Working with the Community
Redrow engages at all levels within the local community to assure harmonious integration of our schemes and promote the social and economic growth of new, as well as existing neighbourhoods.
Receiving local input into our planning proposals through our consultations with existing communities plays an important part in a process which continues through the construction phase of a project.
Typical of this effort is the consultation being undertaken in partnership with Plymouth City Council and the DCRP (Devonport Community Regeneration Programme ) with residents in the Devonport area, who have been invited to have their say on two ideas being proposed to assist in regenerating their area. One scheme at Granby Green, plans to transform an area of bland green space with a £720,000 scheme to create an area where children can play and people can stop to enjoy the surroundings. The plans include footpath links, a playground and enhanced street lighting. The second scheme at Cumberland Gardens is at feasibility stage and aims to create an attractive focal point with open views to the Guildhall and the Market Hall. Other ideas include the integration of public art, enhanced paving, seating and lighting. This work is likely to cost in the region of £350,000.
We are also keenly aware of the need to minimise the impact of our activities on existing homes and businesses in those areas in which we engage in construction. To further the objective of minimising nuisance, in 2008, two pilot schemes were chosen to trial the Considerate Constructors Scheme. Sites that register with the Scheme sign up and are monitored against a Code of Considerate Practice, designed to encourage best practice beyond statutory requirements.
The Scheme is concerned with three main categories: - the environment, the workforce and the general public, but more widely, encompasses any detrimental construction activity and so aims to promote a "good neighbour" relationship between construction sites and the surrounding community.
In the wider context of the community, in addition to the contributions made by Redrow in the year towards local community enhancements associated with planning agreements, the Redrow Foundation has continued to be active and has now donated in excess of £390,000 to various charities since its establishment in 2006.