Essex Wharf, Waltham Forest

EAS provided transportation and engineering advice for a brownfield site in Waltham Forest, London. The site was previously used for warehouse storage and it is proposed to be redeveloped for 1750 dwellings.

Key Issues

The site accesses onto Leabridge Road which is a busy strategic road. Space on site is limited and 60% parking is proposed for the development. The site must therefore be shown to be sustainable and suitable for relatively low car use.

A key issue for this site was demonstrating sustainability and this includes provision of a Green Travel Plan including proposals for innovative ways of reducing car use including car clubs and provision of charge points for electric vehicles.

The site is in an Air Quality Management Area and therefore must be shown to be generating minimal new car trips.

There was a need to work with both Transport for London and the GLA since the application was referable to the Mayor for London. The GLA were concerned that the site was not sufficiently sustainable and EAS were able to successfully demonstrate that a PTAL of 3 was reasonable for the proposed level of development.

EAS Solutions

EAS is prepared studies for:

  • Access feasibility study and design;
  • Sustainability assessments including PTAl calculations;
  • Masterplanning advice;
  • Transport Assessment; and
  • Green Travel Plans.
  • Expert Witness Advice

The original planning application was refused by the local planning authority transport was one of the grounds for refusal. Transport issues were:

  • The site was insufficiently sustainable for the proposed density of development, contrary to the London Plan guidance; and
  • Insufficient transport related contributions were offered.

EAS provided an evidence statement and Paul Silcock appeared as expert witness at the Inquiry.

EAS successfully argued that the PTAL for the site was borderline 3 and the site location, when taking into account all nearby amenities, was sufficiently sustainable to accommodate 170 dwellings in less than 1 Ha. All transport issues were successfully resolved, including agreement on costs for off-site highways improvements.