Jointly hosted by Hampshire property associations, the Portsmouth Property Association (‘PPA’) and the Southampton Property Association (‘SPA’), seven local authorities came together to talk to almost 200 agents, developers, lawyers and occupiers, to highlight their long term investment and infrastructure plans for the South Coast.
Organised by JLL’s Nella Pang as (previous) chair of the SPA and PPA chair, Tom Holloway, the event took place at The Forum, generously given over for the event by Alchemy Partners on behalf of landlord Tristan Captial Partners. All profit from the evening was split between the Associations’ chosen charities Yellow Door and Elizabeth Foundation.
The Councils who presented included:
• Hampshire County Council
• East Hants District Council with Havant Borough Council
• Chichester District Council
• Portsmouth City Council
• Fareham Town Council
• Southampton City Council
Hampshire County Council’s Assistant Director of Economic Development, David Fletcher opened proceedings with a brief county wide overview, highlighting some real positives that the county can boast about as well as some of the challenges it faces.
The other presenters all gave an overview of their current and proposed development, focusing on some key events that will bring much needed new homes and employment opportunities to the South Coast. Much of what was discussed is well underway including the transformation of Bordon and Whitehill, Dunsbury Park just off the A3, Lanstone Technology Park, Chichester’s Southern Gateway masterplan, Portsmouth’s City Centre north and Tipner redevelopment, Welborne Garden Village, Daedalus and Southampton’s new Cancer Immunology Centre, arts centre and central business district.
Commenting on the event, Nella Pang said:
6 degrees of separation and with roughly 200 of us in the room, this gives us a better opportunity to highlight how great it is to be on the South Coast and what the key opportunities are available. But as well as raising monies for our chosen charities Yellow Door who are preventing and responding to domestic abuse. And PPA charity The Elizabeth Foundation who are supporting babies and children with hearing loss. I am proud that we have raised roughly £1,500 per charity for this event – On behalf of SPA and PPA thank you very much.
Tom Holloway said:
This was a first jointly hosted event for the PPA and SPA and we were delighted with the support it received from speakers and guests alike. As part of the sector’s local CPD programme, it provided an informative insight into local authorities’ investment programmes and the long term vision for the South Coast region.