28 July 2022

Our specialist Land and New Homes department is to extend its geographical footprint into untapped in-demand locations, after an annual turnover increase of over 50%.

The dedicated team, which has grown from two to seven and includes ex-developers, said the spike in demand for new homes following the Covid-19 pandemic, especially family ones in more rural areas, showed no sign of slowing down. Around two in three of our sales in the past year featured these properties.

Amid rising energy bills, the new homes trend is also buoyed by a growing appetite among Yorkshire house buyers for modern properties that are cheaper to run.

Our existing portfolio of land and new homes for sale stands at 196 across 20 developments. Excitingly, there is an additional pipeline of more than 285 properties, worth a total of £85.5m, which we are poised to launch to market in the next two years.

The department, which is based at our Harrogate office, already supports developer clients through a growing number of other High Street branches in neighbouring areas.

On the back of another year of growth, we are now to extend this offering across our entire 23-office network across Yorkshire and The Humber, linking in with the residential sales team at each branch.

These include Bingley, Chapel Allerton, Harrogate, Headingley, Horsforth, Ilkley, Leeds City Centre, Pudsey, Ripon, Roundhay, Sheffield, Skipton, Wakefield, Wetherby and York.

The move will also strengthen working partnerships with Linley & Simpson’s proud sister companies, Dale Eddison, in Ilkley, Otley and Skipton; and Hardisty and Co in Horsforth.

David Waddington, our Director of Land and New Homes, said: “Having grown into the largest land and new homes agent in the area, we now have a strong launch pad for taking our services to housebuilders in new territories.

“Developers can draw upon our team’s 130 collective years’ sales and marketing expertise in this sector, as well as take advantage of an aligned and connected branch network, which is set to expand further in 2022 and beyond.

“It will also enable us to consolidate our position as the number one go-to agent on the property portals for land and new home stock.”

The past 12 months have seen Linley & Simpson's Land and New Homes team sell no fewer than 306 homes, up from 211 the previous year, and the average price of a new home has risen from £354,714 to £425,834 in the same period.

As well as record numbers of new home sales, the year has been marked by a raft of major new contract wins, including Brierley Homes, North Yorkshire County Council’s development arm; a growing number of housing associations such as Latimer, InCommunities, and numerous established housebuilders.

Earlier this summer, we secured our biggest land sale deal of the year to date – a three-hectare parcel of prime residential land in Church Fenton which was bought for £4m by developers Yorkshire Country Properties, who plan to build 50 homes on the Greenfield site.

In 2019, our team was crowned Best Land and New Homes Team in the UK at The Negotiator awards, widely recognised as the industry’s Oscars.

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