Persimmon strengthens South Coast team
10 June 2021
Persimmon has strengthened its South Coast land and planning team with the addition of several key appointments.
The recruitment is part of the company’s regional development strategy which will see an acceleration in land acquisition to deliver more new homes for local people.
Sharon Eckford, land director for Persimmon South Coast, said: “We have ambitious plans for the regional business, bringing forward a number of sites across Hampshire, West Sussex, Wiltshire and Dorset – and critical to this is having the right team in place to deliver on our goals.”
The land and planning team is based at the Fareham regional headquarters.
James Elms has joined the company as senior land manager, having previously worked in the same role for rival housebuilder Bellway. The 29-year-old, from Romsey, is keen to secure immediate land opportunities for development, especially sites capable of accommodating more than 50 new homes.
Strategic planner Giles Maltby brings experience from previous planning consultancy and local authority roles. The 48-year-old Chartered Town Planner is looking forward to reviewing existing development opportunities and finding potential new sites that complement the goals of local authorities in providing the region with much needed new homes.
Experienced technical layout designer Lily Vukovic joins Persimmon from another leading housebuilder, bringing extensive knowledge of architecture and structural engineering gained from working in the UK and on international projects. The 48-year-old from Chandler’s Ford will provide expert support from initial concept, through the detailed planning of new homes developments to project completion.
Planning graduate Jamie Alley is taking the first steps in his career with Persimmon. The 24-year-old, from Gosport, studied Designing Cities: Planning and Architecture at the University of Westminster before joining Persimmon in January this year.
Sharon Eckford added: “Building on the success of recent land purchases at Selsey, Havant and Shaftesbury, we are also soon to announce the appointment of another land manager, who can help us with the acquisition of immediate sites necessary to maintain a consistent land supply and meet demand for quality new homes in our region.”
Persimmon South Coast operates new homes developments across Hampshire, West Sussex, Wiltshire and Dorset.