Ours is a business that’s built on an unrivalled combination of experience, insight and inspiration, and what we do is help landowners and house builders maximise the value in land and new homes sales. Our team have the expertise and experience to understand what makes your business tick and the contacts and strategies to make it work even harder for you.

Working in conjunction with non-competing member estate agency firms through the Land & New Homes Network we are well-placed to provide coverage across the UK.

Unlock Local Opportunities

We understand that housebuilders rely on specialists with proven experience in identifying and supplying land opportunities, so we ensure that our team is trained to act in your best interests.

For house builders and developers looking to acquire sites, we proactively seek out overlooked parcels of land, locate the owners, initiate sales discussions and help secure the best possible price. Drawing upon our local knowledge and contacts, we make sure our clients are in the front of the queue for major opportunities. And when it comes to buying or selling, our unique expertise and network means that we excel in turning positive conversations into done deals.

We pinpoint and nurture potential sites on a daily basis in areas as diverse as:

• Land assembly
• Brownfield
• Strategic
• Commercial property
• Housing Associations
• Joint venture arrangements.

Ultimately, we understand your needs and our business culture is founded on helping you meet those needs. And with significant experience of all aspects of the development land market, we can provide you with expert disposal and acquisition advice.

Our Experts, Your Assests

Our dedicated team can take complete responsibility for your project. Here are a few of the key people who’ll help you make the most of your development.


Destiny Evans Land and New Homes Manager

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Meet Destiny, Manager of the Land and New Homes department.

With a keen focus on West Cumbria, she specialises in identifying and bringing exciting land and new homes opportunities to the region. Destiny collaborates with a diverse range of professionals, including landowners, housebuilders, architects, and planners, to help our partners unlock the full potential of their investments and achieve maximum profitability.

As part of our partnership with the Land and New Homes Network, Destiny benefits from a vast support network that grants her access to the knowledge and expertise of esteemed industry professionals. Her extensive market intelligence allows her to stay ahead of the game, and she always looks forward to connecting with like-minded individuals throughout Cumbria and beyond.

Connect with Destiny Evans on LinkedIn to stay up-to-date with the latest developments and opportunities in the dynamic world of land and new homes.


Helen Mason Client Services Manager

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Introducing Helen, a valued member of Team Grisdales since 2015. She initially joined as a Sales Negotiator at our Workington Office, marking a significant career change after serving as a Police Officer with Cumbria Constabulary. Helen's dedication and hard work led her to progress into the role of Senior Sales Negotiator and she currently holds the position of Sales Client Services Manager. Her passion for both people and property shines through as she consistently strives to deliver the best possible customer service experience.

When Helen isn't busy helping clients, she enjoys the comforts of home in Seaton. There, she lives with her husband Andy, her son and daughter, her stepson, and their delightful Cocker Spaniel named Molly.

Connect with Helen via Linkedin and say hi!


Lesley Daly Lead Generation Manager

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Meet Lesley, a valued member of the Grisdales team since 2017. She started as a Weekend Receptionist after taking a short break following the birth of her daughter. Since then, Lesley's dedication and hard work have led her to progress within the company.

Currently, Lesley holds the position of Lead Generation Manager, overseeing the areas of Whitehaven, Workington, and their surroundings. Her role involves identifying potential leads and opportunities to support the growth of our business.

With a background in customer service and sales, Lesley has honed her skills over the years. Prior to joining Grisdales, she spent five years as a Client Services Advisor, eventually transitioning into a Client Accountant role.

Outside of work, Lesley enjoys spending time with her family. She lives in Whitehaven with her husband Andrew and their daughter Ella Amelia-Lilly. On weekends, they are joined by Lesley's stepdaughter, Emma Louise. In her free time, Lesley's passion for cars takes centre stage and she can often be found attending the latest car shows.

Find Lesley on LinkedIn.


Rachel Ritson MARLA Managing Director

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Say hello to Rachel, the driving force behind Grisdales! She's the captain of our ship, steering the company in the right direction and making sure we're always on course. Responsible for the strategy and direction of the company, day-to-day work involves ensuring our people, systems and brand are working cohesively and aligned with our culture and company values of passion, honesty, expertise, consideration and potential.  Her main priority is to ensure the whole team is engaged and enjoying their work… a happy team means happy customers.

Rachel's journey with Grisdales started over 20 years ago, and as the business grew, so did her responsibilities. By the end of 2014, she was running the business, and in 2016, she officially became the owner of the company. But before joining Grisdales, Rachel had her own business, providing accounting and management information services to local companies. And way back, she worked for the international company Dupont.

As a member of the Association of Residential Lettings Agents, Rachel is always staying up-to-date with the latest industry knowledge. She's also a lifelong learner, having completed programs like the Women in Cumbria Taking The Lead initiative and a Level 4 qualification in Business Management. She's even part of the prestigious Leadership Summit program by The Property Academy.

When Rachel isn't busy leading the charge at Grisdales, she's surrounded by her big, loving family. With three children, three stepchildren, and several grandkids, family get-togethers are her favourite. And to stay fit and unwind, she hits the trails for a run or a leisurely walk in the fells. Of course, she always finds time to kick back and relax with her husband Neil.

Connect with Rachel on LinkedIn.

A Profitable Partnership

House builders and land owners engage our services at every stage of the development cycle, although we can deliver maximum value when we’re consulted early-on in the process

Development Consultancy Services

We offer on-the-ground insight and advice that is regularly converted into profitable results. Come to us for design advice and tactical guidance on key regeneration projects, or press our team on anything from option appraisals and scheme optimisation, to feasibility studies or getting the housing mix right for a specific location.

Understanding the requirements of our clients and delivering value drives our service offering. We’ll tailor our strategies to your specific needs, enabling you to maximise the value of your assets. Come to us for specific advice and commonly-requested services such as:

We Take Your Business Seriously

We’re proud to have made a name for ourselves in the Land and New Homes market by not only understanding the needs of house builders and land owners, but by offering the specialist services that support growth.

So we excel in delivering all the necessary elements for the successful launch of a development, and the expertise and commitment to fully support the project for its duration. We have a great deal of experience of managing site sales operations for our clients and you can count on our staff to represent your company professionally and to uphold your best interests.

We’ve worked with many of the region’s leading house builders and appreciate the finer details of working with premium developments. Our business driver is always to secure the best value for our clients, rather than take a sales rate. And in addition, we understand that a cohesive approach from a sales and lettings perspective can foster both short- and long-term gains.

With us by your side, you can achieve unrivalled exposure and enable the development to engage with an extensive catchment area. In short: we’ll help you take your investment to the next level.

Expertise you can count on

  • Off-plan sales
  • Pre-launch strategies
  • Affordable housing
  • Student housing
  • Private clients
  • Conveyancing
  • Investments
  • Marketing strategies

Services you can trust

  • Production of brochures, CGIs, etc.
  • New homes mortgages
  • Advertising campaigns
  • Site sales staffing
  • Effective signage
  • Investor launches

Stronger Together

Founded and run by renowned industry specialists, the Land & New Homes Network combines expert personnel with exclusive resources. When you engage with our unique alliance, you’ll be able to create powerful relationships with some of the country’s most ambitious independent agents, land owners and house builders.

In addition, we possess an unrivalled amount of data and robust insight from across the land and planning arena. We know what is happening on the ground right now in different marketplaces across the UK; hold extensive historical data on subjects such as the second-hand market and pricing; can understand the current demands and plot the future trends. It’s a very valuable resource.

Tell us your strengths and your challenges, your ambitions and where you need support and we’ll connect you with someone useful to you and your situation.


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