Sustainability is key to housebuilder's future

North East housebuilder Miller Homes has outlined ambitions to create a more sustainable business with the launch of its new sustainability strategy

A North East housebuilder has outlined ambitions to create a more sustainable business with the launch of its new sustainability strategy, A Better Place.

Miller Homes’ strategy, which has been developed after in-depth research into the needs and concerns of stakeholders, sets out in detail the developer’s aims and objectives between now and 2020.

Chief executive Chris Endsor said: “To us, being sustainable means playing a full part in working to safeguard the long-term future of the world around us by ensuring we do all we can to preserve the physical environment, create communities that flourish and build quality homes for generations to come.

“Sustainable development has been an integral part of our overall business strategy for a number of years as we recognise the direct and indirect benefits to both our customers and our business, and we are continually looking for ways to evolve and enhance our approach. A Better Place has been developed to focus on the issues that matter most to us and our stakeholders and it shapes the way we will approach every aspect of our work over the next seven years.”

The research carried out by the builder incorporated feedback from stakeholders, including customers, employees, supply chain, shareholders, trade and professional bodies, non-governmental organisations, government and its agencies.

It helped identify 18 key issues, ranging from customer satisfaction and community wellbeing to waste and economy, employment and education to ecology and biodiversity. Delivery of A Better Place will be undertaken by teams across Miller Homes through short, medium and long-term targets which will be measured against key performance indicators.

Endsor added: “We are fully committed to our new strategy and it will be delivered through the combined efforts of all our employees, contractors and suppliers at every level of our business, who we know from the research we have undertaken have a real desire to be involved and we are keen to harness that enthusiasm.

“We will report annually on our progress and will also continue to review and update our approach to ensure it remains relevant in the future.”

Miller Homes has nine developments across the North East, including Wensleydale Park in Blyth, Wheatlands Chase in Redcar and St Mary’s Green in Acklam, as well as Greenvale Park in Newcastle, Bishops Park and Park View in Gateshead, The Meadows in Framwellgate Moor, Mariner’s Way in Seaham and Kingsmoor in Stockton.

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