The new Tesco planned for Kennington Park Road has been developed relatively quickly, and permission has been requested to install air conditioning, fridges and lighting. All of the posts on the matter can be found under the 38-40 Kennington Park Road tag. I'd guess that the Tesco will be up and running before the end of 2010.
But today, it's heads up to Sean Creighton (known locally for his useful and detailed newsletters) from RCDT/LMHS who has informed us that the original planning permission (obtained back in 2007) to change 216 Kennington Road from D2 (assembly and leisure usage) to A2/B1a (services and business use) has nearly expired. The original 2007 application is 07/01817/FUL. (It's due to expire on 17/1/2011). The use of this building as a supermarket (allegedly Tesco) has been contentious from the start, on account of the fact that it was originally set aside under Section 106 for community use, but was missed off the Council's list, and the usage expired. One interesting point that I've heard reiterated by several locals is that there were a number of nearby community organisations who hoped to use the building. Whenever anybody telephoned the agents (I tried myself on several occasions), the caller is always told that a tenant has been found and the building is "being held". Nothing much has happened in the intervening three years, other than numerous alterations of planning applications re. times of shopping delivery by lorry and the numbers of flats that may be built.
If local people from a variety of organistions were to object to the 216 Kennington Road Tesco being re-granted a change of use, and the Council were to agree (tricky, since they granted the permission above ), then there's a chance that local organisations might get a look in again. The new application for change of use can be found under 10/03318/FUL on the Lambeth Planning database.
I used to be rather vociferously against the use of the site for a Tesco on account of the fact it was intended for community use. More lately I've pondered that it would be better to be occupied than for it to remain empty. But sitting on an empty building for three years and failing to develop it means that an organised community campaign (on the basis the building was always intended for the community, and Lambeth Council messed up) might well release the building for locals again. The key question of course, is whether any local organisation has the money to lease it?
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