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Key issues

  • Lambeth, Southwark, Mayoral and national policy exists on open space but policy has not prevented some erosion of open space.
  • Environmental effects – the risk of flooding, poor access to open space, noise and air pollution etc – impact on the health and well being of the community.
  • Public agencies are not adequately joined up, and opportunities are missed to embed green infrastructure in developments and public realm schemes, particularly at an early stage.

POLICIES: Green Infrastructure, Open Space and Air Quality

P1 Proposals which lead to the permanent reduction of existing open space will not be supported, unless:

a)     New open space of equivalent quantity is created within the Neighbourhood Plan area as a result of development which replaces open space lost as a result of that development, and

b)     The proposed open space is of demonstrably improved quality, amenity value and/or public access than the space which is to be lost.

 P2 All major proposals should meet the following criteria:

a.     A significant proportion of the roof area should comprise intensive, accessible green roof

b.     If developers are not able to meet the requirement in P2a, it may be possible to negotiate to pay a commuted sum, used to retrofit a green roof onto an existing building in the neighbourhood area

c.      Include amenity space designed for the exclusive use of occupants.  This should be provided primarily on levels away from the ground floor, for example via green roofs and terraces.  Ground floor private amenity space may be provided for the exclusive use of the building’s occupants, but the majority of ground floor open space should be publicly accessible.

d.     Ensure that the design of publicly accessible open space incorporates public seating and enables ease of pedestrian movement

e.     Have regard to ‘Guidance for developers’ document in Appendix 3

f.      Address and mitigate any temporary major loss of amenity in surrounding public open space during construction phases through financial compensation, ring-fenced for green infrastructure projects to be delivered in the neighbourhood area, and

g.     Mitigate any loss of any trees. Where trees must be replaced as part of redevelopment,

i. replacement trees should be planted according to the advice of a Council or independent arboriculture adviser with reference to the guidelines referred to in policy P3e),or

ii. the CAVAT model should be applied to provide compensation, ring-fenced for implementation of equivalent green infrastructure near to site.

 P3 The utilisation of vacant development sites with planning consent for temporary community activity such as sports pitches and food growing is encouraged.  All major proposals should be accompanied by a construction and phasing plan that identifies opportunities for temporary community uses.  Where planning permission is required to bring sites into temporary use, this will normally be supported.

Other guidance

  • Green infrastructure projects should be an opportunity for volunteering, apprenticeships and training. Local examples demonstrate the value in involving local people in the implementation and upkeep of green infrastructure – health and well being, new skills, reduction of deprivation, and improving social cohesion.
  • The redevelopment of Waterloo Station will bring more taxis into the area. Network Rail should consider how, through the design of the station, taxis can be discouraged from queuing in large numbers including onto the wider road network, and idling engines whilst stationary.  The local community wishes to minimise the impact of diesel vehicles on local air pollution.

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  • Veronique Brugeron

    says on:
    October 13, 2014 at 11:20 am

    We live close to the Costa Coffee roasting plant in Old Paradise street. A few months ago, they have opened a new catalytic oven and since then the emissions of the plant have greatly increased. Despite efforts on behalf of Costa to contain the smell, local residents are regularly greeted by strong industrial smell, weekdays and weekends. Lambeth Noise and Pollution team (should both nuisance be addressed by the same team??) have been slow, unresponsive and at times dismissive, using an unreliable unscientific “sniff test”. At a time when pollution is a general concern, these type of industry should not be allowed to operate in such a highly populated area.

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