Property giant Peel has launched a new housebuilding division in its bid to deliver tens of thousands of homes across the region.
The department, which comes under Peel Land and Property, will be launched later this year and headed up Phil Wilson.
The former MD of Yorkshire based land and property regeneration company Harworth Group plc, is now recruiting a new team from a base in Arrive at MediaCityUK in Salford.
Wilson’s appointment is something of a homecoming, having previous been part of the Peel team who set up Peel Energy.
He has also worked with some of the biggest names in UK housebuilding including Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon and Redrow.
Wilson, who was also behind the massive Logistics North scheme in Bolton, said: “By launching our own housebuilding division, it’s a significant and exciting step forward in accelerating our ambition to deliver thousands of much-needed family homes across the North West of England.
“Currently Peel L&P has over 34,000 plots for family homes spanning 5,063 acres in the pipeline or on site and there is potentially a further 10,000 waiting for allocation in the planning system. The opportunity is vast.”
“We have great success in achieving planning consent on our land and while we sell some of our consented land onto other housebuilders, in future it will give us the option to create developments in line with our vision.
“Despite our in-house status, it’s essential we build a competitive and compelling offer as Peel L&P compared to other external housebuilders.”
Wilson will be joined by Jonathan England who has been appointed as development director.
He added: “The priority over the coming months will be the recruitment of a construction and commercial director, as well as working with Phil to earmark a number of pioneer sites in the North West, where we will establish our typical offering, core values, design and brand.”