Originally formed in 1946 as the Bristol Auctioneers and Estate Agents Association, the BPAA continues to respond to changing market circumstances and remains the most respected and foremost property voice in Greater Bristol. The association applies its expertise and experience to inform discussions and decisions that impact upon Bristol. In particular, our Planning Liaison Sub-Committee holds regular meetings with the Local Planning Authority and is an important consultee in planning policy and development control.
The forerunner of today's BPAA was established in 1946 as the 'Bristol Auctioneers and Estate Agents Association'. Its primary purpose was to establish a code of conduct and practice throughout the city, and membership was initially restricted to senior partners of a handful of leading local firms.
The objects of the Association were (and remain) to promote, encourage and foster personal friendship, co-operation and unity and an honourable understanding amongst Members as well as protect the public against unprofessional behaviour.
The Association also saw its remit as offering its expertise, opinions and market knowledge to the city's planners on major decisions. While this relationship has evolved and changed somewhat during the intervening decades, today there is a very healthy exchange of views on key issues, driven by the common purpose of wanting the best for Bristol.
There has always been a strong social side to the BPAA too, and the Annual Dinner continues to be the foremost property event in the city’s calendar.
As membership has continued to expand and embrace professionals from all sides of the property spectrum, the positive influence of the BPAA has grown and while our city and local economy have changed almost beyond recognition since the 1940s, the Association has never forgotten its original mission: to be a force for good in the city.