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.

Overview

  • 22% of our homes were sold to affordable housing providers (2016: 16%)
  • 32% of our homes were sold to first-time buyers (2016: 32%), helping over 3,000 homeowners get their first foot on the property ladder
  • £118.2m was committed during the year for community investment through Section 106 and Community Infrastructure Levy (2016: £147.9m)
  • We estimate that between 29,000 and 30,000 jobs are supported by our construction activities, both directly and also indirectly through sub-contract labour and our supply chain1

 

1Using data/metrics from The Economic Footprint of UK House Building (2015) by Home Builders Federation and Nathaniel Lichfields & Partners

Comparative Data

Percentage of homes developed on Brownfield Sites

For the 2017/18 Bellway financial year, we have set a range of targets across our three CR themes (Environment, Construction, and Society and Economy). We have prioritised these targets and published our top 12 priorities across the themes for this financial year. This approach allows us to focus our efforts on the areas of greatest impact, while continuing to work internally on our additional targets.

Although we do not have a publicly published target for creating sustainable communities this financial year, we are very much committed to the ongoing enhancement of this area of our business and will continue to pursue our non-published internal targets.

 

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. Each year we committed millions of pounds of investment to support education initiatives, transport and highway improvements, health facilities and the provision of open spaces, helping to create new sustainable developments that are 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.

Case Study Case Study

10-year regeneration project nears completion

Bellway Wales is close to completing a regeneration project which has transformed a run-down area of Newport over 11 years.

Once a council estate suffering from the effects of anti-social behaviour, Alway is now unrecognisable, largely thanks to the regeneration partnership between Bellway, Newport City Council and housing association Pobl. Today the area is drawing in commuters from Bristol and every home has been reserved ahead of build completion in July 18.

Bellway began work in January 2007 and the site mothballed during the economic downturn but it has experienced a resurgence in recent years. Over the past 11 years Bellway has built 145 private and 79 affordable homes, a new community centre, a multi-use games area, supermarket, police station, chemist, post office and other community resources.

Sales Director Billie Oaten said: “Over the past few year Alway has begun to achieve its potential as a regeneration area. The project extended far beyond building houses, with the construction of a range of community facilities that has led the way for the wider regeneration of Newport.”

 

Case Study

Community Conservation and Restoration

Bellway North East’s development at Stannington Park was originally home to St. Mary’s hospital which operated between 1910 and 1995. As part of the proposal to deliver 289 new homes, as well as sports and recreation facilities, the derelict hospital chapel was to be restored to provide a community facility for the residents.

Restoration works have included the replacement of stained glass windows, preservation of the original parquet flooring, restoration of the mosaic tiling to the chapel altar and one other very special feature. Whilst undertaking demolition of the old hospital concert hall, a section of a brick wall was uncovered which had a charcoal caricature portrait of Winston Churchill drawn onto its painted surface. It is thought that the mural was drawn by a travelling theatre group who had performed in the hospital concert hall in 1945. The section of wall was removed and securely conserved until it could be installed on permanent public display within the new chapel. The Churchill mural now takes pride of place in the altar archway in the chapel, where it will be enjoyed by the residents of Stannington Park for many years to come.

Case Study

Meet the Neighbours

Moving into a brand new development where everyone is new resident can be a daunting experience. Bellway often hosts ‘meet the neighbours’ events on developments to help existing and prospective residents get to know one another and encourage a growing sense of community in the new neighbourhood.

Our North London divisions recently hosted a ‘meet the neighbours’ event at their Drayton Garden Village development and Jody Bryant, Bellway Sales Manager, said: “It’s really important to us that new homes are part of a thriving community where people know and can support each other. One of the nicest things about moving to a new-build home is that neighbours all move in at about the same time, so they have plenty in common and lots to talk about – we just wanted to give them the chance to get together.”

 

Community infrastructure

Jane Scarth House, the home of Romsey Cancer Support Centre (RCSC), is a walk-in centre which offers free of charge support and services to anyone living with cancer or their carers. Demand for services has grown steadily and in 2016 RCSC began exploring ways to meet the requirement to support growing numbers and to provide new services.

Land just behind the existing building was secured and now new premises are being built with materials and labour being donated by various organisations. “We were very keen to make the creation of the new Centre a community project,” said Sue Jones, Trustee of RCSC. “We came up with the idea constructing the new building using donated labour and materials and we have been overwhelmed by the response.”

Bellway’s Wessex Division are one of the companies taking part and have donated timber for the roof, lintels and a number of carpenters to help with the project. “When we were approached by Sue we could not help but be impressed by her enthusiasm and commitment to make this project a reality,” says Ian Beal, Managing director.

 

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