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Barratt delivers £105m boost to West Country economy

Housebuilder built over 400 new homes and supported over 1,600 jobs.

Leading housebuilder Barratt Developments - which owns both Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes - has delivered a £105 million boost to the local economy in Wiltshire and the West Country area over the past year.

During that period, the group built 407 new homes, including 81 affordable, and supported 1,650 jobs in the area. The company's construction work has also supported 640 supplier and sub-contractor businesses and provided 19 places for graduates, trainees and apprentices.

Barratt and David Wilson Homes spent £12m on physical works which benefit local communities including highway and environmental improvements, affordable homes and community facilities and created 3.3 hectares of green space including public open space and private gardens. The five star housebuilder has contributed an additional £7.6m to help build new local facilities and infrastructure in and around its new developments through the Section 106 contributions and the Community Infrastrucutre Levy (CIL).

As part of Barratt Developments' commitment to protecting the environment, 91% of construction waste has been diverted from landfill.

The housebuilder's work has generated £27m in tax to support local and national public services, whilst local shops and services saw a £7m boost in spending from residents of new homes, in turn supporting 70 retail and service-related jobs.

The achievements are documented in Barratt Development's latest Social Economic Footprint report which measures the housebuilder's social and economic contribution over the past year. The report includes measures relating to the company's support for the housebuilding supply chain, local communities, environment, public services and employment.

Ian Menham, West regional director for Barratt Developments said: "House building has the potential to positively impact many aspects of our society and economy and at Barratt and David Wilson Homes, we are committed to playing our part, particularly when the local area is facing such challenges due to the Covid pandemic.”

"We are pleased to be able to continue our work during the current lockdown, helping to provide homes to meet known demand, keep the economy moving and create and support jobs. We are also generating economic value for the local area and wider country, building stronger communities and helping to safeguard the environment."

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