11:24 am 16 March 2022
The Mayor of London will not block major development projects on the site of a Tesco hypermarket in Goodmayes.
Redbridge Council last May approved an application by developer Weston Homes for planning permission to build 1,280 homes on the High Road site.
Plans also include a new primary school and a Tesco store.
But they saw significant opposition, with more than 3,000 people signing a petition against the plans.
The request was passed on to the Greater London Authority (GLA) and Ilford South MP Sam Tarry and former Green Party leader Sian Berry were among politicians who called on Sadiq Khan to halt the plans.
But Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Regeneration, wrote to Redbridge Council to say he did not wish to rule on the application or outright denial.
He wrote: “Having now reviewed a report on this matter, I am content to
allow the local planning authority to determine the case itself, subject to
actions that the Secretary of State may take. »
GLA planners concluded in this report that, although some “policy conflicts” remained, the proposal is “consistent” with the London plan as a whole.
They felt that the plans provided too much parking space for retail businesses and not enough space for bicycles.
But they wrote there was “no good reason to plan” for the mayor to intervene.
“The proposed uses are strongly supported on this under-exploited and very accessible site.
“The site is adjacent to a new Elizabeth Line station, bordering a local center and in an area identified as suitable for high-rise buildings.
“The proposed development as a whole offers significant benefits and furthers the objectives of the London plan,” the officials wrote.
Activist Andy Walker, from Stop the Tesco Toxic Towers, said the group would now lobby Housing Secretary Michael Gove to call the plans.
The planned development, which will be called Lorimer Village, includes 14 residential towers ranging from 10 to 22 stories as well as a village hall and community center.
Of the 1,280 units, 415 are classified as “affordable”.
The Recorder reported last May that the developer was aiming for tenants to be able to move in between November 2023 and September 2027.