Leading affordable housing developer Westleigh has appointed its first in-house solicitor.
Emma Hunt joins Leicestershire-based Westleigh’s Land department as Head of Legal. She will help to support the extra volume of land acquisitions and planning applications, as the firm expands its operations into Yorkshire for the first time, as well as growing its existing coverage of the Midlands.
Emma’s responsibilities will include buying land for development and handling the transfer of affordable housing to housing associations. Her role will also involve co-ordinating the services provided by Westleigh’s external legal partners, to ensure the legal process for each site runs smoothly from beginning to end. The role will cover both affordable housing sites and developments for private purchase.
Emma, who lives in the Lutterworth area with her family, became a qualified solicitor in 2000 and brings 16 years’ experience into her new role. She was previously Company Solicitor for a national housebuilder covering eight regional operations.
She said: “This is a fantastic time to be joining Westleigh, with new offices now open in both Yorkshire and the West Midlands. The company has ambitious plans for the coming years and I look forward to playing my part in making them a success.”
Matthew Moore, Property Director at Westleigh, said: “Welcoming Emma to the firm is an important step for us. It ensures we are well-equipped to continue providing exceptional affordable housing developments across the East Midlands, whilst also enabling us to expand the scope of our efforts in the West Midlands and Yorkshire.
“We had a £21m investment from private equity firm Palatine last summer, and earlier this year we were awarded £48m of funding by the Homes and Communities Agency for affordable housing projects. We are well positioned to help meet the growing demand for new homes across the Midlands and Yorkshire, and Emma’s appointment will be crucial in achieving that.”
Westleigh is part of the Homes and Communities Agency Delivery Partner Panel on both the Midlands and Northern lots and works closely together with housing associations to build affordable new homes throughout the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire. For further information visit www.westleigh.co.uk.
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