Anna Devlet, Head of Community at British Land: "As a placemaker, it is really important that we connect with our neighbours and create places that make a positive local difference. We've got a strong track record of working with partners to help address local issues, through training, employment, education and other initiatives – supporting successful local communities and creating Places People Prefer."
Local people and partners prefer places created with their collaboration, places that help address local needs. Commercial occupiers prefer places that are integrated into the surrounding area and contribute positively to the local community, as they're more vibrant environments, and enjoy a sense of community – helping office occupiers attract the best talent, and retail occupiers attract shoppers.
In addition, planning proposals that are in tune with what the local community wants not only bring benefits to local people, they also tend to achieve better quality planning permissions, more quickly – good news for our investors and joint venture partners.
Katherine Shillito, City Centre Manager for Hull Business Improvement District (BID): "St Stephen's has been a key supporter of Hull BID, contributing hugely to our success and helping keep the city centre safer, cleaner and busier. The St Stephen's team also supports many notable charitable causes, educational initiatives and employment programmes. They really put British Land's Local Charter into practice."
Councillor Nasim Ali OBE, Regent's Park Ward: "Any good development requires good community engagement. For over 20 years, British Land has been working in partnership with local people, taking their needs and expectations into consideration."
Lucinda Bell, Chief Financial Officer at British Land: "Our Whiteley Shopping Centre in Hampshire provides an interesting example of where local factors considered at an early stage of development are bearing fruit for the local community, as well as for us and our investors. It is difficult to imagine Whiteley being the success it is today without its popular local retailers, public spaces where people connect with each other, wildlife sculptures, pedestrian routes and other amenities."