James joins the team from Bath-based social enterprise Curo where he was Land and Acquisition Manager with responsibility for securing land suitable for the organisation’s commercial development. His overall experience in the sector spans over ten years and he brings to Andrews a wealth of knowledge in appraising sites, securing planning permission and delivering excellent customer service.
James’ appointment is evidence of the continuing recovery in the housing market and highlights Andrews’ increasing confidence to invest in the sector. Its Land & New Homes division works with developers of all sizes from small independents to larger national organisations and focuses its work across the South West and South East of the UK.
In his new role, James will be responsible for identifying new land opportunities which prove ideal for residential development across Bristol, Bath, Wiltshire and Somerset. He comments: “With such a significant shortage of housing across the South West, especially around Bristol and Bath, I am very much looking forward to getting land owners and developers together to agree deals that will go some way to rectifying this situation.
“My role involves a lot of getting out to meet land owners and developers, as well as assessing available land for its suitability for development and whilst it’s certainly very busy I thoroughly enjoy being an integral part of the process that will help provide quality new homes for local families.”
James will report to Martin Blake, Andrews’ Head of Land and New Homes, who adds: “Before embarking on his career in land acquisition and development, James in fact spent time working in residential sales here at Andrews. This, coupled with his more recent experience, means that he approaches each opportunity with a well-rounded view of what will make a successful development opportunity.