Keyland Developments announces new director

Luke Axe. Picture by johnhoulihan.com

Keyland Developments Ltd, the property trading arm of Kelda Group and sister-company to Yorkshire Water, has announced the promotion of Luke Axe to land & planning director.

Luke joined Keyland in 2016 to lead the planning team and has been instrumental in maintaining the Company’s successful planning record, bringing forward consents on complex, strategic sites across the Yorkshire region. This has resulted in the sale and redevelopment of hundreds of acres of unused land for new homes and employment space, in turn creating thousands of new jobs.

Luke has been responsible for devising Keyland’s blueprint for sustainable development, which will see it change the way that houses are delivered across the region. Luke’s work with a team of consultants has delivered a UK first, the creation of a pioneering valuation tool to measure direct, indirect and enabled value delivered from its ‘six capitals’ approach to property development.

The announcement follows the recent news that Keyland has appointed Matthew Turnbull as planning and development manager and promoted Beth McQue also to planning and development manager.

Peter Garrett, managing director at Keyland Developments, said: “Luke is an extremely valued member of the Keyland team and has played a key role in putting together our five-year business plan, so it is entirely fitting that he sees it delivered as a Director of the business.

“We are incredibly proud to be leading from the front on sustainable development through our ‘six capitals’ approach. We have a strong, dynamic team and there are exciting times ahead for the business and the region.”

Luke Axe said: “I am delighted to be joining the Keyland Board and look forward to the new phase in Keyland’s lifecycle as we bring forward some ground-breaking schemes such as the Esholt sustainable development.

“At Keyland we work on an incredibly diverse portfolio and I am looking forward to working with the rest of the team on implementing our approach to sustainable development into our wide-ranging projects.”

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