21 June 2012

Andrew Latchmore appointed Chair of Property Forum

Partner Andrew Latchmore has been appointed as Chair for Leeds Chamber Property Forum to support its ambitious aims to help Leeds evolve as a leading city in the UK.

Established in 2004, the role of the forum is to contribute positively to the future growth and development of the Leeds Metropolitan District as well as provide a sounding board for public sector infrastructure proposals and other major schemes brought forward in the city.

With over 30 years commercial property experience, Andrew succeeds Nigel Foster, director of Arup, and hopes to make the most of his new position to further strengthen the role of the private sector in driving the growth of Leeds.

Andrew who has been involved with the Property Forum since it was formed and was appointed deputy chair in 2011 told the Yorkshire Post, “I am delighted to be appointed chair of the Leeds Chamber Property Forum during what is a very exciting period for the development of the City. The role of the forum in terms of engaging businesses with the public sector’s planning and development agenda has never been more relevant, particularly as the city shapes its new planning and development agenda in the new public-funding landscape.

“In this new role I hope to ensure the forum continues to support and engage with Leeds City Council on important issues such as the Localism Bill, the Local Development Framework and in its ambition to become the best city in the UK. 2013 will be an important year for Leeds as significant developments are scheduled to launch including the long awaited Leeds Arena. There are also many other important and exciting opportunities involving the built environment where the property forum will be looking to take a lead role in business engagement."

Mark Goldstone, head of business representation at Leeds Chamber of Commerce, said, “Andrew is a great asset to the Property Forum and brings a wealth of experience with him to the role. With Andrew chairing the Property Forum and Nigel Foster as president of the Chamber, Leeds’ property and construction sectors can be confident that they are well represented and have a voice on the key development and infrastructure issues in the city-region.”