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Housebuilder contributes over £85m to local economy

PUBLISHED: 17:46 16 January 2018

Bure Meadows, Aylsham, Norwich, Barratt David Wilson Homes Eastern Counties

Bure Meadows, Aylsham, Norwich, Barratt David Wilson Homes Eastern Counties

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David Wilson Homes built 517 homes in the Eastern Counties last year, contributing over £85.1m to the economy, a new report reveals.

Mulberry Park, Poringland, Barratt David Wilson Homes Eastern CountiesMulberry Park, Poringland, Barratt David Wilson Homes Eastern Counties

Housebuilder David Wilson Homes built 517 homes last year in the Eastern region and contributed over £85.1m to the economy, a new report reveals.

The housebuilder, part of Barratt Developments PLC, also supported 1400 jobs, supported 220 subcontractor companies and 340 suppliers as well as planting or retaining 28,970 trees or shrubs in its developments.

The achievements are highlighted in a new report out today which measures the housebuilder’s social and economic contribution to the Eastern Counties - building in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire - over the past financial year.

The figures revealed the housebuilder:

•Supported 1,400 jobs directly and through its contractors and suppliers.

•Directly employed five new graduates, trainees and apprentices.

•Supported 220 subcontractor companies and 340 supplier companies.

•Used components, 90% of which were manufactured in the UK.

•Planted or retained 28,970 trees or shrubs on its developments.

•Spent £17m on local contributions including affordable housing sales and s106 contributions.

Rob Holbrook, Barratt and David Wilson Homes Eastern Counties’ managing director, said: “As a five star housebuilder, we are very aware of the vital role we play in helping to boost the local economy. We are committed to a strategy that includes leaving a positive and lasting legacy in the communities in which we build homes.

“This can be through anything including job creation, strengthening surrounding businesses or enhancing and protecting the local environment.

“We are very proud to be a major force in the growth and prosperity of the region, and look forward to continuing our work in 2018.”

To find out more, see www.dwh.co.uk or www.barratthomes.co.uk.

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