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DELIVERING SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

When designing new developments, we carefully consider how best to deliver appealing, diverse and well-connected communities where people and nature can thrive. We aim to mitigate and manage the impacts of climate change, improve biodiversity and deliver developments that are resilient for the future.

SUPPORTING SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLES

NATURE AND BIODIVERSITY

Biodiversity provides many benefits, from protection of water resources and absorption of pollution to providing resources and areas for recreation. We recognise the importance of protecting and enhancing biodiversity across our developments. We work closely with ecologists on all new developments to put plans in place to protect and enhance natural habitats and biodiversity.

We also recognise the value of accessible green space for people’s wellbeing. Where possible across our developments, we prioritise the inclusion of green spaces for the community. A range of spaces are provided to suit all ages, including parks, woodland and sports pitches. Infrastructure to promote sustainable and healthy living – including cycle lanes, footpaths, and good access to public transport – are incorporated into our developments.

DELIVERING SOCIAL VALUE

Our business activity creates many opportunities to bring social and economic benefits to the local community. New employment opportunities are created for local contractors, apprentices, and graduates, as well as through our spend with suppliers on material and labour.

We invest in local infrastructure through section 106 agreements and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). This provides a range of benefits for communities such as sports and educational facilities, public art, community buildings, transport improvements and environmental protection and improvement measures.

More information about the environmental and social measures we put in place in our homes and developments is available in our ESG Data Handbook.

HENLEY GATE, SUFFOLK

The Henley Gate development in Ipswich will deliver over 1,000 new homes set within extensive landscaping, including a new 30-hectare country park providing a natural space and quality recreational landscape for new residents and the wider community. The local centre will include shops and a new primary school. A network of pedestrian and cycle routes will connect the community with the proposed country park and visitor centre, promoting wellbeing and sustainability. Woodland and hedgerows will provide a habitat for wildlife such as hedgehogs and birds.

109 Henley Gate will have 109 acres of natural open green spaces

£14m The investment which will be made into highways improvements, education, community and leisure facilities through the s106 agreement at Henley Gate

105 Our homes are designed to consume 105 litres of water per person per day, 16% less than current Building Regulations require

7km Of cycle and pedestrian routes will run through the Henley Gate development and country park promoting health and wellbeing

BICESTER ECO-TOWN

In partnership with A2 Dominion, our homes at Elmsbrook, Bicester have a number of features that enhance sustainability. The homes are built using timber frame and come fitted with triple glazing, rainwater harvesting, solar photovoltaic panels and a district heating system. The development includes green spaces, sports and recreational facilities and cycle and walking paths.

"I LIKE THE ECO ASPECTS, THE LOCATION IS BETTER. IT'S EASY TO GET INTO TOWN BY WALKING, BIKE, BUS OR CAR"

Daniel James
Resident at Elmsbrook, Bicester

The Henley Gate development in Ipswich will deliver over 1,000 new homes set within extensive landscaping, including a new 30-hectare country park providing a natural space and quality recreational landscape for new residents and the wider community. The local centre will include shops and a new primary school. A network of pedestrian and cycle routes will connect the community with the proposed country park and visitor centre, promoting wellbeing and sustainability. Woodland and hedgerows will provide a habitat for wildlife such as hedgehogs and birds.

'A' rating: Elmsbrook homes achieve an Energy Performance Certificate 'A' rating*

80 litres: Elmsbrook homes are designed to consume 80 litres of water per person per day. 36% less than current building regulations require due to the use of water efficient appliances and technologies such as rain water harvesting

40% of the Elmsbrook development is dedicated to green space, including parks, play areas and allotments

25 insect hotels created around the site, providing a safe haven for insects and other invertebrates

 *Applies to all homes built during financial year 2020. 1 November 2019 – 31 October 2020