About Millngate

Company History

The company was established in 1997 by Tony Sweeney BA (Hons) Dip TP MSc MRTPI following stints at both Oxford Brookes University and Reading University and then fifteen years of agency, development and investment experience in the West End of London. This  included working for Leigh Developments, Hillier Parker (now CBRE) GL Hearn and Partners, Cluttons and S &W Berisford Plc.

In the early years, Millngate concentrated on consultancy advice to major landowners and developers forming strong links with British Gas (now National Grid Property) and the Miller Group (Scotlands largest private company) . This in turn progressed to a profit share arrangement with Miller and the acquisition of an extensive portfolio from National Grid of development sites, predominantly in the North and North West of England, plus a mixed-use, town centre site in Chester.

Millngate managed the development and trading of these development sites and successfully generated significant profit for Miller, a share of which, enabled Millngate to continue to  grow and take on projects on its own.

Continued growth enabled  the recruitment of Michael Roberts MRICS and Andy Goodridge MRICS as site finders and development consultants; Joanna Summers D Phil (Oxon) to undertake Research, and Debra Sweeney BA(Hons) to assist with office administration and IT.

Millngate are based in Ringwood, Hampshire and work predominantly in the South and South East of England.

Track Record

– Since 1997

In 1998, for British Gas Properties, a performance-related consultancy fee was obtained for securing BT Cellnet as tenants to a 102,000 sq ft call centre as phase two of Leeds City Office Park. In addition, hand overwork was completed on the Imperial Wharf, Fulham project, where Tony Sweeney had been responsible for the 56-acre site on the banks of the Thames.

Tony Sweeney also worked on the former British Gas HQ in Southampton for conversion to student accommodation.

In 1999,
the acquisition of the “Northern Portfolio” from British Gas Properties (now National Grid Property), in association with The Miller Group, comprising nine sites in the North East and North West.

From the above portfolio, the sale of a 1.25-acre site in Tamworth to the Quartec Group for a car showroom.

From the same portfolio, the sale of a 13.5 acre site in Warrington to Marshalls for industrial development.

From the same portfolio, the sale of a 4.4-acre site in Yeadon, North Leeds to Miller Homes for the development of sixty-six residential units. This involved the acquisition of additional land for highway improvements and the negotiating of detailed planning permission, contrary to the adopted Local Plan policy.

In 2000,

the acquisition of a 1.6-acre town centre site in Chester from Henley Motor Group in association with The Miller Group. Detailed planning permission was obtained for a mixed-used scheme comprising a hotel, restaurants and bars, a Harley Davidson showroom and 24 residential units. Sales were completed to a Harley Davidson franchise and to Miller Homes. A subsequent detailed consent was obtained for a further 42 flats and a 2,500 sq ft cafe/bar and this element was sold to another house builder.

Millngate entered into a 50:50 joint venture with Morrison Development Funding Limited, part of the Anglian Water Group Plc, to develop a 60,000 sq ft of town centre shopping centre on the former Courts site in Stockport.

The completion of the forward sale agreement of The Courts shopping centre, Stockport to Allied Dundar. This was Millngate’s first agreement to sell a completed development for which they were responsible for construction and delivery to both the final owner and operators.

In September 2001,
entered into a joint venture with Morrison Development Funding Limited, part of the Anglian Water Group Plc, to develop 60,000 sq ft of town centre retail space in Stockport.

In April 2003,
as part of the British Gas portfolio acquisition with the Miller Group, the unconditional sale of the 4.4 acre Harrogate site to Tesco.

In April 2003,
as part of the British Gas portfolio acquisition with the Miller Group, the unconditional sale of a 2.8 acre in St Helens site to a house builder, following the obtaining of planning permission.

In October 2003,
completed the forward sale agreement to sell The Courts, Stockport to Allied Dunbar.

In February 2004,
shortlisted by Burnley in partnership with Miller Developments to extend the shopping core of their town centre. Miller Developments then withdrew so Millngate teamed up with another shortlisted party, AWG Developments, and Insight Investments for the second stage bidding. Following financial submissions and further interviews in July 2004, Millngate lost to one of the other three shortlisted developers, but their scheme was highly commended by Burnley Council.

In April- June 2004,
practical completion of The Courts Shopping Centre, and occupation by TK Maxx, Mark One, Cafe Nero and Music Zone. This also enabled the sale to be completed to Allied Dunbar and the first tranche of profit to be distributed.

In May 2004,
selected by East of England Development Agency (EEDA) to develop a retail warehouse and industrial development in Beccles, Suffolk on a contaminated former abattoir site.

In August 2004,
exchanged contracts to sell the last of the two remaining sites in Bradford, acquired from British Gas. This successfully concluded The “Northern Portfolio” project which commenced with the Miller Group in September 1999.

In October 2004,
option agreements completed on a site in Alton, Hampshire, considered suitable for retail warehousing.

In May 2005,
outline planning application submitted jointly with EEDA for a 26,130 sq ft of retail warehouse for Focus DIY and 10,000 sq ft of industrial units on the Beccles site.

In June 2005,
submitted outline planning application for a 30,000 Homebase store in Alton, Hampshire.

In July 2005,
exchanged conditional contracts with EEDA to acquire the site in Beccles.

In September 2005,
exchanged agreement to lease with Focus DIY for a 26,125 sq ft store at Beccles.

In December 2005,
release of the builders retention at The Courts Shopping Centre, Stockport, effectively bringing the project to a very successful conclusion.

In February 2006,
commencement of demolition at George Westwood Way, Beccles.

In the same month, the securing of a revolving development loan facility with Clydesdale Bank.

In March 2006,
the completion of a loan agreement with Clydesdale Bank to finance the construction of a Focus DIY store and industrial units at Beccles.

In April 2006,
concluded forward sale of Focus store to Griffin, a Danish investment consortium.

In June 2006,
completed the purchase of Beccles site from EEDA and completed the Section 278 Agreement, making an agreement to lease with Focus, unconditional.

In October 2006,
achieved practical completion of Focus unit and industrial units at Beccles and completed the sale of the Focus investment to Griffin.

In June 2007,
selected by EEDA and Breckland Council to develop a 3-acre retail site in Swaffam.

In November 2007,
selected by Defense Estates (now DIO) to develop an 11 acre retail, leisure and mixed-use project in Gosport, Hampshire.


In December 2008,
exchanged contracts with Tesco to sell Mill Lane, Alton.


In March 2009,
exchanged a development agreement with the Ministry of Defence to develop the 11-5 acre Frater Gate site, midway between Fareham and Gosport, now known as Brockhurst Gate.


In January 2011,
exchanged an option agreement on a town centre site in Chislehurst, considered suitable for a mixed use development, including retail.

In March 2011,
agreed terms to acquire land in Whitstable, Kent considered suitable for retail development.

In July 2011,
Tesco obtained planning consent at appeal for the Alton site.

In August 2011,
exchanged conditional contracts to purchase 3-acre retail site in Swaffam, Norfolk.

In October 2011,
Tesco obtained planning consent for Extra store in Harrogate, Yorkshire, a site that Millngate had previously sold to Tesco..

In July 2012,
Millngate successfully obtained detailed planning consent for a 37,000 sq ft Eco store for Tesco on their Swaffham site.

In October 2013,
MIllngate’s appointed contractor, Interserve, commenced construction of the new Tesco in Swaffham.

In May 2014,
completed the construction of the Tesco store in Swaffham and sale to Tesco



In June 2014,
Tesco took occupation of their store  in June 2014.




In December 2014,
acquired 11.5 acres at the junction of Fareham Road and Heritage Way, Gosport from Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and named the site, Brockhurst Gate.

In 2016,
exchanged agreements to lease with Lidl, Marks and Spencer’s Food Hall, McDonalds, Costa and Homebargains at Brockhurst Gate, Gosport.

In December 2016,
Detailed Planning application submitted for the redevelopment of Brockhurst Gate, for new stores for Lidl, Marks and Spencer’s, Home Bargains, The Food Warehouse by Iceland, Costa Coffee and McDonalds, plus a full size football pitch, changing rooms and parking and open space.

In January 2017,
exchanged contracts with the Food Warehouse by Iceland to occupy the Brockhurst Gate development.

In August 2017,
the Gosport Regulatory Board unanimously approved the Brockhurst Gate development.

In February 2018,
Amiri was appointed as contractors and commenced on site at Brockhurst Gate.

In June 2018. the steel fram for the retail terrace is erected at Brockhurst Gate

In November 2018,

McDonalds are the first tenant to open for trading at Brockhurst Gate.and practical completion goes ahead on 28th November 2018

McDonlads at Brockhurst Gate January 2019

In December 2018,
The refinancing of Brockhurst Gate Retail Park with the Industrial and Commerce Bank of China, the largest bank in the world.

Brockhurst Gate February 2019

In February 2019,
At Brockhurst Gate Retail Park, the opening of McDonalds, Costa, Lidl, M & S, Homebargains and Iceland.

In July 2019 Brockhurst Gate won the South Coast Development of the Year award 2019

In August 2019,

Planning application for Brockhurst Gate Phase 2, register with Gosport BC for a trade counter and employment scheme.

In June 2020

Resolution to grant planning consent for Brockhurst Gate, Phase 2 by the Gosport Regulatory Board approved ‘virtually’ in their first meeting of the Covid 19 lockdown.

McDonalds re-open their Drive Thru at Brockhurst Gate Retail Park meaning all 7 occupiers are open for business despite Covid 19.

McDionalds reopen their Drive Thru at Brockhurst Gate

In June 2021

Resolution to grant planning consent for Unit 8 as an extension to existing retail terrace comprising 8,000 sq ft and 16 additional parking spaces.

In August 2022

Contracts exchanged with EV Networks for 12 rapid car charging bays within the main car park.

In September 2023

EV Chargers installed and awaitiing final connection at Brockhurst Gate, Gosport.

Blue skies and rapid ev charging bays in Gosport

You can view our past and present projects in more detail via the Projects page.


We have a dedicated team, with a huge amount of experience and the necessary entrepreneurial flair and drive to generate value in a competitive and complex market place. We are all qualified surveyors or planners and are experienced in all aspects of commercial property development, in all sectors across the UK.

Tony Sweeney BA (Hons) Dip TP MSc MRTPI
Owner and Managing Director

Telephone: 01425 650856
Mobile: 07970 471770
Email: t.sweeney@millngate.com

Michael Roberts MRICS
Development Consultant

Telephone: 0208 789 0286
Mobile: 07909 528330
Email: m.jroberts4@btinternet.com

Andy Goodridge BA (Hons) MRICS
Development Consultant

Mobile: 07885549700
Email: a.goodridge@millngate.com

Joanna Summers BA (Hons) M.Phil D.Phil (Oxon)
Research and Development

Telephone: 01425 650856

Debra Sweeney BA(hons)

Telephone: 01425 650856
Email: d.sweeney@millngate.com

Our Strengths

  • Four very experienced professionals, each with no less than 20 years experience in the industry and a track record of successful major development projects.
  • Excellent contacts with operators.
  • A portfolio of active development projects throughout the UK.
  • A thorough understanding of the development process, including an expertise in town planning.
  • A flexible approach from project facilitator to development partner to an outright developer.
  • Quick decision making.
  • A hunger and desire to deliver existing projects and to secure new opportunities.
  • A commitment to seeing projects through from start to finish.
  • Strong IT skills and up to the minute IT support.
  • Capable research and support team.
  • Finance in place for a substantial land acquisition and development program.