Neighbourhood planning approach wins BITC Big Tick

Business in the communtiy 'big tick' logo
We have scooped a national award for excellence in community investment, beating off stiff competition from across the country.
We have been awarded a Big Tick in the Business in the Community Awards for Excellence 2012. We were selected for our Neighbourhood Planning work, which tackles the issues and barriers faced by communities in order for them to be prosperous, sustainable and desirable places to live.
Why the Group won
Over the past six years the Group has been developing a neighbourhood strategy that identifies neighbourhoods that are meaningful both to customers and the business. The performance of these neighbourhoods is then tracked using a variety of measures such as customer satisfaction, turnover, surplus per property and the economic activity levels of customers. The assessment results in the identification of the areas where Neighbourhood plans are required, with each area developing a bespoke 'Action Plan' with specific aims and actions that help improve the area.
This neighbourhood planning approach has resulted in significant improvements where issues have been addressed with the help of local businesses, contractors, community groups and residents.
We have now established 47 Neighbourhood Plans in communities across the UK. They range in type, size and scale covering areas where the Group owns 25 properties to over 600 properties and cover approximately 15 per cent of its total stock.
Steve Mather, Neighbourhoods Director
"One of the key aims of the Neighbourhood Planning approach is to bring communities and stakeholders together to tackle the specific issues each neighbourhood is facing.
"A good example of this is High Hazels, located in the ex-mining village of Huthwaite in the East Midlands, which suffered from people leaving the area because of its poor reputation and anti-social behaviour issues. Our housing management approach combined with increased customer involvement and investment in the area's green spaces has resulted in residents now wanting to stay at High Hazels because they enjoy living there, which ultimately leads to greater income for us to reinvest back into our neighbourhoods.
"We are delighted to receive the prestigious Big Tick award in recognition of our Neighbourhood Planning programme and look forward to seeing the improvements that this approach brings to many more of the communities in which we work."
The Big Tick Award will be presented to Places for People at a ceremony being held in Manchester on 14 June 2012.
For more details about the awards visit the BITC website
http://www.bitc.org.uk/awards_for_excellence/index.html
We have also been shortlisted by the BITC for its national award in recognition of building sustainable communities, the results of which will be announced in London on 27 June.

We have been awarded a Big Tick in the Business in the Community Awards for Excellence 2012.

We were selected for our Neighbourhood Planning work, which tackles the issues and barriers faced by communities in order for them to be prosperous, sustainable and desirable places to live.

Neighbourhood strategy

Over the past six years we have been developing a neighbourhood strategy that identifies neighbourhoods that are meaningful both to customers and the business. The performance of these neighbourhoods is then tracked using a variety of measures such as customer satisfaction, turnover, surplus per property and the economic activity levels of customers.

The assessment results in the identification of the areas where neighbourhood plans are required, with each area developing a bespoke 'Action Plan' with specific aims and actions that help improve the area.

Improving communities

This Neighbourhood Planning approach has resulted in significant improvements where issues have been addressed with the help of local businesses, contractors, community groups and residents.

We have now established 47 neighbourhood plans in communities across the UK. They range in type, size and scale covering areas where the Group owns 25 properties to over 600 properties and cover approximately 15 per cent of our total stock.

Steve Mather, Neighbourhoods Director

"One of the key aims of the Neighbourhood Planning approach is to bring communities and stakeholders together to tackle the specific issues each neighbourhood is facing.

"A good example of this is High Hazels, located in the ex-mining village of Huthwaite in the East Midlands, which suffered from people leaving the area because of its poor reputation and anti-social behaviour issues. Our housing management approach combined with increased customer involvement and investment in the area's green spaces has resulted in residents now wanting to stay at High Hazels because they enjoy living there, which ultimately leads to greater income for us to reinvest back into our neighbourhoods.

"We are delighted to receive the prestigious Big Tick award in recognition of our Neighbourhood Planning programme and look forward to seeing the improvements that this approach brings to many more of the communities in which we work."

The Big Tick Award will be presented to Places for People at a ceremony being held in Manchester on 14 June 2012.

For more details about the awards visit the BITC website.

We have also been shortlisted by the BITC for its national award in recognition of building sustainable communities, the results of which will be announced in London on 27 June.

 

26 June 2012