Healthier Environment

Local people told us to….
PROTECT and MAXIMISE the amount and quality of Green, Open and Public Spaces in the promotion of a healthier environment.

Healthier Environment

Healthier Environment: Key policies and points

Green Space map

Healthier Environment Green Spaces Map: tell us about your favourite green space.


Lewisham Council Open Space Strategy 2012- 2017  (457 KB)

Health and Wellbeing

Local people told us to….
IMPROVE the health of the local community
PROMOTE the safety for pedestrians and cyclists
ENCOURAGE community cohesion and active citizenship

HE 5: A Network of Public Health and Well Being Clubs (CIL-Priority)

Co-locating health services in existing and extended community facilities such as adjacent to green and water spaces and outdoor sports facilities is strongly supported.
Major development is required to financially contribute to such a health hub infrastructure network. Health services are to be provided in walking distance and shall include early intervention, mental health and holistic approaches to well-being reducing inequality in health by being accessible to all local residents, including migrants, refugees, ethnic minorities and our homeless people.

HE 6: More socially inclusive places (CIL-Priority)

Major development (10+ homes and/or of 0.1 ha other uses) is required to demonstrate how the needs of older people, particularly living in single households, single parents and young adults from a range of cultural backgrounds are met within the proposed development. DNA strongly supports for instances social care cooperatives, homes that enable a range of supported living options, overlooked and sunny play courtyards, co-working/learning incubator space for micro businesses and studio space for creatives that provide childcare facilities.

HE 7: Improving Streets – Enabling healthier transport choices (CIL priority)

The DNA Plan strongly supports improvements to the provision for walking, cycling and pubic transport including water-based transport working collaboratively with providers such as Sustrans.

Key measures include:

a)  To be added; (connect with Blue Ribbon Network)

b)  To be added; (connect with Blue Ribbon Network)

c)  Introduction of Santander bikes for hire in the Deptford Area

d)  Water transport shifting road freight from the road to rivers and canals and making passenger transport on the waterways more accessible. This will require public access to the waterfront. The Thames Clipper to stop at Upper Pepys Park, pending the opening of Convoys Wharf stop.

HE 8: Health and Wellbeing Survey (CIL-Priority)

Financial contributions from development are sought to conduct an annual survey of health & wellbeing in Deptford so that resources can be effectively distributed and monitored in their impact. DNA envisages that Lewisham Council Public Health Department is conducting this annual survey and publishes the results shortly after.

HE 9: Passivhaus Standard

Development achieving the low energy ‘PassivHaus Standard’ is strongly supported. Once a building and its services have been designed to make sure energy consumption will be as low as possible and the use of energy efficient sources has been considered, it is expected that major development achieves a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions through at least 20% on-site renewable energy generation (which can include sources of site-related decentralised renewable energy) unless it can be demonstrated that such provision is not feasible.

HE 10: Improving Local Air Quality – Reducing Emissions from Development

a) Development in local areas of persistent poor air quality for residential development and development, typically used by vulnerable groups of people such as school children and elderly and possibly badly affected by regular exposure to poor air quality, are not supported.

b) Development is required to be ‘air quality neutral’ as a minimum. Development must demonstrate that it will not worsen local air quality, at any receptor, where levels of pollution at these receptors already exceed World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines. All development must demonstrate its contribution to reducing all air pollutants to levels below WHO guidelines.

c) Major development or development deemed sensitive must provide detailed Air Quality Impact Assessments covering construction and operational phases. Given the scale and expected accumulative impact of development in Deptford, DNA strongly supports the designation of New Cross and Evelyn wards as a zone in which more stringent construction standards will operate (stage IIIA rather than IIIB).

d) Kind/ type fuel quality?

e) DNA strongly supports all necessary measures leading to a significant increase in local air quality monitoring stations and sharing of real-time information with the public. Development, through contributions to the Community Infrastructure Levy, is expected to financially contribute to installing and maintaining additional local air quality monitoring stations and the sharing of realtime information. Furthermore, through planning conditions owners and tenants are required to cooperate and provide access to such facility during its operational lifetime if located within the site area planning permission is sought for.

f) As part of the required Parking Management Plan for Major Development, applicants are to demonstrate the provision of safe, and easy access dry cycle parking facilities at a ratio of 1:1.5 (1 bike per bedroom/workspace as a minimum). For employment uses, and in addition, an appropriate number of Santander Bike parking slots is expected to be provided/ financially enabled by the development and installed in the public realm.

g) To be added: charging points in developments.

HE 11: Improving Local Air Quality – Reducing Road Emissions

The DNA Plan strongly supports measures by the Mayor of London, the Greater London Authority, Transport for London, Network Rail, Lewisham Borough Council, businesses, organisations and individuals that lead to the reduction of vehicle emissions through used fuel quality, vehicle emission reduction technologies and number of vehicles passing through our neighbourhood. This particularly applies during periods of high levels of pollution as defined by London (level 7 to 9) and the World Health Organisation and along highly polluted road corridors such as Evelyn Street/ Creek Road, Deptford Church Street and New Cross. The closure of the the latter streets for HGV and diesel cars on high pollution days is encouraged as is “no idling” signs at Deptford Bridge bus stop and turnaround, as well as at drop off and delivery locations on Deptford High Street and around schools.