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Our Land Planning Team

Paul Fleet - Land Director

Paul oversees the delivery of sufficient land opportunities across all the regions to ensure delivery of the business plan. With a varied background in housing development, project management and civil engineering, Paul started with our sister company, Story Contracting in 2000, before moving to Story Homes in 2003 as Contracts Manager. Paul became Land Director in 2010.

Stephen Litherland - Regional Strategic Land and Planning Director - North East

Stephen is responsible for strategic land acquisition and promotion of sites through the development plan system to ensure the North East region has sufficient land interests to deliver its business plan. Stephen has a town planning degree and diploma from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and has significant experience within the house building industry having worked in a UK-wide land and planning role for a large PLC house building company prior to joining Story Homes in 2018.

David O’Reilly - Land and Planning Director - North West

David works with Dan Barton to ensure sufficient strategic land is secured to ensure business growth throughout the North West. He is also responsible for identifying and securing sites that can deliver units within our rolling three year business plan. David joined the Story Homes team in March 2015 after working in planning and development with a particular focus on strategic land for around 12 years.

John Jackson - Head of Land and Planning - Cumbria and South West Scotland

John’s role involves identifying and securing land opportunities across the region. After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA (Hons) Town Planning he became a Chartered Planner in 2004. John worked for a local authority planning department before joining the commercial sector in 2006 and joined Story Homes in 2014.

Sarah Armstrong - Head of Land and Planning - North East

Sarah is responsible for securing, acquiring and delivering land that will enable delivery of the North East region’s business plan for the next 15 years. After gaining a BSc (Hons) Land Management and a Diploma in Planning and Development, Sarah has worked for 16 years in land management. Sarah joined Story Homes after working as a Senior Land Manager for eight years.