More than 40 guests gathered to mark the retirement of Steven Smallman after 40 years as a planning consultant.

Mr Smallman, partner at Dreawett Neate for more than 20 years, worked most recently as director of Winchester-based planning and architectural practice Pro Vision, including a period as managing director during 10 years at the firm.

He said goodbye to colleagues at a celebration on Thursday, November 11 at Donnington Valley Hotel.

Mr Smallman, who is both a chartered town planner and chartered surveyor, held a client base which ranged from private individuals to country estates and included regional businesses and housebuilders.

In retirement he plans to follow his interest in painting and has an ambition to complete the South West Coast path.

Mr Smallman said: “It is difficult to single out specific highlights, as there have been many. I have been privileged to work with some brilliant clients and colleagues, on a wide range of interesting, often challenging projects.

“The planning system and property market is more complex and harder to navigate than ever, but I leave Pro Vision in good hands, led by directors James Iles and Katherine Miles, with a strong reputation in the region.”

Mr Iles said: “We are sad to see Steven retire but wish him all the best knowing he has many new adventures in mind.

“He has been a major influence on the growth and evolution of Pro Vision, having established many strong client relationships and building up our committed, inter-disciplinary team, and now employee-owned business.

“He is well known throughout the region, having had a hand in so many local developments, and retires with tremendous respect within the business and throughout the profession.”

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