Castles & Coasts reveals expanded development team

Castles & Coasts' new development team (Demo)

A housing association working across the North East and Cumbria has introduced its newly created development team tasked with delivering hundreds of new homes.

Castles & Coasts Housing Association (CCHA) owns properties across Sunderland, Washington and Northumberland, and has a target to build 600 new homes over the next five years.

Led by head of development, David Brown, the expanded five-strong team has been formed over the past four months.

David said: “It’s an exciting time for CCHA, with a raft of projects underway and a number in the pipeline,” Brown said. “To make sure we deliver the best possible schemes for our residents, it is vital that we bring together a collective of talented people, enabling us to rise to the challenge of our new development ambitions.

“These appointments are a true demonstration of CCHA’s commitment to delivering on its ambitious new strategy, which will see us create 600 new homes across the North East and Cumbria in the coming years.”

Justyna Moore has been promoted to development officer, with Andrew Wilkinson joining as land and acquisition manager and Darren Lee as a development officer. The latest recruit, Hannah Nelson, has taken up the role of development assistant.

Nelson, a former account manager, said: “It’s a really exciting time to be joining CCHA and the development team in particular. We all come from different backgrounds and have skills and experience that complement each other, which I think will be reflected in the schemes we provide.”

Following a four-year stint with the NHS, Wilkinson is delighted to return to the housing sector. He said: “The team has ambitious targets and we are really looking forward to working with colleagues and partners to deliver modern, high quality new homes for our customers.”

The team is responsible for buying land, liaising with contractors and builders on a daily basis to oversee construction work progress and ensuring CCHA standards are maintained.

Moore, who stepped up from development assistant, said: “It is good to work as part of a team where people support each other and are committed to shared goals.”

Lee, who used to work in IT, said: “Everyone has taken up the new roles at the same time, allowing us to develop our own practices and evolve as a team. Everyone within the team is really approachable and always willing to help one another.”

Two projects nearing completion are the Crookfield development at Staveley, and Orchard Place in Appleby.

Crookfield, in the Lake District National Park, consists of 13 properties. It is on track for completion by the end of November. This site offers properties for rent to buy, rent, shared ownership and outright sale, with all homes having two or three bedrooms.

Orchard Place delivers six two-bed apartments, and is nearing completion. These are the final six properties out of a total of 12 that CCHA has developed with partner Story Homes.

CCHA chief executive, Stephanie Murphy, said: “CCHA has undergone a great deal of positive growth and change in recent years and the new development team is a prime example of how the organisation is focused on recruiting and developing the best people to deliver the quality homes that our residents desire and deserve.

“There is real momentum across our development portfolio at the moment and I can’t wait to see what this new team can deliver in the near future.”


Main Image: (right to left) David Brown, Justyna Moore, Darren Lee, Hannah Nelson, Andrew Wilkinson.


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