A Leeds ambassador who has championed city living in Yorkshire’s unofficial capital has been recognised with a Lifetime Achievement award.
Jonathan Morgan, co-founder of Morgans sales and lettings agency, was honoured at the Yorkshire Residential Property Awards for his belief in city living in Leeds and the enormous part he has played in making it a vibrant and exciting reality.
Judges at the awards, which raised funds for children’s charity Variety, applauded his work in attracting inward investment to the city. They praised the fact he has never been afraid to criticise and campaign for improvements, while shouting about the benefits of living and working in the heart of Leeds.
Mr Morgan told the Yorkshire Evening Post of how ‘interesting and unpredictable’ the journey of city living in Leeds has been over the past 25 years.
He said: “In one breath, the conversion of empty city centre space into apartments was lauded as the 20th century solution for decaying urban centres and yet a few short years later The Sunday Times declared that Leeds was witnessing the construction of the “slums of the future” and had become the “empty flats capital of the north”.
“While never true, this mantle has been very hard to shake off.”
Mr Morgan said he expects overseas investors will be tempted by opportunities to develop in Leeds post-referendum.
He added: “Schemes are underway and we expect that it will be the pioneers and entrepreneurs who, through their Yorkshire grit, innovation and vision will create the conditions in which external investors will ultimately invest.”
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