WE STRIVE TO BE A GOOD NEIGHBOUR. OUR AIM IS TO CREATE A BETTER ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH TO LIVE AND WORK, WHILST SUPPORTING LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND CHARITABLE CAUSES >>
We aim to have a positive impact on the communities in which we operate.We focus on the following areas at a Group level, although high density of living makes community issues a greater challenge for us in the UK.
BUILT AT QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK RECEIVED A 'VERY GOOD ' ECOHOMES RATING
BUILDING SAFE, PLEASANT AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIESWe try to provide well-designed, attractive homes and neighbourhoods for our customers, as well as meeting wider environmental and social responsibilities. Initiatives include EcoHomes; Home Zones; environmentally preferable methods of transport; recycling and composting facilities; renewable energy use; green spaces; wildlife areas; safe streets and more.
LAND REGENERATIONIn 2004, we built 68% of our UK homes on brownfield land. We specialise in turning contaminated, run-down or disused land into habitable spaces.
OF OUR HOMES WERE BUILT ON BROWNFIELD LAND
BUILDING WITH CARE
We encourage our UK companies to apply for Considerate Constructors Scheme accreditation on large or complex sites. 1,428 homes across 22 developments received accreditation in 2004 and we received one gold award.We also developed our own Construction Code of Practice in 2004, which was designed to clarify the standards we expect of our employees and contractors.
AFFORDABLE HOUSINGWe recognise the importance of affordable housing and integrate it into our UK developments in co-operation with planners.George Wimpey UK completed 958 affordable housing units during 2004.
SUPPORTING CHARITABLE INITIATIVESThe mix of our charitable contributions is focused on business linked initiatives (housing, homelessness and building related causes); donations to charities whose focus is within our operating communities; charities supported by our business partners or actively supported by our employees.
In 2004, we became a partner in Business in the Community's Business Action on Homelessness programme. The initiative aims to help homeless people to find employment and achieve independent living.
OF OUR HOMES RECEIVED CONSIDERATE CONSTRUCTORS SCHEME ACCREDITATION IN 2004
ENGAGING WITH STAKEHOLDERSWe support changes in the UK planning process to increase consultation.We have included larger sites in our consultation process for some time and are developing processes to improve and increase this dialogue. As part of our stakeholder engagement, we consult and try to be responsive to residents, charities, interest groups and other stakeholders within our local and national communities. We welcome the opportunity to talk to and engage with our local communities.
FUTURE TARGETSDuring 2005, we will develop a consistent community consultation process during planning applications and improve community interaction across all sites with the new Construction Code of Practice.
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