Engaging with local communities

Image of Taylor Wimpey engaging with local communities, showing new housing plans

We seek to be a good neighbour and to engage with local communities and other stakeholder groups.

Community consultation is an important part of the planning process for UK housebuilding and will become even more significant with the Government’s new Localism Bill. Our Raploch development in Stirling, Scotland (See the Spotlight on Long term community involvement in our Case study section) provides an example of our experience of consulting with local communities and involving them in design decisions. We are proud of having helped to create a vibrant and cohesive community at Raploch as well as much-needed high quality homes and job opportunities.

The UK planning application template that we use on all new sites provides guidance on community engagement. We will enhance this in 2011 by developing a best practice community engagement guide for internal use.

During 2010 we designed an in-depth learning and development training programme for employees on methods of effectively engaging with local communities. The training, which started in February 2011, will help our employees and management teams to further develop their skills in communication and community engagement. We will report on our progress with this and related initiatives in 2011.

Future plans

In 2011, we will produce a best practice guide to community consultation for internal use and provide community engagement and communication training for relevant employees.

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Building communities

Long term community involvement

Read about how we transformed a brownfield site into a thriving community in Northolt, West London

Community engagement

Find out more about our award winning regeneration of the Raploch area of Stirling