Terra has appointed Richard Pitt as strategic planning director, with a focus on progressing sites through the planning system
Richard Pitt joins Terra from Wolverhampton-headquartered Housing Association Bromford.
Pitt held the position of senior planning manager, managing a national planning team that covered 43 different Local Authorities. Prior to that, he was associate land and planning director at Mather Jamie, a land and planning consultancy based in the East Midlands.
Pitt has also previously worked for IM Properties as a strategic planning specialist, at Barratt Homes as a planning manager, and as a senior planning officer for Wolverhampton Council, where he commenced his career in 2007.
He obtained a BA (Hons) in Geography from the University of Wolverhampton, followed by a post-graduate diploma in Urban Design, and a MA in Spatial Planning – both from Birmingham City University.
Managing sites through the planning process
James O’Shea, managing director of Terra Strategic, said: “We are delighted that an experienced planner with the gravitas that Richard has is joining the team.
“Being able to progress sites through the planning system and find new solutions to long-standing issues is critical to the eventual delivery of much-needed quality new homes.
“Where we differ from other strategic land businesses is our ability to secure the best result and value for each site, whether that be through an open market sale, or via our sister companies; Hayfield, which specialises in luxury homes and Living Space, which delivers affordable housing to Registered Providers.”
Richard Pitt, strategic planning director for Terra Strategic, said: “The political focus on brownfield sites is creating a chronic shortage of market and affordable housing in towns and villages across the UK.
“My specialism is identifying and assessing new development opportunities and proactively managing the promotion of strategic sites through the planning process.
“In doing so, I hope to help the Terra team achieve many more successes, such as the recent housing allocation, planning approval, and subsequent sale of the first phase of the canal village scheme in Hawkesbury.”