Louise launches housing seminars

April 20, 2012

Louise Seaman, who has been elected president of the Residential Agents in Bristol Development, has launched a seminar programme on key issues affecting the housing market  featuring leading commentators from the residential property sector to highlight issues affecting the industry. The first, next Wednesday, will feature a presentation by David Parker of Pioneer on the impact of the new national planning policy framework on housing supply and provision for affordable housing. Further seminars will be held later in the year which are open to anyone working in the residential development sector.

RABD is a professional group set up five years ago as a networking organisation for agents  involved with buying and selling residential development sites in and around Bristol. It now has 40 members ranging from representatives of large companies to sole practitioners.  Its objectives for the year  include  raising awareness of issues affecting the residential market through lobbying local councils and relevant organisations such as the local enterprise partnership (LEP).

Louise, who is an associate director in the the Colliers International Bristol team, said: “The market is still very difficult and land transactions continue to take a long time to reach fruition.  Some landowners are still unwilling to sell given the low land prices being achieved.  Like many RABD members frustrated by planning red tape, I strongly believe a more pragmatic approach needs to be adopted by some local councils especially on sites where housing is a much better use than historic uses and where undeveloped sites detract from the area.”

She joined Colliers five years ago having previously worked for a major housebuilder in a land acquisition role and also another consultancy practice. She is now primarily involved in development site disposals and some other valuation related work.

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