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IM Land is one of the UK’s leading land promoters, working across a range of sectors and rooted in the Midlands.

IM Land are a team of experienced professionals specialising in the promotion of sites to obtain planning permission. As part of the IM Group, IM Land currently have secured land for approximately 6,000 units, much of which is currently in the planning system (please see the ‘what we do’ page for more information).

The team has a wide range of experience including work for major PLC housebuilders, financial and professional services and local government. IM Land is unique in that its financial decisions are not bound by a complex shareholder structure, which enables the decision making process to be quick and uncomplicated.

IM Land’s agile structure means it can deliver on its promises. This flexibility and partnership approach to strategic planning mean it is able to navigate the complex planning process and bring forward transformation which is deliverable.

IM Land are committed to securing high quality, long-term developments through a fair approach to business and the community.

By bringing together authorities, housebuilders, occupiers and development partners we facilitate growth and unlock investment opportunities which have the edge over single-promoter schemes.

Originally formed in 1976, International Motors was started as a motor-vehicle distribution business by founder and sole owner Lord Edmiston. IM Group is now in its 40th year of business and is home to companies such as The Funding Corporation, IM Properties and Spitfire Bespoke Homes with headquarters in Coleshill, and with offices also in Ireland, Sweden and China.

IM Group's core values are based on agility, inventiveness and openness, which perpetuate the culture upon which the business was founded. IM Group's worth was estimated at £450 million in 2015 and the business has continued to grow and strive through tough economic climates and is now an established and respected name.

IM Properties is one of the UK’s largest privately owned property companies, with an investment and development portfolio of £900 million across the UK, Europe and the USA, with projects spanning the industrial, retail, office and residential sectors. IM Properties is in its 30th year of business and has grown in size and standing since its inception in 1987 with a profit of £103m in 2015.

IM Properties have a £900 million owned and managed portfolio. IM Properties is rooted in the Midlands and is one of the largest privately-owned property companies in the UK. Its track record in delivering growth includes high profile projects such as Blythe Valley Park, Birch Coppice, the Hub and Mell Square Shopping Centre.

IM Properties is committed to securing high quality, long-term investments and developments through a fair approach to business. Our management team combines the skill set and creativity of a property company with the financial resource, of an institutional fund.

Kevin Ashfield

UK Development Director

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Kevin Ashfield

UK Development Director

Kevin has worked at IM Properties since 2000 and in 2009 was appointed as the UK Development Director. Kevin’s role includes overseeing the Commercial Development and IM Land teams at IM Properties. Kevin has been responsible for over 3m sq ft. of development since 2009 comprising both pre-lets and speculative construction.

Jonathan Dyke

Strategic Land Director

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Jonathan Dyke

Strategic Land Director

Jonathan is a Chartered Surveyor with 25 years’ experience working in all aspects of property development and development finance. He joined the organisation in 2010 to help establish Spitfire Bespoke Homes and in 2013 had overall responsibility for the acquisition, project management and disposal of MOD Ensleigh, Bath.

In 2015, Jonathan moved internally to IM Properties Plc to lead on a number of major projects including the promotion of a new settlement at Gaydon Lighthorne; a major mixed use scheme and new primary school at Watery Lane, Lichfield; and a hybrid planning application for 750 homes at Blythe Valley Park.

IM Land was launched in 2016 and Jonathan heads a dedicated team of strategic land, planning and technical specialists with a proven track record of planning promotion and project delivery. Jonathan has overall responsibility for sourcing, securing and promoting strategic land through Promotion Agreements, Options, Joint Ventures or Freehold acquisition.

Richard Knight

Associate Technical Director

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Richard Knight

Associate Technical Director

Richard has more than 15 years’ experience working for some of the UK’s leading residential developers building throughout the country and has been responsible for the technical department functions of site acquisition, delivery, regulations and planning for small and largescale developments. He joined IM Land at the start of 2016 and with his residential developer delivery background, he ensures buildability of layouts is assessed at all stages. Within the team, Richard oversees the technical appraisal and delivery of projects to help maximise value and speed of delivery in the design and legal aspects of the development.

Marianne Horton

Associate Land Director

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Marianne Horton

Associate Land Director

Marianne joined IM Land in 2016 after working for the housebuilder Barratt Developments plc for the previous 6 years, where she was responsible for the acquisition of projects such as the Wedgwood Estate in Staffordshire; a deal which helped her secure the title of ‘Birmingham Young Professional of the Year in Property and Construction’ during 2014. Since joining IM Land, Marianne has been instrumental in building the business’ strategic land portfolio by contracting on over 580 acres of new land, in addition to a further 1,000 with terms agreed which will shortly be added to the portfolio. Marianne deals with Freehold Purchases, Option, Promotion Agreements or Joint Ventures to suit a wide variety of landowner requirements.

Richard Pitt

Strategic Planning Specialist

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Richard Pitt

Strategic Planning Specialist

A chartered town planner and qualified urban designer, with more than 10 years of experience, Richard joined IM in 2015 from the west midlands office of Barratt Developments where he was part of the land team delivering circa 800 homes a year. Prior to that Richard worked as a senior officer in the major projects team of a local authority, predominantly focusing on residential developments. As part of the IM Land team he is involved in coordination and management of projects through the planning system as well identifying and appraising the potential of new opportunities.

Sarah Milward

Senior Strategic Planning Manager

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Sarah Milward

Senior Strategic Planning Manager

Sarah joined IM Land in July 2016, with over 19 years’ experience of working in Strategic Land for a national Housebuilder, identifying, promoting and obtaining planning consents for residential led development proposals. Sarah is a qualified Planner, with her role as Senior Strategic Planning Manager, focussing on initial site assessment through to promotional strategy and project management, in order to secure site allocations in Local Plans and obtain planning consents. Current IM Land Projects range from progressing the RM planning applications and discharge of conditions for 750 dwellings, consented at Watery Lane, Lichfield and the development of promotional strategy and project management of key greenfield residential led strategic sites in South Gloucestershire and Leicestershire, in order to capitalise on the benefits of sustainable growth locations to meet strategic and local housing needs.

Kathryn Hemingway

Land & Planning Manager

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Kathryn Hemingway

Land & Planning Manager

Kathryn joined IM Land in January 2018 as a Land and Planning Manager, having previously worked in Cushman & Wakefield's planning and development consultancy team on a range of large-scale residential and commercial schemes. She is a Chartered Surveyor and will also train to become a Chartered Town Planner. Within the team, Kathryn will be assisting the land department with management of portfolio sites and acquisition of new strategic sites.

Thomas Holdcroft

Technical Coordinator

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Thomas Holdcroft

Technical Coordinator

Thomas joined IM Land at the start of 2018 after having worked most recently for a civil engineering practice where he was primarily responsible for assisting with the development of residential and commercial engineering designs as well as seeing through a multitude of section agreements (S38, 278, 104 106) in liaison with stakeholders on behalf of the companies developer clients. As a Technical Coordinator, Thomas will be involved in determining the technical viability of potential projects and his civil engineering background will enable him to review all aspects of site delivery from a technical point of view, in addition to being responsible for the delivery of infrastructure where required.

Lyndsey Thomas

Marketing & Events Management

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Lyndsey Thomas

Marketing & Events Management

Lyndsey joined IM Properties in June 2014 and is responsible for all marketing, PR, promotional activities and events across the Properties portfolio. Lyndsey oversees both project specific and corporate marketing for the business and works across all departments on a variety of commercial and industrial schemes.