Building sustainable and inclusive communities

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Transforming communities

It is important to our customers that their homes are part of a sustainable and inclusive community. To achieve this, we aim to build good quality homes at outstanding value and create attractive neighbourhoods in areas where people wish to live and work.


investment in local communities in 2020

Throughout the development process, we proactively engage with local communities and work closely with planning authorities. We aim to achieve site designs that will provide the appropriate balance of homes and open space and the right mix of house types, providing much needed homes to our local Housing Association partners and private owner occupiers. We aim to enhance biodiversity where possible. From 2022 we will be proactive to ensure compliance with 10% Biodiversity Net Gain. Through the planning process we aim to enhance local facilities providing investment in local infrastructure such as transport, education, retail and recreation facilities. During 2020 we contributed c.£73m to local communities (2019: £94m) through planning contributions to local authorities. Of the money contributed, c.£36m related to education provision.




We will positively transform communities directly connected to Persimmon’s activities.

It’s important that we make a positive impact when building new homes, meeting stakeholder expectations and engaging local residents. We must aim to select the right projects where we can create true social value. We must also provide excellent service to our customers. Doing so builds positive recognition and customer loyalty.

UN SDG alignment

SDG11- Sustainable cities and communitiesSDG15 - Life on Land

Material issue Target How we will achieve it
Customer satisfaction Achieve HBF five star rating on the eight-week customer survey scores year-on-year. Investment in customer services initiatives and procedures to ensure continuous improvement in performance
Social value From 2022, be proactive to ensure compliance with 10% Biodiversity Net Gain (expected during 2023). Proactive management ahead of legislation to ensure our sites transition as soon as possible.
From 2021, aim to review all non-developed land to identify opportunities to improve biodiversity.  This will include identifying a portfolio of sites for biodiversity enhancements.
We will create an internal Persimmon Way framework for developments focusing on wellbeing and social value. Framework for internal purposes to be introduced to incorporate best practice guidance.

Latest Reports



Annual Report 21 Cover


Building a safe and inclusive culture



Reducing our environmental impact


Our Approach

Embedding sustainability into the business

Our Approach