Persimmon builds not only homes but sustainable communities. The former requires a deep understanding of our customers' needs while the latter entails a detailed appreciation of the social, environmental and economic factors that contribute to the success of our new developments.

At the planning stage of every development we take a holistic view of what is required. There is no single or off the shelf template that can be used. Rather, our approach is bespoke, and takes account of a host of different and at times competing considerations. These may include, among other things, topography, transport infrastructure, educational and recreational provision, and proximity to shops and other services.

In collaboration with the local planning authorities and local residents we strive to create communities that are economically, socially and environmentally viable over the longer term. Consultation and dialogue with communities is both a prerequisite and precursor to any development. Sharing information about what is proposed and the feedback we receive ensures that our plans can be tailored and improved to take account of community feedback. To read more about how we approach community consultation please click here.

In 2015 we delivered around £47 million in new community facilities, a similar amount to last year (2014: £48 million). Of this figure around £18 million (38%) related to enhancements to educational provision and around £4 million (8%) to the subsidy of social/affordable housing. Since 2012 we have invested £54 million in educational facilities alone.

Community Investment

Community Investment Pie 2015

Community Investment (£m)

Community investment graph

In 2015 over 7,600 of the homes we sold (53% of the total) were built on brownfield land. Utilising such land reduces the pressure to build on greenfield sites, while the remediation activity undertaken to remove contamination from brownfield sites produces an environmental benefit.

Community consultations

Supporting community and charitable initiatives

Sustainability in action case studies