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#013 Conversions on Conservation, Homing the Homeless with Kellyann Martin AND: AONB!
Episode 132nd February 2021 • Property on Fire • Ian Walmsley - Leading Homes / Planning Geek
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Welcome to Property on Fire, on this episode.....

You'll meet Kellyann Martin, who used to be a teacher, and replaced her income and created a much better lifestyle for herself by investing in property. She offers her investors the chance to build their wealth whilst investing responsibly and creating good for people. She is passionate about providing homes for families in Leeds, and works closely with Leeds Council to help with their housing crisis.

To find out more about Kellyann, see her website:

...and here she is on LinkedIn :

This week, you'll also hear an update on the Leading Homes development sites. Their Office-to-23 flats conversion site is getting there! All the scaffolding has gone and they're in the final phases of building control, so not far from getting people moved in to their brand new homes.

To see the photos Ian spoke about, follow the Leading Homes Facebook here:

Ian's A-Z of Property is back again. This time it's "AONB". To learn more (including the Welsh translation Ian wasn't going to attempt on the show), see this page:

Here's the DEFRA Magic map Ian spoke about during this feature:

As always, Ian's had many questions land on his desk during the week. This week on Property on Fire, he answers one from Lisa about conversion of an office to residential in a conservation area under Class O. If you'd like to see more about Class O, here's the URL:


A regular podcast from your host Ian Walmsley. Join him every week for a dynamic podcast with Ian and his guests on how to seize the opportunities out there before others do! 

You will learn about planning from a developer’s eye, you will benefit and learn together from the mistakes that Ian makes. He is very grateful for the opportunities that he has had and would love to share these with you.



Ian Walmsley  is a third-generation experienced developer who loves Planning. Referred to as a ‘Walking Encyclopaedia’ by a mentor he developed a passion for planning in 2015 having got fed up with inaccurate information on some websites as to what was possible with property or land that he was looking to develop.

In 2017 he set up the site ‘Planning Geek‘ as a way to inform others as to the possibilities of using permitted development rights on both domestic and commercial property. This has now grown to cover many other aspects of planning, giving plenty of ‘wow’ moments. To the best of our knowledge, It is now the largest planning website in the UK, apart from the national planning portal.

He now speaks around the UK at both property meets and with mentorship groups as a developer/planning geek.

As a developer with his company, Leading Homes, he has 40 dwellings under construction with a further 50 plus in legals or pre-construction.

The one thing he is not is a Planning Consultant – he is a Planning Geek – although a chartered town planner said ‘Ian knows more about planning than most planners!’. He is simply ‘A developer who loves planning’. As a result he has nothing to sell from his talks, which is always a refreshing change!



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