We have seen promotional material for an emerging proposal for an “urban warehouse” on Brixton Hill where the current ATS Euromaster garages are (between the prison and the Tesco Express). The PR from the developers says that their proposals will create a smaller and more localised distribution hub for home deliveries that will use e-cargo bikes and electric vans to deliver goods to local homes.
Whilst we would support the creation of local jobs and the retention of industrial space in the local area (at a time when private developers are converting more and more business premises into luxury flats) – we do have concerns about how the developers will balance their claims about sustainability and reducing the carbon footprint of home deliveries with the increase in larger vehicles used to get items to this “urban warehouse”.
We recently formally objected to the creation of a scrap metal yard in West Norwood that would divert HGVs along Brixton Hill, Tulse Hill and the South Circular. At a time when the focus is on reducing the number of vehicle trips on local roads it seems these proposals may also have the opposite effect to that desired. You can provide your feedback direct to the developer here.