THE newly-appointed MD at Harron Homes Yorkshire has expressed his belief that the property market ‘remains stable’ with many people searching new homes post-lockdown.
The developer has appointed Tony Lee, 51, from Doncaster, to oversee operations in the region.
Mr Lee joined Harron Homes Yorkshire in August, with a goal to build 500 new homes a year.
The appointment follows the launch of a brand new website for Harron and the introduction of the National House Building Council warranty to its homes.
Having started out as a design engineer, Tony progressed through technical roles with many developers. Most recently, he was group technical director / deputy managing director at Gleeson Homes.
Locally, Harron Homes has a development in Queensbury and neighbouring Huddersfield.
As a result of his experience and outlook, Tony says he is focused heavily on business development.
Mr Lee said: “I‘d like to grow Harron Homes to deliver up to 500 new homes per year,” he said. “We’ve got a great team here in Yorkshire and good safety standards too, so I’d like to use that to our advantage. I’ve not been in post long but I’ve already experienced just how enthusiastic the Team is.”
The desire for new housing has not been affected post-pandemic, according to the developer.
“We had some concerns about the construction industry during lockdown,” said Kelly Booth, sales & marketing director for Harron Homes Yorkshire.
“But high quality new homes remain in high demand. Thanks in no small part to the hard work of our colleagues, we’ve seen sales rates that none of us could have predicted at the beginning of the pandemic.”
And the new MD, who lives with his wife and three children, remains optimistic about the future of the economy and the impact on business.
Mr Lee said: “It seems hard to believe that through recession the property market still remains stable – and although every home builders numbers have been decimated by Covid the appetite for new homes is there, so Harron Homes will be maintaining production and increasing where safe working practice allows. The Stamp Duty holiday and the extension of Help to Buy are a great support for the sector and I hope that the government continues to support housebuilding in underpinning the economy.”
“I was attracted to Harron Homes because of the similarities to the Gleeson I joined over 10 years ago in terms of growth potential and opportunity, also the different challenge of offering a higher end, exclusive product is something I’m looking forward to being involved with. I’ll be focusing on quality and customer experience too; I want to ensure that the business is growing in the right way.”