At the moment we’re not able to specify the quantities of
land allocated to public and private spaces, as we are so early on in the
design process with our architects. We would aim to have approximate answers to
this at our first public consultation in February. Our aim is to maximise the
public space on the development whilst balancing this with the affordable
It’s worth adding that the Mayor of London specifies a
minimum area of dedicated play space based on the types of home proposed. Based on the number and type of homes that
the council has asked us to build, we expect to provide around 1,700 square
metres of dedicated play space in this development.
So far, we have conducted preliminary arboriculture and
ecology surveys. We will need more
detailed surveys to establish the exact environmental enhancements that may be
needed depending on how the designs evolve.
We intend to conduct an Air Quality Assessment in the near
future and use the data and recommendations to inform specific air quality
measures required in this development. We’re
acutely aware of the air quality in this area along the A12 and any housing built
immediately adjacent to the A12 will be designed with this in mind.
On transport, we will employ a Transport consultant to
advise on appropriate measures to mitigate any additional congestion.
Once we have a plan we will refer it to Transport for London
(TfL) for comment. TfL is responsible
for public transport matters such as buses.
If TfL feel there is need to ask for contributions towards improvements to
bus services they will do so and we will negotiate with them on this point.
We also hope to enhance the paths and to encourage more use
of sustainable transport, such as cycling, walking and to improve the subway to
the estate under the A12.
Cycle parking will be provided in-line with the GLA
Through the planning system, there is a mechanism for us to
pay what’s known as the Community Infrastructure Levy to the council to provide
support for things like schools, health centres and transport improvements (in
fact for anything that is on the council's list). The amount is determined by the floorspace in the
And, we have been talking to the local school and also to
the local GP and health providers to underline that there may be additional demand
on their services. We will continue to
talk to them to keep them involved throughout, and to allow them to prepare
We also plan to provide community space as part of the
development. We are open to what this
might be, and a lot of residents talked about youth facilities at our meet the
team event. How this might be financed
in the long-term, will of course depend on what use is agreed.