completed investments. He is interested in sustainable building solutions and has wide knowledge of modular systems used for speed of build and quality finish.

Skills & Expertise

  • Hotel sector specialist with detailed understanding of Operator requirements
  • Site Identification
  • Development appraisals
  • Design reviews and input
  • Site acquisition and management of planning applications
  • Raising and structuring property finance
  • Negotiating hotel agreements with Developers and Operators
  • Negotiating and letting building contracts
  • Overseeing project delivery on behalf of developers
  • Dealing with forward commitments and onward sale of completed hotel investments

"Brandon has successfully developed a number of Hilton hotels throughout the UK in challenging times and circumstances. His commitment and determination to succeed is unquestionable and he is a pleasure to do business with."

Nick Smart, Senior Vice President of Development, Hilton Worldwide


Stephen Darlington BSc (Hons) Development Manager

Mobile: 07468 531498 | Email: [email protected]

Steve Darlington, Mill Lane Estates


A member of the Chartered Institute of Building, Stephen has worked for a number of Construction Companies since he graduated in the 1980’s with a degree in Building Technology. He worked at Alfred McAlpine as Project Manager before moving to the GB Group as Development Manager.

Scarlet House – Care home for Care UK in Stroud, Mill Lane Estates

Scarlet House – Care home for Care UK in Stroud

He has specific experience in the Residential, Hotel and Healthcare sectors and has successfully delivered the project management and technical expertise on schemes such as the Holiday Inn Express, Swindon and new care homes at Congleton, Horley and Stroud.

Stephen has an eye for detail and excellent organisation skills. He works with clients from the outset of a project, investigating technical constraints of sites, helping to de-risk the planning and development process. He builds strong, collaborative relationships with all professional advisors and has extensive experience selecting and appointing appropriate consultants and procuring contractors. As well as stakeholder consultation, Stephen manages cost and progress reporting on sites including cash flow projections and final account agreement. He has a passion for regeneration schemes and ensuring ecological issues on site are taken into account from the outset.

Skills & Expertise

  • Preliminary feasibility/viability/appraisal consideration
  • Defining appraisal constraints and appropriate risk management
  • Preparation of Development Brief/Development Programme
  • Liaison with prospective End Users and Operators
  • Liaison with Funders and Investors
  • Appointment of Professional Advisors and fee proposal negotiation
  • Preparation of Detailed and Outline Planning Applications
  • Key Stakeholder consultation and third party liaison including Local Authority, local community and party wall matters
  • Contractor procurement and appointment
  • Project Management of construction phase
  • Monitoring of development efficiency and quality
  • Cost & progress reporting, directly to main Board and Funders/Investors
  • Financial delivery including initial Appraisal, regular cash flow projection to final account agreement
  • Constant Client and End User dialogue
  • Defect Management and Control on Completion through to end of Making Good Defects period

"Having worked with Stephen for many years, he has excellent technical knowledge, is always diligent and professional in all that he does, and has an outstanding track record of delivery. I would have no hesitation in appointing him as Development Project Manager on my future schemes.”

John Slater, Chairman, Quorum Estates


"Mill Lane Estates were employed by us as Development Managers on the development of a 101 bed care home in Tonbridge, Kent. Mill Lane Estates provided us with timely, accurate and straightforward advice at all times and carried out their duties diligently throughout the project. We would have no hesitation in employing Mill Lane Estates in a similar role on other projects and recommend their services to other clients."
Rob Scholes, Investment Director, THCM(Tonbridge) Limited

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Mill Lane Estates, Property Development and Management Services

Address: Mill Lane Estates, Block A, Barons Court, Manchester Road, Wilmslow, SK9 1BQ