Countryside wishes to be acknowledged as an industry leader in its approach to care of the environment, in the execution of its developments and in its working practices. Countryside's objective is to ensure that development realises the desired financial returns whilst in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner.
To achieve this, the Group’s vision, values and objectives are to:
- Actively pursue a policy of promoting and implementing sustainable development.
- Promote the Group’s environmental, social and ethical objectives and policy to all personnel, associates, contractors, suppliers and the public.
- Fully meet compliance obligations
- Keep the relevant divisions and departments informed of changes in legislation, technologies and construction research, which may affect them.
- Protect the environment and prevent pollution.
- Seek progressive improvement in environmental performance by measuring certain activities against both qualitative and quantitative objectives and targets.
- Undertake regular environmental auditing of its activities and report on performance to key stakeholder groups.
- Maintain and improve the Group Environmental Management System in order to improve environmental performance.
- Maintain certification to ISO 14001:2015.
- Ensure that land acquisition procedures relating to environmental issues are identified and assessed.
Planning and Design
- Ensure environmental considerations are incorporated into the planning, specification and design process.
- Develop landscape and building design so that it integrates with and enhances the surrounding natural and built environment.
- Adhere to the principles of considerate construction practice and good neighbourliness on all sites.
- Continue to manage the construction process to help to minimise the environmental impact of its operations and reduce potential for pollution of soil, water and air.
- Minimise the waste generated and encourage the appropriate re-use or recycling of materials as far as is practicable.
- Encourage the procurement of materials that are produced in a manner which causes less impact on the environment.
- Investigate opportunities, and where appropriate implement measures, to ensure that natural resources are used efficiently.
The Chief Executive New Homes & Communities Officer is Chairman of the Environment and Planning Committee.
his Corporate Environmental Policy is regularly reviewed and supported by a number of issue specific policies and procedures. These policies and details of the Group's environmental targets can be viewed in the Policies section of this website.
Signed: (Chief Executive Officer) 10th October 2016