Redrow Homes’ new head of planning for the company’s Lancashire division has seen life on both sides of the fence.
Recently promoted from senior planning manager for the Chorley-based housebuilder, Robin Buckley is a chartered town planner by profession and began his career with a planning consultancy before stepping into local government and working in a number of different planning roles.
That experience is invaluable when it comes to dealing with Redrow’s forward land function and guiding strategic sites through the often complex planning system.
Robin, 51, who lives in Liverpool, joined Redrow in 1998 and has worked for two of its housing divisions, including his current ‘home’, Redrow Homes (Lancashire), where he has been based for the last six years.
He is responsible for the identification, promotion and acquisition of forward land opportunities, which may not yet have been allocated for housing or have an outline consent, and he advises the Lancashire business on all aspects of the planning function.
Planning challenges for housebuilders come in many guises and one of Robin’s most memorable was that of a former brickworks and quarry in North Wales, which came with a great many planning, engineering and environmental obstacles; not least the designation of a large part of the site as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to it being great crested newt habitat. “Successfully steering that site through the planning system demonstrates Redrow’s ‘can do’ attitude,” Robin says.
Within the Lancashire division he has been heavily involved in the planning promotion of a number of Redrow’s development sites which are now live outlets, including The Coppice, near Southport, Canal View, in Garstang, The Hedgerows, in Clayton-le-woods, Lucas Green, in Whittle le Woods and Ricksby Grange, in Wrea Green, plus Daleside Meadows, in Fulwood.
“The latter stands out as it is part of a larger strategic site which was assembled, promoted and master-planned to provide outlets for years to come and we will be launching the next phase, Tabley Green, later this year,” Robins adds.
“More recently, I secured options on land at Carr Head Lane, Poulton, including an access property. Planning permission was obtained following a successful planning appeal and the development will commence shortly.”
Robin has a BA (Hons) degree in Strategic Environmental Planning Studies and a Diploma in Town Planning.
Steve Greenhalgh, managing director of Redrow Homes (Lancashire), comments: “Robin’s knowledge and experience is invaluable to the business and his promotion to head of planning is recognition of those assets and his achievements.”
Redrow’s Lancashire division, based at Buckshaw Village, Chorley, seeks development opportunities throughout Lancashire and parts of Greater Manchester and Merseyside, especially along the M6, M55, M62, M61, M60 and East Lancs Road corridors.
Established more than 40 years, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, with a £1.4 billion turnover and building more than 4,700 homes in 2015/16 financial year.
Operating across England and Wales, there is a strong emphasis on providing high quality homes in prime locations and its housing ranges feature designs to suit all lifestyles:
• The Heritage Collection combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors.
• The classically styled Regent Collection features Georgian inspired street scenes and architecture.
• Redrow has also launched a new brand of contemporary homes in Abode, which boast open plan layouts with streamlined kitchen, dining and lounge areas, high specification wet rooms and outdoor living space.
Redrow also creates exclusive bespoke developments in both rural and urban locations. The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the Gold Award for Best Large Housebuilder at the What House? Awards 2015 and 2014, Best House Design at the Sunday Times British Home Awards 2015 and the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year. Its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence. Web: www.redrow.co.uk