Summary of performance
10,307 homes were sold in the year (2017 – 9,644)
26,877 plots owned with implementable detailed planning permission in place (2017 – 25,655)
In total the owned and controlled land bank rose to 41,077 plots (2017 – 37,855), representing 4 years’ worth of supply (2017 – 3.9 years)
53% of our homes were developed on brownfield sites (2017 – 59%)
£79.0m was committed in community investment through Section 106 and Community Infrastructure Levy (2017 – £118.2m)
Performance against 2017/18 targets
We will pilot Building for Life on a minimum of 1 site and assess the impact on planning, construction costs and development desirability over the next 3 years
Assessments and reviews at the selected site have continued, including interviews and survey with the Architect, LPA, Parish Council and operating division. Surveys and interviews with occupiers will be to be undertaken after the completion of all sales, along with a comparative assessment with another Bellway site, at least one peer group site and a BFL exemplar development. This target is on-track for completion in the coming year.
Bellway buys land with and without the benefit of detailed planning permission. Where sites are progressed through the planning process, we work closely with both local councils and the local residents to arrive at a scheme that is beneficial to the community, whilst at the same time preserves or enhances the local environment. We do this by combining the talents of the in-house teams with expert external consultancy.
We are committed to an inclusive planning approach. This includes engagement with local communities through neighbourhood workshops, public meetings, exhibitions, newsletters and interactive websites, all assisting to build positive relationships with key stakeholders.
While these measures help to secure detailed planning permissions for sensitive and challenging sites, we never lose our focus on the new communities being developed. By engaging with local people we can provide new homes and facilities to complement the existing community, creating cohesion between old and new.