Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Highams Park, Waltham Forest

Tesco first submitted plans for a superstore in Higham's Park in 2005 but in 2007 after the application had been called-in the Secretary of State refused the application.

In July 2008 Tesco unveiled new plans at a three-day public exhibition and in September 2008 submitted plans to the council to build a 5,523 sq m 24-hour store in an industrial estate off Larkshall Road. The proposals also included 253 homes, seven independent shops, 350 underground car parking spaces and offices, workshops and business start-up units.

At the Committee meeting on the 13th October, Councillors voted 5-4 to approve the application. Campaigners called on the Secretary of State to call-in the application but on the 30th November the Waltham Forest Guardian reported that the Secretary of State, John Denham, has decided not to call-in the application.

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Campaign Updates
Highams Park, Waltham Forest

1 February 2011
Council and Tesco come to agreement

A deal was finally struck on conditions applying to the development, paving the way for building work to begin. The supermarket giant and the council have for 13 months been locked in negotiations over the section 106 agreement for a 24-hour superstore and 253 flats on industrial land off Larkshall Road in Highams Park.

 

13 October 2009
Application granted

However, despite a resolution to grant permission being approved in October 2009, planning permission has not been issued as there is a dispute between Waltham Forest Council and Tesco regarding the s106 planning conditions.

1 August 2009
Application deferred

 Redbridge Council objected to the plans and 159 objections were received. 8th September 2009 - Waltham Forest Council deferred its decision while more detailed evidence on the potential impact the development could have on traffic and businesses in the area.

1 July 2008
Tesco submits new plans

In July 2008 Tesco unveiled new plans at a three-day public exhibition and in September 2008 submitted plans to the council to build a 5,523 sq m 24-hour store in an industrial estate off Larkshall Road. The proposals also included 253 homes, seven independent shops, 350 underground car parking spaces and offices, workshops and business start-up units.

September 2008 -Tesco submit new plans

 

1 June 2007
Secretary of State refuses planning permission

The Secretary for State refused the application. Reasons for the refusal include:

- the 'scale of draw' to the new store may be overestimated;
- it is not an appropriate scale of development for a Neighbourhood Centre;
- concerns about layout of store and associated car parking;
- the inadequate quality of the residential environment (i.e. the flats);
- the development would be devoid of quality external spaces

1 May 2006
Decision called in by Secretary of State

Tthe application became the first to be called in by new Communities and Local Government Minister Ruth Kelly. The Forum had to act on its own and at the inquiry, Waltham Forest Council supported Tesco and the Forum itself presented the major part of the evidence which led to the Secretary of State's decision to refuse planning permission.

1 September 2005
Application granted

Waltham Forest approved the application but following this decision, the Mayor of London intervened, and directed the local authority to refuse planning permission. The Mayor ruled that the application should be refused because of lack of amenity space for future residents, and failure to make commitments to the London Plan principles of sustainable development. However, after some amendments the Mayor withdrew his objection, but following representations from the Highams Park Forum and others, the Government Office for London intervened and asked for the application to be called in.

1 June 2005
New Application submitted

Tesco submitted revised plans for a smaller, 5,000 sqm store and a larger number (78) of residential units, and other retail and industrial units.

1 February 2005
Application refused