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Marcus Francis, Head of real estate at FSP welcomed a full room of attendees to the 9th annual property seminar. Several presentations were given to the audience starting with Jim Bailey of Pegasus Group whose presentation was on permitted development – offices to residential, SANG and the five year housing land supply. Jim was then followed by FSP’s real estate Partner Michael Higgin who updated the audience on the key legal updates for 2017 and what to expect for 2018 and Tax Partner Philippa Roles who explained recent tax changes affecting the property industry.
Mark Astbury and Kimon Spyrou of Ridge discussed the importance of fire risk assessments and fire engineering in building design and maintenance. Guest speaker Tim Smith, Chief Executive of Thames Valley Berkshire LEP finished the presentations with a talk on Connectivity in the Thames Valley.
Attendees described the event as “a good mix of relevant topics” with “knowledgeable speakers”.