Late on Wednesday evening last week at Lambeth Town Hall, planning permission was granted for Metropolitan to undertake the £1.6bn redevelopment of Clapham Park in South London.
Greengage are incredibly proud to have been instrumental in this process, having managed the Environmental Impact Assessment, Energy Strategy, Sustainability, Ecology and Arboricultural work for the scheme. This was the largest ever full detailed planning application submitted, requiring the coordination of a range of technical inputs, mitigation of impacts over a 15-year construction programme and devising a scheme that delivers true long term social value for the community.
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.
A bespoke sustainability approach was developed for the scheme. 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.
Our work sought to minimise the impacts associated with such a large scale urban regeneration scheme such as noise and air quality from the nearby South Circular, microclimate impacts from an increase in building numbers and size, as well as an innovative approach to retaining a large number of the existing trees across the site. The finished scheme will provide more than 2,500 new homes, greatly improved public realm that encourages healthy, active living and a range of community and retail facilities for the area.
Read the news release from Metropolitan here.