One of the UK’s leading strategic land companies, L&Q Estates, makes a double appointment in its planning department.
New hire Russel Crow joins as Planning Director, while Richard Edwards has been promoted to Group Planning Director.
Richard has nearly 30 years’ experience in the planning sector and was previously serving in housebuilding at Barratt Developments and Redrow Homes, before joining L&Q in November 2017.
Highlighting his experience and expertise in the sector, Richard said: “House-building is primarily my background as I’ve worked for regional and national housebuilders as a Strategic Planning Director and Strategic Land Director, so I have vast experience in the promotion of strategic land,
“At L&Q Estates, we have an enviable track record of delivering medium and large-scale strategic development sites and I’m looking forward to continuing to help provide high-quality developments in communities across the UK.”
L&Q is a charitable housing association and developer, managing more than 100,000 homes across London and the South East. According to their figures, over half of L&Q’s new homes are competitively priced towards those on average to lower incomes.
New hire Russel brings over 10 years’ experience as a town planner as well as a Master’s degree in spatial planning at Birmingham City University. Russel is also a member of the Technical and Policy Committee for the Land Promoters and Developers Federation (LPDF) which is made up of the UK’s leading land promotion and
Commenting on his duties in the new role Russel said: “At L&Q Estates, I will be predominantly overseeing sites through the planning process; working with local authorities, landowners and consultants to progress sites through Local Plans or planning applications.
“I will also be working with the land and planning team internally at L&Q Estates to feed into the strategy for site finding and assessing sites that have been offered by land agents.
“I will be working throughout the country and am joining at an exciting time for the business with an excellent portfolio of sites to promote and deliver, to ensure that we can play a significant role in tackling the housing crisis.”