Elsick Development Company

Elsick Development Company (“EDC”) was set up by the Earl of Southesk to promote the development of 634 hectares of land, owned by his father, the Duke of Fife, and a further 204 hectares owned by neighbouring farmers. The company’s objective is to deliver the new town of Chapelton, ensuring that results are consistent with the town’s masterplan. EDC began by seeking planning permission on a phased basis for the site, including outline permission for the first 4,045 houses and detailed permission for the first 802 houses. EDC will then manage the infrastructure construction and sell serviced plots to a small number of house-building companies. EDC will also have an overall marketing responsibility for the town, working with the house builders to help to sell properties through the promotion of the town itself.

EDC has assembled an experienced team of professionals to advance Chapelton through design, planning, consultation and construction. These specialists, including both local and international companies, have assisted with legal negotiations, the design process, the planning applications and the public relations required for this major ‘new-town’ scheme. Over the long term, EDC will work with the local Community Interest Company to guide the town’s long-term development by promoting community events, encouraging retail development and fostering community-led initiatives.

EDC is led by director David Fife, a qualified accountant with extensive land management experience from his role at the helm of Southesk Estates, a 2,800 Ha agricultural estate in Angus. Following a law degree at the University of Cambridge, David worked in corporate finance at London stockbroker Cazenove & Co. before moving to Angus where he qualified as a chartered accountant and practiced with Reeves & Neylan (now EQ Accountants LLP). He also holds an MBA from Edinburgh University and a land management diploma from the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.

His wife, and EDC co-director, Caroline has a modern languages degree from Exeter University and a background in PR, having worked for Carl Byoir and Ogilvy & Mather in London and freelance in Scotland.
David inherited the Fife title from his father when he died in 2015.

House Builders


ZeroC is a specialist builder of homes and mixed use developments. A property built by ZeroC is at the forefront of cost effective sustainable development whilst respecting the environment in which it will be a part for many years to come. ZeroC’s homes have space standards that make it enjoyable for people to live. For example, a 3 bedroom house by ZeroC is about the same size as a 4 bedroom house built by a volume house builder. These differences mean that a new home built by ZeroC will appeal to a much wider range of buyers, often to people who have never before considered buying a new property.

ZeroC has its headquarters at Poundbury near Dorchester. The company develops across the whole of the UK and is resourced to deliver some 300 homes and commercial buildings a year. In recent years ZeroC has received many national building awards for its developments – often relating to the sensitivity shown to the surrounding area but also for achieving high environmental standards.

ZeroC is equally comfortable with building both new properties that follow and respect traditional architecture and those that test the bounds of modern contemporary design. Our passion is to create great places – we will always seek to build the right property in the right place.

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AJC Homes

AJC Homes is a privately owned boutique house builder. Their remit as high quality residential developers has always been to offer homes which will provide lasting value through quality of design and build.

The distinctive design concept at Chapelton of Elsick particularly suits their ethos where high levels of management input ensure consistency in providing exceptional standards of construction.

AJC Homes are honoured and proud to be associated with the development at Chapelton of Elsick where a unique environment will be created for the lasting benefit and enjoyment of all those fortunate enough live there.

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Very few housebuilders have a reputation comparable to Stephen for design excellence, quality craftsmanship and outstanding service.

The Perth family firm was established in 1935 and their philosophy has remained unchanged: insistence on the highest standards.

Their hallmark is obvious in every home they build – in its layout, standard of finish, fittings and the thought that goes into the smallest features. They bring over 75 years experience to their homes and there are prestigious Stephen developments throughout Scotland, all chosen for their outstanding locations.

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Liberty Retirement Living

Building brand new communities in desirable locations across the country, Liberty Retirement Living is committed to improving the quality and experience of later life.
A Liberty Lifestyle combines good health, opportunities and independence with tailored care available if required – it’s our vision for enjoyable and modern retirement living, delivered with respect.
Liberty builds its villages with your needs at heart– offering a place to call home for life.
Liberty Chapelton will provide 82 high-quality, modern cottages and apartments, with a range of designs and sizes to suit all needs, and pricing to match. A variety of tenure options will also be available.
We draw on many decades of housebuilding experience as part of Places for People, with the industry-leading Home Quality Mark standard built into all our homes – offering the confidence that comes with living in a safe, modern and comfortable dwelling.
Our Chapelton village will also feature a Community Hub with a range of facilities; including a Brasserie & Coffee House, wellbeing suite, arts and craft room, a Club House for events and socialising, and more.

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Main Partners

Burness Paull have a market leading property team with a reputation for getting deals done. In addition to a highly skilled team of property lawyers, the firm has specialist support lawyers in planning, environment, licensing, construction, projects, tax and banking. It also has excellent practices in corporate support, property litigation and restructuring and insolvency.

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With over 30 years in the practice of architecture and urban planning, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company has earned an international reputation creating over 300 new and reinvigorated places, in a wide range of built environments, both in the United States and abroad. The work of the firm spans the design spectrum from individual residences to regional planning, including academic research and drafting municipal codes. DPZ is particularly known for its charrette methodology which was used for Chapelton.

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The highest quality services, integrated skills and strengths from qualified personnel, coupled with more than 100 years of experience, underpin Fairhurst’s position as the largest privately-owned Consulting Engineering Practice in the UK. At Chapelton Fairhurst secured the innovative design for the sustainable new community, assessed the impact of proposals on the transportation networks and developed the design of the new infrastructure necessary to serve those proposals.

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Turnberry Consulting is a development strategy and planning consultancy specialising in large-scale projects for landowners, public agencies and institutions including long-range spatial planning, in which legacy and operational excellence are key considerations and drivers for development . A limited company, Turnberry operates internationally and has led planning and development strategy for a number of significant developments in Scotland, including Chapelton; the Inverness Campus; Tornagrain, Inverness; and Grandhome, Aberdeen.

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Turner & Townsend is a leading global programme management and construction consultancy that supports organisations that invest in, own and operate assets. The company has a strong track record in delivering the UK’s infrastructure programmes. Major Scottish residential/infrastructure projects include Shawfair and Craigmillar (both Edinburgh), Ravenscraig (by Motherwell) and Raploch (Stirling).

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