New planning and development duo for Savills Leeds

Sue Howarth and Rob Crolla

The Savills planning and development teams in Leeds have been bolstered by two new senior appointments this month.

Rob Crolla has joined as a director in the planning team, whilst Sue Howarth joins as an associate director in the development team.

With over 25 years of experience in the planning industry, Rob joins from an independent planning consultancy where he established an office presence in Leeds for the brand. Prior to this, he spent eight years at Indigo Planning Limited: one of the UK’s leading independent town planning consultancies; before which he spent three years at ASDA Stores Limited where he worked as town planning manager.

Rob is experienced in all aspects of planning, but his role at Savills will be focused on business space and other commercial development planning.

Director and head of Savills Leeds planning team, Adam Key, said: “Rob is a real asset to the team and we are delighted to have him on board. We have a strong presence in the north with offices in Manchester and Leeds.

“With the rise of the Northern Powerhouse, Rob’s appointment has come at an ideal time, providing us with an opportunity to maximise our role across Yorkshire and the north of England to its full potential.”

Sue, who is a Chartered Surveyor RICS Registered Valuer, joins from Cushman & Wakefield in Leeds where she worked as an associate for 12 years. She has over 20 years of experience in the industry and has previously worked for the likes of BNP Paribas and CBRE in Leeds and Barclays Property Holdings in Newcastle. She has specialist knowledge of the residential property sector, having practised in this field for over 15 years.

William Ward, joint head of Savills Development team in the north, said: “We are delighted to welcome Sue to the team. She brings with her a wealth of experience across the Yorkshire and north east land and property markets and she is a valuable addition to the already expanding team in Leeds.

“Her arrival with complement and further extend our consultancy and valuation offering across the north of England.”


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