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Countryside’s commitment to place making and sustainable development is very important to us as we strive to create ‘Places People Love’. Whether we are regenerating existing neighbourhoods or creating new homes and communities, we develop places that are socially inclusive and have lower environmental impacts.

Countryside’s Sustainability Report 2015: Place making & growth - by Andrew Day

With that in mind, it gives us pleasure to announce the publication of our 15th annual Sustainability Report, which comes at a time when we are making tremendous progress in implementing our growth strategy.

Ours is the house building sectors’ longest running report and it highlights our contribution to the creation and improvement of residential communities. Our approach, which is verified by RPS Planning and Development, is measured against clearly defined sustainability objectives that are informed by our company values, stakeholder feedback and current and emerging related indices.

The Report confirms sustainability remains a key focus for the business. Countryside endeavours to ensure that all key performance indicators show continued improvement, despite the growing complexity and range of our sustainability objectives and emerging regulatory and policy changes.

Our latest report highlights that we are making great progress with 90% of our sustainability objectives achieved (compared to 86% in 2014) and we made £2.9m sustainability-related savings during 2015. As RPS note in their verification statement, ‘Countryside has made good progress against its core set of objectives and quantitative key performance indicators (KPIs), particularly with regard to its continued solid performance against the recognised industry standards such as Code for Sustainable Homes; SAP ratings and the Company’s Accident Incident Rate. Positive progress has also been made this year with regard to the Customer Care satisfaction ratings and the company’s ranking in the peer group benchmarking index Next Generation.’

Highlights from our 2015 report include:

  • 342 awards received for design and sustainability since 2000
  • 90.6% of the private and affordable homes we built achieved a Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 rating or higher
  • Energy efficiency, as measured by the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) continued above the national standard at an average rating of 84.84/100. (The average rating for new homes in England was 81.5/100 according to Government statistics).
  • 81.5% of customers would recommend us to a friend
  • 12 years running Accident Incident Rate below industry benchmark
  • All management practices registered to recognised international standards since 2006
  • 148,750 new trees and shrubs planted across our developments - 43,750 more than in 2014
  • Qualified ecologists undertook full ecological surveys as part of our site evaluation process on 97.4% of our projects
  • More than 90% of our construction waste was recycled during the year
  • 82% of our schemes were located within 500m of a public transport node
  • 26 years of Local Labour in Construction scheme experience
  • Accredited to Investors in People since 2000
  • We directly employed 24% more people than in 2014
  • Our people received an average 2.5 days training in 2015

For further information, please download the Sustainability Report. We hope you find the Report helpful and welcome your feedback via sustainability@cpplc.com We will develop our longer-term vision taking into account stakeholder feedback.

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Andrew Day, Director of Architecture, Design and Sustainability


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