Do you know at first hand the ups and downs of property development? We do. It can be an incredibly exciting and rewarding business. It’s creative, transformative, inspirational and profitable.
But it can also be a lonely and insular world at times, where unforeseen issues can crop up, alongside worries about money and deadlines.
With more than 100 years’ combined experience of working on projects big and small, as the people who set up the alliance, we understand what it takes to develop properties successfully – whatever the challenges you may encounter, and whatever the economic climate.
The alliance was founded in 2016 because we had collectively seen many people embarking on property journeys without the right knowledge and support, and consequently running into costly difficulties. With our broad and various experience of property development we felt that we had lots to offer the development community, to help people avoid expensive mistakes and develop successfully.
Our Chairman, Richard Little, has been active in development since the 1970s, with more than 3000 properties to his credit. During the past forty years we’ve seen profound change and growth in the UK’s property sector – and of course, in the do-it-yourself property development arena. So naturally, Richard has amassed a great amount of hands-on, personal experience of the economic ups and downs of four decades in that space.
Wanting to put these learnings to good use, Richard commits much time and energy today in helping others along their chosen property development pathways, through the PDA Academy and its excellent range of educational courses, plus support through our various levels of PDA membership.
It is Richard’s clear aim that anyone setting out in this interesting, inspirational, but sometimes difficult, sector has the helping hand they need, from trustworthy professionals.
Richard said: “Development can be a highly profitable and very rewarding business, but I’ve also seen how money worries, legal problems, or just simply taking an ill-judged decision can have a devastating effect on others.
“There are some golden rules in getting it right – starting with the seven key steps of property development, and contained within that our nine pillars of appraisal.
“One of the main reasons why, together, we’ve established the Property Development Alliance and want people to join us, is so we can work collectively as a vibrant, learning and supportive organisation run by its members, for its members.”