About Us

Over 20 Years of Experience

St Congar was established in 2001, focussing upon the refurbishment or redevelopment of office and mixed-use stock in the South East.

In subsequent years, St Congar has also become a specialist in unlocking complicated sites for both residential and commercial developments and has since built a diverse portfolio of urban regeneration sites and greenfield/brownfield settlement extensions. St Congar has earned a reputation for achieving complex planning permissions and delivering robust returns to our partners.

St Congar has successfully unlocked over 10,000 dwellings together with a raft of employment, social and educational benefits.

St Congar was named after Saint Congar, who founded a monastery in  the village of Congresbury in Somerset where the Managing Director, Miff Chichester, was born. 

Legend has it that St Congar’s staff took root when he thrust it into the ground and the resulting yew tree can still be seen to this day. Growth and steadfastness are principles that we at St Congar value highly.

The crest of “Ferme En Foy” means “Firm in Faith” in Middle French of the 14th Century.


16 Sites

798 acres of land

10,383 homes in potential long term pipeline

5,317 homes already consented

680,010 square feet of employment use


5 office blocks

£311,000,000 total investment value

747,000 square feet of commercial offices

Following a masters in real estate from Cass Business School and a business degree from Durham University, Charlie began his career at Berkeley Homes (St James) as a land buyer.

Charlie is a Chartered Surveyor (Planning and Development) having qualified at Savills in the Residential Capital Markets division.

Charlie has operated as a development / investment agent across the UK, building strong relationships within the development community. He has been directly involved in originating and executing acquisitions and disposals of over £100m of land. He has represented a number of developers and investors on the acquisitions of assets both on and off market in a range of asset classes.

Charlie brings to St Congar a fresh approach to land origination and the ability to source / acquire land through a diverse property network.

Laurence Clarke’s career in development started when he joined Crest Nicholson PLC at their Bristol office in 1993. Becoming Development Director, he was responsible for a number of large high profile residential lead developments.

Leaving Crest Nicholson in 2005, Laurence has provided advice for a number of private and public organisations on the acquisition and realisation of development opportunities through his consultancy company.

On joining St Congar, he brought focus on new opportunities for the team to exploit. Laurence has considerable experience in the identification, acquisition and delivery of successful development projects.

Until recently, he was a non-executive Director of one of the largest developing Housing Association in the South West of England.

Ralph graduated from the University of Manchester with a Masters of Town and Country Planning in 2010 and is a full member of the Royal Town Planning Institute after gaining chartership in 2013.

Ralph has a background in rural planning through working with Salmon Planning Company in Somerset. Since this time, he has developed experience in London and the South East working for Westminster City Council and London consultancies; Iceni Projects and Maddox Associates.

During his time at Iceni, Ralph was seconded to Fairview New Homes where he picked up a house builder’s insight to development across sites in Barnet, Enfield and Hertfordshire.

Ralph has acted for a range of developers and land promoters and has overseen complex major projects ranging from a high-rise build to rent development in Ealing, a secondary school and enabling development in Green Belt Surrey and a 3,600 dwelling allocation in Norfolk.

Ralph brings in house planning expertise and acts as a development manager on live projects. He also leads on St Congar’s business development and site acquisitions.

Tony graduated from Nottingham Trent Polytechnic in 1990 with an Honours Degree in Residential Development. He has spent all his working career within the residential development sector, initially starting out as a quantity surveyor and then moving into land and planning.

Tony spent 13 years with Bellway Homes, working within the urban renewal and housebuilding divisions within the Group. During his time at Bellway, Tony was involved in the Barking Riverside development which is a mixed use scheme comprising healthcare, shopping, community and leisure facilities and over 10,000 new homes.

In 2005 Tony joined Crest Nicholson as Development Director. He was responsible for the land and planning departments covering sites in West London and the Home Counties.

In 2010, Tony joined Linden Homes, part of the Galliford Try Group, as Land Director responsible for the delivery of land and planning for the Chiltern region including the purchase of London sites in Mill Hill, Chiswick and Willesden.