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.