We want to create vibrant communities that bring everyone together, and we do this by forging strong relationships with residents, providing the services and activities they want and need, and nurturing a culture of community citizenship.”
Our engagement with local communities starts early, as no one knows their area better than the people already living there. We want to incorporate that knowledge into our plans from the outset. We develop community hubs and schools early whilst also supporting events and organisations in response to specific local needs. We encourage our people, our customers and our contractors to get involved with community projects, become advisers or trustees, and donate their time and enthusiasm to charities beyond our developments. It is vital that these developments become thriving and independent communities.
To support our approach within this capital, we consider the following objectives describe what we do and ensure we increase social value across our developments:
We sit on a number of advisory groups, school boards and trusts, and in particular the support we provide to the schools we build ensures that we are the curators of the wider communities around them. This enables us to play an active role in supporting our schools’ performance and ensure that, as well as being high quality buildings, they become high performing schools.
Creating communities is ultimately about bringing people together and inspiring positive behaviours. To facilitate this, we hold regular local community events to encourage the residents to come together, meet their neighbours and make new friends.
We hold regular consultation meetings with the existing community throughout the planning process, to ensure we listen and respond to what the local community needs. In addition, we encourage our housebuilder stakeholders to meet the principles of the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS). The scheme scores contractors on a set of standards on their site presentation, management and, above all, neighbourliness.
We continue to invest significantly in community initiatives in the places where we work through sponsorship, providing great opportunities and supporting local causes.
We encourage our people, our housebuilder customers and our contractors to get involved with community projects that support our sites and now have several roles which are dedicated to supporting and developing site communities.