Answers Please: Andy Campbell
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.