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Planning expert hails Leeds City Region as top place for young professionals

Plannng expert James Hall hailed Leeds City Region as one of the country’s best places to build a career, in a speech to nearly 100 young property professionals this week.

The partner at planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore was speaking at the launch of the Young Entrepreneurs in Property (YEP) Leeds Chapter.

James said: “The Leeds City Region is home to the UK’s fastest growing young population outside of London, and it’s not hard to see why.

“As a centre of economic prosperity with fantastic further and higher education institutions, first class cultural assets and some of the country’s best areas of natural beauty, this is a great place to build a life and career.

“With nearly 4,000 under 35 year-olds working in property in Leeds itself, our industry is a key part of that regional success story.

“It’s great to see the Young Entrepreneurs in Property event bringing together the future leaders of our industry, and even more encouraging to see the collaboration that fosters.”

As sponsor of the event, James also talked of Barton Willmore’s own commitment to delivering opportunities for young people in the planning sector, as evidenced by the Leeds city centre-based team’s recent expansion.

This year Barton Willmore celebrates 21 years in Leeds city centre.  

During the last two decades the firm has worked on landmark projects across Yorkshire including the Vickers Tank Factory in Leeds, Humber Bridge Head Park and the Waverley new community in Rotherham.

Barton Willmore is currently working on 40 sites in Leeds and further locations in the Aire Valley.

The event also heard from Leeds City Council’s Angela Barnicle, chief officer for Asset Management and Regeneration. Her talk focussed on the importance of building your network early in your career.

Emma Murgatroyd, chair of the YEP Leeds committee, said: “We knew Leeds would be a great place for the next YEP chapter.

“The launch is just the beginning of a series of events we have planned for 2018 and beyond – seminars, training and sports events will all be part of our varied calendar. If you’re not signed up yet, get on our website so you don’t miss out!”

Lucie Jowett, a senior planner at Barton Willmore and YEP committee member, added: “Clearly the young rising stars in the property industry will be key to the Leeds City Region LEP’s 20-year vision and continued growth and prosperity of the region.

“It’s great to be part of a movement that is all about connecting and giving voice to the talented young people in the region’s thriving property industry.”

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