Clapham Park EIA and sustainability coordination

Greengage were appointed by Metropolitan Housing Trust to act as the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) coordinator and sustainability consultant for the development of the Clapham Park Estate.

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Clapham Park, South Lambeth, London, United Kingdom

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Clapham Park is a regeneration project in the London Borough of Lambeth which aims to deliver over 2500 new high quality, affordable, well managed and maintained homes, set within a revitalised area with a network of open spaces, cleaner and safer streets, better transport, good schools, and a range of community facilities.

Given the scale and complexity of the scheme, the EIA needed to consider a range of potential impacts throughout a 17-year construction period and during operation once completed. Greengage managed a team of technical consultants covering a range of 15 different topic areas including townscape and visual impact, daylight, sunlight and overshadowing and air quality.

Our role included guiding the project team through the early planning negotiations to determine the scope of the EIA with Lambeth. Many of the environmental topics being assessed needed to feed back into the ongoing design development, ensuring that where potential impacts had been identified, these were minimised through design iteration. Greengage managed this process, acting as the conduit between each technical assessor and the core project team of client, planners, architect, engineers and cost consultants. Throughout the process we managed ongoing negotiation with the local authority to ensure that the EIA was being delivered in a way that enabled the simplest determination process possible.

Greengage were also responsible for the delivery of key technical assessments within the EIA, including ecology & arboricultural impact, socio-economic and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

A bespoke sustainability approach was developed for the scheme due to the current lack of policy direction regarding residential development in the UK. This focussed on ensuring that community sustainability was at the heart of how the scheme was developed. The key outcome of this approach was that both the buildings and also the spaces between the buildings all function in the most sustainable way, considering environmental performance, social value for residents and visitors as well as the long term operational viability of the scheme.

The commercial and community aspects of the scheme were also subject to BREEAM pre-assessments, determining a performance level of ‘Excellent’ being achievable for the completed development.

The work culminated in the delivery of an Environmental Impact Assessment including 18 technical chapters, technical appendices and a non-technical summary which supported the largest ever full detailed planning application submitted in the UK. This was supplemented by a Sustainability Statement, BREEAM Pre-Assessment, Equalities Assessment, Energy Strategy, and Arboricultural Impact Assessment.

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