Keyland appoints planning and development manager

Matthew Turnbull. Picture by johnhoulihan.com

Keyland Developments Ltd, the property trading arm of Kelda Group and sister-company to Yorkshire Water, has appointed Matthew Turnbull as planning and development manager, as the firm activates its latest five-year business plan and blueprint for sustainable development. Matthew joins from Peacock and Smith where he was an Associate.

Keyland’s planning team is overseen by strategic land and planning manager, Luke Axe, and Matthew’s appointment follows on from the promotion of Beth McQue to planning and development manager.

Keyland recently unveiled its blueprint for sustainable development and is the first company in the UK to use a valuation tool to calculate direct, indirect and enabled value delivered from its developments.

Utilising this pioneering tool – created by leading sustainability consultants 3ADAPT, with support from Yorkshire Water and other world leading institutions – Keyland can measure its ‘Total Value’ as a company, addressing its ambitions to deliver exceptional places and enable sustainable living.

Matthew will be working with the team to overcome the challenges it sees in the current UK housing delivery model by pursuing more prescriptive planning permissions and working with housebuilders and organisations such as housing associations and later-living housing providers to create a more organic mix of houses, incorporating where appropriate self/custom-build homes to deliver innovative new communities.

Peter Garrett, managing director at Keyland Developments, said: “Keyland is in an exciting phase of its evolution and we are incredibly proud to be implementing our new six Capitals approach to sustainable development. Planning plays a critical role in the work we undertake and Matthew’s expertise and in-depth knowledge of the statutory planning system will be a valuable addition to our dynamic team.”

Matthew Turnbull, planning and development manager, Keyland Developments, said: “I am delighted to be joining Keyland as it implements its ambitious plans to be the development enabler of choice for both private and public sector landowners across the County. I am looking forward to utilising my experience in managing complex planning matters to add value to the business.”

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