Creating Sustainable Communities

 

Creating communities is about more than putting together bricks and mortar. Our developments include private housing, affordable housing, mixed-use and mixed tenure, ensuring we create balanced communities for people to live in.

In creating new developments we aim to improve the overall health and wellbeing of the area by incorporating recreational and community facilities into development plans. We also work with local partners to bring added value to development schemes, which may include employment and training opportunities for local people. In summary, Bellway delivers all the ingredients to create truly sustainable communities.

Planning

The way in which we plan new communities can have a significant effect upon their social and economic fortunes, whether it is the regeneration of an existing community or the development of a new one. Throughout the planning process we work closely with local councils and residents to address any issues of concern and ensure the scheme is beneficial to the local community.

Investment

In addition to the construction of new developments, we make considerable investment in the local communities where we build through Section 106 and Community Infrastructure Levy payments. In 2015/16 we committed to a total of almost £148 million investment to support education initiatives, transport and highway improvements, health facilities and the provision of open spaces, helping to create new sustainable developments integrated into the wider existing community.

Integration

The successful integration of buildings, transport routes and landscapes as part of a new development lies at the heart of creating a sustainable community. The central tenets of our approach are specifically to:

  • Create a diverse environment with its own identity, offering a range of uses and experiences.
  • Design public spaces which prioritises the pedestrian over the car and which promotes the extension of existing and accessible transport routes.
  • Create a strong definition between public and private places or areas.
  • Construct developments in such a manner as to enhance and preserve the local environment.
  • Design buildings which incorporate a diversity of forms to reflect a rich variety of home types.

Split of Section 106 / Community Infrastructure Levy Payments

 


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Regeneration

The Alway area of Newport, while just a few minutes from the Celtic Manor 5 star golf & leisure resort, is an area of significant deprivation. Bellway has worked in partnership with Newport Council and Pobl Housing Association to regenerate the area with the construction of 240 new homes, a mix of private, low cost and rental housing.

Bellway, along with other stakeholders, has been a member of the Steering Group Committee set up by Newport Council to oversee all elements of the redevelopment and we have maintained a close ongoing relationship with Alway Community Council since the commercial elements were handed over.

The 10 year project is due to complete in 2017 and has included the construction of new police station, chemist, post office and supermarket, as well as a new community centre and multi-use games area.

 

Case Study

Father Hudsons

The Bellway West Midlands Division was the lead developer on a residential led mixed use development of the Father Hudson’s Society headquarters in Coleshill.  The redevelopment of the site was required to facilitate the construction of a new modern office building for the charity to progress their work as the social care agency of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, as well as providing ten new apartments for adults with learning disabilities.

The proposals had sensitive heritage considerations based around the demolition of buildings within the Coleshill Conservation Area.  Bellway and its development partners carefully managed a comprehensive community consultation process working closely with the general public, the Town Council, the Borough Council, and Historic England. This delivered a sensitively designed and high quality scheme which gained the support of the local community.

A huge part of the success of the scheme is that in providing much needed housing, the proposals were able to respect the heritage of the Conservation Area and the wishes of the local community, whilst enabling the Father Hudson’s Society to remain in Coleshill in modern premises fit for purpose to run their charity.

Case Study

Affordable Housing

Heatherstone Grange is a development on the outskirts of the New Forest National Park. The development of any site located on green belt land, but especially adjacent to a National Park, requires sensitive treatment and good working relationships with the local community and the local authorities. Working closely with the parish and district council, a proposal was brought forward which won the support of the local community, with the proposal attracting nearly 40 letters of support.

Speaking in support of the application Cllr Pat Wyeth, who is also Chairman of the National Park Authorities planning committee said: “The applicants are providing affordable homes for local people and as much green space as they possibly can.” Construction began in October 2015, just as the Government introduced the ‘Starter Home Initiative’. This is a national programme intended to deliver 200,000 homes to first time buyers and Bellway, working closely with New Forest District Council, agreed to designate half the affordable housing as ‘Starter Homes’. These are to be sold at 80% of market value to first time buyers aged between 23-40 years old or current or former members of the armed services injured in service or partners of those who died in service.

The pioneering of the Government’s ‘Starter Home Initiative’ prior to its full implementation required an innovative approach on the part of both the council and Bellway. An agreement was reached which is flexible and allows for delivery of Starter Homes in line with the current Government thinking. However, if required, alternative home ownership options such as shared ownership can be offered to ensure the timely occupation of these new homes.

 

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