Lockley Homes, the Midlands-based independent luxury developer, has appointed an experienced property professional as its new land director as part of ambitious expansion plans.
Ian O’Gorman joins the company from Innova Property Ltd in the south, where he was senior land manager, having previously worked as a land manager with Renaissance Retirement Ltd.
Before that Mr O’Gorman had spent more than 14 years focused on new stores at supermarket chain Lidl, where his last role was senior acquisitions manager.
Karl Lockley, joint managing director at Lockley Homes, said: “We’re pleased to welcome Ian onto our team. We believe that his wide experience in land and property will make him an excellent fit with our growth programme.
“Ian’s brief is to explore, find and acquire more sites to help accelerate expansion of our activity in 2020 and beyond, responding to the upturn in house sales that we are seeing.
“We are confident in the medium-term that Lockley Homes can return to investing in growth, working across the region to find elegant housing project developments to build on our current success.”
Mr O’Gorman said: “I’m delighted to have joined Lockley Homes where I am fully responsible for the company’s ambitious land-buying programme and expanding the development pipeline.
“I’m impressed by Lockley Homes growing reputation as a quality house builder operating across Worcestershire, Warwickshire, the Cotswolds and the West Midlands.”
Many of Lockley Homes’ developments are sold out, but there are currently still homes available at Kingsbrooke, in the village of Colwall, near Malvern in Worcestershire, and Marmalade Lane at Honeybourne, near Broadway.
Lockley Homes also has four other sites in the pipeline including plans for nine luxury bungalows and farmhouse-style properties on a two-acre site in Broomhall Lane on the southernmost tip of the new Worcester “super village”.
The company has been granted planning permission for eight three-bedroomed townhouses in Pope Iron Road, Worcester where works will start shortly.
At Alstone, nine miles north of Cheltenham, Lockley Homes has submitted a planning application to Tewkesbury Borough Council for six homes providing a range of two, three and four-bedroomed properties.
And the company has recently received planning permission for a mix of three-bedroomed bungalows and two-bedroom apartments on land next to Stanhope Care Home, in Malvern Road, Worcester.