We passionately believe in the importance of ongoing engagement and
ensure that the scale and longevity of our investments benefit local
communities through opportunities, partnerships, jobs and training.
Why are they important?
Working with local communities is essential to successful large site
delivery, not just at the planning stage but throughout delivery so that
we can minimise the impacts and maximise the benefits of the
What do they want from us?
- Meaningful community
- Keep our promises
- Sustainable delivery
- Long-term alignment
- Jobs and skills
When do we engage with local communities ?
Across the lifecycle of the project our team actively engages with the
local communities initially around our sites and then with the emerging
community on site. Early engagement focuses on the proposals and
evolves into ways in which we can support community initiatives and
ensure communities benefit from investment in jobs and skills.
How we engaged in the year
2021 has been a year of continuing innovation and the strengthening of
community spirit. Consultation and engagement for planning applications
have, in part, continued online but there have been a growing number of
in person events as well. Our on site teams have also worked closely with
the communities on and around the sites and delighted in holding events
that have brought communities physically back together.
During 2020 and 2021 we have continued to strengthen our
communications, communities and partnerships team (CCP). This has
enabled us to engage with and support the growing communities on our
Strategic Sites as well as ensuring that new businesses like Bohemia at
Alconbury and the Co-op at Houlton, along with the new schools at
Wintringham, Houlton and Middlebeck, are able to integrate with their
communities both on site and via social media. The CCP team has been
active with the early stage consultation and engagement for new projects
as well as the next phase of projects ahead in delivery where the views
of existing residents are extremely important.