Yorkshire Residential Property Awards...and the winners are

Church Farm by  Merrell OFlaherty Dormer Architects for the Rudding Estate  won Best Design at the Yorkshire Residential Property Awards
Church Farm by Merrell OFlaherty Dormer Architects for the Rudding Estate won Best Design at the Yorkshire Residential Property Awards
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A rural grand design and a top agent were among winners at the Yorkshire Residential Property Awards.

Yorkshire’s property industry has proved that it is well armed with a wealth of talent and expertise, whatever the outcome of Brexit and political change.

The best in the business were rewarded at Thursday’s Yorkshire Residential Property Awards, organised by Variety, the children’s charity.

The annual event puts the region’s property talent in the spotlight while raising funds for Variety and its work with disabled and disadvantaged children.

TV presenter Gethin Jones was the host for the awards dinner, which was at Bowcliffe Hall, Bramham. The 2017 winners and runners-up are: Best small development. Winner: Sutton Gate Lodge, Sutton-in-Craven, by Candelisa. Runners-up: Clementhorpe Maltings, York, by Northminster and Broadlea Street, Leeds, by Brewster Bye architects. Best large development. Winner: Clarendon Quarter, Leeds, by AGI Real Estate. Runners-up: Side Beck Grange by Mulgrave Properties; Empire Works, Slaithwaite, by S B Homes. Best housebuilder. Winner: Redrow Homes. Runners-up: Conroy Brook Developments and Berkeley DeVeer

Best regeneration project. Winner: Hungate, York, by Lendlease. Runners-up: Bentley Court by HeadOffice³ and St Leonards Place by Rushbond Plc. Best innovation. Winner: Citu Works, Leeds, by Citu. Runners-up: Halo, York, by The Helmsley Group and Broadleas by Edward Architecture. Best estate agent. Winner: Morgans City Living. Runners-up: Applegate Properties and Manning Stainton. Best design. Winner: Church Farm, Merrell O’Flaherty Dormer architects for the Rudding Estate. Runners-up: Side Beck by Mulgrave Properties and St Leonards Place by Rushbond Plc. Best planning practice. Winner: Spawforths. Runners-up: ID Planning and Quod. Best strategic land agent. Winner: Carter Jonas. Runners-up: Allsop and Savills. One to watch - a young person who shows great potential. Winners: Gabby, Hattie and Tom Snook, Pantera Property. Runners-up: Dan Newett, Berkeley DeVeer and Amy Wray, Applegate Properties.

Ian Cartwright, a partner at Carter Jonas, won Personality of the Year. Ian is renowned for advising landowners on residential development potential. John Webster, who has worked with him for 30 years, says: “He has a knowledgeable, calm and even-handed approach. His patience, intelligence and ability to help clients understand the system has helped him win and retain business. Property Post asked Ian for his thoughts on property and planning. Here’s what he said:

*Land is coming to market in much bigger quantities than it was before and new-build houses are selling well, thanks, in part, to the Help to Buy schemes. One of the issues with this is that developers are concentrating on the most sought-after places, like Harrogate, Leeds, Sheffield and York, because they can. In Harrogate there hasn’t been a major housing development for 15 years and now there are going to be nine housebuilders there. It’s getting harder to sell land in East Yorkshire as a result so there is a polarisation.

*The planning system is slow and that is often down to the councillors who sit on the planning committees. The process of getting approval and then selling land through to development can take 15 to 20 years and that’s one of the reasons the government can’t hit its housebuilding targets.

*There is growing interest in creating new satellite towns and villages because it is easier to establish a new settlement than tack one onto an existing place. Councils in Leeds, Harrogate and Selby are looking at this. They are not a quick solution. The infrastructure required means that they take six to ten years but I think we will see them coming to fruition. They will be on the M1, A1 and M62 corridors close to public transport links so people don’t have to drive miles and clog up the roads getting to work.

*The awards were organised by Variety and sponsored by Bond Dickinson; Yorkshire Post; Kier Living; Walker Morris; Carter Jonas; DS Emotion; Blind Colour; Hungate; Hampshire Trust Bank; Edward Architecture and Quod with support from French PR and PwC.