New planning director to spearhead housing drive

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 12 Jan 2015

Richard Serra

A planning consultancy has expanded its northern reach with a senior appointment to help it tackle rising housing demand.

Richard Serra, who joined Quod as a director from Savills, is now based in the consultancy's Leeds office.

Serra, who will work with co-director Tim Waring, told Planning: “Housing is the hot topic. Leeds recently adopted its core strategy and produced a report on site allocations.

“This will inspire lots of questions: where will the housing go and are the council's aspirations for 10,000 units in the city centre reasonable and realistic?”

His areas of expertise include community infrastructure levy and compulsory purchase as well as major residential, city-centre office and sports developments. 

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