Property on the agenda

Nearly 100 people booked places at a keynote property convention held by Portsmouth Property Association (PPA).The annual event, in association with Portsmouth City Council, took place on Wednesday, March 20, at Langstone Technology Park, Havant, from 8.30am to 2.30pm.

PPA chairman Barry King, a legal executive with regional law firm Glanvilles LLP, said: “This is always a welcome opportunity to hear from a range of highly knowledgeable speakers on a range of property issues – the fact that the Chancellor of the Exchequer delivers his Budget on the day will add timely resonance to what is being discussed.”He added: “The construction industry could well do with a shot-in-the-arm following the latest official government figures. These show that output in the UK fell by 10.2% between last November and this January because of a lack of new-build projects.

“Fasset, which operates Langstone Technology Park, is sponsoring the event, which counts towards 3.5 hours of continuing professional development – CPD as it is known – and includes a question-and-answer session.Topics include the £1 billion investment vision for the city of Portsmouth, along with latest planning and building controls, legal matters, lending issues and regulations.”

Gary Jeffries, the managing director of regional commercial property consultancy Hughes Ellard, will also update PPA members on the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership.With 140 members and dating back to 1920, the PPA is the main voice for property-related professionals in and around Portsmouth.

Members include estate, lettings and property management agents, commercial property agents, chartered surveyors, solicitors and bankers.

PPA members must comply to a strict code of conduct, with emphasis on quality of service, local knowledge and expertise.