The site is located on Timber Mill Way, just to the north of Clapham High Street Station and immediately to the west of Clapham North Station. It includes part of the Timber Mill Way Industrial Estate, which is currently home to AE Chapman & Son, Thames Distillers and The Timber Group.
We have been in discussions with our existing tenants regarding our plans to transform the site over the last year. The businesses will be relocating from the site, and we are providing assistance to support them as needed.
The Timber Mill Way site has been designated by Lambeth Council as a Key Industrial and Business Area (KIBA). This means that it is somewhere which should continue to prioritise industrial and business space.
Our ambition is to deliver a best-in-class sustainable industrial park, that is safer, greener and supports even more local jobs.
At this stage, we are unable to confirm what types of businesses will move into the spaces. They are however being designed to be flexible in their use, capable of supporting local businesses to national and global organisations, specialising in distribution and storage, film and production, e-commerce, pharmaceuticals, research and development and much more.
We’re unable to confirm what the potential operating hours will be for the future businesses at this stage in the project.
We will however continue to manage the site and review our tenants’ management plans regularly. As part of this, they will be required to abide by a strict code of conduct, to ensure all operations are undertaken to the highest standards, and that vehicles travel at low speeds to and from the site, to minimise disturbances to our neighbours.
Our dedicated management team will also be available, should you wish to speak to them about the development or any works taking place on-site.
As and when any issues occur, we will endeavour to ensure they are resolved quickly and that the appropriate action is taken.
Further information can be found in our Estate Rules and Operational Management Plan, which was submitted with the planning application, here.
We expect around 165 jobs will be created through the development, and further employment opportunities through the construction phase of works.
We are also working with local groups and Lambeth Council to identify community initiatives that will further support job creation in the area.
We have carried out extensive studies that have concluded there would be a modest increase in vehicle movements, compared to the current levels.
At its busiest, it is expected that 28 vehicles would travel to and from the site during the morning peak hours (8 – 9am), and 27 during the afternoon peak (5 – 6pm).
Further information can be found in our Traffic Assessment, accessible via Lambeth’s planning portal, here.
Yes, although we have removed all parking for employees, other than blue badge spaces, meaning that staff will have to largely travel by public transport, walking and cycling.
Our Townscape, Heritage and Visual Impact Assessment concluded the development would not have any adverse impact on the Sibella Road Conservation Area.
Indeed, the report outlined that the project with improve the appearance of the site, as the current buildings, to a certain degree, detract from the setting of the conservation area and the Grade II former Clapham High Street Station building.
Further information on the assessment can be found in Lambeth’s planning portal, here.
Across the site, most of the buildings will range in heights of between 13 and 14 metres. However, following discussions with residents and officers, we have made some changes to the parts of the building fronting on to Timber Mill Way.
The edge of the roofs have been reduced to 12.5 metres. Although the ridge will rise to 14 metres, this is only applicable in small parts and is set back to reduce the visual impact on our neighbours.
We are unable to lower these any further, as a clear height of 11 metres within the industrial spaces is required to provide the flexibility that high-quality businesses will require to make a long-term investment in the area. This is also necessary to comply with the Council’s objectives in redeveloping the site, given its designation as a Key Industrial Business Area (KIBA).
Furthermore, these building heights are consistent with other buildings in the local area, including the businesses located along Timber Mill Way.
We are proposing to install a 4-metre acoustic fence along the boundary retaining wall to Timber Mill Way. This will help to screen vehicle movements along the road and reduce any potential disturbances to our neighbours, especially those along Gauden Road and Gauden Close.
Acoustic fences (also rising to 4 metres) will be added to the ends of the yard between our site and the railway line, as a further mitigation measure against train-related noise spill to residents.
New greenery and landscaping will be added to the fence (and maintained by SEGRO) to create a more attractive environment.
As the fence falls outside the site boundary and our ownership, we are unable to make any changes to the existing fence between Gauden Road and Timber Mill Way.
We are exploring the possibility of installing a gate between the site and Gauden Close, to remove the existing cut-through and tackle some anti-social behaviour issues that we understand have arisen from its use. This gate would have a retractable barrier that will be maintained by SEGRO. Its location would not affect those residents that have a right of access to Timber Mill Way.
The windows located on the building fronting onto Timber Mill Way have been redesigned to include new louvres, tint glazing and opaque glass. They will still provide natural light for those working inside, but limit visibility into neighbouring properties.
We are also exploring the possibility of adding blinds to the windows and have relocated balconies previously proposed along the building, to further protect our neighbours’ privacy.
At the warehouses, translucent panels have been added and will be located at heights that restrict people’s ability to overlook into residents’ homes. They will also remove the need for artificial lighting, helping to reduce the energy demands on the industrial park.
The high-level signage previously facing onto Timber Mill Way has been removed, following feedback from local residents.
We are looking to further enhance the public realm improvements, and will be providing up to 14 matures trees, 4 of which will be located along Timber Mill Way.
Should our application be approved, we intend to start construction next year, with all operations completed by summer 2025.
Further details on the works and timings will be shared at a later stage in the project.
As members of the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), we ensure that all our partners and supply chain providers abide by the highest working standards.
To that end, we will:
- Install monitoring equipment to check noise, dust and vibration levels, so the on-site team can address and resolve any issues quickly.
- Provide advanced and regular notice to residents about upcoming operations and activities at the park.
A range of vehicles, including cargo bikes and vans will travel to and from the site once it is operational.
Only two of the eight industrial spaces will be able to accommodate articulated heavy-goods vehicles (up to 16.5 metres in length). This means that any potential use of such vehicles across the site will be very limited.
Following the submission of the planning application, Lambeth Council is now undertaking a statutory consultation where you can share any comments you have on the plans. To do this, search for the planning reference number 23/03529/FUL on the Council’s planning portal, here.
We’d also be happy to help, and you can get in touch with a member of the team using the comments form at the bottom of this page.
We are looking to deliver a highly sustainable scheme and are targeting a minimum Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating of ‘Excellent’. All the units are targeting EPC A+ certification.
Once constructed, the buildings would generate renewable energy and be powered entirely by electricity, meaning they would not emit any harmful emissions.
Our investment in new planting, greenery and biodiversity across the site will also absorb pollutants, helping to clean the air.
*London Communications Agency (LCA) are our community engagement specialists and are supporting us on our community consultation for this project.