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Hobbs Parker’s property team meets growing demand

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Proof that Kent’s property advisers are seeing an upturn in activity has seen Hobbs Parker Property Consultants, based in Ashford, make a number of appointments and changes to its senior management team.

In response to its growing and increasingly diverse client base for its planning and development advice, the firm has promoted Sam Snart to Managing Director.

Sam, who has been with the firm of land agents, surveyors and planners since 1999, will work alongside Jon Rimmer, Chairman of the Hobbs Parker Group.

Jon will continue with his normal professional casework and work more closely with the firm’s planning team and advise the growing number of major landowners and developers calling on their expertise.

The firm has also promoted Matthew Sawdon to the position of Director. He joined in 2003 from Harper Adams University and qualified as chartered surveyor in 2005.  Matthew now takes the lead role in the firm’s valuation, tenancy and CAP and policy support.

“It’s the perfect time to hand the reins over to Sam who will lead the 14-strong team of land agents, surveyors and planning advisers. 2016 has already started strongly in terms of instructions, and despite concerns over the stability of the global economy we are anticipating a busy year,” said Jon.

Sam added: “With many in the farming community feeling the effects of low prices across all agricultural sectors, it is essential that they can manage the short term pressure associated with price volatility, but looking longer term, consider what opportunities might exist to make their business more robust.

“With many clients reviewing their current business arrangements and examining their property and land portfolios, there is a growing demand for seamless advice from finance, through to valuation, sale or planning approval, in order to reduce the impact of issues beyond their control.”

To meet the growing demand for planning advice and the potential for residential and commercial development across Kent, Hobbs Parker Property Consultants has added to its team.

Steve Davies has joined as a Senior Planning Consultant and brings with him more than 28 years of senior planning experience gained at Canterbury City Council and local authorities in Northamptonshire.

David Jarman, who has been with Hobbs Parker Property Consultants since 2007 and is very well known in the development community across the county, will take on a consultancy role for a number of the firm’s planning and development clients.

Paul Wookey, Chief Executive of Locate in Kent, said: “It is vital, as part of our work to persuade UK and overseas businesses that the county has a great offer, that we work closely with property agents and development experts.

“It is great to see such long established companies as Hobbs Parker Property Consultants themselves experiencing growth, and on hand to advise other growing businesses.” 

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