Discover what it's like to work in our Development team
The Development team work closely with communities, councils and a range of other partners to build new homes for local people. Our Development Manager, Jo, has been at Hastoe since 2006. Her role means she's involved in every stage of the development process from finding a site to showing tenants around their new homes. Jo's development area stretches from Cornwall to East Sussex, so her role can involve a lot of travel time when she's visiting developments. We caught up with Jo on her office day to find out what her working life involves.
8:30am: Jo often arrives early on a Tuesday as it is her first working day of the week and she has lots of emails to catch up with. She usually starts with any urgent tasks and today is no exception as she continues handling the sale of two properties in Cornwall to Cornwall Council. As part of this sale, Jo contacts residents in the same scheme to let them know about an upcoming survey.
10:00am: Jo and the team are busy filing documents into boxes and completing an inventory of all the paperwork, ready for a scanning company to pick-up and digitalise. She explains that this is needed to reflect the move to digital working post-covid.
11:30am: Jo and the rest of the Development team work closely with Parish Councils throughout the planning, building and allocation process. As Jo is attending a Parish council meeting in West Sussex tomorrow, she does some preparation work and speaks to the architects involved. The Local Authority is also going to be there so Jo makes some calls to go over the meeting agenda and their aims.
2:00pm: After lunch, Jo continues her meeting preparation work and takes a look at the plans for the development.
3:00pm: Jo's next project is an exciting one as she was recently informed that a developer had accepted Hastoe's offer on a new build scheme. It's been a quick turnaround after the offer so Jo is going to see them in a couple of days. Her next task of the day is to prepare for the meeting by appointing an employers agent and appointing solicitors for the project. She says:
“It’s always good to have a new project. I like that you can get your teeth stuck into something fresh and the buzz that comes with it.”
4:00pm: Jo's day ends with a monthly team meeting. It gives the Development team a chance to catch up on all the projects coming up and discuss each team member's priorities. The team can help each other and everyone is happy to lend a hand. They end by talking through and agreeing on team targets and priorities.
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