Create great places where residents enjoy a good quality of life, now and in the future.
To remain a developer of choice it is essential that we focus on the outcome of our developments in the long-term. This begins right from the outset by ensuring the location is right at land purchase, to focusing on placemaking during design and to ensuring that suitable management processes are in place once the development is occupied. Creating great places to live is integral to what we do as it is about enabling our residents to enjoy a good quality of life, now and in the future.
We create well-designed, high quality, safe and sustainable places which will endure as settled, vibrant communities long into the future. These are places where people choose to live, work and spend their time, that directly encourage people's wellbeing and quality of life, and offer them a space and a base from which to lead safe and fulfilling lives.
Through our ability both to collaborate and to deliver, we aim to be the developer of choice for local authorities and existing communities. We believe that appreciating the needs of our customers and wider stakeholders before, during and after the delivery of our schemes is what makes them thrive as a community.
The illustration below highlights our approach to places throughout the development process. Each aspect, and our achievements in each, are discussed in more detail in the Places Performance Report 2014-2016.
In May 2016 we launched two new ambitious commitments to achieve by April 2018 to improve and develop our approach to Places:
Implement community plans on our developments to facilitate thriving communities.
Creating great places to live is integral to what we do as it is about enabling our residents to enjoy a good quality of life, now and in the future. Helping communities to thrive, both across our developments and with surrounding neighbourhoods, is key to achieving this.
Our approach to creating successful places is leading within the industry. Our commitment to deliver community plans will build on our work and will further strengthen our approach to creating successful communities.
Community plans encourage the effective development of a thriving new neighbourhood, where people are happy and self-reliant.
Develop and apply an approach to ensure that all new developments create a net biodiversity gain.
Biodiversity is the variety of species and habitats. It plays an important role as it helps to improve air quality, provide resilience to climate change and adds amenity value. Despite this, biodiversity continues to decrease at an alarming rate.
Developments are often thought of as having a negative effect on our environment, however they can provide the opportunity for incorporating higher quality habitats.
We are working to develop and apply an approach to ensure that all our new developments create a net biodiversity gain.