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Harrow Estates strengthened with appointment of Land Director & Head of Planning

8th February 2019

Harrow Estates strengthened with appointment of Land Director & Head of Planning

Harrow Estates, which has assumed responsibility for leading housebuilder Redrow’s strategic land holdings, has appointed Alex Sciarretta as its Land Director and Steve Neal as its Head of Planning. 

Alex and Steve joined Harrow Estates from housebuilder Taylor Wimpey, where they both worked for four years. Alex was most recently their Land and Planning Director for our Southern region, while Steve’s role was to lead the Planning team at their Oxfordshire business unit as Senior Planning Manager. There they both developed strong relationships with land owners and local authority officers, as well as their regional land and planning knowledge. 

Alex’s role at Harrow Estates will see him focus on acquiring both strategic sites for future development and more immediate sites for us to grow our presence in the South of England. Steve will lead the planning function of current and forthcoming sites in both the South of England and South Wales and he will oversee all strategic land opportunities. Alex and Steve will be working closely with our regional land and planning teams and local authorities to drive forward these new land opportunities. 

Alex Sciarretta, Land Director, Harrow Estates South, comments: “I am looking forward to being part of the close collaboration between Harrow Estates and Redrow’s regional teams. Becoming a land director at Harrow Estates has opened the door for me to be part of a business that is driven by placemaking and creating communities where people want to live. Together we have strong expertise to deliver future models like Woodford Garden Village.”

Steve Neal, Head of Planning, Harrow Estates South, adds: “It is exciting to be joining such a forward thinking company, which has impressive ambitions to grow, and working with the teams at Redrow that pay such close attention to detail in the quality of their product. The Harrow Estates team has a wealth of experience in the housebuilding and planning industry and I am looking forward to building on that with my expertise in project management.”

Established by Steve Morgan in 2001, and owned by us since 2009, Harrow Estates has been key to the acquisition of our strategic sites for developments such as Woodford Garden Village in Greater Manchester and Ebbsfleet Green in Kent. It plays an integral role within our business by finding serviced parcels of land to aid delivery and provide additional strategic land resource. The recently expanded team will allow for a more strategic approach to all future land acquisition and the delivery of infrastructure across all regions.

Harrow Estates’ expertise lies in land and property acquisitions, masterplanning, regeneration and commercial development. Since the inception, we have been successful in acquiring sites with optimal development or redevelopment prospects, as well as adding value to large sites that are environmentally challenged or lack the necessary planning consents to realise their full development potential. The close collaboration between us and Harrow Estates has ensured strong commercial viability and high-quality design across every site.

Julian Larkin, Managing Director, Harrow Estates, comments: “Redrow’s pull through from strategic land sites has been very strong in recent years and the Group’s acquisition strategy has seen it solidify its presence as one of the foremost experts in creating new communities across the length and breadth of England and Wales. The introduction of Alex and Steve to our team will further strengthen the relationship between Redrow and Harrow Estates and build on our current momentum to ensure we are acquiring the best possible sites where we can create thriving communities, and not just housing developments.”

Alex and Steve are based in Oxfordshire but will be travelling regularly across the South East, South West, the Midlands and South Wales.