NEW APPOINTMENT AT HOUSEBUILDER STRENGTHENS TEAM

Northumberland-based housebuilder, Ascent Homes, has announced the appointment of a Senior Land Manager to add further support to its land acquisition and housing development team.

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David Salkeld is widely experienced, starting his career at building contractor, John Laing in Gosforth on leaving school and qualifying as a chartered quantity surveyor with admission to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in 1987. Since that time, he has worked in commercial teams for main contractors until moving into property development in 1997 whilst at Willmott Dixon, followed by time at Helios Properties and Morgan Sindall Investments.

In joining Ascent Homes, he brings to the role considerable experience of managing consultants to secure planning permission for mixed use schemes - one of which extended to 700 acres - so he is a strong addition to the team, as Neil Turnbull, Head of Land and Development, explains:

“David will be an asset to us and we are very pleased to welcome him to Ascent Homes. We have ambitious plans for developing a wide range of homes throughout the county and his skills are a perfect match for our future plans. He is a highly capable individual, so we could not have asked for a better candidate as we seek to prepare a number of new sites for planning submission.”

With a brief to locate and secure a legal position on land as well as selecting a consultant team to secure planning permission in accordance with Ascent Homes’ business objectives, David will be drawing on all his expertise. He adds:

“I was attracted to the role because it allows me to play a part in Ascent’s growth at an exciting stage in its development. The company has been established for three years and has impressive plans for the future in which I am looking forward to getting involved while bringing a range of high-quality housing in some really striking locations to the market.”

He is currently working on several current and planned developments across the county including schemes at Blyth, Newbiggin, Longframlington and Prudhoe.

Ascent Homes now employs 49 staff and currently has 274 homes under development.

Andy Hutchinson