We need land to build great places to live

McCarthy & Stone is the UK’s leading developer and manager of retirement communities. Our developments are thoughtfully designed to help our homeowners make the most out of life. 

For over 40 years, we’ve built sociable retirement communities that enrich the lives of our customers and their families. Quality and service are integral to everything we do. That’s why we’re the only developer to achieve five star customer satisfaction ratings from the Home Builders Federation (HBF) for 15 years – that’s every year since the awards began. We’re the only developer to hold this accolade. 

You can find out more about our business model, including planning, construction and customer care here. 

Can you help us to buy land?

In 2019, we invested £111m in land and over the last four years we’ve acquired 250 sites

As demand for retirement communities continues to grow, so does our ambition to provide greater numbers of high-quality age-exclusive developments. We’re always keen to connect with landowners, property specialists and agents across England and Wales to secure the land we need. 


John Tonkiss

Professionalism, efficiency, expertise – these are the qualities we’ve nurtured so that when we agree to buy a site, we can perform a swift turnaround with optimum return for vendors.

John Tonkiss, Chief Executive



When I get out of my car on that first visit to a potential new site I immediately put myself in a homeowner’s shoes. As I walk around I ask myself: ‘If I lived here, would this location help me to maintain my independence?'

Julian Kinder, Group Land Manager

We aim to make it easy for you

With over 40 years of expertise and experience in buying sites and obtaining planning permission, you can rely on us for a smooth, straightforward and quick acquisition process. We pay a generous commission for all successful introductions, too. 

Get in touch

We want to hear from you if you own, or know of, land that might be suitable for our developments, email [email protected].
Download our Land Wanted brochure for more information.

Sites required:

  • 0.5 - 5 Acres in size
  • Within half a mile from shops and public transport
  • Prominent locations in England and Wales
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Learn more about our business model

Chestnut Grange McCarthy & Stone

Download our Land Wanted Brochure

What we are looking for 

Our typical site criteria:

  • Within half a mile/easy walk to shops and amenities 
  • Good public transport links 
  • Centrally located, typically brownfield land 
  • Land of 0.5 to 5 acres (0.2 to 2 hectares) 
  • Scope for three-storey (or higher) development 

We consider every type of land deal, whether unconditional purchase, conditional contract, or option agreement. And we’re not shy of a challenge – we’ll always consider ‘difficult sites’.  

Examples of good potential sites: 

  • Local authority surplus car parks or buildings 
  • Police and fire stations 
  • Garages 
  • Car dealerships
  • Care homes
  • Office buildings
  • Sports grounds 
  • Garden centres
  • Depots 
  • Hotels and elements of larger sites owned by house builders. 

Get in touch: email [email protected].