Meet the newly-created team tasked with delivering hundreds of high-quality new homes across the North East and Cumbria.
The Castles & Coasts Housing Association (CCHA) Development Team is already making serious in-roads into its target of building 600 new homes over the next five years.
Led by Head of Development, David Brown, the expanded five-strong team was formed over the past four months, and is already delivering exciting new housing developments.
David said: “It’s an exciting time for CCHA, with a raft of projects underway and a number in the pipeline. 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 Cumbria and the North East of England in the coming years.”
With three new faces and one person changing roles, the Development Team has been created to focus on delivery and quality.
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. All are excited to join the team and are looking forward to the challenges.
Hannah, 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, Andrew 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.
Justyna, who stepped up from Development Assistant added: “It is good to work as part of a team where people support each other and are committed to shared goals.”
Darren, 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 and is expected to attract a great deal of attention. This site offers opportunities to rent to buy, rent, shared ownership and outright sale, with all homes 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.”