Countryside continues Yorkshire growth with new promotion

Chris Penn

Countryside, the UK’s leading mixed-tenure developer has cemented its regional growth with the promotion of Chris Penn to managing director, for its Partnerships Yorkshire business.

Chris’s promotion comes just over a year after he joined Countryside to set up the new Yorkshire region as its operations director.

With a headcount of 75, the region now has four development sites with a further two in planning and a target of c.600 units to deliver for 2021; comprising a mix of open market, affordable and PRS properties. The region is also growing geographically with new sites planned in the North East and South Yorkshire.

Chris will be focusing on the day-to-day running of the business, including managing the business forecast, the procurement of land, subcontractors and build. As well as this, his objectives will be to build strong working relationships with local authorities, housing associations and PRS specialists to ensure the continued delivery of private, rented and affordable housing for the region.

Chris said: “I have been extremely pleased at how well the business has performed during the last 12 months. Not only are we new to the region and a relatively unknown name, but we have also had the challenges of the pandemic to face.

“Our first scheme in Wakefield, City Fields, sold 40 units before we had even launched our show homes, which demonstrates there is strong confidence from house buyers – not only in the market but with our fantastic homes and our great reputation in other areas.”

Phillip Lyons, interim chief executive, Partnerships North, Countryside, said: “Chris has proven himself to be a highly regarded member of the team and a solid leader. He has taken a new business and helped to set solid foundations to drive growth as we continue to acquire new sites and develop new partnerships with local authorities and housing associations.”

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