A cheeky definition of a “developer” is someone else who is building something you don’t like.
Every home we have in our town was “developed” by someone, whether a farmer in the 1800s or a professional builder of multiple houses in modern times. Some of our streets are developments in the traditional sense, with all houses built at the same general time by a single company, and others have evolved one house at a time. All of these homes were built to meet new needs, and they generated profits for the professionals involved in creating them, if done well. In general, our town has retained a sophisticated, rural feel throughout the decades.