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News9 December 2022

Clarion Housing Group's development arm named UK's most sustainable not-for-profit housebuilder

Latimer, the development arm of Clarion Housing Group, is the most sustainable not-for-profit housebuilder in the country, an annual industry report has revealed this week.

The ‘Next Generation’ report, the leading sustainability benchmark for the UK’s housebuilding sector, assesses the social, economic and environmental performance of the top 25 developers of new homes.

It enables developers, government, registered providers, investors and the public understand the sustainability credentials of housebuilders and the homes they build. It also sets out best practice and seeks to drive change in the industry.

Latimer was named third overall among all housebuilders in this year’s report, as well as being the highest-ranked housing association developer for the year. It scored the best among the top 25 housebuilders for its specific work on environmental site management, socio-economic development and design standards of its recent projects.

It ranked second among peers for its performance on circular economy – including quality waste management – and its reduction of car dependency for residents at its new schemes.

Latimer, which built a record 2,276 new homes last year, is currently delivering sustainable and mixed-tenure new communities at a number of live projects in priority regions across England. Schemes in Leeds, Manchester, York and London will provide thousands of new homes, community facilities and green space in the coming years.

Richard Cook, Group Director of Development at Clarion Housing Group, said:

“We understand our responsibility to deliver for both people and the planet, and we are delighted to be recognised for putting sustainability at the heart of every one of our new developments.

“We are firmly committed to tackling the acute challenges of the hour – namely the cost of living and climate crises – through the delivery of quality, energy-efficient homes in sustainable and prosperous communities. The Next Generation benchmark has helped influence the direction of our sustainability standards, delivering on the needs of our residents and the environment alike.”

Iona Deacon, associate at JLL, said:

"In their second year as members of the Next Generation Benchmark, Latimer has surged up the rankings. Moving from ninth place in 2021 to third in 2022, its performance reflects the work being done to progress its sustainability agenda."

Clarion Housing Group was the first UK affordable housing provider to adopt the pan-European Certified Sustainable Housing Label in 2019, since which time it has published a yearly Social Impact Report setting out its performance against a range of measures.

Its latest such report, released this week, describes how the Group generated more than £131m in social value, supported 3,700 people into work and helped nearly 4,000 residents with money and energy guidance during 2021/22.