Greengage undertook the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for the proposed development of Electrobase in the London Borough of Bexley. The proposed development will comprise of 559 residential units, including new public realm, car parking, landscaping and associated works.
To maximise the health and wellbeing of future and adjacent residents, the scheme will include wheelchair accessible units, a new public walking and cycle route along the riverside, include doorstep play space on-site, provide secure cycle spaces, and incorporate a number of measures to reduce overheating including passive ventilation.
Greengage undertook the HIA for the scheme collating data from the project team to assess the development’s impact on the health and wellbeing of residents and adjacent users. Greengage also led the consultation on the need for Section 106 healthcare contributions with the Healthy Urban Development Unit (HUDU) and the local Clinical Commissioning Group.
As part of the HIA, Greengage conducted a thorough national and local policy review and established the baseline conditions of the area through a detailed desktop study. Potential impacts to these conditions were assessed using the HUDU rapid HIA tool. As part of the assessment consideration was given to the health of the local population, local deprivation and inequalities, the connectedness of the site, the provision of healthcare and education facilities and access to play space and open space.
Greengage then liaised with the project team on the need for mitigation and enhancement measures. This included identifying the need for local employment and skills targets during construction secured through the Section 106 agreement, a Section 106 healthcare contribution and off-site contributions towards play space.