An­swers Please: Andy Camp­bell

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

SOMERSET-BORN Andy started as a trainee sur­veyor with Jones Lang Woot­ton in the 1970s and later set up an ar­chi­tec­tural and sur­vey­ing prac­tice.

In the 1990s, he es­tab­lished the Pathfinder Group of BES com­pa­nies with a for­mer client and ran the property side of the busi­ness be­fore do­ing his own de­vel­op­ments. In the early noughties, he lived in the Ital­ian hills for a while be­fore mov­ing to his wife’s na­tive York­shire. They lived in the Howar­dian Hills be­fore mov­ing to York last year. Af­ter help­ing put the de­sign and plan­ning for the Brad­ford City Park scheme in place, he took up a po­si­tion with the Mul­grave es­tate.

Q: What’s your favourite part of York­shire and why?

A: I have lived in York­shire for ten years now and my favourite parts would have to be the Howar­dian Hills area of out­stand­ing nat­u­ral beauty where we used to live and the North York Moors. They have beau­ti­ful vil­lages, dra­matic scenery and are gen­er­ally very peace­ful.

Q: What and where is your ideal home?

A: I love Arts and Crafts houses. I think they are very stylish, and full of char­ac­ter with in­ter­est­ing quirky el­e­ments. I en­joy liv­ing in York, so Noel Terry’s old house, God­dards, would do nicely with a sec­ond home in the Ital­ian hills for when the Bri­tish weather gets me down.

Q: How would you de­scribe your in­te­ri­ors style and your favourite piece of fur­ni­ture?

A: I have an an­tique tim­ber Wind­sor arm­chair which is the most com­fort­able chair you could wish for. I dis­like mod­ern fur­ni­ture and min­i­mal­ist style. I pre­fer the well-worn, lived in look of an old farm­house or barn con­ver­sion.

Q: What do you think of plan­ning reg­u­la­tions and how would you change them?

A: Plan­ning reg­u­la­tions are deeply flawed and dic­tated by gov­ern­ments that are only con­cerned with the short term. I think plan­ning pol­icy should be more about proper mas­ter plan­ning to gen­er­ate higher qual­ity ar­eas to live/work/shop and play, and much less about sheer quan­tity.

Q: What is your fore­cast for the property mar­ket over the short and medium term?

A: We are cau­tiously op­ti­mistic in the short term. Look­ing fur­ther ahead, it de­pends on the econ­omy and how much in­ter­fer­ence there is from cen­tral govern­ment.

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