Everybody loves good neighbours
Most homeowners would agree that good neighbours make a huge difference to their lives. Many people also consider themselves to be good neighbours. But what does it actually mean to be a good neighbour? We consider past concepts of neighbourliness and discuss what Redrow is doing to promote some of these values.
Some people say the notion of neighbourliness has changed. Others romanticise about times gone by and say the world was better when it was black and white. We say it has changed. But it’s changed for the better. At Redrow, we’re all about building communities you can not only survive, but thrive in.
Neighbours are here to help. The strong sense of community a group of good neighbours can build is something we do everything we can to encourage. Our homes are designed to foster it. And so, when people pine over the greatness of yesteryear’s neighbourliness, we ask them one simple question; have you tried living in a Redrow development?
How Redrow promotes neighbourliness
Department for Transport figures show there were around four million cars on the road in 1950. By 2018, the number had risen to over 38 million. Hence, our parents and grandparents walked to the shops, school, the library and round to their friend’s houses. They were brought together more, and naturally so.
These days, we haven’t lost that same love for the conversation. We just plan it more. We use our technology to carve out times for our meaningful interactions, finding new and exciting ways to communicate. We’ve not stopped meeting up, we’ve just changed the way we go about it.
At Redrow, we recognised this, and we worked on creating the perfect places to harbour this new sense of togetherness. We continue to value the better elements of past neighbourliness and incorporate them, whenever possible. We regularly organise parties to help people feel welcome in their new homes. Many of our developments run community events that encourage interaction between neighbours. Our green spaces also help bring people together, see our blog 'Swap screen time for scenery time'.
We implement these small measures to help foster the spirit of neighbourliness that makes people feel more comfortable about where they live.
To find out more about our campaign 'A better way to live' visit our website redrow.co.uk/a-better-way-to-live