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Story Homes appoint new strategic land managing director

Housebuilder Story Homes has appointed John Winstanley as strategic land managing director – a newly created role.

John, who has worked for the company for more than five years, was promoted from strategic land and planning director earlier this year.

He brings a wealth of skills and knowledge to the new role, accumulated during his 15 years’ experience working in private housing and land promotion.

He said: “I’m delighted to take on the new role of managing director for strategic land, working with an incredibly talented team focused upon delivering exciting new land opportunities for Story Homes for the next 5-15 years.

“We have three strong regional land and Planning departments, supported by our Strategic Land business unit, who are all committed to identifying sites that are aligned with our high-quality homes.

“With great financial strength we are looking grow the business, working with landowners to secure and deliver land for new homes and mixed-use development across the north.

“I’m looking forward to taking on this new challenge and working closely with the other senior team members to facilitate a strategy for our long-term business plans and ultimately shape the future of Story Homes.”

Story Homes operates across the three regions of Cumbria and Scotland, the North East and North West England.

Welcoming the appointment, Story Homes chief operating officer Colin Wood said: “We were pleased to offer John this very well-deserved promotion to Strategic Land Managing Director.

“Although the last year has not been without its challenges, we continue to see strong demand for our quality homes, and we remain focussed on bringing in new sites to sustainably grow our business.

“The land market is extremely competitive at the moment which is why our newly formed Strategic Land business unit will be imperative in securing some great options to sustain our long-term pipeline.

“With an abundance of experience in the Land & Planning sector I am confident that John will be instrumental in our growth plans, as well as providing strong leadership to our team.”